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613 weeks ago @ Christian Web Trends B... - Putting the Truth-O-Me... · 0 replies · +1 points

D'oh! Disadvantage me. I scrolled up to get the author's name and somehow came back down with John's. For the record, I should've said Paul. Sorry about that!

613 weeks ago @ Christian Web Trends B... - Putting the Truth-O-Me... · 2 replies · +1 points

Advantage, John.

For #8 about old pages, you can also look at analytics to see how and why people are ending up on that page. In the case of a popular but expired event that isn't going to be repeated, there may be value in keeping it there to offer a bit of historical perspective. (Was the senior citizen hot dog eating contest in 2007 or 2008? And where was it held?) If traffic is getting there, there's either some interest or it's linked elsewhere on your site in a way that's drawing attention.

635 weeks ago @ ChurchCrunch - Get Your Church Online... · 3 replies · +1 points

There are some other cool domain lookup tools listed here:
http://webdesignledger.com/tools/10-useful-tools-...

I recently got excited to see a domain was available according to these types of domain checkers only to learn when I went to buy that it had been registered long ago. These services get it right most of the time, but it's a good idea to check your short list against a definitive whois lookup service, such as http://whois.domaintools.com/[insert domain name]

636 weeks ago @ ChurchCrunch - Protecting Your Email ... · 0 replies · +1 points

Interesting approach. I wonder, though, if some users of such a disclaimer would end up with a false sense of security. It's hard to declare all of your messages off the record by default when you're sharing them via an electronic record. Handling this on an as-needed basis would seem to be clearer than relying on fine print.

Also, what about situations where an email is being read through an employer's network? In those cases, the recipient has probably signed an agreement acknowledging the employer has rights to any such traffic.

636 weeks ago @ ChurchCrunch - Scot McKnight and the ... · 0 replies · +1 points

Rex's prayer for the busy geek comes to mind:
http://www.rexblog.com/2009/11/07/20124

637 weeks ago @ ChurchCrunch - 5 Thoughts about Impro... · 0 replies · +1 points

For blogs that generate tons of comments, the Slashdot rating system is handy because you can filter to see only those comments that receive a certain minimum score.

Having a preview option before publishing a comment is helpful since some systems treat formatting in unexpected ways.

638 weeks ago @ ChurchCrunch - Blogging and 10,000 Hours · 2 replies · +1 points

With all that you crank out, what multiple of 10,000 are you up to by now?

If you take 10-11 hour days at 6 days a week (allowing for one day of rest) you'll get to 10,000 hours in 3 years. The public ministry of Jesus was three years. He didn't need to practice, but maybe the rest of us who do can take it as inspiration.

639 weeks ago @ ChurchCrunch - Finding the Right Volu... · 0 replies · +1 points

From my experience managing volunteers, I'd rather have someone who is passionately interested in helping my ministry even if they don't (yet) have the skills than to have someone who is already a pro in that area but not necessarily committed. (If you can have both then obviously that's ideal.) Our best online ministry volunteers learned the technical skills after the fact so they could make a difference. Many who already had technical skills expressed an interest, but didn't always commit when they have other competing projects in the same field.

Having an honest, detailed job description for the volunteer position with a specific time period (such as a year) also helps find the right volunteers.

639 weeks ago @ ChurchCrunch - Do You Honestly Love W... · 0 replies · +1 points

"I hate writing. I love having written." -- Dorothy Parker

641 weeks ago @ ChurchCrunch - An Online Ministry wit... · 0 replies · +1 points

If your online ministry is supporting a meatspace church then the starting point should be your church's objectives. Determining the ways your online ministry will support those overall objectives gives you your online ministry goals. Once you have those goals then you can figure out which metrics to use.

By following this sequence, your metrics not only help you assess your own ministry, but they also make it much easier to get support from your pastor and to motivate your volunteers. You can clearly show how you're contributing to objectives that the entire community can relate to rather than focusing exclusively on technical stats without that grander context.