David Szpunar: Owner, Servant 42 and Servant Voice

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May 5th, 2008 at 11:16 pm

JesusGeek Podcast Interviews Me about WordPress for Church Website

Given that I’ve never been interviewed before, I’m probably taking the risk of sounding incredibly dumb in public (well, I took that risk already but now I’m doing more damage by telling you about it!) by mentioning that I was interviewed for the JesusGeek Podcast. John Wilkerson, aka Jesus Geek, was interested in how we have used WordPress as Lakeview Church’s web content mangement system so he asked me to fill him and his listeners in on the details. I’ll be listening to the podcast episode tomorrow (I’ve been catching up on some of his past episodes recently and have picked up some good tips!), so you can listen right along with me on your own commute :-)

If you don’t use a podcatcher such as iTunes to subscribe to podcasts, you can subscribe in Google Reader and stream episodes from your web browser, in addition to just downloading the MP3 file from the JesusGeek post directly.

The interview was complicated by a few connection losses while recording, so if the audio sounds awesome John gets the credit for making it work anyway, and if it has any issues, blame me! I also lost my notes about which WordPress plugins I was going to talk about in my XP-to-Vista conversion on my laptop and didn’t realize it until we were recording, so that was a bit more off-the-cuff than I had intended. Live and learn!

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    Thanks for doing the interview. It was fun. I hope we can do something like this again. Perhaps a round table with some other church IT folks through TalkShoe.

    John on May 6th, 2008
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    Thanks, it was fun for me as well. I did listen to the podcast episode this morning, and although I’ve never really liked the sound of my own recorded voice (just used to hearing it in my head I guess!), I was happy to find that I tended to speak mostly in cohesive sentences! That’s a success in my book :-) And you did a great job stitching together the pieces. You were able to take out the part where I sounded most like an idiot (shhh, don’t tell anyone :-)

    There is already a Church IT Roundtable Podcast of sorts already over at ChurchITPodcast.com that’s recorded ever two weeks and is open to anyone via TalkShoe. Feel free to stop in sometime if you get the chance! Unfortunately my work schedule on Thursdays when it’s recorded means that I don’t get to listen live or participate quite as often as I would otherwise like to, but I’ve been on a decent chunk of them.

    David Szpunar on May 6th, 2008
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    David, you need to follow up this post with a list of plugins. Also, I’d be curious to know why go with In Series as opposed to categorizing sermons (creating categories for the sermon series as opposed to the plugin).

    Jack on May 12th, 2008
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    RE: the Folding Page list plugin, I did that with some custom code on FCC’s site as opposed to the plugin.

    Different posts per a page plugin seems interesting.

    Jack on May 12th, 2008
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    @Jack: I’ll take a plugin (structured, manageable custom code) over raw custom code (unstructured, unversioned custom code) any day. But whatever works :-)

    The plugin list is a good idea, I’ve meant to put a list together for both my blog here and for the Lakeview site. Just haven’t had the time yet. Thanks for the reminder!

    We do categorize our sermon series into a specific sub-category per series. However, the In Series plugin (there’s a competing one out there now too I think) does a great job of telling people about the other sermons in the series when they are looking at one. They can see which one they’re viewing and get direct links to all the others. The plugin and categories complement each other, in my opinion.

    David Szpunar on May 12th, 2008
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    Yo David! Have you checked out WordPress 2.6-bleeding2? It’s SWEET, lots of new features. I was messing around with subversion (THANK YOU!), and I ended up with 2.6-bleeding2 installed. I like it a lot!

    Matthew Irvine on June 14th, 2008
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    @Matthew: I actually haven’t spent much time with WordPress since 2.5 came out. I think I overdid it before that, so I’m recovering :-) That’s cool to know though, I’ll have to go check out Trac at least or the development updates blog and see what’s been going on! And you’re welcome for the Subversion tip…there’s a Codex article about setting up Subversion but it’s not very popular, probably because it involves the linux command line and they don’t want to scare people. When, in reality, if you know anything about anything Linux, it’s actually makes things quite a bit easier! Wonder when I should upgrade this blog to bleeding edge again… :-)

    David Szpunar on June 14th, 2008