Posts Tagged "Dad in the Middle"

Ads or No Ads – What I Decided

ForSaleinClouds Dad in the Middle has become a bit of a labor of love for me.  Sometimes I think I should give it all up, and I wonder whether it is all really worth the time.  What I started as an outlet for me has become something that other people read.  Every time I think about that, I am extremely humbled and somewhat astounded.  That coupled with some very encouraging words from people I have met online and several that I spoke with last week at the CM Expo really encouraged me to persevere.  I write what I write and publish what I publish not because I feel like I have anything special to offer but because people have expressed to me that it has been edifying to them.

With that introduction, the purposes of this post is to explain why I have decided to offer advertising space on this blog.  I feel like this site has a loyal group of readers, and I felt like I owed you some explanation for the change.  That said, I have some idea who those readers are, and I don’t think the advertising is going to be a put-off to them, but an explanation still seem warranted.  When I started this blog, the thought of including advertising was the furthest thing from my mind.  I never imagined that enough people would read it that anyone would even want to advertise (maybe they still won’t).  Don’t get me wrong, the site doesn’t get massive numbers these days, but it does get enough that some people may want to advertise their products on the site.

As the site has grown, I’ve spent more and more time and more and more money on it, and if some of that money can be recouped from advertising, it seems like a win-win situation.  Secondly, and more importantly, one of the purposes I have for this site is to be a source of information for people in children’s ministry.  My hope is that the ads on the sight may expose you to products and services which you are not aware of but which would be beneficial to your ministry.

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Wordle Challenge – May 2010

I went to post my Wordle challenge for June when I realized just how far I am behind.  I never actually posted May’s Wordle challenge, so here goes!  At the end of last year, I started the Wordle challenge. Wordle.net is a site that allows you to create word pictures of your blog / site based on the frequency with which you use certain words. Each month I run Dad in the Middle through Wordle to get a visual image of what the blog has been focused on recently. Previous Wordle graphics can be found at the bottom of this post.

Here is my Wordle.net for May 2010 created on May 30, 2010:

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Wordle Challenge – April 2010

At the end of last year, I started the Wordle challenge. Wordle.net is a site that allows you to create word pictures of your blog / site based on the frequency with which you use certain words. Each month I run Dad in the Middle through Wordle to get a visual image of what the blog has been focused on recently. Previous Wordle graphics can be found at the bottom of this post.

Here is my Wordle.net for April 2010 created on May 2, 2010:

This one was heavily influenced by a post I did on May 1 in which I summarized tweets (RT) from the Orange Conference 2010.  I thought it was cool that it came up in Orange when I ran the Wordle randomizer.  I’m always glad to see words like “God,” “Kids,” and “Teaching” featured on the sight. Spurgeon showed up again this month as I restarted my synopsis of his book Come ‘Ye Children this past month.

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Extra! Extra! Read All About It!

Today, I have big news to share with the readers of this blog!  It’s been a little over a year now since I started earnestly writing this blog here at Dad in the Middle.  In that time, I have made a number of online acquaintances within the children’s ministry community who are also bloggers.  I have learned a lot from them and have enjoyed sharing my own thoughts here on Dad in the Middle.

For those of you who are consistent readers of this blog, you know that one of my favorite sites for children’s ministry tips and ideas is Ministry-to-Children.com.  Over the last year, I have participated a number of times in their Children’s Ministry Think Tanks, promoted their forums, participated in their Kidmin Blog Madness Tournament, and included their articles in the monthly Children’s Ministry Blog Patrol more than any other single blog.  Ministry-to-Children.com is one of the largest and fastest growing children’s ministry sites on the internet today.

So, when Tony Kummer asked me to join the talented team of writers he has assembled for Ministry-to-Children, it was an opportunity which I had to jump at.  So, I am pleased to announce that, starting today, I will be publishing several articles a month on that site as well.

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This Month in the Middle (March 2010)

Each month this entry provides a categorized listing of the posts from the prior month (actually the month before last by the time this gets posted, but who’s counting?). Make sure you check out our Index Page as well for listing of all posts to Dad in the Middle.

Tips For Large Group Teaching

Children’s Ministry / Kid’s Stuff

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