September is assessment month… and the fifth anniversary of eQuipping for eMinistry! If you would like me to look at your blog this month, I will be happy to give you my assessment. I can only guarantee an assessment for the first twenty Campus Crusade for Christ staff blogs. If I receive requests beyond that, I may or may not be able to get to them, so send an email to e4e at cru dot org with a link to your blog as soon as you read this.
You have a lot of possibilities for a signup form for your MailChimp subscribers. I also have links to show you how to set up your forms.
In addition to focusing on ministry and eMinistry, this particular post fits in with all of the four different emphases in the You-Can-Too series: setting up your database and website, and communicating through social media and MailChimp.
Most blogging platforms make it fairly easy to give your blog the look of a web page. Your simplest solution is to at least have an “About” Page.
I’m sure you’re aware of the growing collaborative nature of the internet (see this Wikipedia explanation of Web 2.0). Many ministry sites are leaving behind passive web sites and moving ahead to involve others in ministry using the internet. If you want to change the world using volunteers and/or disciples who are freely contributing to a project, whether or not you plan to use technology to do it, then I recommend you watch this excellent thirteen-minute Ted talk by Clay Shirky, an expert on the social and economic effects of technology.
Do you need to update the look of your blog or website? This photo of a century-old newspaper looks cluttered to the modern reader; we like lots of white space. Ouch. […]
Every spring, the blog tour helps you discover Campus Crusade for Christ blogs. We hope you’ll find a new blog that you would like to follow and share with your friends through Facebook and Twitter.
Think about ways that you can use your 404 page to educate, encourage, or entertain. Hopefully your site is organized well enough that people won’t see the page often, but they will eventually — it might as well be a positive experience!
Thank you to all visitors for encouraging the growth of eQuipping for eMinistry (e4e). Because of you, e4e readers, the effort of producing this site has been fruitful and fulfilling. Thank you!
Would you like to add JESUS Film banners to your blog or website to help promote the re-mastered DVD and the 35th anniversary of this CCC ministry? I’ve got complete instructions for you.
The World Wide Web was “born” 25 years ago. The inventor, Tim Berners-Lee, and others are currently addressing Internet issues like censorship, affordability, availability, freedom from spying and privacy invasion, and more.
Did you know uninvited data trackers are aware of your surfing history, email access, medical info, and more? I recommend some measures you can take.
Have you noticed that your “About page” is one of your most-visited pages on your blog or website? It makes sense that this page should be current, well thought-out, and engaging.
Getty Images offers a broad spectrum of stock photography, recently making it even easier for bloggers to obtain and use their quality photos.
Do you have a blog, website, or social media ministry to a specific country? Knowing about particular searches could help bring in more readers. Specific Bible verses and key words might bring the readers you’re looking for to your website or blog.
Miheret has learned a lot about using Facebook for ministry. He helped with a Facebook page for the “Love Ethiopia Festival with Andrew Palau”. (Read the impact report from the Luis Palau Association to learn what God did.) This post was published in late October with his advice and tips for keeping engagement high on a Facebook page to promote an event.
How do you discover what tech tools fit your lifestyle and your ministry? I know from talking with many staff that sometimes it’s hard to even know what you need or what might be available for you. Also, I’ve found that people might decide what tool to use, but it actually may not be their best choice. Cost, ease-of-use, compatibility, and whether a tool is out-dated might all factor in what you choose to do.
For those of you following the You-Can-Too series, this post is designed to help you make a personalized plan for what you’ll learn in 2014. In January, we’re planning for the year. Save room in your schedule for actionable steps as we move into next month. [Read more...]
If you use photos in a blog, a brochure, or your prayer letter, you should understand copyright laws. Using music on a video may also have copyright issues.
I recommend you read the entire article, “Using Copyrighted Material”, on the Staff Web. In fact, this article contains essential information for Cru staff, so set aside some time today to read it. [Continue reading...]
When I noticed today’s Google Doodle, commemorating Grace Hopper’s birthday, I enjoyed learning about her. Grace M. Hopper (1906 – 1992) made significant contributions to computer technology. She was often referred to as “Amazing Grace.”
When I watched this video interview of our Director for Digital Strategies for Southern and Eastern Africa, I knew this was a good time to remind you of opportunities to learn about digital strategies.
I wrote earlier in Watch Out for Photo Sizes: A Tutorial about the need to compress photos (think: “volume”). Now this post is about resizing the dimensions of photos (think: “puzzle pieces”). The previous post was about large photos taking up a lot of space in media libraries for blogs and for MailChimp and in your friends’ eMail inboxes. This post is about making photos the right size to fit a space. [Read more...]
The length of your blog post or web article matters and here’s what you might want to do about it.