Using Google Reader



If any of you are new to this new and inviting world called the world wide web, let me invite you to try something that will just make your day. I have just opened an account with Google Reader about one week ago, and I really enjoy what it is doing. Because I don't have clue how this thing actually works, I will post the following 49 sec video featuring some dude named Chris to tell you how awesome it works.

So here is the thing. I am now able to keep up with a number of different blogs all at once, without really wasting away my entire morning to do so. (Not that I ever would have done that in the past of course.) There is one drawback however. Some of you may have noticed that I have recently updated the template of my blog. As beautiful as it looks, Google Reader only imports the text of the blog. All of the cool "stuff" added to the surrounding areas of the blog are lost... big deal.

Using Google "cached" to your advantage



A number of worship leaders use praise and worship archive to obtain and share chords and lyrics for worship songs. Due to copyright restrictions, the site is removing all the lyrics, but leaving the chord changes there. Although it can be figured out, this is not very helpful to you. A friend of mine showed me a trick that I have found very helpful.

If you use Google as your search engine, (which everyone does) you will have the option to select "cached" as a link to the same site you are looking for. Click on it.

When you select this, Google reverts back to an older version of the same webpage, that in most cases does have the lyrics posted. From there, you can copy and paste what you need into a program like planning center which will then be able to change the song into an appropriate key for your voice.

This has been a great help for me, I hope you find this as helpful as I did

Unleash - 10 Steps to Blogging BFFs



These were taken directly from my notes in Tony Morgan's communications/blogging breakout.

10 Steps to Blogging BFFs (Best Friends Forever for those of you who are text messaging illiterate)

1 Determine your primary audience
2 Post regularly (almost daily)
3 Keep your posts short (people are busy)
4 Don't sell yourself short (be real, be honest)
5 Use humor (dig yourself instead of others)
6 Stop attacking other people and their ministries
7 Remember that blogging isn't private (someone might actually read what you write)
8 Be a thought leader (give us your thoughts, not someone else's)
9 Don't listen to your critics
10 Reveal the real you (do duct tape if that's what you know)

A second list of ten I find very interesting is Tony's 10 Easy Ways to Keep Me from Visiting Your Church Because I Visited Your Website you should definitely read this guy!