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Tips for Pastors Who Blog

This is my 401st blog post at brandonacox.com. I’ve been at it since the middle of 2005 when I didn’t have a clue how to really blog. (Amazing how the word “blog” has become both a verb and a noun.) I’ve learned a lot about the art of blogging over the last three and a half years and wanted to impart some knowledge to fellow church leaders who may also be interested in blogging. Just some simple tips, nothing too technologically advanced…

  • Write often. Daily if possible, but you’re bound to go through dry spells.
  • Write well. Words are our tools, so use them wisely.
  • Be open and honest about your life, but reserve some privacy too, especially for your family.
  • Comment on issues, but don’t take up every issue – some hills aren’t worth dying on.
  • Dialog and discuss. As Paul put it, open, allege, reason. A blog isn’t about shouting through a megaphone, it’s about discussing issues with a community.
  • Accept comments that are respectfully written, even when they disagree.
  • Write good, simple titles – search engines will love you for it.
  • Link out often – the web is a… web. Point people in the right direction.
  • Don’t do it for the money. I don’t try to make money here other than plugging some books through Amazon, which earns me about 0.00006% of my annual income.
  • Network. Read other blogs. Tweet.
  • Speak to your people. My primary audience is my own church family, but I often address the world at large too.
  • Respect privacy. I sometimes pass along prayer requests, but only when they are public knowledge.
  • Be ethical. Don’t steal content or post photos without giving credit.
  • Use WordPress. (I’m biased.)
  • Have fun. Don’t turn it into another duty.
  • Change the world. Simple enough, right?

Feel free to reach out to me for advice on blogging, blog design, etc. It’s a hobby that borders on obsession for me, but it’s also opened some amazing doors to converse with all kinds of people about crucial life issues. Thanks for reading.

By the way, I thought I’d throw in the best ways to support this blog…

  • Read and subscribe by either email or rss.
  • Link to me.
  • Tell a friend.
  • Pray for me.
  • That’s it.

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  • http://dancingwithbelievers.wordpress.com Cheryl

    Hi,I am new to p.c.’s and blogging.So in this arena{as well as others}I could use help.I really enjoyed the message,we {my husband Michael and I}are also Pastors,so very helpful info.How do you do the links on your blog,I have visited many and also would love to point people to them.But alas I need help..thanks again for the word.
    cheryl

    Cheryl’s last blog post..The Forgotten Stairway,,,{a dream}

    • Brandon

      @Cheryl

      Since you’re using WordPress, you can select any text in your post and click the chain/link icon and enter the full url (including the http://) and the text will become a link. To create sitewide links, use the Links feature to add them. I would highly recommend digging into the WordPress codex for some basic getting started information, found here. There are some nice lessons and tutorials for beginners. You can also check out WordPress.tv which offers video tutorials. Happy blogging!

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  • http://www.living4him.us/RealLife Thomas Taylor

    Thanks so much for your posts… I subscribe by email and I want to share that I wasn't really into the blogging thing… I'm a pastor with The Salvation Army appointed in Guam and several of my peers had blogs. I was searching for something on the internet about six months ago (can't for the life of me remember what… "old timer's disease :) when I came across your site. I read through several post and then the light came on. I had what my wife (teacher by profession) calls an "AH HA!" moment. I was inspired. It took me a while to come up to speed on the technical aspects of a blog site but mine is up. http://www.Living4Him.us/RealLife and I've enjoyed it so much. Thanks Brother. Yours in Christ. Tom

    • Brandon

      Tom, I’m quite thrilled about the impact my blog has had – count me a resource and don’t hesitate to ask for any help you might need along the way – God bless!

  • http://pastorsolutions.com/ Dan

    You mention that you primary audience is your own church family so I'm curious, do you mention the blog in church so everyone at church knows about the blog?

    • http://www.brandonacox.com Brandon

      Dan, good question. Though my audience has expanded a great deal since writing the post, I do put a link to my blog in the weekly bulletin, on our website, and mention it from the pulpit if I'm referencing it. I think it's a great window into the Monday – Saturday life of a congregation's Pastor.

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