Okay, so you know me: I’m a minimalist. I’m a self-proclaimed anti-marketing guru. I detest blatant self-promotion. I like a blog with a fresh look and a clean sidebar. So what’s with the new banner in my sidebar? Am I hypocrite? Am I going back on everything I stand for? Before you answer these questions, let me explain:
My friend Ellory Wells has started a new website offering a great service for bloggers. When I started blogging, I didn’t have a clue what I was doing. If you could have heard how many times I cursed at my computer as I tried to figure out how to add a favicon, share buttons, Google Analytics, My RSS Feed, and many other blog essentials, you’d question my claim to Christianity. Figuring out the technical aspects to blogging can be a major pain in the rear end.
What does it take to write a book? Commitment, persistence and some good old stick-to-it-iveness. You can’t just dream about it. You have to do it. I’ve written two books and I’m working on my third. I may not write the book every day, but I write something every day in one form or another. That’s what it takes to keep improving at your craft. Writing is an everyday habit. Get into it.
Today’s post is a guest post by Tim Parsons. Tim blogs at timparsonsleadership.com. His post should hit home with many. I know sometimes I feel like a fake. Please welcome Tim. Take a moment to read his post and visit his site.
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Ok, I’m going to put myself out there…be vulnerable…share something with YOU that I’ve only ever shared with my wife…Are you ready???
Some days, I feel like I’m an IMPOSTOR. Do you ever feel that way? No…just me? Well, great. That figures…
Merriam-Webster defines impostor this way – ” a person who deceives others by pretending to be someone else.” Yep, that’s pretty much it…
I am now a husband, a father, a pastor, and a writer. In the past, I have been the regional dean of a college overseeing 6 campuses, a president of a college campus, and a manager in several industries including printing, hotel/restaurant, and retail. While wearing each one of those “hats,” I have had many moments where I feel like I’m just an imposter.
I’ve been making some changes on my blog over the last few months. Those changes included some decisions about which plugins and services I use.
First, I removed several plugins because I didn’t really need them. But I removed two that I’d been using for over a year: Disqus and Sharaholic. Let me explain why:
There are several reasons I decided to dump Disqus:
1. Problems posting comments on other blogs: Shortly after I loaded the system, Disqus would often blacklist me from making comments on other blogs for no apparent reason. They gave me a “low rep” and claimed I’d made 73 spam comments during the time I used their service. For the record: I never spam.
I’m blogging over at my sister site today. Hip Diggs is a new blog that I started on January 1, 2014. The site is about becoming a new homeowner. I’ll be posting over there a few times per month to tell my stories of home ownership, home improvement, and everything else “home.”
Today’s post is about moving day. Oh what fun! I’ve learned some tricks to make moving easier over the years. Check today’s post out and take the journey home: hipdiggs.com.
The phrase “Oh My God” has been misused for years. When I wrote this song I didn’t intentionally set out to use “Oh My God” as a title. It just sort of happened. The song is about a man who sets out on his life journey without God. While he’s lost at sea, in the midst of the storm, God rescues him, winning the man’s devotion. ”Oh my God,” he says. ”You’re my saving grace.”
I recorded the song in simple piano/voice using a single USB microphone. The quality of the recording is not the best, but I record demos to just get the song down for later reference. Perhaps one day, this, and other songs I’ve written, will be able to receive full-studio treatment.
I set my sails a long time ago
I caught the south wind to try to free my lonely soul
I was so much younger then, just living in a dream
One thing that’s nice about being a teacher is that I get paid to read. Much of that reading has been from textbooks, but with more experience teaching, I’ve branched out. I use a large variety of materials, including WordPress and consumer books. I’ve decided to review a couple of trade books for possible use in my feature writing classes. Check out my classroom blog at Yakima Writers.
I must say I’m ashamed of myself. I call myself a writer and I’ve not yet read two of the all-time best books about writing.
I’m going to be reposting a series of songs from my first book A Train Called Forgivenessover the next couple of months. These songs are all part of my cult survivor’s story. I was 10 years old when my family moved from Maine to Washington State to become part of a group that would forever change my life. Please take a moment to listen:
I don’t have regular guest posts at danerickson.net because I need to, I do it because I love to give others a place to offer positive messages. Most every Friday since last September I’ve donned guest posts on the wall of my blog. Here are links to just a handful of some of the sites of folks who have posted here: