The Pivot blog test-drive is going really well!
So many of you have taken it for a spin and have said such nice things about it. Thanks so much.
Also, a couple of alert readers have made us aware of some minor glitches, allowing us to get them fixed before the big launch. That is very much appreciated. If you find other issues, email me or respond in the comment section below.
Now to answer some of the questions I promised I’d get to.
Why Am I Moving My Blog?
First, I was asked. They came to me. I never had any plan to move my blog from here. But when the invitation came, I thought it was worth considering.
Second, Leadership Journal (LJ) and Christianity Today (CT) are two of the most highly respected names in church leadership and Christian thought. I feel like I can write for them with a clear conscience. And LJ’s mission matches the mission of NewSmallChurch.com like a glove.
Third, CT and LJ will give me a bigger audience. Much bigger.
I admit it. I want as many people as possible to read what I write.
I always have. Otherwise, I wouldn’t take the time to write it.
Will We Have to Pay to Read the Pivot Blog?
No. Never. I will never charge money, or let anyone else charge money, for my online blog.
Doing that would take it out of the hands of the people who need it the most.
You won’t have to buy a subscription to either Leadership Journal or Christianity Today to read Pivot, any more than you had to buy The Grasshopper Myth to read this blog. (Although I highly recommend all three, of course.)
How Do We Get Notices of New Blog Posts?
The same way you do now. Nothing will change.
If you’re subscribed to this blog, or following my Facebook page or Twitter feed, you won’t see any difference in how or when you get notified of new blog posts. When it’s a blog post at Pivot, you’ll get a preview here, with a “read more” button that will take you to the entire post at ChristianityToday.com.
You can subscribe to Pivot at that site, but I encourage you to keep your subscription here as well, because there will be special bonus features here that you won’t get at Pivot. Click here to read my previous post that tells you about those extra features.
If you use an RSS feed like Feedly to follow blogs, and want to subscribe directly to Pivot, don’t use the RSS button on the Pivot site yet. One of the glitches that some readers alerted us to was a missing dash in the RSS feed. It hasn’t been fixed on the Pivot homepage yet, but you can cut-and-paste it from here: http://feeds.feedburner.com/christianitytoday/karl-vaters/
If you don’t know what an RSS reader is, never mind.
Who Will Control the Content of What I Write at Pivot?
I would not have made the switch if I had to go through an editor. A heavy editorial hand makes sense for print magazines, but not for blogs.
Just like here, I will be free to voice my opinion at Pivot without running it by any editorial board.
I will write it, edit it and publish it just like I’ve always done here.
As long as what I write comes under the mission of their magazine, which is church leadership, they want to hear what I (and we, as Small Church pastors) have to say. Since that’s what NewSmallChurch.com has always been about anyway, it should be a perfect fit.
(Before anyone gets their spiritual hackles up, I will always do my best to follow the leading of the Holy Spirit in what I write. So yes, he will always be the one in charge, not me. But, aside from him, there will be no editorial oversight. You may now relax your angry fingers from the keyboard. Let’s move on.)
How Often Will New Posts Come Out?
The plan is three times a week, just like I’ve been doing for almost three years here (until the last few months, when my pace has slowed down as we’ve been working on this transition.)
What About Previous Posts from NewSmallChurch.com?
They’ll all be here. Plus, about once a week I’ll grab a classic post from here and re-post it at Pivot. But it won’t be removed from here, so if you have it bookmarked you can always find it when you need it.
When Will Fresh Posts Start?
Monday, July 27 looms large on the Vaters family calendar.
For months, it’s been circled in red as the date our daughter will be giving birth to our first grandchild.
Now, it’s also the scheduled date for my first original blog post at Pivot.
Thanks for your patience. And your encouragement.
In my next post, I’ll have a special word for you from Drew Dyck, the editor of Leadership Journal, about where the idea for Pivot came from, and what their hopes are for it.
Also, if you have any further questions, please leave them in the comment section.