I remember when I first heard about blogging. The thought of typing out my leadership insights and ideas thrilled me. Then those same thoughts terrified me.
Soon, they turned from excitement to dread. Why?
Because I was caught up with the idea my work needed to be perfect. I had to strive for perfection.
I Was Foolish
But I was also normal. Everyone who has the desire to create art wants to do so with perfection.
They want their work to be above criticism. They want people to love what they do.
I was striving for perfection.
The truth is this often isn’t possible. Especially as you first start out.
I couldn’t be perfect in my writing. I didn’t know how to write well. And I felt foolish
So I hid. Read more...
A question I hear asked by a lot of pastors is one a lot of people ask: Should I start a blog?
My answer is always a resounding YES. There’s so much that can be done by having a blogging platform.
Common Objections To Pastors Blogging
Let’s get to the objections of having a pastor blogging. That’s where a lot of people stumble.
We’ll take a look at the objection and then the reason the objection is wrong.
Blogging lifts the pastor up and not the church
I get this objection. I really do. However, there’s little truth in this objection.
Whenever this objection is brought up, I ask a simple question: Does being the pastor of a church lift up the person or the church?
The pastor is the person who is typically front and center at the church. People in the congregation recognize him and what he does. Read more...
Those looking for blogging advice are often told that they need to blog consistently. You need to create a blogging schedule and stick to the schedule.
So, you dutifully go about creating content on a regular basis. You feel great. Until you hit the point where blogging feels like work. Hard work, at that.
I know. Because I’ve been there. And I’m there right now.
There are days I don’t feel like creating blog content. I don’t want to sit in front of my computer.
Yet I do this anyways. I sit down to write a blog post.
Why I Blog
There are many reasons to blog.
You may want to blog:
To help people become a better leader
To share what you know with others who are a few steps behind you
To have fun
To turn a profit Read more...
There’s a common question you get when people find out that you write a blog and share your thoughts. That question is:
What do I need to know when I begin a blog?
It’s a simple question with a lot of different answers. It’s also a tough question to answer.
This question was asked, once again, recently.
It thrills me when people want to know how to blog. Why? Because blogging is a lot of fun.
My former youth pastor created a blog. My nephew’s wife has started a blog. And, most recently, our new pastor’s daughter has started a blog (Go over to these blogs and leave some love!).
They’ve all asked for a little bit of advice on blogging. And, today, I wanted to share the 4 things you should know when you begin blogging. Read more...
Probably the biggest challenge in starting a blog is the process of creating content. Especially on a consistent basis.
Common blogging wisdom tells the blog author that he has to write 3 blog posts a week. Some will even tell the person looking to start a blog that they need to create content 5 days a week.
That’s a lot of content, even at 3 times a week. Blogging this much is also a huge time commitment.
On average, writing a blog post takes me upwards of an hour. Times that by 3 or 5 or 6, depending on the amount of content I produce, and that’s almost a day’s worth of work.
But, with a system, writing consistent blog content can be easier. Read more...