Platforms, Publishing and Blog Frustrations

No one gets publishing deals these days without a lot of sweat and tears and a huge platform. When you are a person who wants to publish a book one day the number one thing that potential editor will ask you is, “Could you describe your platform?” Having a platform is social capital. Who do
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Telling the Feed The Children Story

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One of the fun parts of my new volunteer job at Feed The Children is being a part of the writing team. Back in the fall after many months of dreaming and planning, Feed The Children launched it first ever blog. We felt it was a great way to not only keep donors and other
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Year in Review

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January 2013 began with a bang. A quiet bang that is. I left my position of pastor at Washington Plaza Baptist Church in Reston in pursue more writing projects and support the work of Feed The Children. I blogged and sought to practice Sabbath keeping as I transitioned. Some days it went better than others.
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3 Reasons Why Social Media Improves Writing

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Over the past couple of years and more specifically this calendar year, a lot of my energy has gone into assisting organizations and individuals (including me) with strengthening social media practices. Hoping to answer the question: “How do you build online community?” And then, actually doing it post by post, tweet by tweet, share by
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What Happened to Old School Blogging?

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I’ve been in the blogging game since 2006 back before blogging was cool or everyone and their mother had one. My friend, Amy first told me about hers and I was inspired. (We were both kids back then! Pictured to the right). Like her, maybe I had things to say too? (If you’ve been keeping
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Why Still Preacher on the Plaza?

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One question I’ve gotten recently is “Why haven’t you changed the name of your blog?” The official title of my blog is Preacher on the Plaza. I started this blog back in January 2009 (back when not everyone and their brother had a blog) when I became the pastor of Washington Plaza Baptist (WPBC) in
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Why Do I Write?

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You haven’t seen me blog as much as I normally do lately other than posting sermons. Writing like a crazy woman some days, I’ve sought to give more attention to my book long project instead of other stuff. When I come out of my writing cave and seek to tell people what I’ve been up to,
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Write On!

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Recently I have found myself being asked more about writing. Such as: “How do I find time to do so much of it?”  ”How do I decide what to write about?” “Why write a blog when you don’t know if anyone out there is really reading?” I giggle a little to think that someone would
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Blog How-To’s

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Last week, while I was at the Collegeville Insitute, I got a lot of questions about my blog. Some of my colleagues there had them, but mostly to post sermons, but no one (unless I am mistaken) had a blog for the purpose of sharing personal stories, reflections or their hopes or dreams for the vocation.
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