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I just wanted to make a couple comments about Matt Payne’s message in church today.  You can find it on podcast by tomorrow on the website of Church!@bethany if you want to  hear it.

He started the message this morning with a story that blew me a way.  A few years ago a man was found dead in his home.  That is not all that unusual, except the man was found holding a newspaper from four years prior.  He died in his home and no one missed him or realized he was dead for over four years.  How does that happen?

The main point of the day was about disciples of Christ doing life together.  What stood out to me the most was the reality of how busy we all get and how little time we spend really building relationships with people.  Think about your typical week for a moment.

  • Do you just stop by and see a friend?
  • Do you go visit someone in the hospital?
  • Do you invite anyone over for dinner?
  • Does your family have any meals together?
  • Do you have close friends that you see every week that you can share your heart with?

I can honestly say yes to a couple of these but for the most part I get pretty wrapped up in myself and my endeavors and don’t really take time to be in community.

Besides being on Facebook or Twitter, what can you do to really connect with someone this week?  How about just starting by going to your neighbors house to say hi?

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You might ask yourself, what kind of conundrum might you he be referring to?  That would be an appropriate question.

My conundrum is this, how should I begin marketing on the internet?  I have dabbled with:

My current goal is to learn to use these tools to grow a business effectively with out coming off like a freaking spammer.  Let me just say, I cannot stand spammers! Ultimately, my goal is to have people come to me that want what I offer.  My personal experience and all the reading I have done has lead me to believe our current era of consumers really wants to buy from someone who provides honest, open information with out a lot of hype and definitely no pressure.  With that in mind, I am leaning toward a sales approach of offering valuable education specific to my business and show people how to purchase what they want when they are ready.

Looking at many websites, doing all kinds of Google searches and just talking to people who know this stuff has given me a big headache.  So, I am going to continue to read, ask a lot of dumb questions and hope that some super smart people will kindly offer to help.

I would love to hear from you about what you are doing on-line for your business or organization.  Please include what has worked as well as the  mess ups you have made.  Humor me, maybe I will write a book with you and we can make a boat load of money together.

Never too late to learn something new, at least until you are dead.

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