Why I………twitter.

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I get asked this all the time. When I decided to do this why I series I knew I wanted to do a post on why I twitter. The brilliant thing is in the past two days 2 people much smart than I have written about this very thing.

For me twitter does 3 things.

1. Helps me stay connected to trends and what’s going on as well as to friends.
2. Helps me network faster – Facebook takes to long.
3. Helps me be a better writer. I have always been a fan of short – twitter is HNL (wHole Natha Level)

Here is what Kem Meyer had to say about why she twitters.

You see, Twitter is one practical illustration of how we’ve moved past the industrial age through the information age to the interconnected age. But, naysayers are still calling it silly and dumb. Hello. Anything can be silly and dumb–depending on how it’s used.

Read the rest of it here.


Jennifer Blanchard wrote a great post on how twitter helps you be a better writter.
Here is what she had to say on Copyblogger.com.

Twitter can make you a better writer. Here’s how.

Twitter forces you to be concise

If you’ve ever used Twitter, you know that you have 140 characters to say whatever you want to say. Now keep in mind, I didn’t say 140 words—or even 140 letters—I said 140 characters.

That’s not a lot of room. Letters, numbers, symbols, punctuation and spaces all count as characters on Twitter.

What all of this means is, you have to be concise. You have to know exactly what you want to say, and say it in as few words as possible.

Many writers, however, are “wordy” and often have long, drawn out descriptions and sentences, so it can be pretty difficult to create a message that’s only 140 characters.

Follow this link to read the rest of this great article

Why I……….Laugh (The Art of Funny)

Comedy

I think most people think funny is something that just happens or is learned by reading some book. My personal opinion is that funny is not easy funny is rare. Funny is a science.

If funny was something that many people possess or understood why would every single person who is looking for a potential mate say that one of must haves is a sense of humor. My theory for the lack of humor in peoples lives lies not in what you say but in what you do not say.

To many people say the first thing that comes to their mind. Bad idea. My good friend Chico describes the art of funny as “The Force” in Star Wars. You have to hone your craft and train your mind.

I have met many funny people in my life, from them I have learned the following facts about humor:

1. Timing – Comedy is all timing pace, location and duration – all timing.
2. Filter out the stupid thoughts and pick out the gems. (Not easy and the reason most people aren’t funny they surround their gems with forgettable statements that only they find funny)
3. Know your audience. Use appropriateness. Insult after insult = insult
4. The George Costnza rule – Walk away on the top of your game.

Some of the funniest people i have met or hope to met someday Mark Schilling our churches Youth Pastor, the aforementioned Chico, the stuff christians like blog guy (the guy is a genius, to reverently mock christian subculture, gotta love it.), and Funny Man Dan whose recent addition to Dave’s blog roll made me think about this post. FMD is a brilliant writer and his blog almost always makes me laugh out loud.

Comedy is not easy, but I guess if it was than everyone would be funny and if everyone was funny I think no one would be funny.

Twitter Weekly Updates for 2009-03-28

Links I used for my discipleship group.

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This is an online devotional that is two of my favorite things: Simple and Practical. I am using it myself as well as a tool for a Jr. Councilor Discipleship group I am doing. I have been using it for about a week and I love it. I found it on Dave’s blog. (BTW Dave In the name of all that is Holy add FMD to your blogroll already. LOL) Check out examen.me for yourself.

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Grouptweet is what we are going to be using to communicate with each-other. I chose grouptweet over facebook because the better sms and some kids are not allowed on facebook. I think the combination of protected updates and grouptweet are the best solution for any small group.

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Here is the Logo I created for our kidscamp this year. I am a huge fan of a couple more things. Simple easy design that isn’t clipart. I have a growing list of ministry things that drive me nuts. As you all know I hate flannelgraph Jesus I also hate crappy design. In todays day and age I don’t think there is any excuse for it. I am not a graphic designer I know the basics of Photoshop and Illustrator. I am a self proclaimed Adobe hack. If I can do it you can to. Take the time to make all the print stuff you do for your ministry amazing. I try and use vector files as much as possible thanks to my good friend Gareth have come to love Vector files, but thats me use whatever woorks for you. I buy vector files off of iStockphoto but only after I check out these free sites.

DryIcons
Vectorportal
Free Vectors.Net
Creativemyk.com (a church graphics network with some really good stuff)
Vectoreezy.com
Vector Magic (A very cool tool that turns any picture into a vector file.)