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Today I am excited to share this space with my friend Jeff Goins. I asked him to write about something that I struggle with…writing. Jeff has greatly excelled in the area of writing. He has written for Catalyst Space, Relevant Magazine and the place that I dig the most his blog Goinswriter.com. I think you are really going to be able to walk away with some very practical tips on writing. Be sure to show him some love and I think he has a question at the end for you to check out.

I know a lot of people who blog, but don’t necessarily consider themselves writers. They blog, because they know they’re supposed to do it. They blog to build a platform or gain an audience.

Maybe they’re blogging because some SEO expert told them to do it or because their high-profile status requires them to have a blog.

But in all honesty, they don’t like it very much. It’s hard to blog every day, finding something new to say in a brand new way. They’re busy, and the idea of sitting down in front of the computer to blog for 20 or 30 minutes hurts their brains.

“Trying harder” isn’t a viable option. Especially if they’re “creatives” (i.e. designers, photographers, videographers, etc.)

This presents a problem, doesn’t it? Because content is still king. And text is still the dominant medium.

So, what do you do? Here are a few tips that I often give non-writer folks to help them continue to blog:

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This would be amazing

It was meant to be, at least that is what some people think. But I have caught Bieber fever.

But after I tweeted out that I hated to admit that I wanted to go and see the Bieber movie my friend Jeremy reminded me of the fate that was created a while back.

I think this is proof that I must go.

Okay, own up, who has seen Biebers movie or wants to see it?

*kyle

Each shot in this video is awe-inspiring.

This feels like life.

Roots that are waiting to find a place to grow.
Potential that is waiting to shine.
Quietness to focus on life.

May we become like trees and grow

Growing is Forever from Jesse Rosten on Vimeo.

*kyle

The Future of Foursquare continues to be uncharted and unexplored by many business. The power of the check-in has been felt by very few “mayor’s” across North America and many are just now unlocking the potential that could very well be the “next big thing.”
But exploring Foursquare and the church could be a whole new thing.

You might be wondering how could a church use an app that rewards people for checking in? Or for that matter how could someone be the “mayor” of a church?

Those are valid questions that can be debated, but Foursquare has more good then bad and is another tool that can be used by churches and is free.

But before we get into the what we have to look at the why.

Lets change the why we need to shift our focus to the win. What is the win for you and your church to start using foursquare? Simply put, more people that check-in to church provides more chances for you to interact, engage, and research. Think about this, you have a pastor stand on stage and ask the audience to fill out a notebook that provides their name, phone number and email address every Sunday. The main purpose for this is to find out who was there and how can we contact them. This is a fairly easy way to take notice of all that are in attendance that morning. Now bring foursquare (and twitter) into that equation. Instead of asking people voluntarily “check-in” providing their name, twitter name, and sometimes email. You have instantly see who is at church that Sunday and not only that you can provide a follow up message after each check-in.

What do I mean by a follow up message. Check out what Park Community Church in Chicago does with foursquare

A free drink? Heck ya. A simple little message could be the thing that brings someone into your coffee shop which then provides your staff to get a chance to interact with them, ask them how they are doing, but not only that give them coffee instead of those cheesy visitor packets that seem more lame then good.

Declaring the win is important in choosing the reason for using Foursquare at your church.

I believe this area of foursquare is very unexplored but filled with potential. Here are a couple of ideas that I think you could implement to bring foursquare to your church.

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WordPress 3.1 has been released. There has been some new design elements and features for developers that should make life a little easier. You can read all about the new features here

One feature that I wanted to talk about that I find highly annoying is the new admin bar that is displayed across the top of your site. When seeing this I immediately wanted to get rid of it. I went on a search and found out exactly how to accomplish this.

Removing WordPress.com Style Admin Bar

If you have not seen what I am talking about here is a quick shot of my site:

That got annoying the first time I saw it. Here is how to remove it.
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This video has special meaning to me and @Jeremy_Chandler.

Why? Well I cannot tell you that, but at least your can enjoy a great video this afternoon.

Shy Ronnieeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

*kyle