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Go Ye Therefore and Like, Share … Repeat!

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I can’t figure out how to write this blog without echoing a blog I wrote earlier in the summer. Writing “Why do We Share?” helped me get a grip on the grip social media has on most of the world. It helped me sift through my thoughts as I wrestled with “how much do I want to share?” as well as, “how much do I really want to be privy to what other people are sharing?” I’ve gotten past my fears of “friending” and my uncertainty of “sharing.” I think it’s a good thing. So maybe this is “part two.”

Back when I was a little girl I was dragged to church six or eight times a week – minimum. Between the numerous programs for children of which I was always a part and the times I spent “in the nursery” (read, loosely supervised childcare) while my mother was at her adult programs, most of my childhood memories have church as the backdrop. So it was bound to happen that I’d actually remember some of the stuff taught by all-too-patient Sunday school teachers. Number one on the list of mandated Bible verse memorization was, “Be ye kind, one to another”.

It’s not a far stretch to try to imagine why. I can recall a Sunday school teacher who had HAD IT with a bunch of rambunctious tykes. It was her “go-to” threat … “Be ye kind, you hear? I said, Be … ye … kind!” I can’t even remember what book of the bible that comes from but I sure as heck remember that I better be kind.

After we got the gist of that one, the next verse to memorize was, “Go ye therefore into all nations and spread the gospel.” I know this is from the book of Matthew because I just looked it up on Wikipedia. This verse is so important that it got its own a tagline, The Great Commission. As well as I remember, this is what Jesus told his disciples: take what I have taught you, go into the farthest places of the earth and share it. And so they did. And the rest is history.

And look where we are now. With a couple of clicks we have the power to exponentially spread good news like never before!  Whether it be the good news of the gospel or a groovy gravy recipe. What an opportunity!

If we “like”, we affirm. If we “share”, we spread what we affirm. Here we have the directive of The Great Commission in the age of social media. I think Jesus would be down with that.

WordPress … So far I’m not feeling the love

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… but it’s early yet.

It was a mutual decision between my husband and me – to quit talking and take action. Point of clarification needed right out of the gate … we’re still talking but we’ve agreed to take action in regard to all the talking.

He is a Presbyterian minister.

Our long-time chatter has been that he needs to assimilate all his writing, teaching and sermonizing into one place. A place where everything he has ever uttered can be archived for future reference.

A book maybe? (He’s got a couple of “Everything Series” books under his belt but we don’t count those because they have to do with auto repair and how-to-play golf and all he really did was interview experts and put their knowledge into readable format. Not much original thinking there.)
How could he carve out the time to write a book?
How would he choose a topic? Lord knows, after being in the church business for 30 years there are plenty of “topics” to choose from.
And then there is the all-important argument – Who would publish it? Unfortunately he’s been to enough snobby writers’ conferences that he is convinced that self-publishing is simply “not an option” and only losers self-publish.  Hello!! Welcome to the 21st century! Ever heard of an e-book? Even if we could get past this issue we would still have the issues of time and topic.

So, I learned about WordPress. Just enough to be dangerous.

It sounded like the perfect place to upload years of sermons and stories and teaching. There is even the option of uploading audio and video. Not to mention social media! Awesome! Now he can connect with his congregation and not just on Sunday mornings! An answer to prayer! (irony – haha)

Sure, its easy enough to set up. It’s affordable, initially. It’s easy to post a blog. But that’s about it. All that other cool stuff takes something called a “plug-in”.

Oh … no …

Want to upload a sermon? Takes a “plug-in”.
Want to socially connect with your congregation? Takes a “plug-in”
Want to configure content? Takes a “plug-in”
What in the world is a plug-in and how in the heck do you install it?

I found some dudes in Florida who offer help with the social plug-ins. They could get me up and running in no time! My preacher husband would be able to reach out to his congregation using social media! Woo-hoo! These guys have just helped me leap over a major hurdle! I’m so happy!
They started … I waited … they had some tech issues to solve … I waited … they keep me updated … they’re working on it … I continue to wait.

Yes, any non-geek can set up a WordPress site in 20 minutes or less. But that’s about the extent of it. I drank the kool-aide. And I’m still waiting.