The Problem with Social Media Sharing

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Sharing is not just a pre-school problem. My daughter is about to turn four, which means that preschool is only a few weeks away. We've really been trying to prepare her by getting her to bed earlier and waking up earlier as well. This is not going well. We are getting more traction in other areas though, like manners and low-assistance pottying. However, she still struggles with sharing toys, even—or even especially—when they aren't hers. This has been a fairly hot-button issue around our ... Continue Reading

How to Find the Freedom to Write: Time

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The last few weeks has been a vacation of sorts. For the first time in years I have broken away from work and spent much needed time with my family, long time best friend, and away from the Internet. There were several things that I've learned from my time away from work and the web and I hope to share a few of those things in the coming days. The first thing has to do with time and its power to give the freedom to write. In this use case scenario, it's writing blog posts, but it also has me ... Continue Reading

Facebook Like Obsession: Street Mural

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This cartoony street art mural painted in Ferentino, Italy (picture above) reflects the truth about the obsession of getting Facebook Likes. Note the vision blinders, Facebook Like carrot on a stick, and the subtle touch of adding chains. Here's a cool time lapse video of Mister Thoms painting the mural: ... Continue Reading

Build Your Influence with a Social Media Kingpin

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Whatever your goals are in life, increasing your influence plays a crucial role. Without the ability to influence the actions, behaviors and beliefs of others we can never hope to change the world. One of the best steps you can take to increase your influence is to connect with other influencers. I recently had the opportunity to interview Justin Wise, a kingpin in the intersecting world of social media and the Church. (NOTE: If you want to cut to the chase, Justin is holding a free training ... Continue Reading

10 Signs You Are Failing As A Church Blogger

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The idea of creating a list of do's and dont's is not very appealing. Honestly, the very thought of parroting something that has already been said online is actually revolting for me. My heart does not reach for any old bloggers, but for the church to do blogging well. Instead, I'd like to share with you some of my own experiences with church blogging as well as the views of others. I actually crowdsourced the first half of this list, asking for their thoughts and some of them shared their own. ... Continue Reading

Who Manages the Internet’s Address Book? [Video]

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A free and open Internet can only remain if we are willing to take-action. It's not going to remain open and free if we are not willing to do our part to keep it that way. There have been many hurdles in the past and there will be plenty more in the future. In the video below, Vint Cerf, the father of the Internet, plainly talks about who manages the ‘Internet's address book’ — a sort of ‘crash course’ of ICANN. ... Continue Reading

Happy Birthday Church Marketing Sucks [Video]

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Church Marketing Sucks turns 10-years old this month! In Internet years, that's a long time and it is exciting to see them serving the church for at least another ten more years. This month they have been celebrating 10 years of sucks with a 10-year t-shirt giveaway, a 10-year anniversary hangout on Monday, July 28th, as well as some awesome discounts and giveaways — including special discounts on ChurchMag Press. Earlier this month I had the chance to sit down and speak with Church Marketing ... Continue Reading