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How-To Start a Blog

To get started with your blogging ministry today, follow these steps:

  1. Have a clear focus in mind and know whom you intend to reach. Then, choose a title for your blog.

  2. Sign up for a free account with blogger.com or wordpress.com. If you are starting a personal blog, create a profile for yourself. If you are starting a church blog, create a profile for the church.

  3. Decide if your blog will be open to everyone or a defined group that you invite.

  4. Decide if you want to enable comments and if you want to moderate comments before they are posted.

  5. Add links from your blog to your church Web site and other appropriate Web sites and blogs relevant to your blog’s focus.

  6. Enable RSS—a family of Web feed formats—so people can subscribe easily to your blog.

  7. Create your first blog post. Remember to stay focused, keep it short and appeal to your target audience.

  8. On your church Web site, create a link to your blog.

  9. List your blog with other sites like Methoblog.com to gain exposure and readership.

  10. Decide how frequently you will post and stick to a schedule.

Building a blog ministry immediately increases your church’s exposure beyond its walls and extends a big welcome in cyberspace. Your congregation can easily expand its ministry throughout the week and keep people engaged every day of the week, not just on Sunday.

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