Top Tips for Running a Church Website with @Reform_Mag

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Reform is a fresh and challenging magazine exploring theology, ethics, personal spirituality and Christian perspectives on social and current affairs’ published by the United Reformed Church. They asked what my top tip was for an excellent church website, and I said:

Reflect the church you are
Ensure that your website reflects the church that it serves; visitors should not be shocked by a disconnect between what is “advertised” and what they experience. This means that website content should be considered in every aspect of church life, which not only gives information for church regulars but also gives a powerful opportunity to show the life of the church. Use a clean, fresh design and KEEP IT UP TO DATE!

See what six others wrote, and what would your top tip be? Don’t forget that you can also enter the Premier Digital Awards to celebrate good digital engagement!

[PRESS] On @PremierRadio : Children and Social Media, Gaming and Addiction

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Earlier this morning I was live on Inspirational Breakfast for Premier Radio. Listen to the show online – I come in at about 8.10am. Take the opportunity to try Guardians of Ancora.

*Note that I’m currently completing a chapter on how the digital has affected those working with those dealing with abuse, addiction and difficult behaviour for a second edition of The Christian Handbook of Abuse, Addiction and Difficult Behaviour

Off to the @EdFringe for the day…

GOZCwpmkI’ve always wanted to go to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and just before I move away from being such a short train journey away, and whilst I had a free train ticket to use … despite being mid-packing & moving – what a lovely day out to look forward to, hey?

I had the longest list of ‘Favourites’, but for tomorrow have ended up with:

Shame to miss Harry Baker, who was fab at #medialit15 – check his act out if you have a chance!

Plus meeting a friend for a chat, hopefully … and seeing some random odds & ends. Expecting to enjoy it, so in future might go for longer?!

[CONFERENCE] In the world but not of it: Keep Calm and Carry On #fandomleics

Fandom is not an area that I’m academically particularly familiar with, but as CODEC’s pitching into this event (Fandom & Religion Conference, Leicester), I thought it was an opportunity to play with some of my thoughts about the ‘fandom’ of Keep Calm and Carry On, and look specifically at those produced by/for those of faith. These are my slides from today’s session.

New Job: Senior Lecturer in Digital Marketing @ManMetUni #thisgirlcan

Just a short update. On Monday I was interviewed for the permanent role of Senior Lecturer in Digital Marketing at Manchester Metropolitan University, based at the Business School (lovely new building). I used this presentation, focusing upon #thisgirlcan as the case study for ‘best digital marketing campaign in the world’ as taught to final year undergrads! Thanks to the many people who cheered me on, and partook in discussions on Facebook/Twitter…  and the crazy buzzing noise my phone has been making since I shared the news on Facebook/Twitter! It was nice not to need to go to this interview this morning as well :-) Meantime – my new office will be in here somewhere:

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I look forward to starting September 1st, in between which I will be at the Fandom and Religion Conference in Leicester, speaking at the end of New Wine A and beginning of New Wine B, writing a new chapter for the second edition of this book (pref by end of this week), article for Preach magazine, and see how far I get with a journal article on anonymity online, and a book from @bigbible… and just the small matter of completing sale on house, finding somewhere to live in Manchester, moving, and a meeting with new employers to ensure know what we’re kicking off with ready for academic year 2015/16!

P.S. Here’s a “flattering” (ha!) photo of me taking the phone call – captures the moment!