I’m excited to teach a new course on “Blogging for Ministry” this winter at Dallas Theological Seminary.

This course will introduce the nuts and bolts of blogging as an effective ministry tool. The students will learn to set up a self-hosted WordPress blog, choose a niche audience, maintain a blogging schedule, apply creativity to repurposing content, write for search engine optimization (SEO), set up and grow an email list, learn tips and tools to maximize productivity, utilize Google Analytics, and implement an effective social media strategy. The course will also discuss the balance of promotion, monetization, and motives in the context of a blogging ministry.

Date: January 8, 2018—January 12, 2018
Time: 08:00 a.m.-05:00 p.m.
Event: Blogging for Ministry Course
Venue: Dallas Theological Seminary
800-387-9673
Location: 3909 Swiss Ave.
Dallas, TX 75204
Public: Private
Registration: Click here to register.
More Info: Click here for more information.

You will need to be a student at Dallas Theological Seminary to register for this class.

As a busy blogger, I have little time for fussing and fidgeting with the back end of my blog. I prefer connecting the Bible and its lands to life rather than connecting my blog posts to my social media accounts. The first is exhilarating—and the second, exhausting.

That’s why I’ve decided to give CoSchedule a whirl.

An Editorial Calendar

CoSchedule is an editorial calendar that directly interfaces with my WordPress blog and allows me to schedule my social media posts featuring my new (and old) blog posts at the same time I write my post. I used to do this process with an app called Buffer, but it wasn’t as easy, convenient, or fast as CoSchedule.

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(My CoSchedule calendar from March 2016)

When I traveled to Israel in March of 2016, I needed to write all my posts ahead of time. With CoSchedule, I not only could schedule the posts ahead of time, but I could plan out my social media posts as well. A few cool features in the calendar:

  • I can drag and drop posts from day to day.
  • I see the whole week or month at a glance. This allows me to fill in the holes with a post.
  • CoSchedule has a cool feature that allows me to search for past posts and reschedule them.
  • I have a single-user plan, which is pretty limited, but still allows me to integrate with WordPress, Evernote, Google Docs, Google Analytics and major social media tools like Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Buffer, and even Google+ Pages.

Social Media Sharing

Another feature that’s marvelous is being able to schedule my social media posts at the same time I create my content; I get to schedule them before my content ever publishes. Huge time-saver.

coschedule social shares

(CoSchedule allows me to schedule Social Media shares when I create content)

Other Features

CoSchedule offers a number of other features, some of which require an upgrade in your plan.

What I’d Love to See that I Don’t

As great as CoSchedule is, I’d love to see flexibility to customize the appearance and functionality of the calendar. Including:

  • Because space is limited on my screen, I’d like to see only one social media account—which I can do—but I’d ALSO like somehow to save that view for the next time without having to manually change the view each time.
  • Parts of the scheduling feature for social media posts are cumbersome. For example, to set a custom time for a social post, I have to click multiple times and type the time manually. Sometimes what I type is erased and I have to type it in again. A bit of a pain.
  • I’d love the option of seeing more than a max of 6 weeks at a time on my calendar.
  • When searching for past posts to reschedule, I can only search the most recent 500 posts. I have many more than that. And while I can paste the URL manually, that kind of defeats the purpose of CoSchedule’s convenience.

So far I’ve enjoyed the benefits more than I’ve felt the drag of the inconveniences. I look forward to seeing how CoSchedule allows me to stay productive.

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I’m excited to teach a new course on “Blogging for Ministry” this fall at Dallas Theological Seminary.

This course will introduce the nuts and bolts of blogging as an effective ministry tool. The students will learn to set up a self-hosted WordPress blog, choose a niche audience, maintain a writing schedule, apply creativity to repurposing content, write for search engine optimization (SEO), set up and grow an email list, learn tips and tools to maximize productivity, utilize Web Analytics, and implement an effective blogging strategy. The course will also discuss the balance of promotion, monetization, and motives in the context of a blogging ministry.

Date: August 30, 2016—December 13, 2016
Time: Tuesdays, 7:45 AM - 10:20 AM
Event: Blogging for Ministry Course
Venue: Dallas Theological Seminary
800-387-9673
Location: 3909 Swiss Ave.
Dallas, TX 75204
Public: Private
Registration: Click here to register.
More Info: Click here for more information.

You will need to be a student at Dallas Theological Seminary to register for this class.