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Michael Hyatt's Platform
In this chapter of Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World Michael Hyatt says something that a lot of writers would view as blasphemy, but I think it’s critical when it comes to blogging. Don’t hire a proofreader. Now of course we want to post the best work we can and we want it to be as clan as possible, but as writers, our perfectionism can keep us from doing what needs to be done. It can keep us tweaking ad infinitum and prevent us from “shipping.”

Remember, a blog is a way of disseminating information quickly. We’re not writing a book, we’re building a platform. It’s more important that we keep our tribes informed and connected that every t is crossed and i dotted. It’s more important that your posts go out when expected than that they be perfect.

The truth of the matter is someone in your tribe will tell you about your errors and unlike printed materials blog posts are easy to correct, and you should correct them. So basically, writer your post, read it, read it again and ship it. Your readers will forgive a typo or help you to correct it. What they may not forgive is spotty, sporadic posting.

Speaking of which, you’ll notice I skipped chapter 25, rest assured I am working on that one too. It is just more involved and I didn’t want to keep my faithful readers waiting.

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Michael Hyatt's Platform
In this chapter of Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World Michael Hyatt gives 11 ways to write faster, all of which are  very useful. Why do you need to write faster? Well as Hyatt points out, most of us are fitting our blogs in, into the small spaces of available  time in our busy lives. If the process of posting becomes long and drawn out, there is a much smaller chance that we will post consistently.

One of the best tips I can give for this is keep it simple. Hopefully you are communicating important, meaningful ideas. The clearer and more concise you can make these ideas, the more likely your readers will remember them and put them into action, not to mention pass them along. Seth Godin says, “Ideas that spread win!” and he’s right. I would add, “Ideas that spread build platforms.”

How can you speed up your writing process to make your work consistent and shareable?

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Michael Hyatt's Platform
One of the toughest things about being a daily (or even a regular) blogger is coming up with the ideas. I dealt with ways to come up with ideas in a recent post. In this chapter of Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World Michael Hyatt deals with another great idea, maintain a list of ideas. This is a combination of things like recording the ideas you don’t have time to deal with for future reference and then returning to that list when you’re stuck. He also gives 13 different ways to come up with a post when the well is running a little dry. They’re really excellent but you’ll have to read the book to get them.

Instead I want to give you my top five:

Prayer: I know I keep coming back to this but, glory where glory is due, most of my best stuff comes from prayer.

YouTube: As a creative and a visual learner, I am very triggered visually. I feel that videos are great because they touch two senses at once. Also because this is a creative blog, I love to share videos that show artists in action and give insights into technique.

Quotes: I love to share and expand upon a quote from a famous person, especially those related to the creative life and ministry. It shows the thought process of someone who has been successful in an area in which I would like to succeed.

Reviews: I love to share resources that have been helpful to me in the hopes that they might be helpful to you the reader.

Solving problems and changing attitudes: Facebook will often trigger something for me. When I see trends, especially negative ones, among my “friends” I like to try to offer solutions or at least another point of view. This one is especially helpful to me as a cartoonist. My reactions to some of these posts create excellent fodder for snappy one liners that translate into good cartoons. The caution with this one, is it’s easy to take it negative, but don’t. Be a part of the solution.

Those are my top five. What about you? What triggers your best work?

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Michael Hyatt's Platform
In this chapter of Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World Michael Hyatt gets down to the nitty gritty of writing and formatting your blog posts. This is really helpful information. I’m not going to go into all of it (you need to read the book) but I want to key in on a couple things. First you need to write an intriguing headline-one that will attract the reader’s attention.

Next you need to make sure that the first paragraph is written in suh a way that it makes the reader want to continue. Then of course it comes down to writing  really good, well organized and helpful content.

Finally, and this is where I want to spend my time, Hyatt tells you to end your post with a question. The reason for this is simple. A blog is a dialogue, not a monologue. The question is supposed to get people to comment, start discussions and generally buiild the community. I’ve been trying to do this on all my posts. For the most part, readership of the AMOKArts blog is growing, but I don’t seem to be doing well at getting the conversation going. So I’m going to end this post with a question…

What can I do to generate more conversation on this blog?

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Michael Hyatt's Platform
This chapter of Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World may not seem to apply to most of you at first. Probably none of us feel the need to hire a ghostwriter, but that’s where Michael Hyatt found himself. He relates the story of meeting with a high powered executive who wanted to start blogging. Hyatt was really happy until he found out the guy wanted to use a ghostwriter. Hyatt writes his own stuff and gives reasons why you should  too.

Really it’s this simple, who do your followers follow? (Don’t spiritualize and say Jesus. We’re not going quite that deep yet.) They follow you. They want to hear your voice. Remember we are building a platform, a tribe, a group of people who want to hear the message you bring. This needs to be more than random stuff, it needs to be from your heart for the good of your tribe.

Now that’s not to say it all has to be that way. You know I often share other people’s videos, occasionally repost from someone else’s blog and would love to have the occasional guest blogger, but think about how I handle that content. This is a tribe, a group of people that are all interested in at least part of a broad topic called creative ministry. Think of it as a dinner party. These outside posts are me introducing you to a guest that I think you might enjoy or who might inspire or benefit you in some way. I remain the party host . What I share from others serves to enhance the mission of the blog and benefit the tribe (at least most of the time.)

A blog is more than a book or a place to vent, it’s a benevolent society designed to build friendship and build and benefit a community. If you are called to build that community, they want to hear your voice.

What have you posted lately?

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Michael Hyatt's Platform
Throughout this chapter of Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World Michael Hyatt gives some great information and advice on blogging and getting started with blogging. As you can see with over 800 posts. I have already done this so I thought I would just touch on a few things.

First you need to pick a theme that you will write on. Mine is arts ministry and finding and using  your gifts to the glory of God. Because that is my theme, most of the  posts revolve around that theme. It’s almost either something to do with art, the arts, ministry, giftedness or a combination of the above. It’s important because a blog is more than just a place to rant. It’s an attempt at building a community or tribe based around a common interest or theme. Occasionally I will stray from the theme, but for the most part, I want to be a resource to my tribe of creative believers who want to be used to make a difference in this world.

Next you need hosting. I have tried Blogger and WordPress and WordPress just seems to meet my needs better. At the moment I am on a site this is the free site  that they host. It’s a great place to get started. I recently also downloaded  to my hosting  site. Eventually, I plan  on transitioning everything to that site. There are several advantages to Mainly it’s a lot more customizable and it seems e-commerce is more readily available but you also have to secure (and pay for) web hosting. I recommend starting with for free until you have your blog up and running.

Lastly post regularly. I post to this site almost daily but I don’t recommend that for the beginning blogger unless you have a lot to say. It took a while to build up to that and it takes a fair  amount of effort to maintain.  Quality is more important than quantity. My goal is to have something worthwhile every time I post otherwise  people will get bored and tune out and that is the last thing one wants who is trying to build a platform.

The book has a lot more great information that will help you get started. Check  it  out.

If you already have a blog, send us a link in the comments. We’d love to check you out.

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Michael Hyatt's Platform
In this chapter Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World Michael Hyatt talks gives some warnings on interracting with social media “experts.” He has a lot of good information here. Bottom line the bestway to decide whether or not you should pay someone to help you build your platform is to look at the size of their platform. I don’t consider myself an expert by any means which is why I am working through this book.

One thing I would say is no one knows your ministry (etc.) better than you, so working through this on your own is going to be highly beneficial. Get to know your audience and talk to them.

As to the experts, I tend to spend my time listening to the experts that give their stuff out for free. Bloggers and podcasters have tons of great infoormation that they generously share. These folks are true experts and many of them have materials for sale as well. Look for people in your field of expertise and then also to the social media/marketing bloggers.

Some of my favorites are:

Seth Godin Blog: Seth Godin is a genius in the field of marketing and his blog is one of the most informative things I read. Plus Seth is a prolific writer who has put out some of the best books on the topic. His book Linchpin is a must read for evvery follower of my blog. This blog exists because of his book Tribes.
The Accidental Creative Podcast: Todd Henry, a creativity expert teaches how to be creative at a moments notice.
Michael Hyatt Blog and Podcast: The guy wrote the book on building a platform… literally.
Andy Andrews Blog and Podcast: Maybe the best storyteller of our time. Andy is a great communicator, has a lot of great guests and you can learn tons about how to communicate your message.
Relevant Podcast: Relevant Magazine’s podcast is an amazing source to the latest information on church and culture.
Catalyst Podcast: The podcast from the folks who do the Catalyst Conference for young church leaders. I think I learned about every one of the people above from listening to this podcast. It’s a treasure trove.
Dan Miller’s 48 Days Podcast: Dan is a career consultant and coach. Authhor ofthe book 48 days to the Work You Love He is a great source of information on finding and using your gifts.

All these people have managed to build huge platforms and make a major impact on their respective fields. They’re all experts in their own right. Check them out.

What have I missed? Who do you read/listen to that I should be checking out?

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