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1 BLOGGING AND MINISTRY FALL 2012 Blogging Workshop By J. Lauren Mondala Circulation & Public Services Librarian The United Library

2 What is a blog? "Blog" is an abbreviated version of "weblog." Web sites that maintain an ongoing chronicle of information. A blog features diary-type commentary and links to articles on other Web sites, usually presented as a list of entries in reverse chronological order. Blogs come in all shapes and sizes-from the very personal to business and politics.

3 What is a blog? http://commoncraft.com A video for people who wonder why blogs are such a big deal.

4 Blogs vs. Websites Blogs Made-up primarily of articles called posts. Posts can be organized by topics or tags. Most blogs have an expectation of interaction with the readers. Websites Made-up of informational pages. Variety of purposes (.com,.org,.gov,.edu) Interaction is not always an expectation. Can contain or link to blogs.

5 Blogs and ministry? Help people find your church online. Another platform for social interaction and community building. Display and publicize mission work. Spotlight, recruit and promote youth groups. Meeting your members where they are.

6 Blogs and ministry? Various blogs about the mission and ministry of the Episcopal Church  Panorama blogs of the Episcopal Chur episcopal-churchch Panorama blogs of the Episcopal Chur episcopal-churchch John Meunier’s blog about Wesleyan theology, being a United Methodist pastor  Scott Hodge, lead pastor of The Orchard Community in Aurora, IllinoisThe Orchard Community 

7 Getting Started

8 Platforms Wordpress Self-hosted Wordpress Blogger Tumblr

9 Planning What specific audience do you intend to reach with your blog?  Distance Members?  Local Members?  Young Adults?  Youth Groups?  Other congregations? Write a mission statement

10 Planning How will your reach your readers? How will your readers communicate with you?  Will they be able to post comments?  Will you mediate the comments?  The importance of commenting back.

11 Content Post regularly Post original content Invite guest posts

12 Content Site your sources  If you are linking to another’s blog or website, it is good practice to display the entire source of the link in some fashion.  For more information on linking, see Stanford University Library’s article on fair use here. ( Be mindful of copyright material  Legally, publishing something to the web is exactly like publishing it to print.  Even though your blog may be a non-for-profit, fair use guidelines do not apply if your content is published publicly on the internet.

13 Content Extras Widgets or plug-ins  Slideshows  Current weather reports  Facebook like button  Facebook/Twitter share buttons  Contact form  A ‘pin it’ pinterst button  Google analytics  Flikr or instagram  Automatically send a shout out about a new blog post on Facebook as well

14 Images Slideshow widgets Take your own photos Always get permission from individuals to post their picture Draw your own images Public domain pictures  Creative Commons Licenses Creative Commons Licenses  Flickr, only use work with artists permission. Flickr *Cite your sources*

15 WordPress

16 Blogger Need a Google account

17 RSS and Readers RSS is short for Really Simple Syndication. A RSS Reader is a software program that will gather up all of your RSS feeds so that you can scan the latest headlines all in one place. Web based Desktop Netvibes example Google Reader Example

18 Annotated Bibliography Bailey, Brian. The Blogging Church: Sharing the Story of Your Church Through Blogs. San Francisco, CA: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2007. This 2007 practical handbook tackles several frequently asked questions by new ministry bloggers. Chapters explore why a church might blog, understanding the difference between a technology tool and toy in addition to helpful advice on marketing and building online communities that really connect with the brick and mortar church. Several blogging pastors as well as popular bloggers contribute.

19 Annotated Bibliography Rice, Jesse. The Church of Facebook: How the hyperconnected are redefining community. Colorado Springs, CO: David C. Cook, 2009. “Jesse Rice believes that Facebook offers a profound look at our deepest needs. Join Jesse as he explores social networking and its impact on culture and the church. Filled with fresh perspectives and provocative questions, The Church of Facebook encourages us to pursue authentic relationships with God and those around us”. - Publisher, David C. Cook

20 Annotated Bibliography Vogt, Brandon. The Church and New Media: Blogging converts, online activists, and bishops who tweets. Huntington, IN: Our Sunday Visitor, 2011. “…We're experiencing the most explosive communication shift since the printing press. What does this mean for the Church? How can Christians harness these new tools to reach out, to teach, to cultivate community, to change the world? Following Pope Benedict's call to set sail on the digital continent, The Church and New Media explores the benefits and dangers of New Media, while guiding Christians through this new digital landscape”.-Publisher

21 Annotated Bibliography Stephenson, Mark M. Web-Empowered Ministry: Connecting with people through websites, social media, and more. Nashville, TN: Abington Press, 2011. “For [Mark] Stephenson, the internet may be used effectively to conduct and expand ministry...Starting by debunking ten popular and oft-heard excuses as to why churches don’t have web ministries, Stephenson challenges, encourages, and empowers church staffs and laity to embark on something new for the sake of the effectiveness and scope of the gospel message. The specifics of just how such a ministry will be implemented will of course vary from place to place. For any and all, Stephenson’s guidelines, tips, cautions, and insights will prove enormously instructive and helpful”. -Patricia Farris, Ministry Matters

22 Articles & Resources Daniel, Lillian. "Church netiquette." Christian Century 126, no. 13 (June 30, 2009): 26-28. Academic Search Premier, EBSCOhost (accessed October 17, 2012). Rand, Lenora. "The church on Facebook: why we need virtual community." Christian Century 126, no. 13 (June 30, 2009): 22-23. ATLA Religion Database with ATLASerials, EBSCOhost (accessed October 17, 2012). Vogt, B 2011, 'IT DEEPENS FELLOWSHIP', Christianity Today, 55, 12, pp. 54- 55, Academic Search Premier, EBSCOhost, viewed 17 October 2012.

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