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May 20th, 2008

by Bobby Gruenewald

How to Subscribe to This Blog

Since we’ve updated the site design, I thought I would revisit some helpful information this week including how to subscribe to swerve, and then later, we’ll outline some of the new features we have on the site.

One way you can enjoy swerve is by subscribing if you haven’t already. Basically, by subscribing, you’re getting alerted every time there’s a new post up on swerve instead of having to manually visit the website to see if we’ve posted something new. You can make swerve come to you

There are two ways you can subscribe to swerve:

1) Use a Reader. Most blogs use RSS (Real Simple Syndication) “feeds” which can be aggregated together and displayed by what’s known as an RSS or Feed Reader. Some examples of free readers are Bloglines, Google Reader, or most of the newer web browsers (Internet Explorer, Firefox and Safari) have readers built in. Readers make it much easier for you to organize the feeds of all of the blogs you follow. If this is something you’d like to explore, you can visit our main swerve feed at http://feeds.lifechurch.tv/lcswerve. We have also made a separate feed available for the comments on swerve. If you’d like to subscribe and receive updates every time a new comment is made on swerve, you can go to http://feeds.lifechurch.tv/lcswervecomments.

2) Email Subscription. If you’d rather have new swerve posts delivered to your inbox as an email, you can easily subscribe here or by selecting “Subscribe Now” on the right side of this page and entering your email address on the next page where you have the option to subscribe by email. You will get a confirmation email that you must reply to and then each day you will receive one email with the latest posts.

3) Twitter. For those of you who use twitter…we recently started a twitter called “swerve” that you can follow at http://www.twitter.com/swerve. You can get text messages or instant messages each time something new is posted to swerve. If you don’t use twitter, you can read more about it here or in my previous post.

By using a reader or subscribing to your favorite blogs by email or twitter, you can save a ton of time…which can free up more of your time to interact with others or explore and learn from other blogs.

Do you subscribe to swerve or do you visit the site when you want to see new posts? If you are a subscriber, do you have a favorite reader or any other suggestions/tips that you’d offer people who new to blog reading?

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May 16th, 2008

by Bobby Gruenewald

Featured Site: WeTheChurch.org

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UPDATE2: The folks at WeTheChurch.org have added moderation and restored the site.

UPDATE:  I’ve removed the links to this site temporarily.  Unfortunately, the site was vandalized last night and I do not recommend you visit it until the creators have a chance to fix it and work on a solution to prevent it from happening again.  It’s really sad that people will abuse resources like this, but it happens.  I’ll update this post once there is a solution.

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I realize it’s not a featured blog as we normally do, but this week, a great site, WeTheChurch launched.

WeTheChurch is a twitter-like site where people can anonymously submit praises and prayer requests — keeping the 140 character limit in tact. You can also follow WtC on Twitter, and be notified when someone has submitted something new.

From the site:

WtC.org was created to unite the church in prayer.

Need prayer in your ministry?
Submit a prayer

Thankful for something?
Submit a praise.

And while you’re here why not pray for a few things on the prayer list?

It’s that simple.
Just us, the church,
praying for each other.

This ties in very well with the unity focus of One Prayer. After I found the site, I talked to one of the creators, Chad Wright. It was great to hear his passion! Scott Magdalein also did an excellent job on the technical side of the site.

I highly recommend you visit WeTheChurch, and even better, follow it on Twitter.

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