Office Hours: Blogging Tips & Vocational Advice

Office Hours: Blogging Tips & Vocational Advice

November 3, 2011 by

Every week I hold online office hours and answer questions from folks like you. This week we’ve got a couple of questions regarding vocation and the field of digital communications. Plus, I give my thoughts on how often you need to be blogging. Take a look and be sure to join me every Wednesday from 2-4 p.m. CST for online office hours!

When you started blogging how often did you post? Did you wait to post stuff when you had enough stuff to publish for a continued amount of time?

My answer: When I first started out, I would blog every day come hell or high water.

Now, I’m a little more selective about when I post. I usually wait until I have something to say.

Being of both camps, I have to say that time was the major factor in blogging frequency. I don’t think one is better than the other, just so long as your audience knows what to expect!

Addendum: There’s value in practicing the discipline of writing. There are hundreds of thousands of ideas out there. It’s helpful to get in the practice of writing every day, especially when you’re first starting out!

What does it take to become a social media director at a church? I have a passion to see church and media/technology work together at my local church.

My answer: I think you’ve got it: passion. There’s no “degree” for social media and the church. At least not yet. Blaze your own trail.

Bonus: To become a church communicator or digital director, can that position be done part time or is it a full time commitment to do it well?

My answer:  Tough call. I would rather someone do this part time, simply to get momentum started, than do nothing at all.

In other words: Take what you can get! If you add value at part time, the better the case you can make for full time. Make yourself indispensable!

Thanks for the great questions everybody! Hopefully this information will help you get from where you are to where you want to go. See you next time in the office!

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Justin Wise

Justin Wise lives in West Des Moines, Iowa, with his wife and son. He likes coffee, reading, running and blogging.
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