Ever since I was in elementary school I’ve wanted to be a writer.
After thousands of blog posts under my belt, you would think I could call my life a “little boy’s dream come true.” Although a rigorous blog writing schedule has really stretched me and has been the greatest step towards becoming a writer one day, I’ve now discovered what I really want to do is tell stories.
I had never thought about this before, until I watched/listened to this:
Social networking has impacted our lives completely that it seems to permeate every part of our lives. This point can simply be made looking at how people get jobs nowadays.
With social media sites like LinkedIn that are specifically designed for the recruiter and job seeker all the way to Facebook and the trend of checking in on the social lives of potential new hires, our digital selves are more closely related to the non-virtual us.
[EDITOR'S NOTE: Bummer dude. This has left the web. If you happen to see it return, let us know!]
Have you ever wondered where you can get high quality photography for your Church? Ever struggled in searching for good images, and all you come across is that cliché photography?
I know I have. However, that search is now over. I discovered a site called PhotoMission after ChurchMag held a photography contest, and I uploaded an entry that ended up being selected as the winner. Afterwards, the president of PhotoMission (who saw it) sent me a message about wanting to feature my photography on a site I was about to discover has real potential for the cause of Christ.
So I did some research on PhotoMission and its president, Connie Wragge. I then registered on the site to sell my images and became so involved in what I was reading that I wanted to learn more about it. I contacted Connie for an interview, and this was my first question:
It may sound cliche, but the iPhone has changed the face of point and shoot photography. As a photographer, I made the change from Android to the iPhone largely due to the quality of its camera.
There are dozens of apps for the iPhone related to photography, but not one has taken the iPhone world by storm like Instagram. This free app is very easy to use. You snap a photo (or get one from your library) and upload it as is, or use one of fifteen different filters.
Where Instagram excels however, is that it has become its own community. Like Twitter, you can follow fellow Instagram users, use hashtags and also post images to Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, etc. Some Instagram users have really stood out with their work, producing images that could easily be turned into a book. Instagram has over 2.2 million users and upload 3.6 million new images a week.
Last week, I had the pleasure to sit down and talk with John Dyer.
John has been a web developer for more than ten years and has built tools for Apple, Microsoft, Harley Davidson, and the Department of Defense. He currently serves as the Director of Web Development for Dallas Theological Seminary and has written on technology and faith for Christianity Today, Collide Magazine, and now sits down and talks with ChurchMag.
We talked about his first book, From the Garden to the City.
Here’s an interview with Steven Sasson. He invented something we all now know and love, the digital camera!
You may be surprised by the medium that he used to store the images, if you don’t already know. And you may also be surprised by his philosophy of new ideas and how simple and profound it is (listen at about the 1:34 mark).
This weekly audio resource is targeted to pastors and ministry leaders so they can discover tools and techniques that will assist them in communicating the message of Jesus and the specific ministry story of their local church with greater effectiveness, impact, and excellence.
We've been insanely-interested in exploring how the Church, ministries, and non-profits use technology to effectively fulfill their mission to the world.
With a small blog that started in September of 2008 we grew faster than we had ever dared to dream expanding into a network of blogs that reached more than a quarter million people every single month.
In May of 2011 we re-focused our efforts bringing all of the content back into one solidified brand - a "digital magazine" of resources that still serve the same industries and that still has the same curious heartbeat that started this movement.