get your blog on

In the past 6 months I have come across several blogs which I really enjoy, and I want to share them with you.  Here they are, with a few notes from their bios on their respective sites.

Michael Hyatt is the Chairman of Thomas Nelson Publishers, the largest Christian publishing company in the world and the seventh largest trade book publishing company in the U.S.  He writes on leadership, productivity, publishing, social media, and, on occasion, stuff that doesn’t fit neatly into one of those categories.  He also occasionally writes about the resources he is discovering.  I find his writing to be very concise, practical, and encouraging.  He is the reason I have really delved into the use of Evernote, about which he has blogged extensively in the interest of increasing productivity.

Seth Godin thinks completely outside the box, and I love that.  I need that.  He has written thirteen books that have been translated into more than thirty languages, every one of which has become a bestseller.  He writes about the post-industrial revolution, the way ideas spread, marketing, quitting, leadership, and most of all, challenging everything.  Incidentally, his blog may be the most popular blog in the world written by a single individual.  I guess I am helping to preserve that title for him.

Recently, as a result of reading Michael Hyatt’s blog, I added Rachelle Gardner to my list of blogs.  She is an agent with WordServe Literary Group based in Denver, Colorado, and her passion is partnering with authors to bring worthwhile books to publication.  I have found the few posts and her interview with Michael Hyatt which I have seen to be very insightful and enjoyable.

Two weeks ago when I started this blog I was attending the Global Leadership Summit put on by Willow Creek Association, and one of the speakers was Michelle A. Rhee, Founder and CEO of StudentsFirst.org.  Michelle is an advocate for students, thus the name of her organization StudentsFirst.  As late as 2010 she was the Chancellor of the District of Columbia Public Schools, and was responsible for a controversial but successful overhaul of the education system there.  She is an engaging speaker, and everyone who cares about their children getting a good education should pay attention to what she and StudentsFirst are doing.

I also pay attention to The Drudge Report when it comes to news.

I am learning a lot from these writers and sources, and I suspect that you will, too.

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finally

The last two days I attended the Global Leadership Summit hosted by the Willow Creek Association and was summarily blown away by the content and speakers.  One of the resounding themes of the GLS was to “jus’ do sump’m,” as Newark, NJ, Mayor Cory Booker put it, and my “sump’m” is starting my own blog.

I love to write, whether it be music, poetry, or simply sharing my thoughts, and you are welcome to come along for the ride.  I doubt I will have something to share every day, but I intend to share everything that comes along my path that is worth sharing.

For starters, here are some of my favorite quotes from the GLS:

  • “Local is like cheap; it won’t get you where you want to go.”  Seth Godin, popular blogger and best-selling author, referring to the description “local” when applied to churches
  • “Just because the tide is out does not mean there is less water in the ocean.”  Also Seth Godin.
  • “With action trumping everything you get more times at bat in the same amount of time.”  Len Schlesinger, President of Babson College
  • “Who you are speaks so loudly I can’t hear a word that you say.”  Cory Booker, Mayor of Newark, NJ
  • “We can plan and prepare, but only God can make it rain.”  Steven Furtick, Lead Pastor of Elevation Church in Charlotte, NC
  • “When you have nothing, God becomes everything.”   Mama Maggie Gobran, CEO and Founder of Stephens Children Ministry, and Nobel Peace Prize nominee
  • “When leaders seem just like us, we tend to think we can be just like them.”  John Dickson, speaker, author, singer and historian
  • “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past.  See, I am doing a new thing!”  Isaiah 43:18, quoted by Erwin McManus, author, speaker, artist, filmmaker, and leader
  • “Outside of God we are trapped in the creat-ed order.  Inside of God we are reconnected to the creat-ive order.”  Also Erwin McManus

I have come away reminded that we are made to do new things; we are not condemned to mindless repetition.  With God’s help and especially in this day and age we can change the world from right where we are.  We only have to choose to do so.