iPhone More Popular Than The Beatles?

On Good iPhone Friday, I’m reminded of the classic PVPonline cartoon:

iPhone Cartoon

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Get Self and Site Ready for Easter

Ready for Easter? If you created an optimized Lenten page, remember to move your Easter schedule to the top of that page and on your home page. If you’re looking for inspiration, try the Holy Week Catholic Blog Carnival.

April Fool’s Day: Spoofing Hollywood

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Need a laugh at the expense of Hollywood? My parish’s annual April Fool’s Day site spoofs:

Does your group do something fun for April Fool’s Day?

Top Posts First Quarter 2007

Here are the top posts on this site from the first three months of 2007 in case you missed any the first time.

  1. 40 Ways to Keep Readers From Giving Up Your Site for Lent
    Want to hook your readers throughout Lent so they keep coming back long after Easter? Then tempt them with enticing Lenten content on your church website or blog. Here are 40 ideas to get you started.
  2. Chris Garrett’s Killer Flagship Content: Guide to Bringing in Traffic
    Chris Garrett’s very readable e-book, Killer Flagship Content, spells out the importance of creating unique and valuable content for your particular niche that makes your the go-to source that’s synonymous with your distinct area of focus.
  3. Leaders Show Gratitude
    Wrap-up of recent links on thankfulness.
  4. Why Your Easter Bulletin Cover Makes Newcomers Flee
    The typical weekly bulletin cover includes contact information for your church and key schedules. Covering up this essential information with artwork means all those newcomers at your church for the holiday know how to get in touch with you again.
  5. 10 Killer Flagship Content Ideas for Your Church
    Create irresistible pages that keep your readers coming back with these ideas.

Some classic–okay, older–posts remain very popular, sometimes even more so than the latest month’s offerings:

Theme Park Nation: The Future of Mega-Churches?

National Geographic has a fascinating article on the development of Orlando, from its sleepy origins that Mr. Walt Disney himself “discovered” the day Kennedy was killed to the outer edges of its multi-cultural edge cityness of today.

The author, T.D. Allman, covers lots of territory here, just like Orlando’s tract housing:

  • Theme parks
  • Mega-churches
  • Globalization
  • Jack Kerouac

I learned how Orlando’s largest mega church, First Baptist, grew much like Disney–thinking big and thinking ahead, and getting lots of real estate for future expansion. Its pastor, Jim Henry, says, “We’ve done what Wal-Mart and football have. We’ve broken down the idea that ‘big is bad.'” Hmmm.

When it comes to mega churches, focus on the parking, the article explains. Color-coded signals prompt ministers at one such institution to keep their sermons on schedule to ensure the congregation can clear out of the parking lot before the next throng hits.

“Everything happening to America is happening here.” Is this a cautionary tale or a reflection of America as a whole today? Should we feel pessimistic about sprawl, poor planning, and crumbling infrastructure? Or optimistic that whatever the obstacles, visionaries and hard workers continue to move forward? Check out the article and let me know what you think.

Top Faithful Web Posts of 2006

It’s a good idea to wrap up the year with a list of top posts, so here’s mine.

  1. Catholic House Blessings–Don’t Forget the Dorms, Apartments and Condo–my very first post, by the way.
  2. YouTube for Powerpoint = SlideShare.net
  3. Create a Mobile, PDA-Friendly Version of Your Church Website in Minutes
  4. 3 Veterans Day Prayers for Your Parish Website
  5. Daily Readings Podcast from USCCB

I thought Recap: Chicago Search Engine Strategies Conference would’ve been up there, but that’s not the case–yet–but there’s always 2007. Have a blessed new year!

Cheap Web Hosting Available for Non-Profits

You should really kick in for some decent web hosting for your church website, but if your parish is strapped then here are a few options in the news recently.

David Strom’s Web Informant discusses free hosting from Dreamhost (for non-profits) and Microsoft’s OfficeLive; some restrictions apply, of course. Wild Apricot has website and online administration tools for non-profits, including free options.

If you have any experience with any of these, do tell!