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Summary: The mission of Declare is to equip women to walk in their callings as Christian communicators. We do this through an annual conference, online webinars, local connect meet-ups and the podcast. Find out more about how Declare can help you reach your goals at wearedeclare.com

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 How to Craft a Cohesive Instagram Feed :: Jessi Connolly {Ep 9} | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 23:13

I’m a big fan of today’s podcast guest, Jessi Connolly. Yes, she is one busy lady, but it was her Instagram feed that first caught my attention. The way she communicates Truth through written word and visually appealing pics is inspiring. Lucky for us, Jessi is the opening keynote for the Declare Conference and teaching a breakout session on creating graphics. Today she is sharing tips for crafting a cohesive Instagram feed. And it’s GOOD STUFF. For reals. (in case you were curious, I snagged this from her feed as Exhibit A): In this episode we chat about: * “The Funnel”–finding your niche in the world wide web * Three tips for creating a cohesive Instagram feed * Creating a mood board * Moving forward without fear, sticking to what you feel is beautiful * Scheduling/planning Instagram posts * Deciding what you want your Instagram feed to be about & then balancing those things * Losing the guilt over “latergrams”–using them as another way to live in the present moment * Choosing filters and a few tips for taking great pictures Connect with Jessi: Blog :: Shop :: Twitter :: Instagram Show Notes: * Naptime Diaries Print Shop * Influence Conference * Influence Network * Kat Lee’s How They Blog Podcast * Lara Casey’s Power Sheets **How to listen to the Declare Conference podcast:** 1. Listen on the blog. Go to DeclareConference.com and click the play button at the beginning of this post (on your computer. . .haven’t found this method to work on smartphones). 2. Listen on your smartphone, iPad or iPod Touch – There are a lot of great podcasting apps. Apple has a free one in the app store, there is also one called Downcast. It allows you to search for shows, subscribe to them and even speed up the audio. 3. Subscribe to the Podcast – access the podcast in iTunes (click here). You can also search for it on your smartphone app (like the ones listed above) and subscribe.  Do you have a plan for your Instagram feed? What are your goals in posting pictures? Would love to hear them!

 Googling for God :: Francie Winslow {Ep. 8} | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 20:35

I meet a lot of godly women through this whole Christian devotional blogging thing. But I have to tell y’all, Francie Winslow rises to the top in my opinion. Francie’s heart for authentic relationship with her Savior is unmistakably pure. Her desire to set women free from all that entraps them is undeniably powerful. Francie received her Masters in Evangelism & Leadership from Wheaton College. And her thesis was entitled, “Blogging as Discipleship”. Through interviews and surveys she researched if stay-at-home moms were seeking God online. She discovered people were “Googling for God.”  In today’s episode Francie shares truth in regards to experiencing God in our day-to-day busy lives. In fact she has written an ebook on the topic, “The God Experience”. “God wants us to reveal His heart in the midst of our real life.” -Francie Winslow Believe it or not, your connection with God overflows into how you approach the work you do online. Francie refers to this concept as: “approaching life from a place of internal rest.” If we know Whose we are and what He has planned for us, we can approach Twitter and Pinterest with peace instead of comparison and stress. What we talk about in this episode: * What steps led her to rebrand her blog to her proper name. * Which company she used to help transfer her site to self-hosted * The ebook she has written to help readers connect with her heart * “The God Experience” Summer 10-week book study–starting next Thursday, June 19th * How to seek God and find a place of internal rest before approaching our blogs & social media * (pst…and we mention how Francie is due “any day”…well that day came between our recording and today. Announcing the birth of Francie’s 4th baby…Mary Frances! And she’ll be at Declare too! Get your baby holding arms ready.) Connect with Francie: Blog :: Facebook :: Twitter :: Instagram Show Notes: * John & Deb Esling- UBU Enterprises (branding & site design) * Contemplate Design -Ted Barnett * The God Experience: A 10 Week Guide to Feed your Busy Soul   **How to listen to the Declare Conference podcast:** 1. Listen on the blog. Go to DeclareConference.com and click the play button at the beginning of this post (on your computer. . .haven’t found this method to work on smartphones). 2. Listen on your smartphone, iPad or iPod Touch – There are a lot of great podcasting apps. Apple has a free one in the app store, there is also one called Downcast. It allows you to search for shows, subscribe to them and even speed up the audio. 3. Subscribe to the Podcast – access the podcast in 

 Fresh Out of Amazing & Still Obeying :: Stacey Thacker {DC ep 7} | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 26:56

Life isn’t always butterflies & roses. Sometimes it’s just plain hard. You can feel pretty empty and unable to share much of yourself to anyone. How do these seasons impact our ability  to “wildly obey”? In today’s podcast I interview Stacey Thacker (29LincolnAvenue.com) about her personal struggles. And her decision to obey even if she felt “fresh out of amazing”. She shares how when she followed the next spark, God led her to a place she never imagined possible. “God uses ALL of it. Even when you feel like you’ve hit a brick wall.” -Stacey Thacker We also chat about a small book in the Bible, Habbakuk, which provides encouragement and truth on this topic. In Stacey’s session at Declare she’ll share what she has learned from “Hab” or “Habs” (as we decided to call him). You can watch a little video she made about her Declare session here. Do you find yourself in a challenging season? Is God calling you to write down what He is teaching you? Will you choose to obey? It may be as simple as writing prayers in a journal. Connect with Stacey: Blog :: Facebook :: Twitter :: Pinterest :: Instagram Show Notes: * Mothers of Daughters * September McCarthy * Raising Generations Today Conference * “Steve Jobs, Me, & Being Fresh out of Amazing” post * Brooke McGothlin :: MOB Society * Hope for the Weary Mom * Harvest House Publishers **How to listen to the podcast:** 1. Listen on the blog. Go to DeclareConference.com and click the play button at the beginning of this post (on your computer. . .haven’t found this method to work on smartphones). 2. Listen on your smartphone, iPad or iPod Touch – There are a lot of great podcasting apps. Apple has a free one in the app store, there is also one called Downcast. It allows you to search for shows, subscribe to them and even speed up the audio. 3. Subscribe to the Podcast – access the podcast in iTunes (click here).

 The God Dare :: Kate Battistelli {DC ep 6} | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

A Spiritual bungee jump. That’s what today’s podcast guest Kate Battistelli calls the thing God may be calling you to do. In taking the “plunge” of His calling, do you trust God will catch you? Or do you assume you will crash in the rocks? One calling Kate learned to embrace was having an only child. Even though her heart’s desire was for a house-full, God had big plans. It gives me goosebumps when I think about all the pieces God put in place in Kate’s life so she could be the perfect mom for “Franny” (aka Francesca Battistelli, Dove Award Winning, Christian Music Artist). Today Kate and I chat about her God Dare story. She also challenges Declare attendees to trust God in what He is calling them to do. “He will call you to that wild thing. If it’s too scary to do on your own, then it’s from the Lord.” -Kate Battistelli Y’all are going to be so blessed by Kate’s story and encouragement. Connect with Kate: Blog :: Twitter :: Facebook :: Pinterest :: Instagram Show Notes: * Francesca Battistelli * “Growing Great Kids“ What is the crazy thing God is calling you to do? **How to listen to the podcast:** 1. Listen on the blog. Go to DeclareConference.com and click the play button at the beginning of this post (on your computer. . .haven’t found this method to work on smartphones). 2. Listen on your smartphone, iPad or iPod Touch – There are a lot of great podcasting apps. Apple has a free one in the app store, there is also one called Downcast. It allows you to search for shows, subscribe to them and even speed up the audio. 3. Subscribe to the Podcast – access the podcast in iTunes (click here). You can also search for it on your smartphone app (like the ones listed above) and subscribe.  

 3 Mistakes in Approaching Blog Design :: Ted Barnett {DC ep 5} | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 19:10

I remember the early days of my blogging adventure when “blog design” simply meant uploading the most recent picture of my family for the header. Then getting the links to all my friends’ blogs to put in the sidebar. Done. Boy, have things changed. Blogs have become super fancy and yet simultaneously stream-lined. If you are considering a blog make-over, then I think you would benefit from today’s podcast guest and Declare Conference speaker, Ted Barnett. Ted not only designs sites, he is a licensed counselor. His experience in talking through problems with counseling patients has given him unique perspective for the blog design process. On today’s episode, Ted shares “3 Mistakes in Approaching Blog Design”. Fortunately, he also provides the alternatives to these mistakes. During the interview we discuss: * How blog design should start with a conversation * Looking at Christ’s approach to faith when considering our approach to blog design * Importance of considering the reader’s journey and reader’s critical decision points * Viewing your site as your “home” rather than following trends and seeking the cool factor Connect with Ted: Twitter  ::  Facebook  ::  Website Show Notes: *  Be Small Studios by Annie Barnett * Idea Camp:: Human Care Conference in Austin 2013 What blog design mistake have you experienced personally? What did you learn from Ted’s interview?

 Outside the Box Blogging :: Katie Orr {DC Episode 4} | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 19:51

What if blogging wasn’t just writing a journal online? Do you feel like writing isn’t embracing all your God-given gifts? Today’s podcast guest & Declare speaker, Katie Orr, shares her blogging journey which includes a variety of online tasks and opportunities. From managing contributor sites to running social media for larger sites, Katie has worn many different hats around the blogosphere. My hope is hearing her story will inspire you to think of ways God can use your gifts online– beyond writing posts. Connect with Katie: Blog :: Twitter :: Facebook :: Instagram On this show we discuss the following topics: * Being a ship builder in the blogging world * The challenge to share your writing without being overly self-promotional * How to create and grow an online presence * How conference attendance (face-to-face time) gets you out-of-the-box blogging experiences * Putting in the time where God has you & not comparing your journey to another bloggers’ Show Notes: * Do Not Depart * Hellomornings * Inspired to Action * Flourish.me * North American Mission Board * SEND North America Conference * The Nester Your Turn: What outside the box blogging experience have you had or would you like to have? (please feel free to ask Katie any questions in the comments below) **How to listen to the podcast** 1. Listen on the blog. Go to DeclareConference.com and click the play button at the beginning of this post (on your computer. . .haven’t found this method to work on smartphones). 2. Listen on your smartphone, iPad or iPod Touch – There are a lot of great podcasting apps. Apple has a free one in the app store, there is also one called Downcast. It allows you to search for shows, subscribe to them and even speed up the audio. 3. Subscribe to the Podcast – access the podcast in iTunes (click here). You can also search for it on your smartphone app (like the ones listed above) and subscribe.

 For this very purpose :: Jan Greenwood {DC Podcast Ep. 3} | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 17:00

What does it take to get a large platform? To lead a huge group of women? To be a leader? Today’s podcast guest answers those questions with an unlikely answer, an answer modeled by Jesus. Jan Greenwood, is a women’s pastor at an (extremely) large DFW area church, Gateway Church in Southlake. But holding that position was never her goal. “The process of becoming a leader was to serve others and to share my life.”                       -Jan Greenwood Come hear the story and trial God led her through, which catapulted her to be more intentional about leadership. A journey that lit a fire to reconcile female relationships in her life. And to write a book for others to do the same. Women at War: Bringing Peace to Yourself . . .and your girlfriends too! Most importantly, in this episode, Jan has a specific word to share with the Declare community. A challenge to join God in publishing; sharing His truth for others to hear/read/see. “For this very purpose I have raised you up, that I might show my power in you, and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth.” (Romans 9:17) This was my first time chatting with Jan. I was BLOWN AWAY by her wisdom, kindness, and truth-telling. I will definitely be listening to this episode more than once. Do you know your purpose? How are you serving others and sharing your life, right where you are? Connect with Jan: Site :: Facebook :: Twitter :: Pinterest :: Instagram **How to listen to the podcast** 1. Listen on the blog. Go to DeclareConference.com and click the play button at the beginning of this post (on your computer. . .haven’t found this method to work on smartphones). 2. Listen on your smartphone, iPad or iPod Touch – There are a lot of great podcasting apps. Apple has a free one in the app store, there is also one called Downcast. It allows you to search for shows, subscribe to them and even speed up the audio. 3. Subscribe to the Podcast – access the podcast in iTunes (click here). You can also search for it on your smartphone app (like the ones listed above) and subscribe.

 Time Management Tips & Apps :: Kat Lee {DC Podcast Ep. 2} | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 21:55

Blogging. Podcasting. Social Media. Email. All these tasks require time. The tricky thing is my family also likes to be fed them, given clean clothes, taken to baseball practice and shown love & attention. As the school year ends it seems I’m supposed to be a 1,000 different places at once. AND I’m trying to get as much blogging/writing/podcasting done before kids are out of school. But alas I only get 24 hours each day. All I really want to do is refresh my Instagram feed and watch funny SkitGuy videos. Not the most productive use of time. So I’ve decided to seek the wisdom of one of our long-standing Declare Conference speakers, the super efficient, Kat Lee.  Kat writes on two sites: How They Blog and Inspired to Action. She also hosts podcasts for both sites (HTB &  ITA). And she is a contributor at Art of Simple and I Take Joy. She’s even made time to write eBooks (Maximize your Mornings & The Blog Planning Kit)! She does all these things with excellence and grace while loving her husband and kids well (slow clap worthy). On today’s podcast Kat shares some tips and her favorite apps for effective time management. Lucky for us, Kat loves apps, like some women love shoes.  Come hear: * the six things Kat writes down on paper each day * the ultimate secret to effective time management, so you don’t waste time or burn out too quickly * how Kat uses her top 5 time management apps * My favorite line of the podcast –> her definition of the Declare Conference Show Notes: * Calendars 5 * Basecamp * Todoist * Evernote * Drafts * Streak **How to listen to the podcast** 1. Listen on the blog. Go to DeclareConference.com and click the play button at the beginning of this post (on your computer. . .haven’t found this method to work on smartphones). 2. Listen on your smartphone, iPad or iPod Touch – There are a lot of great podcasting apps. Apple has a free one in the app store,

 iPhone only photos…that are awesome :: David Molnar {DC podcast Ep. 1} | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 27:39

The hosts of the Declare Conference are thrilled to announce a new way for our community to receive valuable blogging inspiration and information. . .the DECLARE CONFERENCE PODCAST! On Wednesdays hop on over to the blog (or subscribe via itunes) for new interviews with past and current Declare Conference speakers. YeeHaw!!! For our first episode we are thrilled to share wisdom from David Molnar, uber talented music & advertising photographer. His work has been featured by Pepsi, Real Simple, New York Times, American Idol, People, USA Today…just to name a few. David is a firm believer that. . . “The best camera in the entire world is the camera in your pocket.” Because of that belief he has written a practical guide to take great pictures with your iPhone. His book is called “iPhone Only Photography” and will be releasing in the next couple weeks (make sure you subscribe to his newsletter for the latest book news).  For a limited time he is offering a shortened version, called “iPhone Only Photography: Shooting Essentials” for FREE!! Just click here to get a copy. In it you will learn how to shoot clear, crisp photos and the essentials for composing your pictures. On today’s podcast (see instructions below for how to listen), David shares the following: * Why bloggers should feel confident using iPhone photos in posts * When taking several pictures of the same scene/situation, how do you pick the best version to use. * For the photo hoarders (ahem…me), tips for storing and backing up pictures to leave room on your phone to capture important moments as they happen. * And the mistake which prompted David to tell me not to be a “jerkface” Looking forward to sharing more fabulous guests with you! Do you struggle to capture a great picture on your iPhone? What questions do you have about iPhone photography? **How to listen to the podcast: 1. Listen on the blog. Go to DeclareConference.com and click the play button at the beginning of this post (on your computer. . .haven’t found this method to work on smartphones). 2. Listen on your smartphone, iPad or iPod Touch – There are a lot of great podcasting apps. Apple has a free one in the app store, there is also one called Downcast. It allows you to search for shows, subscribe to them and even speed up the audio. 3. Subscribe to the Podcast – access the podcast in iTunes (this option will be available 4/25). You can also search for it on your smartphone app (like the ones listed above) and subscribe.

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