I’ve never been to that mega-conference called Catalyst, missed meeting Brad Lomenick at Q NYC (I think that’s where our paths crossed), and didn’t catch them on their road trip. I’m not able to go cross country this year either.
Frankly, it’s overwhelming to me. The past 2 weeks have been humbling to me, and I’ve had to slow down. And, Craig Groeschel spoke to this powerfully last Sunday. Towards the end of my travel season, some circumstances have indicated to me that I gotta pace myself better and add margin. No need to worry about me — my health is fine.
So, what I’m learning is to not push myself so hard, trying to be frenetically driven, always looking for ways to be more productive, more excellence. It strikes me as being more workaholic. I’m not saying that we shouldn’t do our best, or that we shouldn’t grow and improve ourselves. Not to say we shouldn’t achieve and do great things. What I am saying is there’s more to being human and healthy and sanity.
Spending the day at ChurchTechCamp; see the live streaming video, chat room, live tweets, and live blogging >>
Here’s a quick video scanning the #churchtechcamp audience
This afternoon about 1:30ish (Pacific) I’ll kick off a discussion / conversation about whether blogging still matters, with these articles as a starting point:
- State of the Blogosphere 2008 (intro, parts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
- In Web World of 24/7 Stress, Writers Blog Till They Drop – New York Times (April 2008)
- Death by blogging – Slate
- Death by Blogging? – The Daily Dish / Andrew Sullivan
- The Death of Blogs – Christianity Today (September 2007)
Words mean things; they have a lexical definition. But that’s not all. There’s more! Words carry emotions based on one’s experience and context, both nature and nurture (personality bent and family upbringing, respectively.) And effective communication is all about finding the words that transmit the sender’s (speaker or author) ideas to the receiver (audience or reader).
Here’s a list of words that don’t connect with me. These trigger words are burdening, off-putting, unappealing, turn me off. I translate these trigger words into better words that better connect and/or motivate me, so I don’t feel weighed down or repelled. Don’t want to be wordy or verbose, so I’ll just list them [format= trigger word vs. better word]:
- discipline vs. habits
- obey/ obedience vs. do the right thing
- routine vs. rhythm
- challenge vs. adventure or rally
- decision vs. choice
- plan vs. choosing the future
- goals vs. milestones
- accountability vs. support or reinforcement
- performance – haven’t found a better word for this yet; I do work in a high quality kind of way, but the performance evaluation part gives me the willies
I could write paragraphs ad nauseum on why those trigger words don’t work for me. But, happy to entertain them in the comment thread (so I don’t clutter my blog post with extraneous tirades and rabbit trails.) And, this list is probably great fodder for a psychiatrist to analyze my psyche with.
These are kind of the word-choice equivalent of pet peeves. I’m sure you have some words that set you off too.
Church TechCamp is set for next Friday, September 26th, at Fuller Seminary in Pasadena, California. It’s an unconference for followers of Christ to talk about web technologies and the church; it’s an all-day participant-driven gathering. There’s a a website at churchtechcamp.com, a FaceBook event page, an editable agenda wiki, blog, and online registration. Very eco-friendly.
I think with short notice on this 1st go around, it’s sorta like an alpha launch and most participants will be local to Los Angeles / Orange County / Southern California. It’ll be great to hang out with old and new web friends. (I like that term more than virtual friends or people I’ve met online but never met in person.) I’ll be there. Hope you will too — someone will
probably bring a webcam to live stream video for some (or all?) all of the gathering.
Unconferences are like those other conferences with presenters and attendees, but $0 registration, i.e. free, and a more dynamic unstructured environment where you can have more conversations with presenters and attendees, less bells & whistles production, and everyone can give a little (or a lot). The content is comparatively less polished & less recycled, but it may well be more valuable because of the collective wisdom of the crowds. An unconference is what the participants make of it; contrast that with a paid conference that’s what the producers make of it. I like it, like it a lot.
I love cities! I’ll be in Chicago until Tuesday for a conference and a couple meetups. Love the culture here with great food, arts, music, neighborhoods, skyscrapers, public transit, vibe, et al. Haven’t lived here, only occasional visits every few years. What do you love about Chicago?
I would type more, but iPhone virtual keyboard discourages lengthy prose. But, I’m standing here at Chicago O’Hare airport, stranded with 100s of others bc of flooding. Shuttles aren’t running. So I’m not going anywhere. And I’m not on wifi bc that’s behind a virtual toll booth, i.e. you gotta pay beaucoup $.
update 1049a- 1 staffer said airport transit is running, and can take us off the island! Chicago here I come ! … when all said and done, got in a rental car at 1157am. had landed at 845am. A massage and jacuzzi sure would be sweet .
Will have dinner with blogger friend Dan Brennan for the 1st time. You could say we met online. There are few Christ followers who advocate the richness and depth of cross gender friendships- wish there was a better term for man and woman being non-romantic real friends.
1st leg of my tri-city trip in Ann Arbor, Michigan. My first time here ever. Hangin’ out with Seth Kim, who pastors Harvest Mission Community Church, which is now a multi-site church in 4 locations: Ann Arbor, Evanston, Austin, and Chicago. You could call this pastoral visitation. Ate some award-winning mac ‘n cheese at dinner, and heard a handful of great transformational life stories here over dessert. Joyous!
We drove by the largest football stadium in the United States at University of Michigan. I just fact-checked, and currently, Michigan Stadium is technically the 2nd largest stadium due to renovations (capacity = 106,201, down from 107,501), and the largest is Beaver Stadium at Penn State University (capacity = 107,282). Seth was proudly saying that was the largest stadium, and I don’t have the heart to correct him. Hope he’ll overlook this blog entry — don’t want anyone losing face. [update: Seth blogged kind words about my visit @ DJ in Town - he doesn't allow comments, so you can react in my comment thread here]
Aside: no picture of food. But here’s a picture of my rental car. Bed time. Good night.
Many great insights show up in the comment thread of blogs, especially on A-list blogs [FYI, I'm B-list]. I’m surprised that with web technologies multiplying on so many fronts that a search engine hasn’t been built sooner to crawl blog comments. Plus, now a growing number of blogging tools are offering RSS feed for comments, e.g. WordPress, TypePad, Blogger. Those are the “big 3″, imho. I’d like to think that it’d be fairly easy to aggregate those RSS feeds and slap a search engine on it. Just like how a new blog post pings a server, so could a comment RSS feed.
BackType is a website that lets people find, follow and share comments from across the web. Comments play an important role in social media; there are millions of comments written every single day. BackType’s technology crawls and indexes millions of comments so you can search them by topic or follow those written by the people you care about.
I’m not sure if it uses the algorithm I described above, or how extensive BackType searches the commentsphere (aka commentosphere). It looks like BackType does so much more than coComment, Disqus, or IntenseDebate — 3 great commenting add-ons that have been around a while to index comments for blogs and commenters that use their service. My guess is that a majority of commenters don’t. [disclosure: I've used coComment before, and currently use Disqus here.]
Hurricane Gustav has left a mess, and pastor Dino Rizzo from the Healing Place Church is asking for help. There’s a whole list of top needs items here. Love these easy instructions that Tim Stevens has posted for us to help right now:
1) Buy one or more tarps at TarpsPlus.com. What size? I’m guessing they need all sizes.
2) Send the tarp(s) to the following address…
Healing Place Church
19202 Highland Road
Baton Rouge, LA 70809
3) Leave a comment at LeadingSmart.com to let him know how many you sent.
I’ve just confirmed with Jeff Rentz that they need more tarps.