Category: Weblogs

  • The Ups, Downs, and Mechanics of Blogging

    Last week, I published my 3rd annual list of the Top 25 Youth Ministry Blogs. For some reason looking at all of those blogs from a statistical (as opposed to content) perspective caused some reflection on my own blogging life. The Ups My blog has more than 8 years of thoughts on it. While I’ve […]

  • What is my blog all about?

    With the influx of new readers and subscribers, (RSS & email) I thought it was good to do a little reset. Why do I blog? What do I blog about? How do I go about blogging? These are the questions I answer in the video above.

  • Reminder: Back-up your blog

    This morning I woke up and my blog was down. With more than 6 years of content here that is scary. It was a healthy reminder to me that it was time to back-up my blog. (After fixing some corrupt tables) This is your reminder: If you haven’t backed-up your self-hosted WordPress blog lately, you […]

  • One hundred seventy-seven

    It was really cool to find out that my blog was indexed and currently ranks as #177 of the top #200 church blogs. Always nice to be recognized- thanks Kent. Based on how he measures, there are two things you can do to help me move up on that list. First, subscribe to my blog […]

  • Just Write

    So, you want to blog? And you’d like to build a following. Great. I’m here to help. Here’s a quick reality check: Success has nothing to do with a fancy blog design. Success has nothing to do with learning the latest SEO tricks. Success has nothing to do with finding advertisers to fund you. So […]

  • Blog economics of hate

    The easiest way to draw traffic to your site all you have to do is hate on people. My definition of flaming content online: To bad mouth purely for the sake of creating traffic, link baiting, retweeting, Facebooking, and otherwise bad-mouthing a person, organization, company, or news item for a purely selfish reason. (Read here […]

  • 5 Sources of Creative Inspiration

    Getting stuck is a big deal. In my world it means progress stops. So getting from an uncreative space to a creative space is integral to thriving. One thing I’ve learned about myself is that restarting the creative process is typically a matter of moving in one of two directions. I refind my mojo by […]

  • From RSS to Today

    Is RSS dying? Quick answer: No But RSS (Really Simple Syndication) has a lot more to compete with in 2010 than it did in 2005 when it took off. In 2005, the advent of aggregators like Bloglines, Google reader, and even the über popularity of my.yahoo.com made RSS the best way to grow your reach […]

  • How to Blog, Write, and Speak With Integrity

    Here’s a quick tutorial for how to blog, write, preach, or teach with integrity. Let’s say you’ve came across a blog post on Adam McLane’s blog that you really enjoy. In particular, you like something I’ve written to the point where it has inspired you to write your own blog post, magazine article, book, lesson […]

  • How to write consistently for your blog

    I’ve written a series of articles for Immerse Journal describing a digital ministry philosophy for youth workers. The first article, called “Be Consistent” brought a lot of questions because I spent all 800 words talking about “why” to be consistent and it left many struggling readers with a burning question, “How can I be more […]