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8 ways software works for me

1. I show you my life, I illustrate posts, I annoy people with flickr.com

2. I understand what I am thinking, I talk with you, I keep a record with wordpress.com and Google Documents.

3. I find Bible references really quickly, I find patterns, I find different translations with biblegateway.com

4. I help leaders find resources, I help share their insights with each other, I learn to follow a schedule with mailchimp.com (thanks to Andy Sernovitz)

5. I show people how to do things that are on my computer screen with jingproject.com (Incredibly easy screen capture software)

6. I answer questions, I ask for help, I encourage, I am encouraged with gmail.com

7. I find out what people I care about are saying with Google Reader.

8. I stand around the water cooler with twitter.com

There are many other networks and platforms and packages that I am connected to and with. I try them, I play a bit, but I find myself coming back to these products to do these things.

What are you using? Not thinking about using, not testing, not interested in but actually using. And what are you using it for? Because that’s what matters.


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Thanks for reading this far down. I need help. I’m working on a new project, likely starting the first of the year. It will be blog-based. I’m thinking about two options. One is using wordpress.com but with my own new domain name. The other is to use wordpress.org and have it hosted somewhere else.

(Many of you can quit reading now. If you don’t understand what I just said, you can’t help).

There are advantages and disadvantages both ways. (Regular maintenance, flexibility, analytics are all in the mix). But here’s the deal. People talk about how easy each is. But they are talking from the perspective of themselves. I get all this stuff but I don’t have the mental energy to sort through even easy-for-you stuff.

If you are a person who thinks that what I just talked about is easy and would like to help me with the technical side of a project that will be more consistently like conversation at twelve,, let’s talk.


asking for help

No, I’m not asking you for help. Not now. I don’t think.

I realized today (again) that there is a big gap in my behavior between having the great creative idea and making it happen, between creativity and creation.


Let me tell you what happened.

Our pastor is doing a series of messages about marriage. In particular, he’s talking about ways to shatterproof your marriage.As we talked about images to illustrate a couple, we looked at lots of pictures and decided to use the generic man and woman that show up everywhere. It’s a great, simple, flexible concept.

The next piece of thinking was to decide to put 8-foot versions of the people on the wall in the gymnasium we use. Because the first message is about communication, we decided to have the couple each talking on a cell phone.

It’s a simple process: use an overhead projector, trace the figures on bulletin board paper, cut them out, fasten them to black plastic, hang them on the wall.

It’s simple but I got stuck.

For two days I’ve had the pieces and the supplies and the item on my list, but I just couldn’t get moving. Until today when Kim volunteered to help.

I almost told her no. Then I realized that I could describe what I needed and she could work on it. She traced and cut and we pinned and I hung them on the wall. We were done by the middle of the afternoon, each of us doing bits of the project.

As I was 20 feet in the air using a lift, I realized that I was stuck at the point of making the imagined tangible. There was something huge about taking the small step of tracing a figure on a paper. And I realized that I often get stuck there, stuck because I can’t ask for help.

In the interest of doing it myself, of not imposing, of being the creative one, I keep people who know how to do stuff from doing stuff. I waste energy on procrastination, on list making, on telling myself I had to get busy. Meanwhile, Kim had the time, the ability, the creativity, the helpfulness. If I had asked, she would have helped a day ago.

But then I wouldn’t have been able to write about my inability to ask for help. And you wouldn’t have been saved the lesson.