I have been using Lift as a tool to help restart this blog and I thought I would share with you some of that process. One of the steps is identifying an ideal target person – someone for whom this blog is written. So, here goes:
The ideal target person for this blog is Methodist clergy, church staff or committed layperson.
Q: What are they passionate about?
They are passionate about spiritual renewal in the people and congregations of the United Methodist Church.
They care deeply about introducing people to Jesus and helping others grow in their faith.
Q: What are their goals?
They want to be effective in their ministry in the local church.
They want to have a fulfilling personal and professional life
Q: What are their fears?
They are afraid that they have to be on the extreme right or left to find theological companions on their journey.
They are afraid they do not have the resources they need to be effective.
They are afraid that the United Methodist church is doomed.
They are afraid that they are the only ones that don’t have it all figured out
Q: Why should they care about your blog?
They should care about my blog because they will find:
resources which they may need for effectiveness
encouragement and guidance to be fruitful in ministry,
examples from someone who has gone before them in ministry
new ideas for day to day life
So, dear reader, does this describe you? What is on target? What is missing?
Perhaps, most importantly, what are your answers to some of these questions?
I am a fan of technology. Technology can be used in a variety of ways that vary from mundane, productive, entertaining and more. I have recently started using an app that has made a tangible difference in my behavior in the real world. An app that is helping me make progress on things that I care about in my real life.
Lift is an iPhone and Android app that “employs coaching, community, and data to help you be your best.” According to their website, it provides:
Coaching – Stay motivated with guidance, encouragement, and optional reminders.
Community – Learn from thousands of experts and users following similar goals.
Data – Lift makes it easy to track, analyze, and celebrate progress.
I joined the Better Blogging in 30 Days plan which has helped me begin to update this blog after a long time away. I use Lift for a variety of daily habits I want to maintain or start and commend it to you.
What tools do you use to make progress on those things about which you care the most?
There have been many opinions shared about how Google+ (a new social network from Google) has had an impact on the online social media scene. People have posited that Google+ will eventually cause people to leave another network. I posted about this possibility myself.
After conversation with a good friend, I realized that there is value to maintaining connections with others in that way. So, I’ll likely be on Facebook, Twitter and Google+ for the foreseeable future.
I have been wondering about the possibility of sharing my thoughts on faith, life and ministry at Google+ instead of WordPress.com. Here are some pros and cons of this switch:
Google+ is built for sharing in a network, therefore, sharing thoughts, feelings and opinions that I hope might spread on Google+ makes it one step easier for people to share with others (instead of Tweeting a link to a post)
Google+ is built to draw people back through integration across Google web properties – this would increase the possibility that people would continue to comment on a post, thus creating a conversation. Personally, I hardly ever revisit a blog post after leaving a comment to see if there are other comments added.
Social profile and content creation are simplified for me by being at one location.
Google+ is not yet public (yet), thus limiting reach
Google+ does not have the ability to schedule posts in advance
Google+ does not have analytics available around any particular post
I have reposted the content of several of my blog posts from WordPress over the past week and have received about as many or more comments on Google+ with the addition to a share. Will you please share your thoughts, feelings or opinions?
PS – If you want an invite to Google+ leave a comment using an @gmail.com email address and I will send you an invitation.
After a week and a half, I finally managed to put up the rest of my notes from SXSW Interactive. I suppose that shorter blogging breaks is indicative of more regular blogging. I have several weeks worth of posts in mind and I hope to be more regular about blogging.