i constantly struggle with keeping our youth ministry website current. i’m too cheap (an overriding theme of my life) to actually hire someone else to do the website for me or to pay for one of the “ministry related” website services that you can get through truewell or other organizations that host and design your site for you. nope my cheapness makes me try to do things on my own. the result of this has been that i buy the cheapest web hosting i can find, make a site, and then typically don’t update it for quite sometime.
after a while i feel guilty about the state of the youth ministry website and start a major redesign of the site. i update the site and it looks okay for awhile but then i typically let it get out of date again. it’s a vicious cycle that repeats itself over and over.
but not this time. i think i’ve reached a solution that will last longer than normal. i’ve decided to use the blogger interface to run the youth ministry website. this will make the website look like a blog. i can update it regularly without having to change the code behind it all the time. blogger also let’s change the style of the website simply by changing the style sheet within it. hopefully this thing will work out.
you’re not going to believe this!
this article tells the story of patrick lawler a construction worker who went to his dentist complaining of a toothache that has lasted for four days. when the dentist looked into mr. lawler’s mouth he discovered that he had a 4 inch nail embedded in the roof of his mouth. lawler had been working with a nail gun, shooting a nail through a piece of wood. what lawler didn’t know was that while nailing the piece of wood he actually sent out two nails. the spare nail somehow bounced into the palate of his mouth embedding itself into his skull and going 1 1/2 inches into his brain.
he walked around with this nail in his head for six days thinking he had a bad tooth ache. he actually ate ice cream to help lower the swelling of this supposed “tooth ache”. he ended up having to go through a four hour surgery to remove the nail and now seems to be doing well.
i recently figured out how to how to use blogger to continually post updates on the website. this has some incredible advantages, suc as:
- easy web-based updates from anywhere – i presently really need to be at my church computer in order to update the website or i have to use a test editor which takes me awhile to do.
- an rss feed for the website – this means that you can use bloglines or another rss fetcher to automatically “fetch” updates from the website.
- easy c.s.s. updating so i can change the look of the website easily.
- comments – you can now place your own comments on pages of the website.
so if you haven’t looked at the youth ministry website you might want to do so.
my wife, pam, recently sent in an application to be a part of the game show jeopardy. it’s been a life long goal of hers to be on the show. she received an email today saying that she needs to be in atlanta february 12th for her try out. so of course, she’s going. i’m sure she’ll blog about this later. i’m very proud of her.