It’s As If I’m Friends with Michael Hyatt….


Michael Hyatt, CEO of Thomas Nelson Publishing and blogger extraordinaire, posted today about a Advice for Beginning Bloggers.

So I’m wondering if Michael knew all about the Synergy conference last weekend, and how I was there with Natasha and Jenni hosting a Social Media & Blogging for Beginners workshop. He probably saw one of my many tweets, being that we are tweeps and all. He only has about 100,000 friends so that’s probably likely.

I’m pretty sure it’s one of those reasons, but if it’s a coincidence, it’s a pretty darn good one. So check out the post. Great thoughts on how and why to start blogging. I’m pretty sure he heard through the grapevine that my #1 piece of advice was just to START BLOGGING and see if you like it. (Or maybe, just maybe, I’ve been reading HIS advice for a while and it turns out it worked for me.)

Here’s a list of the bloggers I met this weekend. Synergy people are some of the coolest, smartest, savviest people I’ve met in ministry, so definitely take a look! And if you were there and I missed your blog, please add one on in the comments. Can’t wait to check you out!

Synergy Workshop Bloggers:

Judy Douglass: Kindling
Tracey Bianchi
Jenni Catron: Leading in Shades of Gray
Natasha Robinson: A Sista’s Journey
Preach Sista
A Place of Abundance
Kristin Beasley
Sterling’s Gallery
Captivated by Grace
The Grace to Run
A Yankee Woman In The South
Life After Church
Barefoot and Bucketfree
Women and Theology

My spacing has gone crazy. But maybe that blank spot is for you…give us a shout if you are a blogger and tell us what you write about! I promise to come on over and check you out. 🙂

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  1. Glenda Childers

    March 7th, 2011 at 7:39 PM

    One of my goals for next year is to attend one of these amazing conferences I keep reading/hearing about. I blog about my life as a Christian woman at Thanks for the list of new blogs to read.

    My recent post Dont Let Me Lose My Wonder

  2. Nicole Unice

    March 7th, 2011 at 8:10 PM

    Glenda, attending a conference is definitely worth your time and money! I'll look forward to hearing about your own experience when you make it to one…and I highly recommend Synergy.

  3. jddoug17

    March 7th, 2011 at 7:42 PM

    Way to go, Nicole. And thanks for the mention!

  4. Nicole Unice

    March 7th, 2011 at 8:09 PM

    Definitely Judy! Your blog is worth following!

  5. vivmabuni

    March 7th, 2011 at 8:02 PM

    thanks, Nicole! so bummed that I missed your workshop and grabbing some face to face time with you. i'm following your tweets and hope our paths cross again soon!

  6. Nicole Unice

    March 7th, 2011 at 8:09 PM

    I know…we need to Skype! I want to hear about your writing journey and life on the West Coast. Looking forward to reading your blog though, in the meantime!

  7. Sarah

    March 8th, 2011 at 8:29 AM

    The more I hear about conferences like Synergy – the more I want it (or one like it) to end up on my calendar! What was your favorite aspect of Synergy and who would you recommend it to?

    I blog at about my experiences living in South Asia

  8. Nicole Unice

    March 9th, 2011 at 10:12 PM

    Synergy, to me, is about women who think deeply about ministry and life. This is not a typical woman's conference. We don't get nailpolishes or lipsticks as giveaways. We get books. There is also a developing (and strong) writer's track, and one of the greatest strengths of Synergy is the opportunity to network and connect with other like-minded women. Hope that helps!

  9. Sarah Kay

    March 8th, 2011 at 8:34 AM

    The more I hear about conferences like Synergy – the more I definitely want it to end up on my calendar one year. What was your favorite aspect of the conference? Who would you recommend it too?
    My recent post Suspicion Doesn’t Suit You

  10. Nicole Unice

    March 8th, 2011 at 9:34 AM

    Synergy is a unique conference that stands out in opportunities for women. My favorite part of the conference is the networking and connections I've made with other like-minded women. I truly have made friends there, and when you are a woman in ministry it can be difficult to find others doing similar things. There is also a strong writer's track. I would describe Synergy as the most “thought-ful” conference I have been to. There is no fluff. We don't get makeup giveaways, we get books. But at the same time, the women there are fun and love to be together. Hope that helps!

  11. @Mikos_Girl

    March 8th, 2011 at 8:38 AM

    Love the link to Michael Hyatt. After reading his post, I am curious as to if I should switch to WordPress. I'm curious about Synergy, as well. Have a great week!
    My recent post Please Treat Your Volunteers Nicely

  12. Nicole Unice

    March 8th, 2011 at 9:08 AM

    I would definitely read more about wordpress..I'm glad I switched but it was a definite learning curve. Stay tuned to hear more about synergy. I am on the advisory council and will keep reporting next steps for the organization!Sent from my iPhone

  13. HGOE

    March 8th, 2011 at 9:19 PM

    Wonderful to partner with you, Nicole! Thanks for the info, now I have something else to add to my "To Do" List. 🙂 This was an awesomely challenging conference. I will be chewing on the information for a very long time. In the meantime, I'm back to studying. Blessings to you my friend.
    My recent post Natasha’s Study- The Treasure Principle Covenant

  14. Nicole Unice

    March 8th, 2011 at 9:37 PM

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  15. @suzanneburden

    March 9th, 2011 at 12:19 PM

    Hi Nicole: I was sad to miss synergy this year, but I so appreciate this blog list. Thanks for being a connector of many! I'd love to add my blog- -
    My recent post Pastoral leadership perspective 1- Shes a connector

  16. Nicole Unice

    March 9th, 2011 at 1:17 PM

    love it Suzanne. We missed you too but I hope next year!

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