Religious blogger has been given new set of wings to spread the message of the good news following the launch of new website, Godinterest.org.
London, England April 30, 2015
Dubbed as the WordPress for religion, Godinterest.org is a free weblog publishing tool for sharing text, photos and video. The website is powered by WordPress and boasts a number of exciting themes, optimized features and unique plug-ins designed to make the user experience as pleasant and as appealing as possible.
Although powered by WordPress, Godinterest.org has a few built-in features that users will not see on their regular WordPress account. Some of the plug-ins featured on the website include: Wikis which enables users to transform their blog into a powerful, easy to use Wikis, Jetpack for sharing posts with multiple social networks and Mobile Blogging for those who prefer to blog on the go.
Created by devout Christian, Dean Jones, the mission of Godinterest is to promote freedom of expression and inspire faith. Jones’ creation of the website was in response to the long standing quest of millions of believers to get heard. Now, through this dynamic website, users can spread the message of the good news.
When asked what distinguishes his website from other blogging platforms, Jones said: “Godinterest.org gives occasion to a whole new set of conversations about religion in public life and represents the possibility of a common conversation among a diverse set of voices.”
Since its launch, the response to the new website has been overwhelming. Greta O. said: “Godinterest.org looks really good and interesting. It would be great if you let me try to write something for it.” Another fan of the website said: “I’ve looked over the Godinterest website and it looks really fascinating.”
Aside from the individual blogger, Godinterest was designed with educators and students in mind. The website has special accounts for these individuals and with unique plug-ins such as Wikis and themes such as Chalkboard; the learning process is bound to be more exciting.
Operating under the motto to ‘Love people, Inspire Minds, Teach Hearts and Embrace Life’, the website has amassed a huge following since its launch. Through the hundreds of bloggers that have created accounts, Godinterest is achieving its mission to inspire faith, one blog post at a time.
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London, UK — 04/22/2015 — Over a week ago, using the fully hosted version of the popular open-source WordPress content management system, Dean Jones a devoted Christian introduced a blog portal that focuses specifically on religion.
Today’s announcement marks Dean Jones’s first direct foray into the blogging arena with already well over 300 signups.
Jones, a 36-year-old Project Manager from London argues that “godinterest.org gives occasion to a whole new set of conversations about religion in public life and represents the pos-sibility of a common conversation among a diverse set of voices. ”
There is no doubt that WordPress.com is one of the most popular blogging plat-forms so when asked what’s special and about Godinterest.org? Jones stat-ed the following points: ”
– Only for Religion- Godinterest.org is targeted at those in Religion rather than general blogging. We envision blogs being used to facilitate discussion, replace paper newsletters, encourage students to blog, post videos podcasts and presen-tation and create class publications. To achieve this, we have built in a few fea-tures that you won’t see on your regular WordPress.com account (but could get via self-hosting).
– Accounts – Godinterest.org offers a range of accounts not limited to an individual. The basic version is a free account which gives you basic features comparable to WordPress.com but without some of the themes and Ad free (a nice incentive to an educator) after that there are educator accounts (at only £3 a month or £12 a year) which opens up more options like embedding html videos and the ability to set up, and monitor, blogs for students. Other perks of an educators account include custom domains, use of plugins and visitor stats. godinterest.org also offers free upgrades for students when attached to a Pro blog.
– Wikis – can be a great features for project work and collaboration. However, they can also be a useful way to provide resources for students to access in their own time and at their leisure to continue their learning beyond the walls of the classroom. Although you can set this up on a self-hosted blog it re-quires more skill than some people have.
– Privacy – students might be more self-concious about their work than your average blogger. The built in privacy features (including password protection) are a great way to help students to build up their confidence.
-Modules – We also plan to implement modules in Scripture, Worship (including Sacraments), Church History and Beliefs on Theology Challenges and provide a variety of resources to help teachers and students explore many aspects of religious knowledge. ”
The future of education is with online technology and there are fewer and better things to be innovating on than just that right now, Godinterest.org offers that opportunity for any reli-gious educator or faith blogger with specific themes and features that will make learning even more effective.
Godinterest.org is a response to the challenge and opportunity offered by the Internet for learning both in and beyond the classroom.
Godinterest Theology Challenges – Resource for Teachers
Mindful of the challenges and opportunities provided by the Internet and Information and Communication Technologies in general, the Godinterest.org, is undertaking the development of Theology Challenges in the first instance to provide online educational support for teachers of Religious Education.
Godinterest Theology Challenges will provide content and professional development. The first stage will be to offer sequenced online materials to assist and engage teachers of Ethics in exploring in a systematic way various contemporary ethical issues. In doing this Godinterest Theology Challenges will use a large range of Internet resources to guide teachers through the exploration of the specific issues. This will be the most developed part of Theology Challenges at the present moment.
We also plan to implement modules in Scripture, Worship (including Sacraments), Church History and Beliefs on Theology Challenges and provide a variety of resources to help teachers and students explore many aspects of religious knowledge. Hopefully they will also be useful in other ways in the future including the online delivery of assessable units for accreditation and online provision of materials tailored to meet the needs of specific school groups.
Establishing Learning Communities
In addition to the provision of content, it is intended that Godinterest Theology Challenges will encourage the development of online professional learning groups. Teachers will be able to use both the Godinterest Theology Challenges materials and online collaboration blog creation tools to explore and discuss the issues and questions that are raised. In this way, they will also be introduced to the possibilities for curriculum and classroom application of the facilities they are using in their own professional learning and collaboration.
Into the Future – Speaking to Students
Teachers are most interested in educational resources when they see them as supportive of their own classroom practice. At the same time, the ultimate goals of any educational initiative are the improvement of student learning and the engagement of students in the learning process to improve educational outcomes. It is hoped that as Godinterest Theology Challenges develops it will contribute to this vision not only by supporting teachers to present the RE to their students but also by providing engaging online materials for their use. It is hoped that through this process, Godinterest Theology Challenges will assist young people to use the new technologies both ‘purposefully and critically and… to adapt and learn throughout their lives’ and ‘for their integral development and the benefit of others’.
LONDON, April 7, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Great Britain is not the place to find a bumper sticker that says, “Honk if you love Jesus.” Britons tend to be tolerant and respectful of Muslim and Hindu religious observances, but not their own. Godinterest Blogs, as the name implies, is designed with religion in mind. The site was developed by Dean Jones, a 36-year-old project manager and Saint Martins, university of the arts post graduate who said, “Godinterest.org gives occasion to a whole new set ofconversations about religion in public life that represents a tremendous opportunity for publication, discussion and critique of a kind never seen before.”
The growing influence of blogs is indisputable. Most would agree that the mainstream press is looking more like the blogosphere. Old newspapers and magazines now host blogs by reporters on their websites. Because of their ease of publication and use, blogs have changed the shape of public dialogue in society as a whole and now around religious questions in particular.
Jones said, “I get excited about the idea of blogs transforming religion and hope to encourage tolerance, remove ignorance, raise issues and create an arena in which views and practices are explored. Our ethos is to ‘Love people, Inspire minds, Teach hearts and Embrace life!'”
Godinterest.org offers a variety of themes, plug-ins for podcasts; video tutorials and easy blogging to help users get started.
Jones said, “Godinterest Bloggers can use their blogs as a learning journal to gather relevant information and ideas, and communicate with other people. Religious educators can use blogs to keep in contact with students’ parents and use blogs to record their own personal life, and express emotions or feelings. They can use our blogs as an instructional and assessment tool, and blogs can be used as a task management tool. Blogs can also be used to teach individuals about writing for an audience as they can be made public.”
Godinterest could offer the means for under-represented voices to find a public voice.
Jones said, “Godinterest represents the possibility of a common conversation among a diverse set of voices. A Godinterest blog supports religious education by encouraging reflection, questioning as well as collaboration and providing a context for engaging in higher-order thinking!”
With comparable features, WordPress for Religion by Godinterest could be just what we need, after all research has shown that religious beliefs and practices seem to make people happier, and in some situations healthier and better-off, too. But to argue that such benefits more than offset the gains from extra Religious Ed would require a leap of faith.
The blogosphere is made up of all blogs and their interconnections. The term implies that blogs exist together as a connected community (or as a collection of connected communities) or as a social networking service in which everyday authors can publish their opinions. Since the term has been coined, it has been referenced in a number of media and is also used to refer to the Internet.
The pecking order of the religion blogosphere takes different forms depending on how one frames the question. Religion Blogs are not easily put into boxes. Unlike traditional publishers, Godinterest bloggers aren’t anxious to categorize their content according to best practices. Instead, and most importantly they strive to cultivate a unique voice, a loyal community, and an eclectic collection of source material.
Like most blogs, faith-based blogs tend to be highly opinionated and often include funny personal anecdotes. But their content is also unique and many spiritual blogs are written by people seriously engaging with and struggling with their faith.
“Words That Inspire, Surprise, And Move Us”
Others are more culturally oriented, covering the ways faith intersects with the arts and politics. Not every spiritual blog is worth reading, of course. Many blogs aren’t updated frequently.
The spiritual wisdom and religious insights of the bloggers at Godinterest.org provides the life’s blood of the new beta splinter site.
It should be evident by now that the religion blogosphere is no unified thing, However, with its ease of access, the Godinterest Blogosphere certainly offers the means for under-represented voices to find a public voice.
With comments and up-to-the-minute updates, the interactivity of Godinterest blogs makes them ideal for fostering communities, especially ones that have yet to find a place among more traditional religious institutions. As religion desks at national and regional media organizations have disappeared amidst sweeping budget cuts, many journalists specializing in religion look to the Internet and the religion blogosphere in particular for their rescue. With greater flexibility, Godinterest blogs offer the opportunity for a renaissance in serious religion coverage, just as they are becoming key sources for business, entertainment, and technology news.
Is there really a religion blogosphere?
The very idea of a religion blogosphere—a network of blogs devoted to discussing the place of religion in public life—is in essence what Godinterest.org is. The community at Godinterest represents the possibility of a common conversation among a diverse set of voices. Godinterest.org allows for far more cross-fertilization among far-flung communities than currently exists, and a wider variety of religion blogs will no doubt benefit from being in closer proximity to one another which will inadvertently facilitate interaction.
Even is its beta stage Godinterest.org now provides numerous blogs an automatic audience, including readers who might not otherwise find them but who have a general interest in religion to foster a stronger sense of community.
Godinterest.org March 14
Godinterest.org has given occasion to a whole new set of conversations about religion in public life. Godinterest.org represents a tremendous opportunity for publication, discussion, cross-fertilization, and critique of a kind never seen before. In principle, at least, the Internet offers an opportunity to break down old barriers and engender new communities.
The purpose at hand is to foster a more self-reflective, collaborative, and mutually-aware religion blogosphere.
Why bother with blogs?
The growing influence of blogs has been indisputable. The mainstream press is looking more like the blogosphere. Old-guard newspapers and magazines now host blogs by reporters and columnists on their websites. Because of their ease of publication and use, blogs have changed the shape of public discourse in society as a whole and around religious questions in particular. A Godinterest Blog is a powerful and flexible medium, one uniquely suited to providing the space for vibrant, diverse, and productive discussions about religion.
“Academics, especially in the arts and humanities, have taken to blogs like ducks to water.”
– Craig Saper, Blogademia
Creating a community, making an impact
Savvy Godinterest bloggers have available to them the means to develop a quite sophisticated picture of their readership. Plugins like Google Analytics allow one to know with high precision (and reasonable accuracy) who is visiting one’s website and what they are doing there.
Most religion bloggers feel they have a sense of who their readers are. Usually, it tends to be a group that shares the same interests and views.
So what is missing, perhaps the following?
“High quality academic writing from known experts in the field is still missing.” (Robert P. Jones)
- “It is a shame that Christianity Today’s daily round-up of news links [by Ted Olsen] has stopped running.” (Richard Bartholomew)