Archive - June, 2010

3 Years Of Blogging!

As of today, it’s been 3 years since I launched this random blog that you have come to know as BigIsTheNewSmall.com. The name for this blog was inspired by Mr. Blogger himself Seth Godin and his book Small Is the New Big; I wonder if Seth will stop by and say Happy Birthday?  (Insert: Name Drop) I’ve shared some conversations w/ Seth and I love all of his books. Seth’s book Tribes was definitely a game changer for me.

BigIsTheNewSmall.com stats and Highlights:

  • 3,500+ Subscribers
  • Church Relevance’s Top 100 Bloggers
  • 16,000+ Unique Visitors last month
  • Great Conversations & Great Debates
  • Some amazing companies are now sponsors

The reason that I share the numbers above is to say, “Those numbers and milestones wouldn’t happen if it wasn’t for you… the faithful BigIstheNewSmall.com readers and blogging community. Thank You, Thank You, Thank You.

I’m looking forward to all that God will do through this little blog with a BIG name in the upcoming years.  I have some projects coming up that I hope you will get excited about (Insert Tease: I can’t share them at this time). Seriously, God has given me a story to share and I can’t wait to share it.

Blogging Tips:

Be Consistent–  Be consistent with your content, whatever consistent means for you.  What would you read more- a good newspaper that came every day, or a great newspaper that you were never sure was coming?

Find Your Voice– Find your writing/blogging voice and not the voice of your favorite blogger. Who are you? and How are you gonna share your content specialization in the unique voice that God has given you?

Know Your Purpose- It’s important to write for the right reasons.  Write because you have something to share, to create discipline, because you enjoy doing it…  If you write for influence alone, it’s a tough hill to climb.  If you write for the right reasons, the readers and influence will follow.

Make It Worth Reading–  Remember “Content Is King!”

Don’t Give Up– Keep writing and don’t give up.

A Look Back:

What have been some of your favorite posts, comments and interactions on BigIsTheNewSmall.com?

A Look Ahead:

What types of posts and content would you like to see more of in the future?

Thanks again for reading and remember you can now subscribe via e-mail and RSS, the buttons are located in the header.

Against All Odds!

All of us have heard the phrase, “It’s what’s on the inside that matters.” This phrase is uttered to children as early as grade school to help build them up from the negative comments from their elementary school peers. This same phrase finds it’s way weaving and bobbing through the various streets of life all the way to adulthood.

Let’s be honest and answer this tough question, “Is What’s On The Inside What Really Matters?”  I mean seriously we live in a world that screams what’s on the outside matters, appearance matters, bigger-better-faster matters and simply talking a good game matters.

Scripture teaches us otherwise, God doesn’t focus on what’s on the outside. It is what’s on the inside that matters most to Him. The Bible tells us that God’s focus is on developing what’s inside of us.  “The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7

It’s important to look at this scripture not only from the standpoint of beauty, but also from the perspective of having the heart of a winner.  It doesn’t matter if the cards of life are stacked against you and outwardly you would appear to have a limited shot at success.  If you have heart and inner determination, you will succeed.  Deep down inside you have to believe these words at their core, I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13

My 11 year old son is generally the smallest kid at every track meet, b-ball and and on the football field… he still fights like a scrappy Big Dog.  He competes, because he has heart.   Because of what’s on the inside, he sometimes forgets that he’s the smallest kid in the game.

What Do You Do When The Odds Are Stacked Against You? You have to do like my son and many others, forget the odds even exist, go Against All Odds.  It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, It’s the size of the fight in the dog. Go Fight… Against All Odds!

Share your Thoughts!  What Do You Do When The Odds Are Stacked Against You?

Silence The Critics!

Criticism is a one of those words that seems to cut most people like a knife.  Although the knife doesn’t seem as sharp when we put the word “constructive” in front of the word criticism; none-the-less the word still seems to pierce.

When I was growing up my mom would always tell me: “Son, you can’t control or worry about what people say… you can only control what you say and what you do.”  Later on in life, as a young leader I had a mentor that would always say “If you’re doing something worthy of people taking shots at you… they will.  I would much rather have a leader that people don’t always understand and who are occasionally criticized, than a “leader” that no one ever talks about.”   I’ve heard my pastor say something like “If you want to find the leader, look for the one with the arrow in their back!”

Don’t get me wrong, sometimes criticism is necessary.  It’s important to have the people closest to you speak candidly into your life and seek wise counsel from those who will shoot you straight.  It’s important to view criticism as neutral… “It Is What It Is!”  This neutral mindset allows you to be comfortable with, “Eating The Meat and Spitting Out The Bones!”  If you don’t want to be criticized, I have some advice for you: Say Nothing, Do Nothing & Be Nothing! If you want to silence the critics, be yourself and do the right thing.

“It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes short again and again, who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause, who at best knows achievement and who at the worst if he fails at least fails while daring greatly so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.” ~Theodore Roosevelt

I don’t ever want to find myself in the place with those “Cold and Timid Souls.”

Silence The Critics!

Share Your Thoughts?

The Best iPad Case On The Market

There are tons of iPad Cases on the market; however I believe the DoDo Case is the best one.  Do your homework, search around and it hands down has the most consistently positive reviews.   You can add my review to the list of positive ones.  I really digg my DoDo Case, enough so that I decided to share it with you guys!

You can follow DoDo here: @dodosays and their website is DoDoCase.com.

What is your favorite iPad Case?  What are you looking for in a case?

Drive Your Blog To The Next-Level

There are a number of strategies that can help take your blog to the next level; however in my opinion there are three crucial things that a blog must focus on.  It’s almost like you have to look at your blog like a well crafted automobile. Focusing on these three ingredients below will Drive Your Blog to The Next-Level.

Let’s Take A Test Drive:

  • The Paint– (The Look) Having a blog design that looks good is important.  This can range from a free clean theme, purchased theme, customized theme to a fully customized blog.  The bottom line is it should look good.  I have always had a theme that I tweaked a little bit, until my recent design.  My current design a a fully customized Standard Theme.  There was a lot of work that went into the coding and detail of this design.  My man Kyle over at EightDay Studio did a great job with the design.
  • The Motor– (What’s Under The Hood) I was guilty of having a decent design, but what was under my hood definitely wasn’t a HEMI.  Now that I have the Standard Theme, I can ensure that my motor is running like a Lamborghini.  My Standard Theme car engine is, SEO-optimized (so people can more easily find me), load-speed is great, it’s cross-browser compatible, it uses valid technical standards (e.g., XHTML/CSS, PHP, advanced asynchronous analytics, etc.), has great advertising options, it allows for bread crumbs and it employs the best practices for making it easy to virally share the content.  That’s why you should probably get the Standard Theme and customize your blog to it.  The fully customiseable option is only $99, definitely money well spent.
  • The Driver– (The Content) Everyone successful blogger knows that above all, content is king. There is no better way to get Drive Your Blog to The Next-Level than writing quality consistent content.  Above anything else… quality, helpful, entertaining and consistent content trumps everything.  If you had a newspaper subscription and they didn’t deliver it consistently, wouldn’t you cancel it?   A blog is no different, except for the fact that there are thousands to choose from and they’re  free; therefore making Consistent Quality Content of high importance!

If you want to get a copy of the Standard Theme you can do so here.  Better yet, if you want to win a copy of the Standard theme, I will be giving away a copy right here at BigIsTheNewSmall.com.  Here is how you enter for a chance to win:

  • Leave a comment below, stating that you would like to win a copy of the Standard Theme.
  • Tweet or Facebook this info: Learn How To Drive Your Blog To The Next-Level and Win a FREE Copy of the Standard Theme: http://bit.ly/bl2nl

Happy Driving!

UPDATE WINNERS: Below is the 1 random Winners.  I used the random # selector from random.org to select.  If your comment is the number selected below, you will receive an e-mail and a free copy of the Standard Theme.

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I Dare You To Risk Something!

The willingness to take a risk is a direct complement to the drive towards success. If you are unwilling to take risks, you are unwilling to succeed.  Some risks may be more calculated than others, however in order to get to the success side of the mountain you have to climb a hill called risk.

We were not created do play it safe, we were created for more.  We were created to be more, get more, give more, do more and risk more.  A person can never know how much more they can be or how much more they can do, unless they are willing to get off the shores of comfort and jump into the waters of dreaming BIG and thinking BIGGER.

I believe the Roman Philosopher Seneca sums it up quite well with this quote: “It’s not because things are difficult that we dare not venture. It’s because we dare not venture that they are difficult.”

I Dare You To Risk Something! You might just realize that you’re like a box of cereal… there is a prize deep down inside.

Risk Something!

What do you need to risk?  Why are people so unwilling to take risks?

Twitter vs. Facebook: “And The Winner Is…”

The Twitter vs. Facebook: “And The Winner Is…”  You decide!  Last July, I shared a simple tweet and asked the following question: Twitter vs. Facebook “Which do you prefer Twitter or Facebook & Why?” Answ. in 140 or less @replies  will be a blog post. thx

The majority of the responses overwhelmingly favored Twitter; as a matter of fact only 8% of those who responded had a specific preference for Facebook.   Several of those who responded liked them equally and feel as though they both serve a different purpose.  Twitter fans prefer the here and now quick response and streamlined interaction.  Facebook fans feel that Facebook is more personal; therefore allowing them to share family photos and more personal information.  Of course this post isn’t scientific and could be a tad bit biased.  I did pose the question to my Twitter Community, which BTW is also linked to my Facebook community.

I personally feel that @GodsMac hit the nail on the head by stating “Twitter for sure. Facebook is like a shopping mall, and Twitter is the Apple store. Chaos vs. productivity and progress.” Productivity and progress are definitely appropriate adjectives; @ChrisClayton  chose to use a more descriptive analogy with his tweet stating “Twitter is like sex. I can tell you how great it is but until you do it together you’re just not going to get it.” I don’t know if I would go quite that far; however hands down Twitter is the new Social Media King and you can either choose to recognize that reality now or you will be forced to recognize it later.  (Disclaimer) These responses were from almost a year ago, I’m curious if the responses would still be the same if I asked the the question today?

Check out the responses below and share any observations or additional thoughts:

  • @scottwilliams I digg TW it’s quick, easy, potential & feeds FB.  FB is fine but I don’t understand half the requests, causes, confirmation words…
  • @GodsMac Twitter for sure. Facebook is like a shopping mall, and Twitter is the Apple store. Chaos vs. productivity and progress.
  • @tmoran777 I dig ’em both. It seems like twitter is better for networking and business, facebook is good for friend type stuff.
  • @ardentvox – Facebook = social media to the masses, linking friends. Twitter = real-time social microblogging, connecting strangers.
  • @SWMorris I use twitter more than facebook, but I also have it set up so when I post to twitter it updates my facebook status.
  • @vinceparker twitter vs. Facebook and the winner is twitter. Don’t get it twisted up 725%
  • @SloweThinking both, facebook is the gateway to general info on everyone I know. Twitter is the peeps I want to follow closely day to day
  • @djbyron Twitter: daily communication current friends and networking. FB: Communication with friends who have not yet found Twitter.  @ChrisClayton Twitter is like sex. I can tell you how great it is but until you do it together you’re just not going to get it.
  • @peacemeals Facebook + Twitter are used for such different things! Hard to prefer one without first answering “for what?”
  • @Johnwsnyder I think both are great. It depends on how you are using. They can both be used totally differently, especially for ministry.
  • @focusvision I prefer Twitter. It is more like having a conversation. FaceBook is good, but Twitter is great.
  • @jasoncurlee Twitter…cause it’s simple…just plain communication.
  • @dwightwatson Twitter. Have ACTUALLY connected w/ far more people than on FB & no constant requests for causes or games I don’t have time 4
  • @Murphy24p Twitter for short, broad communication and networking and Facebook for more detailed interactions and catching up w/ friends.
  • @VanceWalker Ur comparing apples and ..er.. Cherrios. My Twitterverse & FB World don’t intersect. They fill different functions for me.
  • @Stillrockin Twitter is more portable, more interactive, easier, funner! I find FB awkward in it’s navigation. Still better than MySpace
  • @shoestringing I must admit that I prefer Facebook (although Twitter is wonderful). I am a big Facebook Fan 🙂
  • @kevinbussey equal I follow twitter updates more but when I need to see or give more info I use FB
  • @chuckazooloo when i was linking up last week, and did my little “experiment” some FB people got really mad at me.
  • @seanmurphy07 I tweet to my Facebook. I kind of like FB better because there seems to be real interaction. Lots of tweets don’t respond.
  • @AD_hoc twitter, less commitment
  • @allboutworship hi twitter and who is tom Is that the guy from myspace who didn’t have any friends so came up w/ idea 2 b everyones friend
  • @lynseleanne Twitter. It takes all of the catching up away and it is brief and to the point. You know what is going on with people lives.
  • @AdamLehman facebook is way more practical. but twitter is more of an obsession. if i had to give up one, it’d be facebook.
  • @MichaelMcMinn I do however like that thru twittersync my tweets pregenerate interaction w/ my FB friends for when I’m on FB
  • @DavidTCopeland Like FB best for connecting w/people I know now by sharing pics and updates. It is more personal an no one there to sell me
  • @RichHopkins – I prefer Twitter – much more streamlined, easier to deal with day to day, particularly with Tweetdeck.
  • @andylie twitter – quicker connectivity using mobile device (like Blackberry) – near instant communication among a larger group
  • @jeremydbaldwin facebook, upload photo albums, videos, write over 200 charectors, more people are on it.
  • @VoteMikeJones twitter can’t have apps
  • @PastorScott Both/And – Twitter for immediacy & networking, Facebook for reconnecting w/old friends & longer form notes, messages.
  • @benkomanapalli both 4 diff reasons. Twitter 2 connect with new people, get fastnews. FB 2 have a more detailed relationship/conversations.
  • @mstrategiesinc Twitter. Wild horses can’t drag me to Facebook. It’s just a social hour. Twitter is for early adopting, SM-biz-minded folk
  • @chuckazooloo I prefer Twitter because the culture is less “uptight”! There is an expectation for you to update! People on FB get miffed!
  • @iChilly I see them so totally different – Twitter is NOW but Facebook is cool for connecting with people (past & present).
  • @AmandaSims I like both. Twitter for the variety of people & resources, Facebook for the interesting apps.
  • @bennysalas Facebook! More networking opportunity, connect with way more people. Twitter off the chain too but less personal.
  • @BrianAyers FB = better for old friends & people I already know. Twitter = better for networking & meeting new people.
  • @robgt2 Twitter because it’s immediate & lets you get to know other people. Facebook lets you talk to people you already know.
  • @StephyBarlow i like both!! Twitter for every day connections and Facebook for pictures and groups!
  • @gideony They do different things. Facebook for people I know, Twitter for people I don’t. 3
  • @Yochanan I like Twitter the best because it’s straight and to the point. No “fluff” and distraction on Twitter.
  • @jasonstover Overall, Facebook because it has way more features. BUT, I LOVE the twitter feature that lets me update both at the same time
  • @rnsheets I like Facebook better. You can do more activities like YoVille on there, lol
  • @gregatkinson hah – you know it’s Twitter hands down
  • @Bpirt Twitter- it’s the only way that I can keep up with people without being all up in their business. Tweet faster than a text!
  • @steveharrison Twitter! simple.short.saweet!..n Tulsa cuz of Twitter we saw Fee Band & just yesterday blessed 2 see @mathewbarnett share
  • @corechurchtroy twitter: easier to manage
  • @Twitter Twitter is better, why else would Facebook offer us $500 million (Disclaimer: not really but If I was @Twitter that would be my response)

Twitter vs. Facebook:  Which one wins out for you?  Share your thoughts and comments…

Every Church Should Use This Service

Have you ever had one of those aha’ moments where you see a simple yet profound concept and think to yourself “I wish I would have thought of that.”  That’s the aha’ moment that I had when I saw the little RedBox Video Rental places outside of McDonald’s and Wal-Mart Market Grocery Stores.  It wasn’t too awful long ago that I had one of those aha’ moments with a new service that is offered to churches.

Now entering my aha’ moment library is RentMyChurch.com. RentMyChurch.com is a nationwide online marketing tool that bridges the gap between churches and those looking for a church venue to rent for special events, conferences, weddings and other activities.  Basically churches can take all of the initial legwork and administrative tasks out of their busy hands and place it in the hands of a team that specializes in making sure they reach their targeted audiences.  This also enables those individuals who are searching for a church to have all of the information right at their fingertips.  Packages range from: FREE Package, STANDARD Package (39.95 per month) and the PREMIUM Package (59.95 per month).

The paid packages allow you to share pictures of your venue, have access to leads and direct links to your site, amongst other features.  This service is being used by small churches, venues and wedding chapels, all the way up huge churches like the beautiful Crystal Cathedral Church in California. The bottom line is that one rental will generally more than pay for a churches registration fees for the entire year. RentMyChurch.com guarantees that if your church or chapel isn’t rented in the first year of partnering with them, your second year is free.  That’s called putting your money where your mouth is.

I am very selective with the sponsors on my blog and they have to be organizations or businesses that I believe in.  I definitely believe in this service.  It’s practical, inexpensive and the concept made me have one of those aha’ moments and say, “I wish I would have thought of that.”

Win Win for The Church: Providing a resource for the community, connecting with non-members/potential members, lessening the administrative work-load and generating additional revenue.

BigIsTheNewSmall.com is hookin’ your church up with a special 50% discount.  It’s as easy as 1-2-3:

  • Re-tweet this post or my tweet about this service.  “I just signed my church up with this great service at RentMychurch.com, check it out here: http://tiny.cc/lotg4
  • Click Here to register your church.
  • Mention @scottwilliams in the comment section of your registration.

What are your thoughts on RentMyChurch.com’s concept?  Share your thoughts on any of those “I wish I would have thought of that” aha’ moments.

Father’s Day In Style at the n-dub

We have this great men’s group in Oklahoma City called Damascus and they do cool things for men in our community. They minister in our entertainment community called BrickTown. They put together a “My Dad & Me” event for this weekend, to honor Father’s and their sons.

Here is a glimpse of the crew as they showed up to church in style.

Does your community have some great men’s groups?  If so, share their name and the types of things they do for your community.

The Difference Between A Winner & A Loser

Many of us grew up hearing the phrase, “It’s not whether you win or lose, but how you play the game.”  The reality is that statement isn’t totally true.  Winning does matter and we all have the deep desire to be a winner.  Everyone wants to win and everyone wants to be a winner: The business that you work for, your church, your children’s school, and even those who don’t like winners.  As much as I don’t like Kobe Bryant, I like the fact that he’s a winner.

The Difference Between A Winner & A Loser is the desire to win.  It does matter whether we win or lose and what matters are the things that we can control.  I described those two things in a previous post I had written titled, The Two Things That Leaders Can Control.

Vince Lombardi said it best when he said, “Winning isn’t everything, but the will to win is everything.”  If you want to be a winner, you have to want to win.  Larry Bird says it this way, “A winner is someone who recognizes his God-given talents, works his tail off to develop them into skills, and uses these skills to accomplish his goals.

The Difference Between A Winner & A Loser is the habit of winning and the desire to win. Winners get in the habit of dreaming BIG, thinking BIGGER and doing what losers don’t.  If you want to be a winner… Go Win! dream BIG. think BIGGER. If you want to be a loser, sit on the sidelines, complain and make excuses why you can’t win.

The Difference Between A Winner & A Loser.

What do you think?

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