Discern and address current new media realities in
my life, the Church and the world in light of the
Relate respectfully with a diversity of persons, age
groups and cultures by discovering how I can blog
meaningfully with them in today‟s Church. (1.6)
Exercise flexibility in ministerial situations by
meaningfully exploring the what and how of E-
communication. (4.19 PCL)
Demonstrate effective oral and written
communication skills for catechetical purposes by
blogging. (5.12 PCL)
Learn what a blog is and
how a typical blog is
Learn how to get started
Understand why blogging
is a powerful tool for
ministry, the classroom,
your own professional
Internet Usage and Population Statistics
For Trinidad and Tobago
Year Users Population % Pen
2000 100,000 1,262,366 7.9%
2006 160,000 1,320,363 12.1%
2008 212,800 1,231,323 17.3%
2009* 225,000 1,047,366 21.5%
United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs
* Nielson Online, ITU, and other reliable resources
Fundamentals The New Tools
Frequent, brief Social networks
Web 2.0 Tagging
Social Networking RSS
It’s all about the 2 C’s
Collaboration & Convergence
Do you write one?
Do you read any?
Close friend of RSS
Cool Tool: Technorati.com - Website
That tracks all things blog
A. What presidential candidates use?
B. An easy way to create a webpage?
C. An opportunity for a conversation?
D. All above options
Short for weblog, blogs are online
journals that display the most recent
Can combine text, images, and links to
audio and video files (podcasting)
Readers may often leave comments and
interact with the writer
Blogger.com offers free blog space
“In 2004 when Technorati started, the
typical reaction to the word „blog‟ was
„huh – can you repeat yourself?‟ Today,
blogs are everywhere – even presidential
candidates have blogs. The blog has
forever changed the way publishing
works – now anyone can be a publisher.
The issue is no longer distribution, rather,
it‟s relevance.” Brad Field, Managing Director, Foundry
Step 1 Step 2
Myself into my
Read other minister blogs and “listen” to
what is being said by others.
Additionally, look closely at the
comments left by others (important to
get the lay of the land!)
Begin leaving comments on these blogs
to understand how “blogging
conversations” begin and continue.
Go to -
That is “underscore” /blog_ministry
Choose a blogging platform and set up
your own blog – choose an applicable,
interesting topic that you wish to explore
more or one that you want to share with a
› All of the following are “hosted” platforms,
meaning your content is stored on the server
Set reasonable posting goals for yourself –
adjust as you go.
All the while, continue reading other blogs,
comment, and while there, invite others to
visit your blog (experience the read, write,
read, write pattern of blogging). Actively
seek and encourage the “cross-pollination
Engage in “connective reading and
writing” (blogging) with a “growth mindset.”
Engage in “connective reading and writing”
(blogging) with the intent to freely “share.”
A series of videos are located at
Blogging is a revolution in
communication, community, and
authentic conversation; a revolution that
churches cannot afford to ignore.
Welcome to the blogosphere – the new
online home of the curious and creative.
- Brian Bailey
Why should the ministry I‟m involved in
What can blogs accomplish in my
Remember – “Blogging is simple,
inexpensive, and powerful.” – Brian Bailey
Communication: Who is your audience?
What story do they need to hear from you?
E-Learning: Who is your audience? How will
they be “engaged” with you?
What is your motivation for writing?
Is your blog a tool or a toy?
Is the story of your ministry being told?
Are those involved with you part of the
How will you handle comments?
Does the blog belong to you or the
Is your blog personal, professional, or
How much are you willing to pay?
Do you have a name for your blog?
Testimonies and Stories of Life Change
Start a conversation
Connect Your Staff
1. Welcome new catechists with a picture
and short introduction.
2. Cast the vision for an upcoming event
and ask for help.
3. Spotlight one of your best catechists.
4. Celebrate birthdays and milestones,
such as a volunteering anniversary.
5. Share prayer requests for catechists, the
ministry, and the church as a whole.
6. Announce the week‟s lesson and invite
catechists to download an outline.
7. Post ministry stories that show the true
impact of what your catechists do.
8. Answer common questions.
9. Publish photos from the weekend or a
recent event. (Note: Children – Extra steps)
10. Familiarize catechists with the staff in
whatever fun way you like.
- Adapted from: Blogging Church, pg. 57
Brevity is BEAUTIFUL!
Send People Away (People come back
to places that send them away)
Picasso famously said, “Good artists
copy. Great artists steal.”
Eventually develop a personal voice that
Link, Quote, But Never Copy
Perry Noble has a great rule: never write
anything on your blog that you wouldn’t
be willing to say to someone’s face. It’s
a simple way to avoid surprises.
Start Blogging Without the Support of Your Church
Draft Your Bloggers
Use the Same Great Content You Have Elsewhere
Write Without Passion or Personality
Write When You Have Time
Build Your Blog in Pleasantville
Pretend the Rest of the World Doesn‟t Exist
One Blog Fits All
Is a format for delivering content
Ability to subscribe to sources of your
choice and have the latest updates
delivered directly to you throughout the
RSS feed is updated every time someone
posts a new item or makes a change to a
Click a Single button and all updates
brought to you.
Really Simple Syndication
› Audio files (podcasting)
› Feedburner.com, UI Web Toolbox
› Subscribe to a feed
› iTunes, Yahoo, Firefox, IE 7 all
aggregate RSS feeds
Dynamic web sites
› Include a feed on your course site
Cartoon by Dave Walker. Find more cartoons you can freely re-use on your
blog at We Blog Cartoons.
10 year old
Honor the memory of her
grandfather who had died the year
Decided to do one good deed
With mother‟s approval, to share her
work with the world
What will the student blogs focus on? To
jumpstart your creativity, a listing of ideas
can be found at
One class blog where all students
contribute as writers/authors
Group blogs, consisting of 3 to 5 authors
Every student has his/her own individual
Who will be the primary audience of the
blog? How will you/your students handle
Check your diocesan/school AUP
(Acceptable Use Policy)
Outline how you want to use the blogs,
meaning how you want to structure student
posts and comments, develop rationale for
class use (don‟t forget that blogging
supports many of the ISTE NETS for Students.
Get parents informed and involved.
Know your blogging platform.
Elementary Level High School Level
Class Blogmeister Edublogs.org
EPals School Blog ClassPress ($24.95/year)
ClassPress ($24.95/year for
unlimited student blogs Adult
under your account.)
7-Blog Tools Choices
Middle School Level http://webdesign.about.c
EPals School Blog p_weblogs.htm
Go Slow – Digital Natives? Well…
Do lots of step-by-step demos
for additional information about
Read tips by other blog using educators
Fundamentals The New Tools
Frequent, brief Social networks
Baily, Brian. The Blogging Church. John
Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2007.
Walsh, Bob. Clear Blogging. Apress, 2007.
Demopoulos, What No One Ever Tells You
About…Blogging and Podcasting. Kaplan
Black, Jani. Blogging in the Classroom for
Beginners. ISTE Webinar, Wednesday,
October 22, 2008.
Spellos, James. Welcome to Wiki-ville The
New Face of the Internet. 2008 Rejuvenate
Marketplace Keynote, November 12, 2008