So You Want to Guest Post On My Blog?

guest-posts.pngOne of the things I love to do here on my blog is open up the opportunity for others to write a guest post. I don’t want my voice to be the only voice heard on this blog. I want the voices of other people on my blog offering up fresh insight into student ministry, leadership, and culture. If your interested in being one of those voices than here are a few things I ask of everyone who writes a guest post for me.

Write a post related to student ministry, leadership, or culture. These are the three major areas I focus on here on my blog. About 90% of all my stuff is written to student pastors and student ministry workers. I’d ask that you either write about something pertaining to student ministry or the other two areas I focus on here on my blog being leadership and culture.

Keep the post between 500-700 words. I don’t like my posts to go over 700 words and I don’t like them any shorter than 500 words. If you write a post for me keep the wording in that frame.

Include a two or three sentence bio. Include a short bio that highlights what you do, where your from, and something random about you like why you do what you do. I will place the bio at the bottom of your guest post. Also, if you have your own blog or website please include a link to it within your bio. I am also ok with linking to your Twitter or Facebook if you allow.

Email it to me in a Word doc. Once you write the post, email it to me at austingmccann@gmail.com in a Word doc. format.

Feel free to contact me if your interested in in writing a guest post here on my blog. You can email me or contact me via Twitter or Facebook. Looking forward to having your voice here on my blog!

Top 5 Blog Posts From 2012

top-5I’m a few days late in posting this, but I wanted to share the top five blog posts that I wrote last year. These posts where all written last year and received the most views here on my blog. I’d encourage you to check a few of them out.

My Favorite iPhone Apps for Student Ministry. I use my iPhone for almost everything and when it comes to student ministry I use it a ton! In this post I share some of the apps I have on my iPhone that I use almost everyday when it comes to student ministry.

3 Leadership Lessons from Jeremiah. I love talking leadership and one of my favorite things to do is talk about leadership principles that come from Scripture. In this post I share three leadership principles I believe we can apply to our own leadership from the life of the prophet Jeremiah.

Teens, Movies, and SexThis was one of my favorite posts to write last year. I wrote this post in response to a news article I ran across online that said that research found that teens that are exposed to sex in movies are more likely to engage in sexual activity in their teen years. I shared my thoughts on that statement and gave some guiding principles for parents.

Tips for Preaching From an iPadWhen I preach, I preach from my iPad. This is becoming more and more popular among church leaders who teach and preach. In this post I share a few practical tips for preaching from an iPad.

3 Things Student Pastors MUST NOT Do. This post was kind of part two of a post I wrote a few months before it called 3 Things Every Student Pastors MUST Do. As the title suggests, I share three things I believe students pastors should not every do.

It’s a new year and there are many posts to be written, but I hope people still find these posts from last year helpful. Many of these posts come out of my passion for student ministry and leadership.

Blog Changes for 2012

About three years ago I started this blog because one of my college professors told us we had to. We had to post a few thing on it for a grade. At first, I hated it! I would post something only when I had to. It wasn’t until this past year that I really started to enjoy it and blog consistently. This past year I saw my writing on my blog get better, saw more traffic on my blog, and was able to share my thoughts on important matters. As I go into the new year, I changed a few things about my blog that I hope will make it even better.

URL Change. Yep, that’s right! This blog’s URL is now www.austinmccann.com. I wanted to make this change so my blog was not seen as just “another WordPress blog.” I hope by having my own URL it makes my blog look  a little more credible. If you are a big blogger and have no changed your URL to something more of your own, you should! It is cheap and worth it!

More focused writing. This past year I blogged about a lot of different stuff. I enjoyed blogging about different subjects, but I want to blog more this coming year with a focus. The tag line at the top of my blog use to say “Where Ministry and Life Meet.” That tag line truly was a good statement of what my blog was. It is now changed to “Thoughts on Student Ministry, Pastoral Ministry, and Leadership.” Ninety percent of what I blog about will now be under one of those three categories. The reason I am blogging mostly about those three things is because that is where my heart and training is. God has called me into pastoral ministry, specially student ministry, and has given me a heart for Biblical leadership. Also, all my educational training is in these three areas. I studied student ministry and pastoral ministry in undergrad at Piedmont International University (formerly Piedmont Baptist College) and now studying Christian leadership in seminary.

More blogging at other places. One thing I am doing differently this year is blogging for other blogs. I have contributed a few posts already to YouthMin.org and hope to continue to contribute posts to that site. Also, I am now a contributor for Youth Ministry 360’s blog. I will still be blogging here, but will be blogging for them as well. The blogs I write for them will go on their site first then will be posted here on my own blog. I hope this allows me to connect with other church leaders as well as get my voice out there as God opens doors for me.

Less pride. I must confess that my blogging this past year, especially in the past few months, has caused me to be prideful. When I started seeing my views go up and started seeing more traffic on my blog it caused some pride. Also, I was getting jealous of other blogs that were getting more views than mine. This led me to spending way too much time thinking about what I should blog about next rather than blogging about what God is doing in my life and ministry. I pray that as I go into the new year I will blog with humility knowing that God has given me this blog to make His name known not mine. In my blogging, He must increase and I must decrease.

I hope my blogs have been helpful to you and I hope they will continue to be helpful to you this coming year. If you are in ministry, I hope my blogs will give you practical advice you can use and share with others.