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I published 5 posts during the month of November. This was no surprise to me after I had published a little note saying that I was taking that week off to work on some extra projects. That week extended to the whole month.

Truth is I needed to slow down for a bit. I was spending a ton of time working on projects and being gone, and I was losing precious time with my family. And I it was quite a bit of work and hours on top of my regular church work.

And then when my schedule got less crazy, I aimed to go to bed when my daughter went to bed, which is usually about 9:15ish. I found it refreshing as I got a ton of sleep. I almost decided to not go back to blogging until January, but I figured why wait.

While I was on hiatus I thought about the blog and how it was turning into a mass of random posts. Some of them didn’t even pertain to creative ministry, or media, or church. There were some posts about productivity, and although it’s certainly important to have good time management to practice creative ministry, it’s not the main topic of this blog. More importantly, some of the posts were just random jabbing about nonsensical stuff.

No worries! This is about to change. I read this article from John Saddington from a few years back in which he suggests that most blogs should have 5 to 8 categories. I took that seriously and thought about this blog and how it was running to all sorts of places. Currently I have 28 categories!!!! Seriously, that’s just way too many. It got to the point where I had a category called Cool Pictures, which apparently was one of the most used one, but funny enough I don’t remember ever using it :)

And although as of this year John Sadddington dissed categories and went basically categoryless, he still thinks categories help younger blogs. Categoryless might work for his blog, but it’s not for everyone. He’s been blogging for over 10 years and has a massive subscribed readership, so he plays in a different kind of ballpark than me and makes his own rules.

So what are these categories that I’m grouping the content in? I’m glad you ask: Continue Reading…

Taking a Break This Week

October 29, 2013 — 1 Comment

This week I’m taking a break from blogging on this site.

It’s not for any crazy circumstances, I’m just using the week to gather some thoughts and analytics to work on better material for the future.

Also, I’m working on a few freelance projects and don’t have much time outside my regular work schedule.

I hope you understand!

See you next week.

-Danny

One Year Ago Today

September 10, 2013 — Leave a comment

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I started Young Creative Ministry exactly one year ago today. I had purchased the domain almost a month prior, but I was letting it sit there unattended. I wanted my blog to come out with a punch. I wanted this to be the best blog about creativity ever and attract thousands of pageviews on day one.

The actual process does not look anything like that. My expectations were not real. So I decided that I would start with a simple blog post.

It was not the best thing out there, it was a 201 word piece that took me a long time to write. There was no pressure, I could start any time I wanted. No deadline. There was also nothing else on the queue (big mistake), and it took me another week to publish something else. I remember writing:

I’m by no means the greatest writer known to man, so I have to make a decision: do I sit still and wish I could improve, or do I start publishing and hopefully get better.

Continue Reading…

August Monthly Rundown

September 8, 2013 — Leave a comment

AUGUST RUNDOWN

The month of August was marked with a huge increase in daily visits, due in big part to more exposure on social media sites like Pinterest. And as I try to integrate new things like Pressgram into my blogging efforts on this site, I’m more curious about how will people find this site in the future.

As you can tell by the next image, the sources of incoming traffic have never looked healthier. A nice balance between the organic, direct and referral traffic.

33%

I’ve learned a lot about blogging in the last year. On September 10th it will mark a year from when I published the first post on this site, and the stats have never looked better. And even though I know I don’t write for stats, and try to have actual human eye balls in mind when writing, better stats keep me motivated.

I’m glad more people are finding the site, that’s for sure.

Top Posts Published During August

  1. 7 Keys To Staying On Purpose
  2. Inspiration Wednesday 2
  3. Inspiration Wednesday 3
  4. Flat But Not Flat Rounded Social Media Icons
  5. Ashton Kutcker Acceptance Speech Teen Choice Awards Video

Top Posts Published Prior to August

  1. Church on the Move Dad Life
  2. 4 Steps to Shooting a Great Green Screen for Beginners
  3. Dad Life Youtube Medley by Church on the Move
  4. StartExp Awesomeness
  5. Inspiration Wednesday 1

Top Ten Keywords for August

  1. Green screen for beginners
  2. Dad Life Video Church on the Move
  3. Have no fear of perfection you’ll never reach it
  4. StartExp
  5. Who made dad life video
  6. Church stage design
  7. Courage
  8. Have no fear of perfection
  9. The dad life church on the move
  10. “Dad Life” “Church on the Move” text

Most random keyword goes out to:

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Top Countries

  1. United States
  2. Canada
  3. Germany
  4. United Kingdom
  5. Australia
  6. India
  7. Mexico
  8. Philippines
  9. Singapore
  10. Argentina
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Blogging is a Waste of Time

August 26, 2013 — 1 Comment

You can blog for business or fun.

You can do it for living or have it on the side as a hobby.

You can go the Seth Godin style writing short posts, or you can take the Darren Rowse and write longer posts.

Any approach to blogging is a waste of time if you don’t enjoy it. Seriously, stop blogging if you don’t really care about it.

Blogging is only rewarding when you actually want to do it. Nobody sits down looking forward to write a bunch of words that no one will likely ever read. But when you do it something happens internally. You’re a blogger regardless on who reads you. And that’s what counts.

You hear all the stories of people getting rich by blogging. Stories of folks who create online empires and land book deals. And that inspires you. You browse for blogging advice and then find someone selling an ebook on how to get rich in months writing blog posts. Or this or that. Blah, blah, blah.

Yes, there are cases where bloggers wildest dreams become reality. That’s awesome. But that’s not the majority of bloggers out there. Most bloggers don’t get any traffic action. No readers out there for boring and underdeveloped writing, I guess. I feel that way everyday: under qualified to even write on my own blog.

But that’s all good. Not because you don’t care about the readers, but because the readers get to experience your metamorphosis. When you go from poor, boring blogging to awesome content. But that takes time, and I know for sure am not there yet.

In the mean time I wish to encourage anyone who reads this. If you don’t start you’ll never know. Will you discover a passion of yours if you’re stale? No! If you’re aching to start a blog the best way to find out if you’ll like it is by start writing. Write no matter who reads you.

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