Being a Productive Dad That Works From Home

I intentionally work from home most days. I've had an office on Main Street in a big high-rise, I've tried co-working spaces, and I've had my own building... but working from home is the greatest. HOWEVER, it's not without its ongoing challenges that you must tackle and figure out if you're going to run a … Continue reading Being a Productive Dad That Works From Home

Harrelson Agency is Now a Cloudflare Certified Partner

I've spoken at numerous events and conferences on the topic of web hosting and security and I've been quoted in the New York Times about that same topic over the years. Website security is something near and dear to my heart and I made sure to bake that into the very essence of every website … Continue reading Harrelson Agency is Now a Cloudflare Certified Partner

Stripe now offers subscription billing

Good move here, particularly for small businesses... That’ll allow them to handle subscription recurring revenue, as well as invoicing, within the Stripe platform and get everything all in the same place. The goal was to replace a previously hand-built setup, whether using analog methods for invoicing or painstakingly putting together a set of subscription tools, … Continue reading Stripe now offers subscription billing

Do We Really Want Our Government Run Like a Business? | Sojourners

In the Easter sermon at my own church, the priest commented that Jesus was killed by the 1 percent, in the form of an empire that exploited its citizenry for the sake of profit and growth. While this sentiment might not be surprising where I live in liberal Northern California, it’s also present throughout the … Continue reading Do We Really Want Our Government Run Like a Business? | Sojourners

Googling Inside Your Church

Fascinating piece on Google Maps history and possible directions... So Google likely knows what’s inside all of the buildings it has extracted. And as Google gets closer and closer to capturing every building in the world, it’s likely that Google will start highlighting / lighting up buildings related to queries and search results. This will be really cool … Continue reading Googling Inside Your Church

How should we regulate Facebook and Google’s advertising platforms?

So how does Facebook’s ad system work? Well, just like Google, it’s accessed through a self-service platform that lets you target your audiences using Facebook data. And because Facebook knows an awful lot about its users, you can target those users with astounding precision. You want women, 30–34, with two kids who live in the … Continue reading How should we regulate Facebook and Google’s advertising platforms?

What Time Should We Post to Our Facebook Page?

I get this question quite often, especially from churches and non-profits: "What time of the day should we post to our Facebook page to make the most impact?" It's a tough question to answer given the number of variables and because every church/group has a different set of Facebook followers and likes. You'll find a … Continue reading What Time Should We Post to Our Facebook Page?

Social Media Legal Mistakes that Small Businesses and Non-Profits Make

Don't use Google Images as a database for your social media posts, even if you're a small business, non-profit or (worse) church. Just this past month I ran into this situation and it ended up costing the non-profit money they didn't have to cover the expense. Make sure the person or agency in charge of … Continue reading Social Media Legal Mistakes that Small Businesses and Non-Profits Make

The Way to Successful Teams

I've been a part of successful teams and unsuccessful teams... I think these traits are spot on given my experiences (especially psychological safety): 1. Dependability. 2. Structure and clarity. 3. Meaning. 4. Impact. 5. Psychological Safety. via Google Spent 2 Years Studying 180 Teams. The Most Successful Ones Shared These 5 Traits | Inc.com

The Importance of Getting Your Details Correct

  My partner Merianna was preaching at a nearby church last month and she needed a time estimate for the drive that Sunday morning. We googled the church and got the address. While on the results page, I noticed their "Hours" stated they were closed. It was a Sunday. That felt... peculiar. It wasn't intentional, … Continue reading The Importance of Getting Your Details Correct

Learning From the Current Media Revolution

From Jim VandeHei, who was one of the co-founders of Politico... In coming years, the revolution will likely demolish much of what we read and watch now. State and local newspapers and TV? Gone. Their models are fatally flawed. General interest magazines such as Time and Newsweek? Gone or unrecognizable shells of their former selves. Traditional … Continue reading Learning From the Current Media Revolution