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Blogging 101: Introduction

I hope to equip other Resurrection staff to blog. In a few weeks, I will be leading a set of two workshops:

  • Blogging 101: Introduction – What is it? Why would I want to do it?
  • Blogging 201: Getting Started – Hands on at a computer

Here is the deal, I need your help in making sure that this is the best possible presentation. I have developed the following presentation for use in the 101 course. I will use Keynote live so the transitions and formatting will be much smoother, but the main content is here.

After presentation with the staff, I hope to be able to better develop this online and as a resource for others.

In regard to this presentation:

  • What needs to be added?
  • What would you change?
  • What might be added in a follow up document to go with the presentation?

By Andrew Conard

Christian, husband, son, brother, homeowner

12 replies on “Blogging 101: Introduction”

I think the content looks pretty good. I would make the following suggestions: (and you may already be planning on doing them…)

1. Download and embed the Blogging in Plain English into the keynote presentation and play it as part of your presentation, probably right at the beginning. (You may already be planning on doing this) I think that it might give you a great springboard into the rest of the content.

2. For the “Why Blog at Church?” section, I would have some blogs from different pastors/churches/staff members in some browser windows so you can demonstrate how a blog can fulfill, to some extent, the purposes you are outlining.

3. For the “Read Blogs” section, I would have in some browser windows a selection of different blogs that you read, hopefully that cover a range of topics and purposes.

4. For the “Getting Started” section, I would quickly go through
the process of setting up a blog on both WordPress and Blogger. I know that you are going to go in-depth on that in the 201 class, but it might be useful to show that it really is simple and takes hardly any time at all.

5. For the “Participate in the Community” section, I would have your blog in a browser window so you can demonstrate what this looks like.

6. The “Resources” page might be better as an email, so people can just follow the links instead of having to write down long urls.

In a follow up document, I would simply provide links to blogger, wordpress, google reader, common craft, and the links of the resource page.


I think that it looks great, and I agree with he whom is all sorts of deviant. I am not sure who your audience would be, but you might paint the picture of how a church’s website is the new “front door” to the church, and a blog, though not always : ), has the potential of being the new class room/small group/congregation.

Also, you might consider saying something to the fact that not every post has to be some great thought provoking point that will change one’s faith forever. Sometimes blogging is also used for connection. I think that church staff are sometimes seen as unrelatable, and posts about you help to break those boundaries. With personal posts/blogs, I might recommend a book like No One Cares What You Had for Lunch, 100 Ideas for Your Blog by Margaret Mason.

Fabulous idea! Way to go!

One of the reasons that I blog is because it lets me write out thoughts and feelings for the day/week. I get to use it as a journal so I can go back and reflect on the changes in my life. I have seen myself grow and mature in the year that I have been blogging. The presentation puts a lot of emphasis on how you can use blogging to reach other people (which is extremely important) but doesn’t mention anything about how it helps you grow. Just a thought.

Other than that I am very impressed and excited that you are pushing for more blogs from the church.

The above comments are from folks who know much about blogging than I do. I would like to relay what I am finding with our virtual accountability blog, . See I still cannot embed a hyperlink in a comment.
I have found being accountable each day is a very valuable supplement to an in person accountability group that meets weekly. Meeting weekly causes me to either forget areas that need attention or worse I remember all areas that need attention and they overwhelm me. Daily accountability allows issues to be dealt with as they present resulting in Bart being more receptive to the whispers of the Spirit. We have more to learn in the area of attendance and how to contact those who “do not show up”. I would love any suggestions.
Good luck and I would love a copy of the presentation.


Perhaps after you have perfected this presentation for COR staff, the conference would schedule presentations for smaller churches and their leaders. As Janell said, a blog can be a “front door” to a church. For a small church, a blog is more easily maintained than a church website and can provide a much more personal connection.

deviantmonk, MommaBlogger, Janelle, Scott, Bart, Marcia Philbrick, and Gavin – Thank you, thank you, thank you for your advice and guidance. I hope to have incorporated nearly all of these comments into the upcoming presentation. Look for continued updates.

deviantmonk – I think that it is a good idea to walk people through different types of posts, but I think that I may let them explore on their own – in an attempt to make it a shorter presentation.

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