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In a visual world it is second nature to count, collect, and compare what is seen. It seems natural to desire more and from a young age we do. We believe that 72 crayons are better than 12, even if we only use 6. We compare important things too: ministries, callings, follower, and bank accounts.

Yet God only asks us to be faithful. To walk the steps of on our own dance. Yet many of our moves we learned by watching those around us, and loose our partner in the process. Faithfulness is often un-noticed, trite, and hard.

Photo:  zabaraorg

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How to Curate your Digital World – Part 2

Continuing where we left off last time we look at the final two areas of focus for curating your digital world. If you missed Part 1 you should start there.

Twitter

Similar to Facebook, you can setup and manage lists on Twitter. You can view theses lists just like your normal Twitter feed, but restrict those who are on it. This can convert your hundreds of followers into a few lists with maybe a dozen or so individuals. For a pastor who is following everyone in the church along with other pastors and friends, this is a great and simple way to limit the information flow. I also use the Tweetdeck app that allows each list to have its own columns for even easier reading/skimming. Learn how to use lists on Twitter.

Another bonus to using Tweetdeck, is that you can schedule tweets. This lets you write a tweet about how excited you are for the church BBQ, and schedule it for when the BBQ starts. It will post without you needing to do anything.

Curate-Google_ReaderNews/Rss Readers

The key with any RSS reader (I use Google Reader) is to pay attention to what you are actually reading. If you cannot remember the last time that you read an article from something you are subscribed to it is time to let that feed go.

I tend to group my feeds into folders so that if I only have a few minutes I can hit the folder/s that are more interesting to me (Christian Blogs, Non-Profit, or Tech Blogs). Other folders that are less important to me (Amusing, Photos) I will often end up skipping or marking all their contents as read.

Final Thoughts

Never forget that the goal of curating your digital world is stay connected and informed in less time than you spent yesterday. By implementing some of these suggestions and tips you should easily be able to cut down on the time you spend keeping up to date.

Do you have any other tips that work for you? Or can you share your own experience with curating your digital life? I’d love to hear from you in the comments.

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How to Curate your Digital World

Messy RoomWe are a technology-obsessed society that is ever connected and present online. Short of choosing to live off the grid, this web of interconnected people and devices is a part of our day-to-day life. Instead of un-plugging I would suggest that we all need to become curators of our digital lives. Below are some quick tips on how to do this well. The goal of curating your digital world is to stay informed and connected in less time than you are spending now.

Facebook

There are 2 ways to curate your Facebook feed. I currently have over 1200 ‘friends’ on facebook and am not interested in what 90% of them are up to on a daily basis, yet I don’t feel that doing a friend purge is appropriate (many of these are people I have met through leading ministries or through work/school). If they want to connect with me I want them to be able to.

#1 – UnsubscribeCurate Facebook

Facebook quietly introduced this feature in the middle of 2011 and it is amazing. It allows you to unsubscribe from everything a friend of yours posts, yet you still remain friends. This is perfect because it drastically cleans up your primary Facebook feed.

To unsubscribe click on the upper right of a post (the down arrow), select ‘Hide…’, then click on ‘Change what updates you get from ____’ and finally select ‘Unsubscribe’ at the bottom.

#2 – Lists

Facebook also allows you to organize your friends into lists. I have a list setup for family, work collogues, seminary friends, and one list for each church that I have been a part of. These lists make it easy for me to quickly check up on what is going on in the different spheres of my life. Learn all about Facebook Lists.

Sites like Digg and Reddit

There isn’t an easy way to curate these services since they present curated content to you. The best advice that I have is to set time limits for yourself. I do this best when there is a meeting/appointment coming up. That way I can give myself 10 minutes to look through sites like this and avoid the amazing time-suck that these sites can be. It is really easy to sit down and all of a sudden you’re on the 10th page of Reddit and you’ve lost two hours of time.

YouTube (and other video sharing sites)

While I don’t spend a lot of time on video sharing sites, the potential to lose vast quantities of time is mind-boggling. YouTube receives many day’s worth of new content every minute. The trouble with these sites is that videos can each be 10-15 minutes long. I love the TED videos but have had to stop watching them because of the length and sheer number of them. My best advice is to subscribe to channels relevant to your interests, and be judicious in what you choose to watch.

The second part of our Curation series is coming tomorrow: Part 2

Photo Credit: basykes

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A Rolling Series of New Beginnings

Life is a rolling series of new beginnings that we often fail to acknowledge. It seems that life can be viewed one of two ways, as a series of conclusions, or of beginnings. With the deluge and overlapping story lines of our lives, every day we are rolling through these points. Points that can be viewed either way.

Over the last many weeks I have been watching my own life, and those lives intertwined with my own, to see how we view these moments. There have been many big changes in my life this year that fall into this category: my dad’s passing away, changing churches, and bringing on staff to help Fresh Vine grow (amongst smaller stories). The same goes for my friends, but I won’t write of them here.

I try to look at each of these being the beginning of a new story. My dad’s passing starts the story of my life continued without his council and smile. Starting to attend Mill City has been the beginning of many new friendships and opportunities. Fresh Vine is a different organization than it was a year ago (two new employees, many new clients, amazing opportunities, new branding, and more exposure).

Looking at scripture this plays out as well. When Adam/Eve fell in the garden it was the beginning of the story, not the end. When Christ died on the cross it was not a conclusion, but another beginning. There is life after the fall, there is life after Christ, and there is life after death. This is not mystical hogwash, but reality. Yet many want to look at Christ as the end of faith, yet I believe Jesus saw himself as the beginning and means to a new life. The life that God intended from the beginning and was never possible before Christ. Even death is a new beginning, eternity is not an end but another beginning. There are no last pages in life, only starting points to what is to come.

Starting points call us to live each moment with excitement for where the story goes next.
I can promise you it will be good, bad, and ugly – and I can’t wait.