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I have been blogging since March 2008. By no means does 20 months of blogging qualify me as a blogging expert. I do not have this whole blogging thing figured out. However, in the past 20 months I have learned a thing or two about blogging and myself in the process.

I get asked from time-to-time for blogging tips from prospecting bloggers. So without further adieu, here are the things that I have learned about blogging and myself in what I call…Confessions of a Blogger.

  • My #1 blogging rule: Don’t take yourself too seriously. I’m not that special or important. I am not entitled anything from anybody because I have a blog.
  • A big temptation with blogging and all social networking media is narcissism. Fight being narcissistic in blogging.
  • Blogging is a discipline for me just like eating healthy, working out, Bible study, and prayer.
  • Blogging is very therapeutic for me.
  • I’m much better with a computer and Internet than paper and pen. Blogging is basically a journal with accountability. I was always terrible at writing in a journal. I tried many times but never was consistent. Blogging changed that.
  • In 2o months, there have been over 89,300 total views, 1,862 comments, and 388 posts. I have no clue if that is good or not.
  • My busiest day on the blog was Friday, August 15, 2008 with 666 views. This bothers me greatly and I would really like this number to change.
  • I know blogging is very 2005 and already outdated, but I like it much better than other social networking websites like Facebook, Myspace, and Twitter.
  • I use other social networking websites  (like Facebook and Twitter) to funnel more people to my blog. I direct people from both websites at strategic times of the day – morning, before lunch, after lunch, late afternoon, and night.
  • I view blogging as part of my ministry.
  • You need to write consistently to have a more successful blog.
  • Post lots of pictures on your blog to get more views. (Google Images will find them on searches.)
  • Deep down, I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE getting blog comments. They bring me joy and motivation to keep writing…seriously.
  • I write about a number of different subjects. I don’t ever want my writing to be predictable.
  • I am amazed at all the random strangers that stumble onto my blog. In those moments, it becomes even more clear to me that blogging is part of my ministry.
  • If YOURNAME.com is available, I recommend purchasing the domain name. It is affordable (especially through WordPress). It feels a little weird, but you never know if you will need it in the future. Don’t let someone grab it first.
  • While I love getting blog comments, I hate getting spam comments.

I could go on and on. However, I want you to share your confessions. I’m sure I’ll add some more of my confessions to the comment section as I think of them.

Comments? Questions? Confessions?

BRIANCROMER.COM MAKEOVER

Posted: August 17, 2009 in Blogs, Life, People
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It was time for a makeover.

Out with the random marbles. In with the abstract crowd.

What is it? A kicking worship service? A big party?

Not sure. Whatever it is, I like it.

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What do you think? Like the changes or not?

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I am going on record and saying that I will not EVER use twitter. :)”

That sentence was taken from my blog post on April 8, 2009. I am now suffering from a bad case of foot in mouth disease.

Have you ever done anything that you promised you never would do? Maybe you have been anti-whatever for years before you found yourself using or doing that very thing you spoke out against. Maybe things that never appealed to you started to look enticing. We could be talking about something as small as eating onions, as big as becoming an alcoholic, and everything in between.

If I were to be completely honest, I do this quite a bit. I come down with this foot in mouth disease when I say I will never do something and then end up doing that very thing.

I have been anti-twitter or a while. I’m not sure why. Maybe it was my lack of understanding what it really was. Maybe it was not wanting to have another something to keep up with. Maybe it was the thought of the word “tweet” becoming part of my regular vocabulary.

With all that being said, I AM OFFICIALLY ON TWITTER.

I put a lot of thought into this decision. On the recommendation of a good friend (@wkohring), I read the e-book “The Reason Your Church Must Twitter” by Anthony D. Coppedge. After reading this book and doing some research, I have decided to twitter.

Here are the main reasons why I have made this decision:

  • Twitter is a free and simple way to connect churches to the cell phones of their congregation, volunteers, and staff.
  • Twitter is a near-instant, almost-anywhere communication that has the potential to change the face of ministry.
  • Twitter is faster than email, easier than phone calls, and more manageable than group text.
  • Twitter is an excellent way to reinforce the theme and points of messages during the week.
  • Twitter (like Facebook & the blog) will help people better to relate to me as a person, not just as a pastor.
  • I can update my Twitter & Facebook status at the same time.
  • I will use Twitter to consistently direct people to my blog. My blog will continue to get the majority of my attention and energy. I love the discipline of consistent writing, so that will not change. Twitter will only help increase the flow of traffic to my blog.

Follow me on twitter @briancromer or http://twitter.com/briancromer

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As most of you know, I recently have joined the NORTHchurch staff in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. One of the most amazing things about working at NORTHchurch is being able to work everyday with such an amazing, Godly staff.

A few of the other guys on staff have blogs where they consistently write about life, ministry, and leadership. They are both sharp, quality communicators. I strongly encourage all the briancromer.com readers to check out their blogs. You won’t be disappointed.

Rodney Fouts, Lead Pastor, NORTHchurch – http://rodneyfouts.com/

Clint Smith, Executive Pastor, NORTHchurch – http://clintsmith10.blogspot.com/

This guy is hilarious. In today’s technological world, it is amazing what people can get famous doing. You are seriously one good youtube video away from being famous.

See more of this guy at BATTINGSTANCEGUY.COM.

Thanks to my great friend Eric Sztanyo for sharing this video with me. Enjoy…

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On a side note, if any of you are interested in buying baby blankets, my great friend Eric Sztanyo has started a new web based company that sells some great baby products. CLICK HERE TO CHECK OUT HIS NEW WEBSITE.

Back to Blogging

Posted: July 16, 2009 in Blogs, Life, People, Travel
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Hello friends, family, and total strangers…

I apologize for the lack of blog post updates over the last few weeks. Life has been crazy busy and I have been traveling non-stop over the past month. I have not been able to blog as much normal because of my journeys that have seen me spend a considerable amount of time in Texas, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and New York. 

I have missed blogging. I have missed reading your comments. I have missed having intellectual conversations over many topics like life, faith, God, sports, and entertainment. Blogging is such an incredible discipline for me and a great release for all the random thoughts that often flood my brain. This small break from blogging was solely due to business. I haven’t given it up.

In fact, I’m officially back to blogging. My blogging sabbatical is over and I will be back to writing daily. I encourage you to consistently stop by briancromer.com and contribute to the conversations.

Two Week Break

Posted: April 26, 2009 in Blogs, Life, People, Travel

Starting today, I am taking a two week break from blogging. I will be traveling the next few weeks and want to truly vacation from normal life, which includes blogging. 

I will be on a week-long cruise this week as Heather and I celebrate our five year anniversary.

Next week I will be traveling to Cincinnati, Ohio to visit some of my best friends from college.

Thank you so much for reading this blog. Every page view, comment, and minute spent reading what I write is appreciated. I am truly humbled.

See you in two weeks. I will be working on my tan!

God is good…

Memories, Memories

Posted: April 1, 2009 in Blogs, Funny, Life, People
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Since today is April 1st, I wanted to remember one of my favorite blog posts of all-time. Enjoy.

CLICK HERE TO READ (make sure to read the comments)

I found this extremely interesting, eye-opening chart on Mark Oestreicher’s blog that shows the growth of FACEBOOK.COM, which is a social networking website: 

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I believe this chart tells more about the culture we live in today than it does about facebook.

Obviously, we live in world today where we embrace technology faster. My question is why? Is it because of the massive availability of technology? Is it a fundamental shift in how we think about technology? 

As a youth pastor, I see the current teenage generation’s fingerprints all over this trend. I see the power and influence that the younger generation has over our world, culture, technology, and economy. Oestreicher hit the nail right on the head when he said, “One of the things I notice is that the fuel for the fast rise of the most recent technologies has come from youth (whereas the older technologies were forced to go through the slower progress of adult acceptance first), which says something about the leading role of youth culture in the world today.”

Thoughts? What is your reaction to these technology growth trends? Why is the world today embracing technology faster?

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Out of curiosity, how many of you are one of 150 million facebook users?

I am one of the 150 million.

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“Yes, I am going to attempt to start blogging. I hope to share a little of my brain with world wide web from time to time. I will try to write from time to time on a variety of subjects…life, faith, family, sports, random, etc. If you know me, then you know that my brain is always going. I think from the time I wake up till the time I go to bed. Let’s see if I can get some of those thoughts out on the world wide web so the entire global civilization with a computer can see them. What a brilliant idea!” – Brian Cromer, March 11, 2008

This is a quote from the first BRIANCROMER.COM post ever. 365 days, 303 posts, 1500 comments, and over 58,000 visitors later, BRIANCROMER.COM turns one year old today.

I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for every time you visit this website. Trust me, I know that there are better, more creative, more fun websites out there. I am completely humbled and blown away that anyone would read my oh so random thoughts on all the oh so random things that pop into my head. Whether you are family, a friend, a peer, a teenager, a co-worker, an old teammate, an acquaintance, or a stranger, please know that the author of this blog appreciates you. 

For those of you who are daily readers and contributers to this blog, you rock. For those of you who sporadically visit this blog and for those of you who somehow stumbled across this website, I invite you to be a regular reader and contributer.

My goal from day one of this blog was to be real, to be authentic, to not take myself too seriously, and to have fun. I wanted this to be another area of my life where I could be disciplined. I would be lying if I said I take the time, energy, and brain power to write almost daily just for me and my benefit. You are a big reason why I write. Thanks for being there through the great posts and the duds.

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BRIANCROMER.COM’s one superficial birthday wish is to some time this year break my August 15, 2008 busiest day (the individual day in the blog’s existence where it was viewed the most times) of 666 views. That number has been freaking me out for seven months now. Spread the word. Let’s break this record this year (even if that means you hitting “refresh” multiple times in one day).