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Travis Thrasher is a writer who has published numerous books. He’s know’s a thing or two about writing.

Lately, I’ve been struggling to develop my blogging and writing. I agree with Travis in that I am flat-out lazy. So I am making a plan and shooting for consistency. It may not always be incredible, life-changing, stories that trend or go viral…but it will help me develop a process. This includes a content schedule and writing. My goal is to build this to collaborate with my exercise calendar of 2-3 days a week.

What’s your blogging plan look like?

Time Travel

October 26, 2013 — Leave a comment

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Technology…in particular, mobile technology has changed our lives. Here’s a insight for you, go to Instagram (if you have the iPhone or Android app…maybe you don’t know Instagram is…that’s ok) and search for #selfie. The results are funny, awkward and overwhelming.

Do Not Disturb

October 23, 2013 — Leave a comment

 

Recently I asked one of our  kids a question while they were washing the dishes. There was no response. My initial thought was that maybe they were deep in thought so I asked the question again, which caused them to remove their iPod earphones. My next thought was…

“Oh, I know exactly how you feel!”

I often listen to music on my Mac while working during the day. If I really need to dig in, I put in my earphones and shut out the world. The same kids who listen to music while doing dishes are sent at dinner time to notify me of an impeding mealtime. Sometimes, I have to remove the earphones and go back to another dimension. This is no easy task.

My only possible solution to this is to track my time in the evenings before dinner, or perhaps notify the family that I’ll be diving deep into my idea submersible.

I’m sure you have been interrupted when you have your earphones on? Any interesting stories?

-Jim

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Behind The Story

Meet Chris

Meet my buddy Chris Estes. He’s a freelance marketing guy who lives in the Mobile, AL area. Chris is the reason I got into the music marketing industry. He hired me to work on his team at Integrity Music. He has worked with Hillsong, Desperation Band, Bethel Music, and a whole LOT more!

Who Is Carman?

Carmelo Domenic Licciardello known by his stage name, Carman, is a contemporary Christian music artist and evangelist. Carman has a great legacy in ministry that includes other record setting accomplishments. He holds the world record for the largest solo Christian Concerts in history with 80,000 attendees for a Charlotte, North Carolina show, and 71,132 indoors at Texas Stadium.

 …A KEY Part of The Backstory:

On Valentines day 2013 Carman was diagnosed with incurable Multiple Myeloma Cancer and given a 3-5 year window of time. In order to put this into remission and be ready for his Spring 2014 tour he must go into chemotherapy right away. He will be under 24/7 medical care for the next 9 months straight.

The Story and Results of the Kickstarter Campaign:

Earlier this year Carman and his manager reached out to Chris as he pondered the possibilities of a Kickstarter campaign.
The end result:
-The Most Funded Kickstarter music campaign of 2013
-The Most Funded Christian music campaign in Kickstarter history
-The 2nd Most Funded music campaign in Kickstarter history
Checkout the campaign here 

Hear what Carman had to say about how Chris helped the campaign:

Stories To Tell

October 9, 2013 — Leave a comment

By Jim  Gray

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This is a brilliant piece of story that I enjoyed finding. How are you telling stories, digging deeper to find what your audience would enjoy? So much to learn here from a marketing perspective and how the quote, the story-teller, the setting…all of it draws in the user (me).