9-11 Rewind [JGR3]

Some thoughts on the events around 9/11 from 2008. It’s about how we remember particular days and how we respond. Not much else to say. Listen to hear my thoughts or read the original blog post.

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“White Feather” by Phil Ayoub

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7 Ways to Generate Blog or Podcast Topics

Someone asked me (actually he asked members of a private blogger group on Facebook) how I generate ideas for blogging. In about 2 minutes I came of with 7 ways to generate blog or podcast topics. Though this list is specifically geared towards blogging the ideas still work for podcasting too.

7 Ways to Generate Blog or Podcast Topics

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You may have already read similar lists from other bloggers and podcasters about how they do this. Here’s my take on the material.

1. Comment on another online article or blog post.

In this instance most of the work is already done for you. Read the article (thoroughly) and write an article in response to the one you just read. It’s like an extended comment.

2. Copy another blogger just be sure to add your own spin.

Honestly, I see the same types of articles all over the blogosphere. Most bloggers are just out there copying each other. That’s OK. You have a unique opinion. Write a similar article and share your unique opinion on the same topic.

3. Poll your audience and write about the results.

If you have a large enough audience and they respond well to polling this is a very easy way to get content. Create a poll and send it out via various social media platforms. After you get responses. Write about them. What surprised you? What didn’t?

4. Start dictating into your smartphone for 10 minutes and see what comes to mind.

This is also known as brainstorming. Just start talking about something you read, a song you heard, or a toy you used to play with as a kid. Our smartphones do a great job at speech-to-text conversions so you can write a blog post while driving to or from work.

5. Review something. Anything.

Even if you don’t normally review things on your site this is still something you can keep in your back pocket. It doesn’t have to be serious. It could be completely tongue in cheek.

6. Read. Writers read.

Read anything. You’ll get ideas. Reading stimulates your brain. Even if you have a financial blog reading a novel or poetry can help you focus your thoughts. Maybe you’ll get and idea while reading. It certainly helps to read blogs from like-minded individuals.

7. Make a list (like this one).

Finally, make a list. It could be a list post like this one or just a list of article ideas. Sometimes I write a list of blog ideas into a draft post and let it stew for a few weeks. Other times I’ll make a quick list of five or seven things and let that stew until I have time to flesh out the points. People like lists and our brains can process them much easier than long-form article.

What kind of tricks do you have up your sleeve to generate topic ideas? Share them below!

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Iron Dragons by Derek P. Gilbert [JGR2]

Jesus Geek Rewind - Relive the early years of podcasting with John WilkersonHere’s the deal: I’ve wanted to resurrect Jesus Geek (pun intended) for a long time now. The problem is that I don’t have a lot of time to come up with new content.

My original idea for bringing back Jesus Geek was to go through my archives and replay old episodes with either updates on the stories covered or to re-interview previous guests.

Well, the first new episode was recorded in June and this is only episode number two. Not a great start.

I have a new interview recorded with a previous guest that sitting gathering electronic dust (sorry Scott) because the original interview is terrible and I don’t have the willpower to edit it right now.

I’m going to try something new: taking old blog posts and re-purposing them as podcasts. Hopefully this will stick. Continue Reading →

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Chris Carswell Pays It Forward With 1Boy4Change.Org

Chris Carswell with Bronx on the red carpetYou see that young man over there with that freakin’ awesome German Shepherd? That’s Chris Carswell. He’s 15 (the same age as my oldest daughter) and he’s been fighting his whole life.

No, he’s not a ninja that learned to climb trees before he could walk. He’s been fighting for his life for the past 15 years. He does it with a smile and he does it knowing he’s serving God. You can read about everything he’s had to suffer through over at 1Boy4Change, the charity he started when he was 13 years old.

I learned about Chris and his charity through Phil Elmore, the author of Armor of God—a book loosely based on Chris’ life. When I visited Chris’ site my eyes started to sweat profusely because two thoughts came to my mind: a.) That could be any one of my kids and b.) I no longer have any excuses.

When I heard from Phil that Armor of God had been released I thought to myself, “You need to interview Phil and Chris and find out how all this went down.” So I interviewed Phil on my podcast, The Wired Homeschool, and we talked about refreshing and positive sci-fi as well as our mutual admiration for Chris Carswell.

Now I’m interviewing Chris here and I’ll be reviewing the book Armor of God soon. Hopefully with the combined audiences of both this blog and my podcast we can get the word out to more people about Chris, Bronx, and all the good they are doing in the world today.

Read the interview with Chris Carswell

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