New blog about growing our faith, post about ministry and new media

I’m posting with two quick shout-outs to Unitarian Universalists sharing their wisdom about new media:

Peter Bowden, the Unitarian Universalist lay leader who created and manages UUPlanet.tv, has recently started “The UU Growth Blog” in his role as a growth consultant for the UUA’s Ballou Channing District. He’s published several posts specifically about communications, and I’m looking forward to reading more.

Rev. Cynthia Landrum recently wrote about how she uses blogging, Facebook, and Twitter in her ministry. I especially enjoyed this pithy remark: “Putting something out on Facebook is like saying something at a crowded party–you can’t assume everyone present heard you say it, yet you shouldn’t say anything you don’t want repeated to everyone.”

Twitter lists for Unitarian Universalists

Today Twitter made its new list feature widely available. This feature allows individual users to create lists of their favorite Twitter feeds related to particular topics. Lists are identified by both the user name of the Twitterer that created the list and the subject to which the list relates. (For example, @uua/uu-congregations is a list of Unitarian Universalist congregations, created by the UUA).

I was delighted to see when I logged into the @uua Twitter account this afternoon that twelve lists had already been created that include the @uua feed (thanks, fellow Unitarian Universalist Twitterers!) The  Twitter lists that include @uua have subjects like “unitarian-universalists,” “uu-orgs,” “spiritual-inspirational,” and “news-sources,” which gives you a sense of the different topics around which lists can be constructed and through which Twitters can come across Unitarian Universalist feeds.

The @uua account is now host to several lists as well, which are intended to serve as a quick reference for Twitterers searching for certain types of Unitarian Universalist feeds. The @uua lists are@uua/uu-congregations, @uua/uua-programs-and-offices, and @uua/uua-related-organizations

I’m hopeful that Unitarian Universalist lists (and lists on related topics) will provide opportunities for seekers on Twitter to discover our faith and for Unitarian Universalists on Twitter to continue to connect with one another.

If you only have 15 minutes a day to learn about new media…

Keeping up with news and ideas about new media can be time-consuming.  The number and complexity of new media tools is daunting and there is an overwhelming amount of new media advice being offered online.

Here are a few of the online resources I’ve found that helpful in learning about new media without spending excessive money or time:

  • Quick and Dirty Tips from the Digital Marketer. True to its name, this weekly podcast provides advice that is concise, easy-to-understand, and practical.
  • Another of my favorite podcasts is Net@Night, which provides a weekly review of news about new media and usually spotlights one or two new tools or products. The episodes are a bit long, but I find it easy to skip those sections in which I’m not interested.
  • The blog Faith and Web: A Church Web Diva’s Musings is written by Anna Belle Leiserson, a Unitarian Universalist who has served on the UUA’s General Assembly web team and who is one of the webmasters at the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Nashville in Tennessee. Anna Belle’s knowledge of technology and her experience working on her congregation’s website make her blog a valuable and unique resource. She doesn’t post frequently, but the archives provide plenty of material.
  • When I was first learning about blogging several years ago, ProBlogger was one of my go-to websites for advice. Looking at it right now, it seems very crowded with advertisements and posts about blog monetization. But the general, introductory posts may still be quite helpful for blogging newbies; they can be found by starting at ProBlogger’s “Blogging Tips for Beginners” page.

Tim Griffin, the UUA online communications manager, has two more suggestions for resources to help Unitarian Universalists interested in new media:

What other resources are missing from our lists? Where do you go to learn about Facebook, Twitter, blogging, and other new media?