Archive - May, 2009

Sunday Funday: Real Life Twitter

This would be so much fun to try. Anybody feel like going downtown?

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The Top 5 Posts of the Week

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Here’s what you liked this week:

1. How Is it Possible to be This Awful? See if you can guess what the cultural guffaw is.

2. BeDeviant.com Welcomes a New Sponsor! CloverSites.com: I love the fact that the readers of this site want to know more about who we are partnering with! Want to sponsor us? Check out the details here.

3. One Day as a Lion! Aside from being the name of Zach de la Rocha’s new side project, this post looked at boldness through the eyes of Scripture. Where can you be more bold?

4. The 21st Century Church: The Pastors Wife: This continues to be the most popular post from the series “The 21st Century Church“. Check it out.

5. Putting Social Media to Work For You: My sister is making social media work for her, and it’s paying off. You have access to more tools than you can imagine!

Recap, refresh, re-read, or check out these posts for the first time. Enjoy.

Use Twitter “Favorites” to Rule the World!

This post originally appeared on our sister site, ChurchTweets.com. Check it out for all the latest social media strategies for ministry!

For the longest time, I couldn’t quite figure out how to use the “Favorites” function on Twitter:

Do I mark tweets I find humorous? If so, why? Am I ever going to look at them again? Probably not.
Do I mark tweets of my own that I like? That seems kind of vain. Pass.
Do I mark the tweets of my friends to make sure I don’t miss them? That’s what groups are for on Tweetdeck and Seesmic Desktop.

Then I found my answer: Links. You favorite the links in tweets that you want to read later. Brilliant!

When you’re following a significant amount of people (more than 200), your “tweeps” are bound to post links that sound interesting that you just don’t have the time to look into at the moment. That’s when you click the little star, send them to your “favorites” pile, and read them when you can.

Favorites on Twitter is what Delicious.com is for bookmarks. It’s like a self-selecting RSS feed of all the best links that you yourself have picked out. It makes my use of Twitter much more enjoyable and productive when I don’t have to worry about reading every, single piece of information that comes my way.

Plus, when you uncover a real gem (because you have time to read the interesting ones now), you can retweet with confidence and watch your Twitter stock grow. After all, the best Twitter users are the ones that bring value.

Try it out for yourselves. I think you’ll dig it. (Oh, and don’t forget to follow me while you’re at it!).

Putting Social Media to Work For You

My sister, Kristin, and I were talking online today about entrepreneurship and social media. She publishes an amazing health and lifestyle blog, and it’s starting to get some traction.

Why? Because she’s making social media work for her and it, as it were, is working hard.

She got an email from a vendor today asking if they could send her their product for her to review and feature on her blog. There were some other details associated with it, but the gist of it was, “We like what you’re doing and we want to partner with you.”

Did she seek this company out asking to review her product? No.
Did she spend hours of her own time developing an intricate marketing strategy? Nope.
Did she spend one red cent in getting her company off the ground? Not one.

She simply started a blog, got a Twitter account, and started posting about the things that she is most passionate about: Eating, running, and traveling. Then people started contacting her to be a part of what she is doing. People and companies are attracted to passion.

In her own words she said, “I just auto-posted my blog posts to Twitter and it did the rest. Twitter working for me!” Genius.

The excuses for taking chances wth what you feel you’ve been created to do are becoming fewer and fewer. Barriers are being broken down daily. The tools are out there. Anyone can join the game.

What do you want to tell the world about?.

One Day as a Lion!

I came across this verse this morning and I love it:

Proverbs 28:1: The wicked run away when no one is chasing them,
but the godly are as bold as lions.

Sheesh. Bring it, Solomon.

It got me thinking, “I can afford to be a lot more bold than I currently am.” When I look at people like Ben Arment and Anne Jackson, I get inspired. Homeys be makin’ it happen. (Ben’s post about kids with famous parents still haunts me, as I think he’s spot on.)

If there’s a theme emerging in my life and in the life of BeDeviant.com, it’s that God can afford our failures. He’s not up for blind stupidity, but he is up for us taking chances–”sanctified guesses” as Mark Batterson put it.

Ben wrote this morning, “A few friends are making murmurs of departure from cubicle life to follow their dreams. I think God is stirring our generation.”

I would agree. The Spirit is breathing and I, for one, am going to catch that wind.

Where do you need to be more bold?

  • A new business idea you’ve had forever?
  • Asking a girl out that you’ve liked forever?
  • Going back to school?
  • Launching a new ministry in your church?

Where could you stand to take a few more chances? What gets you excited?

Please share..

New Sponsor: BeDeviant.com Welcomes Clover!

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Everyone, please join me in giving a warm welcome to the newest edition to the BeDeviant.com family… CloverSites.com!

Stop me if you’re heard this before:

1. Growing ministry (church plant, parachurch organization, new ministry initiative, etc.) needs website.

2. Growing ministry goes to build website, realizes it takes a.) A lot of work, b.) A lot of money, c.) A lot of work and money.

3. Growing ministry either a.) gets frustrated and tries to “build their own” or, b.) spends entire year’s budget on a website that could launch a rocket into outer space.

Enter Clover.

Clover “makes websites for growing ministries” and they do it well. (They’re also affordable too. Bonus!)

So surf on over and check out their work. Also, make sure to shoot ’em a line and thank them for supporting the community of BeDeviant.com!

Are you interested in sponsoring BeDeviant.com as well? Check out our sponsors page and give us a shout….

Your Ministry Tweetquarters: ChurchTweets.com

Tweet!

Whatever John Saddington touches usually turns to Web 2.0-gold. (Although he might disagree with me!)

A few months back, Jon (a.k.a. “Human3rror“) started a ministry-focused Twitter directory called ChurchTweets.com. Basically CT is an all-encompassing, Twitter-for-ministry solution. It provides a “who’s who” of ministry-related Twitterers as well as Twitter tips, tricks, news, and strategy. It’s everything you wanted to know about Twitter-for-ministry (but were afraid to ask).

John put out a call for new leadership to step up and “take over” the day-to-day for the site. Over 50 people “applied.” Three were chosen. I’m excited to let you know that I was chosen as one of those three!

What does this mean?

It means I’ll be doing regular weekly posting along with fellow editors Jay Caruso and Luke DeMoss. It means I’ll be finding some of the best uses of Twitter + ministry and highlighting them on ChurchTweets.com. It means I’ll be seeing “how deep the rabbit hole goes” with God and social media.

We’re always looking for a “few good wo/men,” too. Got ideas? Are you using Twitter in a creative way for your ministry? Got the gift of gab? Want to contribute? Get a hold of Luke and we’ll get you started.

Thanks to John and to my fellow editors Jay and Luke. I’m really looking forward to seeing what’s in store. Follow the conversation on Twitter using the #churchtweets hashtag.!.

Just Say ‘No’! Godin Brings the Heat For Realz!

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I read this post today by Seth Godin and was stunned by the simplicity and clarity:

If you’ve got talent, people want more of you. They ask you for this or that or the other thing. They ask nicely. They will benefit from the insight you can give them.

The choice: You can dissipate your gift by making the people with the loudest requests temporarily happy, or you can change the world by saying ‘no’ often.

You can say no with respect, you can say no promptly and you can say no with a lead to someone who might say yes. But just saying yes because you can’t bear the short-term pain of saying no is not going to help you do the work.

Saying no to loud people gives you the resources to say yes to important opportunities.

You’re talented. You know that you are. So what do you find yourself needing to say “no” to?

It starts slow: A flattering email asking for more time or resources (for free). A lunch that turns into two which turns into five. A $500 project that has now turned into a $15,000 one, although you’re still back at $500 in “funds acquired”.

Where are you suffering the slow death of “one thousand yes’es?” I like no. Don’t you?.

What Do You Need to Remember?

Being as today is Memorial Day, I want to ask you three simple questions:

1. What do you need to remember?

2. What do you never want to forget?

3. What are you most excited to experience before next Memorial Day?

Mine shake down like this:

1. I need to remember that I’m further down the road than I realize, but not as far as I want to be.

2. I never want to forget that ice melt in the winter means dead grass in the summer.

3. This one’s easy: The birth of our first child (September 9th, 2009).

Now it’s your turn!

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Sunday Funday: The Wonderfully Bizarre

Since Memorial Day is the unofficial start to summer, here’s “Summer Song” to get things started. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you YΔCHT:

This is some killer indie-electronica stuff. I listen to it when I’m writing papers or need to be incredibly creative. If I made music. this is the kind I would make. Enjoy.

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