There are jobs in this world that you can’t even fathom existing. My job is somewhat like that. My dad can’t quite figure out how I make money doing what I do.
And now I’m getting into something even more unique. I’m not entirely sure what I’m trying to do is possible. The concept is this: I’m writing posts I know will be fun and easily shareable. Then I ask a company to sponsor that post, and use half of their sponsorship dollars to advertise the post they sponsored. So I am able to publicize my site on the advertiser’s dime, and still make money doing it. That’s on top of my current advertisers.
I can’t quite fathom this working. But just because I can’t see it working doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist. (more…)
My wife and I moved to San Antonio last week. It’s been a series of ordeals. My car is broken down so we had to tow it. My TV broke the week before (still not fixed). I have horrible cell service in our apartment. And my cable/internet still hasn’t been set up. I scheduled the whole back on the 12th of last month. They keep canceling.
On Wednesday, I finally got fed up. So I started harassing AT&T. I’ve been calling my local rep two to three times each day…leaving messages when they don’t pick up. I’ve left messages on the AT&T forum. I’ve tweeted every account they have. I’ve called corporate. I’ve just been a pain in their butts.
I’ve decided this is a new pattern in my life. (more…)
Working each day to stay inspired is no simple matter. It’s hard to get that burst of creative energy first thing in the morning. But I’ve developed a system that works for me to get my going. It just takes a bit of preparation on the weekends and in the morning. Allow me to share.
I’ve begun roasting my own coffee beans. I found out you can buy beans in their unroasted (green) state online. So each month I find a pound or two that strikes my fancy, then I order it. If you’ve never tasted freshly roasted coffee (5 days old, max), you haven’t experienced coffee. I’m one who loves tons of sugar and creamer in my brew, but when it’s freshly roasted I can drink it black. (more…)
I run a website called ChurchStageDesignIdeas.com. It’s quite simply a site for stage designers. Churches publish photos and tutorials of their set designs for other churches to learn from and emulate.
I stumbled upon the idea. I knew there was a need for something like this and I figured, “Why shouldn’t I do it?”
So I did some research. I asked to repost some articles here and there and began creating a following. The site grew and grew.
I knew one day the site had made it when I stumbled upon a church tech podcast that was reviewing the site. Someone tweeted the link to me and I got so excited. These professionals who really knew their stuff were reviewing my site.
Very quickly that excitement turned to dread. I knew inside I wasn’t a stage design expert. I didn’t know the appropriate theatrical terms or even fully the technology I was helping churches use. I knew, as I watched this podcast, they were going to out me as a fraud. (more…)
On Sunday, some friends and I packed up everything I own into a moving truck. I loaded my car on a trailer, attached it to the moving van, then went to lunch. Lunch was delicious. We went back to the apartment to clean things up and grab some last minute things, then went outside to the truck to leave.
It was gone. The truck, with everything I own, was missing without a trace. “It was stolen,” were my first words. We looked everywhere. It couldn’t have been towed. How could a full moving trucks with a trailer and car attached to it be towed. It was gone.
Panic set in. “I don’t even know what to do in this situation. Does renter’s insurance cover stolen moving vehicles? What’s my deductible? Would Penske cover the loss?” I had no idea what to do. Finally I called the police. (more…)
The most beautiful event in history was Jesus’ death and resurrection. What horrors and darkness followed by glory and light! It’s the biggest story arc the world has ever seen. And God crafted it beautifully—the death of His Son for the life of all mankind.
Part of what made this beauty possible was the flesh God wrapped around Himself. He became man to save man. He became one of us to reach all of us. This perfect entity became imperfection for us—not through sin, but through every other imperfection we deal with. Jesus dealt with skin blemishes. He stubbed his toe multiple times. He probably even had folks cut him off on busy roads. (more…)
Remember Scrooge McDuck? He was a wealthy duck tycoon with a vault overflowing with gold. He’d frequently dive into his gold coins and take a swim—enjoying the fruit of his labors. I’ve been doing a bit of the Scrooge McDuck lately.
No, I’m not swimming in gold. I don’t make that much money. But I have been keeping track of my successes and progress. I’ve been making lists of the advertisers and writers I’ve had the privilege of working with. It shocks me how long these lists are. And there are some really amazing names on that list.
I’ve been enjoying the fruit of my labors. And I think it’s important for each of us to do that from time to time. You should look back at your portfolio and enjoy your work. You should see the dollar amount of merchandise you’ve sold. You should look at your college transcript from time to time and remember the work you put in. (more…)
Whenever I help bloggers improve the quality of their blogging, I’m always met with a small amount of resistance. I tell bloggers to write with authority. And the resistance is that they don’t want to appear arrogant. “How can I write with authority? I’m not necessarily an expert on this topic…”
So they add caveats to their posts. “I’m no expert…” “I may be completely wrong…” “…Not that you would care what I think.”
They think this makes them seem humble. Instead, it keeps people from reading on. (more…)
When you take a look at the leadership gurus and creativity experts, you’ll notice one major thing. None of them got there from reading the right books. It wasn’t a result of listening to the right teachers.
Leadership gurus and creativity experts get where they are because of struggle. They struggled in their industry and overcame the obstacles. The lessons they learned during their struggle led to knowledge they couldn’t have possible learned in a book. Then they share that knowledge with others.
Sure, gurus and experts read. They always want to learn more. But the richness of their expertise is from toiling and striving. Until we struggle with something, we never get the real knowledge that separates us from the others. (more…)
My job lately has become a task of asking many people for tons of help. All of my Sunday| Mag writers are volunteers. Same with my graphic designers and copy editors. Then I’ve begun asking for help with my other sites too.
My to-do list is filled with items like “Ask ____ for _____” and “Remind _____ about helping with _____”. I do a lot of asking. And consequently I hear many no’s.
But I’ve made it my goal lately to make it easy for people to say no. With every email I send I make it clear that there will be no hard feelings. I’m grateful with every response that they even considered helping. I even lavish smiley face emoticons on my askees. I do this because I’ve changed my perspective on asking for help. (more…)