It Was Just A Goal, Right?

I received some incredible news almost 3 weeks ago but I was hesitant to say anything.  I could hardly believe it was true.  I even reached out to one of the organizers of the event and jokingly asked if there was an error in the emails that were sent out.  There wasn’t any errors and now I’m listed as a speaker for this years WordCamp in ATL!  Woot!

I’ve been going to WordCamp Atlanta every time they have held it since 2010.  If you don’t know what that it is, it’s an amazing conference for anyone using WordPress.  Everyone from developers, designers, users to beginners find incredible value from this conference.  The sessions are incredible but the true gold is in the networking that takes place.  As you can see from my sidebar image, meeting Matt and getting my picture taken with the rock star was a huge thrill.  Hanging out with the 8BIT team and being mistaken for “one of the guys” was beyond awesome.
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Today Is Different – My GREAT Idea Exposed

Right now I feel like someone I respected just sat me down and pointed their big ugly finger at and told me like it was. I have to explain…

I’ve had an idea for the last 18 months or more. Ever since losing my dream job at a church as the Youth/Associate/Web pastor I’ve felt the desire to create a network for web ministry volunteers and professionals where ideas could be exchanged and ministry websites could be easily built, maintained and advanced. I have to say, I’ve tested, prodded, talked, and invested enough to get this thing done. I’ve literally spent weeks fine tuning my ideas to where I felt it was doable only to wake up the next morning to find so much more I needed to do before I could feel comfortable enough to move forward.

Today is different. I’m ready to move forward.

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This article by Benny Hsu was the first finger in my face this morning that reaffirmed my process was not a process of failings but of refining. The last 18 months or so of this process has been incredibly draining and,in some ways overwhelming. It is so easy to equate my ‘lack’ of finishing this project and getting it launched with failure after failure. Like Benny said in his article on Tentblogger.com, “I didn’t fail. Instead I realized what I didn’t like to do. That was very important to me because I always had so many ideas, but didn’t know where to start.”

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This was the last and final finger I needed in my face today. Chris Ames is incredible at what he does. He was one that took some time with me to help me refine my GREAT idea. I know my idea was most likely not what he had in mind in the article titled “I’M NOT IMPRESSED WITH YOUR GREAT IDEA” but it felt as if I was sitting in my pew on Sunday morning and no one else was in the auditorium except the preacher and me. You know that feeling? Yep.

So here is my GREAT IDEA. WPMinistry.com is my opportunity to share with the web ministry community my thoughts and feelings about the best opportunities to do web ministry using WordPress. That is just a small fraction of my idea.

I developed WPMinistry.net to fill a need I’ve seen among ministries. You can read more about it on the site but basically it allows a small church to sign up for a free account, develop a website with TONS of features designed for churches and ministries, and then upgrade to a monthly subscription fee for help, a domain name, and updates. No need to bother with hosting, domain registrars, looking for developers, or anything else that usually comes with developing a website.

Check it out. It’s still being refined but it is my BIG idea and I’m ready to let the word out. 🙂

What do you think? Should I still keep my mouth shut about this?

Whitespace Is Awesome ! ! !

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I love whitespace more and more.  When I first started evaluating the layout of my favorite websites or choosing designs for my own projects I began to realize that whitespace was a big determining factor.

 

It just makes things seem more…awesome, somehow.

Think about it:

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What about this:

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Imagination Is Necessary To See God

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We have a weekly parenting class at our church here in Summerville, SC. Currently, we are learning about AWANA and adopting the same principles that it uses to reach children to our own homes. This week we covered game time.

I know, I know…”So what!”

Here is the part that got me. The games that we play with our kids are fun but the really good games all tend to have one thing in common. They all help build our imagination. Possibly the biggest problem with most television and games we watch, they all tend to hand us the things that is usually left to our imagination.

Games like soccer, football, bowling, golf, chess, scrabble, Wii, Candyland, etc. all build so many good characteristics in our children. If you’re like me you totally overlooked the imagination connection. Sure they help us relate to each other and build strong relationships but on top of all that have you ever considered how it effected our relationship with God? I had never even took the time to consider the spiritual side effect of a good imagination.

Read Psalm 139: 1-16 and you will find words that can only be imagined. Somethings are just indescribable in our language because it just doesn’t exist.

God has given each of us some incredible imaginations. Sometimes, we see the art of imagination out of balance (mental issues) and other times we see it so crippled (wealth and pride) that life becomes bland and hopeless.

So this season when you hear the Christmas story read from Luke 2 again for the millionth time, try to use your imagination and consider how Awesome God truly is.

What games can you say have the greatest impact on a child’s imagination?

It Was Time To Sign On The Dotted Line

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Today I finalized my paperwork for the State of South Carolina and officially became the “managing member” of Wingspan Marketing LLC located in Summerville, SC. WOOHOO!!!

It has been a crazy road so far to get to this point but I believe I’m ready to take this new challenge in my life. I have to say that credit is not do to me or anyone else but my Savior. I would have never made these decisions without Him guiding every step of the way. Sometimes it felt like He was smacking my legs to stay on track while others He seemed to be carrying me on His broad shoulders. Ether way, I just wanted to make sure everyone knew that Wingspan Marketing LLC and every project it produces is only done because of a loving and caring God.

Read more about how I feel about this on my company blog WingspanMarketing.com

To Hit The Mark You Have To Miss It

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I was outside with son#2 when I set up challenge for myself. I told Matthew I was going to pitch a golf ball into the cup holder of a lawn chair from about 10 feet.

Impossible? Nope, the hole is bigger than the golf ball and I have had similar luck from 137 yards. I knew all it would take is some trial and error and plenty of chances.
I began to think of the similarities between setting little challenges and setting life goals. I don’t know too many people who live life like they achieve success 100% of the time. On the other hand, I do know many of the same people (including myself) who expect it that much. Maybe you know exactly how I feel then. Like when I think I have failed because something didn’t turn out like I thought it should.

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At an M2LIVE conference about a year and a half ago John Saddington and Tony steward were answering some questions when they said: “We aren’t smarter or more talented than you, we’ve just made more mistakes”.
This is so big for me. We learn in life either by experience or by lesson. Both of which require failure in order to learn.

The idea of learning from my mistakes isn’t new to me, the thought of winning from my mistakes was.

There are two things that hit me while thinking about this. They are two essential ingredients that go into success: fun and failure.

From what I can see, in order to succeed at something we should enjoy doing ‘it’ and we should work hard at learning from mistakes.

It may be simple but it takes a God given calling to to be passionate and determined in most jobs.

Just sayin.