Month: April 2007

Why I Created a New Site and Moved My Posts

The Reason for the Move

The reason for moving is simple, really. My wife asked to make the other site pink. I started that other blog to get some things off my chest. It was supposed to be purely personal and focused on my interests. I learned over time though my interest is business, my passion is people, and my playground is ministry. Sure, I love my hobbies and writing about things most people don’t cover. I’ll just keep the more personal stuff over there now (along with heaps of family photos and maybe a few comments from my lovely wife), and blog about business, ministry, technology, and web marketing over here.

What I Hope to Do Here

When it comes down to it, I want to have conversations with people who also want to see blogging and digital communities make a difference in our world. Whether it be presidential campaigns, saving the earth, or making people happy, I want to invest time in virtual spaces with people who I might learn something from. With some careful listening and well-time words, I might even contribute something to the journey someone else is taking. I believe web marketing and web technology are tools we can use to improve our lives and our children’s lives. When tethered together in a network, the natively impersonal device of a computer becomes a seat at the table of a global conversation that was never possible before. I want to help others contribute something meaningful while at the table. We each have a voice, so let’s use it and the tools we have at our disposal.

Posted in Writing

What Ministry Technology, Church IT, and Web Ministry People Have in Common

The Answer: Technology

This blog entry won’t be interesting to the majority of my regular readers. But, I wanted to respond to a great conversation on the formation of a Church IT “group” going on over on the blogs of Jason Powell and Tony Dye. I am posting this on my personal blog because A) it is longer than a comment should ever be, and B) it offers a different view than what seems to be the consensus on those two sites that a national, professional organization should be formed. Feel free to hack/mod/refute my points here and keep the other threads focused (unless their authors introduce some of my ideas there).

Who Are You Anyway?

In many respects, I am on the fringe of Technology Ministry conversations. Most of you will not have heard of me, because I lurk a lot. A LOT. I run the Web Ministry for a biggie-sized church in North Texas. Have been doing Ministry Technology work for about 7 years in everything from desktop support to data center build-outs. I am a technology generalist/strategist who sees the big picture and am the worst sys admin ever (seriously, I’m embarrassed). I blog about Web Ministry sometimes too. I have spoken about scalable Content Management at MinistryCom and NRB. I help small businesses with formation and technology planning. Blah blah.

Posted in Web Ministry

From Bubble Graphs to Mind Maps

Bubble Graphs

I can honestly say there are almost no learning techniques from Jr. High that I have carried forward through my short academic life into business. However, there is one gift that a now nameless, faceless teacher once gave me. That gift was the ability to put my thoughts on paper first, and then dork with them and refine them. She (I think it was a “she”) called them “Bubble Graphs”, but the point was to brainstorm about a topic for a speech, a paper, or an argument and document things. Then go back and do the organization and structuring of those thoughts, with a final output being an outline.

Those of you who have conversed with me for more than a few moments know that my brain multi-threads pretty well when thinking, speaking, and typing. It doesn’t do so well with multi-tasking actual work, but it is highly optimized for thinking. This becomes problematic when my environment puts certain constraints on me, like for instance time, energy, and sleep. So, in time I developed a method of getting my rapid, fluid thoughts out of my brain and onto one of these “Bubble Graphs”.

Posted in Design, Programming, Writing