In this episode I delve into how your church web properties can serve as an archive of interesting and useful historical data. This podcast is based on my article "Documenting Your Church's History". I updated and restructured it to further explore the content you wish to archive, some of the associated costs, and finally the many benefits of documenting church history on the web.
Topics covered in this episode are:
- Content: Including the different kinds of items to post and the delivery methods you can use to get them to your users.
- Costs: Briefly examine the hardware needed, including scanners and storage; plus the time it will take to process your content.
- Benefits: Not only will you preserve your church's history, but regular updates are good for traffic, and will help you rank higher in search engines.
Action Item: Although this is more of a tactical or inspirational article, it still covers techniques that can lend themselves to not only documenting your church history on the web, but also adding more value to your website. Stagger your publishing schedule to include both new and "from the archives" content. It will not only show that you are still active, but where your church has come from, indicate where you will be heading in the future, and hopefully why that visitor needs to make your church their new home.