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Best of the Blog 2012: Digital Ministry, Pastoral Transition, and Church Leadership

20122012 was the most challenging and gratifying in my professional career. I published my first book, left one call and accepted another, and relocated our family of six from Boston to Philadelphia. It was a great year to be blogging to document it all.

What I've learned about blogging is that one does not only write a blog to process the present moment, but also to observe how one's own perspective, style, and interests evolve over time.

I blog, in part, to discover what I'm interested in, what seems worth writing about, and to chip away at larger ideas and challenges in 1000 words or less. In short, in blogging, like all writing, I suppose, the thing you learn the most about is yourself.

So, in a new a new tradition (drum roll) here's the best of my blog, 2102 edition:

Here's the 2012 edition of the blog in raw numbers: 

  • 48 posts
  • 36,134 visits, of which 25,670 were new
  • from 25,727 unique visitors
  • who viewed 57,583 pages on the blog

Top five posts:

Here are more highlights organized thematically:

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Bring More People to Your Church Website or Blog In Five Easy Steps Using Google Search

googlesearchBack in the day, people used the Yellow Pages to find churches and local businesses.

Since all the Yellow Pages listings were done alphabetically, people would purposely name their companies with something that started with an "A" like "American" or "AAA", so they'd appear first and get found faster. Easy.

Now, of course, people don't flip through the Yellow Pages. They Google it. And getting found on Google - and its super secret search algorithm - takes more than just your "A" name. It requires your "A" game.

Here is how to get your church website or blog found on Google in five easy steps (and I mean easy - one is just writing down a few words) and why it matters.

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How to Create a Social Media Plan for Your Congregation

blueprintAnyone can create a Facebook page, Twitter feed or YouTube channel.  Almost no one has a plan for how they will use it.

If you want to be successful in social media, you must have a plan.

This post will help you create a plan that fits your congregation.  It covers these topics:

  • Having Clear Goals
  • Being Consistent
  • Capturing Your Content
  • Automating to Save Time
  • Developing a Schedule
  • Studying the Statistics
  • Where to Begin
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