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Have you ever wondered what WordPress is really about? I’ll admit it can be a ‘tad confusing at first glance. There’s WordPress.com and WordPress.org. And by the way, if you’re curious, we’re using WordPress.org here at Modern Ekklesia. Well, below is a great (and huge) infographic that really breaks down what the differences are.

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In the past two years I’ve helped about a dozen friends get started blogging. I’m no expert, but you learn a few things in that time period, so I thought I’d write down some of the steps to get you up and into the blogging world in no time.

But first I want to address two questions you might be asking:

1. “If you’re not an expert, why would you write a post on helping people start blogging?” I would say two things to this. For one, though I’m not an expert, I have learned a lot through my own experience in blogging. I started off in the Blogger (Google) world, but eventually transferred over to a self-hosted WordPress blog that i’m currently using for Modern Ekklesia. That process on its own earns you a few stripes, because it’s not the easiest thing in the world to do. (I wrote a little about the process here.) And I enjoy reading about technology, so I’ve become decently knowledgeable in the arena. People like Darren Rowse of Problogger.net and John Saddington of ChurchCrunch.com, and countless other people have helped my learning.

Secondly, I know it would be easier to simply write a twitter post and link to a post someone else has already done on how to start. But I know for some of you, that would not encourage you to start because you don’t know them. A lot of life is based on trust relationships. In one form or another, I think we’ve built a level of trust relationship (hopefully) around this blog. And so some of you would be willing to start because you trust and know me. Hopefully that will be enough to nudge you to jump in.

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Would you like to start a self-hosted blog, but are afraid that it costs too much? That’s what kept me away as well, to be honest. Several months ago, I decided to make the leap from a free Blogger (Google) hosted blog to a self-hosted WordPress blog. I was able to use a discount code that made it quite cheap to get started.

So I’d like to do the same thing for you so you can get started with minimal expenses!

I created the promo code “modernekklesia” that you can use when signing up for a year of hosting with Dreamhost that will come out to less than $2.00 a month ($1.86 to be exact). Yup. It’s true. You can prepay for the whole year and it’s $22.40 for a whole year of hosting. This includes a free domain when you register and unlimited data so you don’t have to worry about a thing.

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Oops! I just realized that I forgot to post the most popular post of August.

So here it is. The top post for the month of August was: “Learning From the Leadership Style of Steve Jobs.”

Enjoy!

Here’s a high five for you!

On September 15, 2009, we celebrated the 100th post of Modern Ekklesia here. And almost exactly a year later  we’ve arrived at the 200th post!

Yaaaay! So I guess we’re averaging about 100 posts a year, which is about two per week, which is just right, I think.

So, to celebrate and to say thanks you to YOU, we’ll be having a giveaway!! I love those.

We’re giving away some free “iNotePads.” They’re notepads that look and are the size of an iPhone, and are courtesy of SonicPrint.com. Write your grocery list on there, pretend that it’s a real iPhone and talk into it, or use it as origami paper…the use is up to you ;)

To receive one, just leave any comment here below and I’ll randomly select a few winners. So once again, just wanted to thank you for making this a place of dialogue, encouragement, and learning! Keep it up!

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I just upgraded to Standard Theme 2 on Modern Ekklesia. While things may not look different at all on the outside of the blog, there’s some new functionality that has been added. And if you’re thinking of getting into blogging, here’s a few reasons why this is the perfect time to jump in.

1. Awesome support. This one is big for me. I’ve been blogging for almost two years now, but I still consider myself a newbie. Especially when it comes to blogging on a self-hosted WordPress blog, which is a little more technical. But there is a great group of guys that provide support for the Standard Theme. When I upgraded from v. 1, I experienced a little hiccup on my blog, which was due to user error. From the Support Forums, they patiently helped me figure out what was wrong. They do it very quickly and in a very professional manner.

2. Social media icons options. This will make your life much easier. For example, you can now change the size of your social media icons with a click. If you want them small, fine…if you want them larger, click, and you’re done.

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I’d like to start a regular feature here where I highlight the most popular post of the month based upon views.

The top post for the month of July is “My Eight Steps for Writing A Sermon.”

I’d also like to build upon it. Seeing as how this was the most popular post, I’ll try to see if there’s a way I can go deeper and explore the topic a little more.

Hope you had a wonderful July!

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In this post, I mentioned that we were doing a free book giveaway to someone that had left a comment on that post.

I’m excited to announce that we have the winner, and he just submitted a picture of the book he received next to some nice munchies!

Congrats to Anthony WagenerSmith…hope you enjoy the book!

I recently moved my blog, Modern Ekklesia, over from Blogger to WordPress, and I wanted to share a little about my journey so that you’ll know what to expect in case you want to do it as well.

So here’s what happened:

On my new blog, I wanted to go with a self-hosted solution for the options that are available. After evaluating some of the options, I decided to go with Dreamhost, and all the posts were moved over. There were a few things that didn’t survive the journey very well, though.

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I wanted to take a moment to highlight some of the new features of ModernEkklesia, so you can know what’s going on, and why we moved over to WordPress.

1. Along the top right of the black bar we have some places where you can subscribe and connect. So there’s a link to subscribe via email, rss, or connect through Twitter.

2. Along the right sidebar are some graphics of a few things. The first is of Standard Theme. That’s the WordPress theme we’re using on ModernEkklesia now. Below that are a couple of essential “apps” of ChurchMetrics.com and YouVersion.com. Below that you’ll see “Recent Posts” and “Most Popular Posts” that are automatically generated.

3. The “Blast From the Past” tab is an archive of all the posts ever written. So you can click on a month, and all the posts for that month will appear.

4. At the bottom of each post is something called “Related Posts.” They are also automatically generated based upon the content of each post. This is a pretty nice feature.

Those are some of the most obvious things. Under the hood there are some that are quite important as well.

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