Pastors: get blogging!
Kingdom Faith has a new website design, and the long awaited RSS feeds on the video blogs have finally arrived. There’s some great teaching, and you can have Google Reader or Internet Explorer 7 automatically alert you whenever there’s more for you to watch, listen to or read, without having to go back to the site every so often to check. Nice one.
Even better, I am told the video blogs will have a comment system in the near future.
That’ll be pretty exciting if they do it right. Comments are a crucial element of blogging: your readers can post their own feedback which will then appear below your article. In this way you can interact with them — they can ask you questions or initiate a discussion, and if you do it right, it gives them a feeling that they are actually interacting with real human beings rather than someone who is standing six feet above contradiction. It gives pastors a great way of interacting with, and even maybe widening, their audience beyond the four walls of the church.
There’s a new book coming out in the New Year called The Blogging Church, which looks like it could be a pretty good read. It is written by Brian Bailey, the technology director at Fellowship Church in Dallas, Texas, the fifth largest church in the USA. Bailey is also a friend of blogging guru and former Microsoftie Robert Scoble. Scoble’s book, Naked Conversations, is itself a must-read for anyone who is serious about blogging. It doesn’t blind you with science or technobabble, but focuses much more on the social and business aspects of blogging.
So pastors everywhere — you know what to do: get blogging. If you don’t know how to get started, the WordPress hosted service is as good as any.
Thanks for the kind words and link, James. If you have the chance to pickup a copy, I’ll be interested in what you think.