Blog Anniversary – 5 Years

I published the first post on this blog five years ago. At that time I was using blogger.com as the platform and was thinking about using it as a tool to communicate with the congregation for whom I cared. A lot has changed since then, but some things have stayed the same:

  • I hope that people in the community and congregation where I serve will be able to read this blog to know me a bit better.
  • Writing helps me process things
  • I am humbled that there are people that actually want to read what I have to write.
  • There is an ebb and flow to my blogging.
Looking ahead, what kind of posts would you most enjoy?

Leaving WordPress.com for Google+

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.

http://twitter.com/#!/andrewconard/status/89782495683428352

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:

Pros

  • 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.

Cons

  • 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.

Vacation = Out of the Cloud

I have a habit of being connected online which at times borders on an addiction. I connect via my iPhone, desktop computer at church and laptop at home or on the road.

Not on vacation. Nicole and I are headed to Estes Park, Colorado tomorrow. From May 8 to May 19, I will not:

  • Boot up my laptop.
  • Use my iPhone in any way other than as a phone.
  • Check my email – @gmail.com or @cor.org

Goodbye Twitter, Facebook, WordPress, Google Reader, Remember the Milk, Google Docs, Spark People. For a few days, at least…

I will have a blog post pre-scheduled here for May 18 and I’ll come back online May 19.

Until then, enjoy of the top posts from the last 30 days:

Speedlinking – February 4, 2009

Why I use WordPress.com (1 of 6)

I use WordPress.com to blog because it is free and it is open source. It is also the softward that is used to run all the blogs hosted at cor.org. I switched from Blogger a couple years ago because I wanted a little more of an independent feel and appreciated that WordPress can be used as a simple content management system. In other words, it could be used by any church to start a free, simple and well designed website. I continue to appreciate the innovation from WordPress and steady new updates. Thinking about getting started in WordPress? Check out this video.

What platform do you use to blog and why do you like it?