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the end of ysmarko

this is a hard post to write, but an important one for me.

i’ve experienced some pretty significant a-ha’s in the past week or two, all around the sustainability of my lifestyle, my identity, and my most important relationships.

a month and a half ago, i started a leadership coaching process with john townsend. and i was asked to talked about myself at the first gathering. i wrote a bit about this on this blog (the whole plate spinning thing). since naming that, i’ve had a few more words to describe the dissatisfaction i’ve been feeling about my life; but i still felt way short of clearly understanding what i needed to do about it.

then, last week, on our ys leadership team retreat, we were spending some time talking about blindspots and roadblocks. to make a long story short, it became very clear to me that two things consistently eclipse the relationships and values that are actually most important to me (especially at this stage in life and work):
1. my family
2. the staff of youth specialties

the two imposters that constantly threaten (or supercede) the things that are most important to me are:
1. my travel schedule
2. being the voice of youth specialties (or, to put it in a more negative way, “nurturing my public persona”)

here’s a thought: our behaviors –> reveal our priorities –> which reveals our true values.

here are a couple photos i snapped in new zealand (ironically — mr. travel) of the “community lounge” on the back side of a church

i took these pics because i thought the sign and location of the “community lounge” said something significant about this church’s value of community. in other words: they might have a community lounge, but they don’t seem to actually value community.

this is a metaphor for why i’m making some big time changes.

i’ve been having a value stand-off, between what i say my values are and how i’m living my life. and it’s eroding (and threatening) my long-term happiness, and the life i really want.

let me get to the point:

1. i’m going to stop nurturing the whole “ysmarko” thing. which means, starting today, i’m going to stop using facebook (i’m planning on deleting my facebook account tomorrow), and stop twittering (i’m going to delete my twitter account tomorrow), and this is my last blog post on ysmarko (at least for the foreseeable future, though i’ll leave the blog sitting here for now).

2. i’m also reframing what “essential travel” is for me, which is allowing me to cut back 50 – 75% on my travel. i won’t be traveling internationally in the next year or two (or ever?), other than our canadian convention. and i’m cutting back on all other travel, other than a few truly essential things as well as family-related and personal stuff.

i know this is going to be hard in many ways, and i’ll likely go through some form of withdrawal. but i’m also excited about the new focus, extra time, and relational presence i expect to experience in the coming months.

i’ve enjoyed the interaction i’ve had with so many of you through this blog, and pray god’s blessing on you, as i ask you to do for me.

22 words

jon acuff (stuff christians like) recently posted about a blog called 22 words, with the tag line “experiments in getting to the point”. it’s really fun, and got me thinking. roughly tweet-length (twitter allows 140 characters, including spaces – the first sentence in this post is 22 words, and is about 135 characters). one difference here is that 22 words author abraham piper also allows himself one or two short follow up clarifiers, which is an interesting twist. many of the posts are “guest posts”.

here’s jon acuff’s guest post:

Call it sarcasm, irony, or satire—just don’t automatically call it ungodly.

When God asked Moses, “Is the Lord’s arm too short?” was he asking an arm length accuracy question or maybe being ironic?

here are a couple others i enjoyed:

2 kinds of biblical. We need to know which is which when we use the word.

1. Things commanded by Scripture. (Don’t murder, Be wise, etc.)
2. Things consistent with Scripture. (Home schooling, public schooling, etc.)

Confusing these creates legalism.

Juice+concentrate+water+citric acid+ascorbic acid+potassium metabisulfite=100% juice?

A guest post by Jessica Melling

Even natural ingredients in small quantities bring down the percentage.

For the sake of accurate labeling, I would happily drink 97.3% juice.

so let’s try this. give me a comment using this format, on the theme of youth ministry…

things that bother me

my friend kurt johnston didn’t set up his “things that bother me” post as a meme, nor did he tag me; i just felt like copying the idea and creating my own list!

The Power of the TSA
i am regularly annoyed by the combination of incompetence and power of the lovely employees of the TSA. grrr. don’t even get me started. anyone who follows me on twitter gets to witness me whining about this on a regular basis.

The Volume of TV Commercials
nothing like having the volume set perfectly in that “i can hear it, but i won’t wake up my kids” zone; then, commercials come on at twice the necessary volume. this is possibly one of the best reasons for dvr/tivo.

Simon Cowell’s Shirts (and Paula Abdul’s inability to be critical)
my family is adicted to idol, i’ll admit. and i actually enjoy the nasty reality that simon cowell brings (as opposed to paula’s pablum). but, dude, you’re a serious mega-rich jet-setter; doesn’t someone you trust ever tell you your shirts are big-time ugly?

People Who Fart More Than Once on a Flight
really. i was on a flight the other day, and the poor guy wedged into the middle seat next to me decided all the rest of us needed to be punished for his seat selection. dude farted nastiness about every 20 minutes. i handled it maturely, after the third or fourth time, by stage-whispering things like “oh, come on!” with each subsequent cloud o’ stink. one fart? hey, we all have needs. but more than one? that’s crossing a line.

BriteKite on Twitter
britekite is a stupid little twitter app that allows people to post their location via the gps on their phones. listen, i DO NOT care that you are at Wal-Mart, or Arby’s, or what the address of your church is. twitter is self-indulgent enough without this insanity (especially when you britekite the same location five times in a week).

Service Provider Companies Where You Can’t Reach a Live Person on the Phone
argh. i’m getting ticked just typing this! just the other day, i spent 20 or 30 minutes cycling through the options on an auto-receptionist routing tree from hell. we’ve all had this experience. i can understand the need to have an auto-attendant in some businesses. but if all else fails, please give me a “connect with a real person” option! i am paying you, after all!

Christians Who Give Us a Bad Rep
hate. fear. distancing. condemnation. judgment. man, i really don’t like being in a situation where i have to say, “well, i’m not THAT kind of christian.” how ’bout this: all the christians who are fear-filled, condemning, judgmental haters start calling yourself something else, and leave “christian” to those who actually try to love like jesus. you could call yourself “religious” — that would be ok. or, maybe “gong”, as in the sound of something without love.

The Smallness of McDonald’s McGriddles
i have a not-so-secret weakness for the little bit of syrup-flavored deliciousness called the mcgriddle. but have you seen the size of them recently? they shrunk them to about 1/2 their original size, i swear. i thought i was getting play-skool toy food!

People Who Don’t Turn Their Turn Signals Off
seriously: if you’re not actually changing lanes or turning, get that thing off!

ok, that was just off the top of my head. i’m sure i could come up with more. how ’bout you? feel like unloading a bit? add a comment…

twitter terms you don’t need to know

whether you use twitter or not, you’ve likely noticed that an entire lexicon of twitter related words has sprung up surrounding the micro-blogging phenom. recently, mashable listed 66 twitter words you probably don’t need to know. the opening paragraph asks: Having twissues with your twerminology? yes, twitter peeps think we’re funny. deal with it.

follow that link for the whole list o’ 66; but here are a few choice ones:

occasionitter: an occasional tweeter

twaffic: Twitter traffic.

tweetaholic: someone addicted to Twitter, so much so that it may be an actual problem.

twitosphere: community of twitterers.

twittectomy: an unfollowing of friends.

twitterati: The A-list twitterers.

twitterpated: to be overwhelmed with Twitter messages.

twitterrhea: the act of sending too many Twitter messages.

(ht to chip gillespie)

blogging and twittering the national youth workers convention in pittsburgh

here’s a list of people who are blogging from the national youth workers convention in pittsburgh national youth workers convention this weekend. i’ll add to it as i find more, so check back. also, two new features on this post this time around:
– live blogging
– and, twitterers

we’ve added live blogging this year. a handful of bloggers will be live blogging (in real-time) from seminars and general sessions.

here’s the pittsburgh nywc live blogging page.

bloggers who say they’ll be blogging from the convention:
stacy sublett
matt mckee
tim gleason
sara eden williams
tim ghali
josh johnson
jonathan mckee
janelle painter
billy hartz
chris szulwach
brian and amy anderson
peter gowesky
brandon rodgers
patti gibbons
tammy gitt
mark helsel
gerrard fess
brian ford
jesse sherk
will penner
adam mclane
mike king
andrew marin
eli ruggles
matthew mcnutt
samantha costanza
tony myles
kristin charles
ys blog
and, of course, me!

twitter feeds of those who say they’ll be twittering from the convention:

terry linhart
stacy sublett
tim gleason
sara eden williams
tim ghali
josh johnson
janelle painter
samantha costanza
billy hartz, with video updates here
jesus (that’s, um, a youth worker — i don’t think the son of god has a twitter)
chris szulwach
scott calgaro
patti gibbons
gerrard fess (gman)
tammy gitt
brandon rodgers
eli ruggles
matthew mcnutt
paul charles
joel daniel
adam mclane
mark matlock
ian robertson
chris davis
adam’s official nywc twitter
and i will be also!

twitter grader

bob sent me this nifty little app, twitter grader. it’s a bit like a technorati for twitter. gives you a ranking, and a bunch of other info.

it also gives you a “tweet cloud”, a collection of the words you’ve most often used, shown in size relative to the frequency of their use. it’s a string of words, and i noticed that mine almost looks like a very odd sentence:

like i’m my wife back get off bed little see went down did plane. atlanta. grand rapids then — @skitguyt

don’t read anything too weird into that, now. be nice.