Writing Without Footnotes

I’m sitting here thinking about my conflicted history with “blogging.” I think I published my first attempt at a blog sometime back in the late 1990s. The internet was in its infancy, and blogs had crazy URLs like http://netins.net/publicweb/eller91229401. That would be your “home page.” The first blogging tool I can remember using was a plugin of sorts for an …

The Bumpy Road of a Blogger: From Gleichschaltung to Freedom

I started blogging sometime in the mid-2000s. Blogging was a new form of communication that was really nothing more than an online diary. The first blogs had impossible-to-remember web addresses like http://www.compuserve.com/user/eller-2f94e5643/. As a reader, it was awesome to get a glimpse into the minds of an untold number of people, some of whom were famous, while most we people …

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My Reflections On Blogging in 2014

In 2014, I intentionally tried to raise the bar as a blogger. In reviewing my progress, I see mixed results. Clearly, I added more new, original content in 2014 than in prior years, but I still lacked consistency. There would be spurts of creative energy when I could produce several posts within a one- or two-week period of time, then …

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Learn To Build On Your Strengths

When I first graduated from college in the 1980s, my primary focus was finding a job. My approach was a shotgun approach. I applied for every job I could find that looked like it might provide a livable income. Qualifications were secondary. One of the hallmarks of a young employee is summarized in a simple statement: you don’t know what …

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Day 3: Kill The Editor

In yesterday’s post, I highlighted the technique of freewriting that I use to unleash my inner genius. It works well in times when the words get stuck, and I need to push through a lot of words the clean out the pipeline. One of the advantages of freewriting is that it bypasses the editor. We all have one. I’ve even …

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Day 2: Unleashing Your Inner Genius

Part of the inspiration for this 30 day challenge comes from the book Accidental Genius: Using Writing to Generate Your Best Ideas, Insight, and Content by Mark Levy. This is a book I’ve returned to many times as I work to flesh out new ideas or simply attempt to break out of a rut. Discover the Power of Freewriting At the core …

My 30 Day Blogging Flush

I write a lot every week. It’s been a while since I tracked my words written per day, but I would estimate I write 3,000 to 5,000 words a week. Still, I struggle to be consistent at blogging. I read a lot of blogs, and I am always amazed at how quickly some folks churn out posts. I’ve read their …

The Top 200 Church Blogs

Interested in who some of the most popular and influential voices are within the Christian blogosphere? Kent Shaffer (twitter) over at Church Relevance has posted the top 200 Christian bloggers as of April 9, 2012. Using site stats from Alexa, Google Page Rank, Google Reader Stats, and more, the list has a diverse collection of bloggers, from Al Mohler to …