When it comes to taking photos at events, it’s hard to capture a moment that actually looks good! All too often, event pictures turn out blurry, dark, or out of focus, or they manage to catch someone right as he puts a huge bite of cake into his mouth.
I remember the first “book” I ever wrote. It was about three pages long, size 16 font and double-spaced, and was about a little girl who moved away from her best friends, only to find that they each sent her a letter a week after she moved! It was truly heartwarming. Friendship conquers all, and all that jazz.
I almost have my Bachelor’s degree in English, so I’m practically a writing expert (insert audience laugh track here).
Really, though, I do know at least a little bit about writing, so I can offer a tad of advice to budding and struggling writers.
When your church is without a pastor, it can feel like you're on a boat without a captain—sailing aimlessly and without direction.
The church office might be the place where the pastor is missed the most. Questions about bills, membership, and bulletins have no answer, forcing staff like the church secretary or office administrator to take on even more responsibility than usual. So how can your church office survive without a pastor—whether it’s for a month or a year?
If you frequently check your work email at home, the title of this post probably already turns you off.
But I need to keep up with emails so I don't drown in them during the day. It’s not that big of a deal—it takes only a minute to open my mail app, delete some junk, and reply to a few urgent messages.
Okay, can I be honest? I hate reading newsletters. Whether it’s from my favorite retail store or campus ministry, newsletters are the bane of my existence.
Slight exaggeration . . . but you get my point.
Most of the time, newsletters are wordy, and many of the announcements don’t apply to me. So how can your church newsletter break the mold and keep your members from absent-minded skimming?
If you’ve spent time on Instagram, you probably know that almost every day of the week has a hashtag to accompany it. For example, there’s #ThrowbackThursday (endless baby pictures), #FlashbackFriday (last weekend’s lake pictures), and #SundayFunday (mimosas and bloody marys).
If these are foreign concepts to you, count yourself lucky!
Basically, there’s an unofficial schedule to indicate what pictures to post when, and most people follow it; they’ll save their baby picture for Thursday rather than posting it on Monday.
The concept of scheduling social media posts is not inherently a bad one, and it does apply to your church (although hopefully you’re not posting too many embarrasing baby pictures of your pastor).You should have a general schedule for posting that you stick to throughout the week.
I hate Comic Sans.
Truly. I do. And just about everyone in the world agrees with me!
“But Comic Sans is fun!” you protest.
I’m going to stop you right there.
Its curved sides and round handwriting script were originally designed to resemble comic book text (hence the name), and I’m even hesitant to allow it to be used in comic books because it simply isn’t the best out there.
You can like Comic Sans and use it for your family Christmas card, but it really has no place on your church website or any documents you produce professionally.
I am completely obsessed with Instagram. It’s probably because I have narcissistic tendencies and enjoy posting pictures of myself or my delicious dinner.
Like Twitter, Instagram has a younger demographic than Facebook. It’s a social networking app that only contains pictures and captions. Celebrities, bloggers, and teenagers fill the app with photos of their friends, their food, and their faces (Instagram is the home of the selfie).
If you’re over the age of 35, the word “twitter” probably makes you think of that finch your grandma keeps in her living room.
But Twitter—the originator of the hashtag (which Facebook and Instagram adopted)—is a vastly popular social media platform.
In The Social Network (2010), which is arguably my favorite movie of all time, Mark Zuckerberg tells his best friend about his initial idea for what would eventually become Facebook: “I’m talking about taking the entire social experience of college and putting it online.”