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Top Blog Post by the end of 2016

“Sporadic” would be describing my blogging for 2016 in the best terms. There has been so much searching for me personally to figure out why do I blog? Where is my voice in blogging? Where do I want my voice to go through blogging?

The bottom line for me in 2016 was to figure out is blogging hitting my reasons for doing it or has it just become one of those things I do because I have always done it over the last few years? There are way too many changes that have happened in my life and ministry to allow me to do anything for long at all just for the purpose of doing it. To aid in my blogging I have asked a friend by the name of Brandon Cox to help coach me in making the blog even better in 2017.

So as I continue to find my answers I went through my stats of those who read, subscribe and have interacted with my blog through social media channels and have put together the top 16 post (in comparison to views, interactions and how long the post has been active) according to you since I have been blogging.

Enjoy. Feel free to interact with this post as well because I do pay attention.

16. Are you worth following

15. Productive morning routines part 2

14. It is still empty.

13. Kids do see differently

12. Are you hired for your children’s ministry to be a leader or a manager

11. Made 2015 Top 100 Kidmin blogs

10. Unlock a new level of your children’s ministry

9. What success looks like

8. Effective meetings can happen

7. MBWA Management by walking around

6. Happy birthday iPhone. How you have changed the game.

5. One method to create children’s ministry object lessons

4. The habit of scheduling time to think

3. 7 questions to hitting your target

2. What’s your day look like?

1. Difference between front and back of the house.

Made 2015 Top 100 Kidmin blogs

computer showing stats

I was honored to find out that my blog made it into the top 100 Kidmin blogs for yet another year. This year, though, we climbed to #38 which is a little higher thanks to all of you who faithfully read my blog.

top children's ministry blogs

There’s a tool that was added to the list this year that I think is an ingenious idea and a great resource to those in KidMin and other ministries. It’s a custom google search engine to search the Top 100 Blogs in the list! Find out what our blogs are saying about volunteering, training etc. Enter your word and search.

GO HERE to check it out. I searched several of my favorite topics. My search on Training pulled up 10 pages of blog posts.

You do not, not have time to read.

books

I have heard and I am sure you have too, “Leaders are readers…” and with the amount we have all heard and read this one statement, I must believe there is some truth to this. Actually I whole heartily believe this.

You need to develop an appetite for life-long learning. In today’s world with all of our great technology like the internet, e-books, blogs on every imaginable topic under the sun, and all of this just a click away with the device all of us hold in our hands from phones, tablets, and laptops, there is truly no excuse to not read.

If you think you don’t have time to read, think about this:

Reading just an hour a day adds years of experience and research to your life. You actually gain time by reading. Time you would have spent doing something the wrong way.

And that just scratches the surface at the benefits of reading.

Reading expands our minds.
Reading provides access to mentors who may not be with us anymore.
Reading allows you to travel places you may never get to go to otherwise.
Reading ignites our passion as we get to link dreams with others.
Reading frees us to learn about anything our hearts desire.
Reading clarifies our thinking as we connect with someone who has traveled further.
Reading fuels our creativity as we are challenged by someone taking one of our thoughts further.
Reading helps us lead more effectively and efficiently.

If you aren’t in the habit of regular daily reading, I suggest you take out your calendar and make an appointment with yourself and a good book or e-book everyday. Start your day or end your day this way, it doesn’t matter as long as you do it.

First let me say upfront, one book that we all should be reading is the Bible. This blog post is assuming that you are already starting there. So now, let’s add to your reading.

Sir Francis Bacon’s advice on reading says it best:

“Some books are to be tested, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested.”

Books.

Some of the books I have spent some time chewing and digesting for a various amount of reasons:

Start here: “11 Books that have caused change in my life”.

Here is the list of books that I have on my iPad Kindle that I still have yet to read.
1. Tech Savvy Parenting
2. Creative Teaching Methods
3. Bit Literacy

Blogs

There are so many good blogs on the internet that you can learn from an expert in just about anything. And best of all, you don’t have to pay for it!

If you don’t read blogs, you are missing out. Get yourself a free Feedly Reader account. Get an app for blog reading on the go (I use feedly here as well). Then, find good blogs about topics that interest you.

Here is a list of the top 100 Kidmin blogs to help you get started. Notice this blog post has been in the list and steadily moving up over the last couple of years.

Now go and start your reading.

March Blog Madness

It’s Blog Madness time again. Click on over to Ministry to Children.com Vote for my blog (iTodd) in the Midwest Region. I am up against some of the toughest opponents so I need all the votes I can get, not to mention that I just found out this was happening. I would appreciate your vote very much.

Thanks for voting. And make sure while you are there you make sure that you are following the other blogs. This is a great collection of fantastic childrens ministry blogs all collected for you in one area.

Made the top 100 Children’s Ministry Blogs

For those who may not know, Tony Kummer at Minister-to-Children had created a couple years ago a very smart idea. Tony designed a scoring system for children’s ministry blogs. This was an incredible idea as it drew in extra traffic for those blogs who scored in the top 100 (which every year my blog has been there, thanks to all of you). This idea is also an incredible idea as it also drives an incredible amount of traffic to his blog as every blogger who makes the list wants to link to Tony’s site to share (like I am doing) where their blog fell on the list to provide some kind of accreditation to our blogs and the time we put into them.

Thanks Tony for doing the work & having the forethought in creating a scoring system. Thanks to all of you who read the blogs (here is last years top 100 and I am excited to see we moved up 5 spots), especially this one, which allows all of us bloggers to have an outlet to share all the thoughts that roam around in our brains. Even though we would probably still write all of this stuff even if no one read but we may have just keep it all in a moleskin like we use to before we learned that if we made it public and online our thoughts may help some by having access to these thoughts.

CM Blitz

I want to just make sure I make mention again of a great resource to use to find some great #kidmin ministry blogs, not to mention it also includes this one as well.

What is the name of this site you ask?

It is CM Blitz http://cmbuzz.com/cmblitz.html

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