Month: November 2008

Be Honest and Show Candor

From the series Blogging Guidelines for Pastors: Be Honest and Show Candor If we mess up, admit to it and share a plan for how we intend to fix it. timberland boots 2017 Show humility and transparency at every turn.

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Write Like You Would in an Email to a Friend

From the series Blogging Guidelines for Pastors: Write Like You Would in an Email to a Friend Blogging is conversational and first-person.|admin:123!@# Like emailing a friend, the approach is intentional and thoughtful, but not constrained by format, language, or protocol.

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Regional (Florida) CITRT Event – January 26th, 2009

Here is the official announcement to Florida churches that the Church IT Roundtable event is a go for January 26th, 2009. Host church will be Christ Fellowship, West Palm Beach. My team threw up a little event wiki to get us started, so feel free to check it out and register (if you are a Florida church) at

We are also going to try something new that I am calling Vendor Flavor. Rolls off the tongue doesn’t it? VENDOR FLAVOR. Here is the bottom line of that part of the event:

6 vendors each demo their product in 7 minutes and then have 3 minutes to answer questions and get off the stage.

I’m really excited to be able to host this event at our church and to get to know all these very capable IT people in other churches. If you know anyone working in IT or Web in a Florida church or ministry, please be sure to let them know about the upcoming event.

Posted in Community, Knowledge Management, Training

WordPress Redesign

I have been a user of WordPress since it’s first release. In fact, I used its’ problematic daddy “b2” before that. When everyone was foaming at the mouth with glee about Moveable Type, I was sticking it out with WordPress. Since then it has become a dream to work with and I recommend it to anyone who wants to self-host a blog. In fact, for ministries wanting to build a website of less than 25 pages, WordPress is a sensible default since there are now website focused themes like VibrantCMS out there that makes it dead simple. The only thing you really give up in WordPress as Content Management System is photography placement options alongside the text in pages and posts.|meshi:meshi01 So, this morning when I heard again that WordPress would be redesigned in the back-end, I got excited. The dev team has made very few backward steps over the years with the interface and things keep getting better and better. One thing they have managed to do consistently is work well for all types of blogs, whether that be single-blogger once a month posting or multi-author blogs with 25 posts a day. My only complaint the last three years has been that the editing/drafting box wasn’t wide enough to leverage my 17″ Macbook Pro’s display…|admin:pass1 or any wide display for that matter. Well, they now seem to be on a development track to fix that one as well.|admin:melanie You can check out all the WordPress 2.7 Wireframes here, or sneak a preview by checking out the image below. Besides the wider writing area, I also love that the menu has moved to left-side and is now collapsable. It may just be that I am viewing this in mono-tone and it is appealing to my minimalist senses, but it appears to me the interface has a more Google Apps feel to it as well. Other improvements seem to be a sharper focus on tagging, more accessible media tools, searching and filtering of things, and the presentation of where you are within the application. The whole design now seems to be focused on getting things done and taking action on your blog. To quote the wireframe documentation:

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