Free Stuff // Blogs I read . . . and you should too!

It’s FREE STUFF week on the Killer  Church blog!  My goal is that this blog is always a place to get great help  and inspiration to help your church reach more people faster.   This week I’m bringing you some free resources that you can plug into your ministry today!

Today I wanted to share with you three blogs that I read regularly that I find a certain inspiration from.  These aren’t the “usual suspects” of Church Leadership blogs . . . but ones that I find some resonance with with the sort of work I do.

Buzz Machine // Jeff Jarvis //

I was first introduced to Jeff through his book What Would Google Do? He  blogs about media, news and really the future of communication in general. He is associate professor and director of the interactive journalism program and the new business models for news project at the City University of New York’s Graduate School of Journalism. I love his perspective on media and communications because he has been in the trenches with house hold brand names . . . and new media start ups.  I also listen to his podcast This Week in Google”.

Jeff often talked about the future of the web . . . social, mobile, live, local . . . and I’ve resonated with his perspectives.  I’ve used his ideas for jump offs for our new web project . . . for advice I’ve given to other churches . . . to way I view communications in the future.

The Art of Non-Conformity // Chris Guillebeau //

I first heard about Chris on another blog I read . . . but I first read his book The Art of Non-Conformity before following his blog regularly. He fashions his blog as a home for unconventional people doing remarkable things.  Sounds like the churches I’ve worked with!   Chris talks about his perspective on how to change the world by achieving significant, personal goals while helping others at the same time. He’s currently in the process of traveling to every country in the world . . . and building a remarkably small business to doing that!

Chris is motivational for me . . . his blog posts fire me up and help me focus on the day.  It was his blog and book that kick started me back into blogging . . . regularly!  (35 posts in 2011 so far!)  I also think his approach to building community with his readers is something that we can learn for our church online efforts.  Plus it’s always fun to hear him check in from some far flung corner of the world!  I look forward to following him to the last country on his world tour!

This is Indexed // Jessica Hagy //

This one is hard to describe.  You really just have to experience it.  Daily . . . small images drawn on index cards.  Jessica describes her site as a little project that allows her to make fun of some things and sense of others stuff without resorting to doing actual math.

We live in a post-literate world.  It’s not that people can’t read . . .they just don’t. This site reminds me all the time that simple images can communicate a lot.  Great creative stimulation.

Next week is “confession of a young leader week” . . . I’ll confess to you three mistakes I made as a young leader that I hope others won’t . . . no need to pay the stoopid tax!  I already did!

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