Wednesday, October 31, 2012

A Blog on Blogging



Have you ever found yourself in a room with 400 Christian women bloggers? That was me this past weekend during a three-day Allume Conference at the Hilton Hotel, Harrisburg. These women love God, and they love to blog. It doesn’t get any better than that. Thought you might be interested in some conference highlights:

Phil Vischer, creator of Veggie Tales, spoke on giving up your dream. You may not know, but his Big Idea company went bankrupt through mismanagement, and Phil had to say good-bye to Bob the Tomato, Larry the Cucumber and Junior Asparagus. The point of Phil’s keynote was: When you’re ready to give up your dreams, you’re ready to be used of God.

Sarah Mae, founder of the conference from Lititz, PA, spoke on keeping your life. She urged we guard addiction to the Internet because it may cost you your family life. We all know people are more important than posts, but it’s easy to get wrapped up in blogging.

Erin Ulrich shared blog basics. I now realize why I can’t always do things I want to do on Blogger. “Self hosted” WordPress might offer more choices.

“From Little Things, Big Things Grow” was the topic of ProBlogger Darren Rowse, my favorite speaker. He shared how as a young adult pastor he stumbled upon a blog on theology and recognized the power of blogging. Today he earns six figures. (Not through theology blogs, however) His points:
  1. We all start little; celebrate the growth you have.
  2. Be yourself.
  3. Small may be big enough. If you change one reader, your blog is big enough.
  4. Define success and set some goals.
  5. Aim to have an impact on those you already reach.
  6. Look for sparks of energy (topics of interest) and build on them.
  7. Take a 15-Minute-a-Day challenge to grow your blog.
  8. Give up the fork. By that he meant, dive into life. He illustrated the point by telling of a young girl eating a mud pie (chocolate goodie; he’s Australian) without a fork and enjoying the experience.
 Logan Wolfram told of writing a blog ranting at God after she experienced a miscarriage. God spoke to her heart through the aftermath.

Those are just a few weekend highlights that touched my heart. Of course there were many other workshops. Many of my questions were not answered, but I learned where to go for answers: www.bloggingwithamy and www.problogger.net pretty much answer any blogging-related questions you may have.

Last month I shared that I was thinking about writing a Through-the-Bible-In-A-Year book because it’s vitally important for us to know the overall message of scripture. Well, instead, I’m considering a Through-the-Bible blog. I would summarize about three chapters of scripture a day in 150 words, then add a personal experience story. Would you be interested in following such a blog? Leave a “yes” comment below if you would so I can gauge whether I would have any followers.

Visit www.friendsoftheheart.us to keep up with our engagements or to order books. If you want multiple copies of any combination for Christmas, call me at 727-692-2721 and I’ll give you $2 off the price of each book and a special deal on shipping too.

Have a Blessed Thanksgiving.

Shirley Brosius

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