Speaking of Blogs…


It’s been a little over a month now since we started posting regular updates again (at least one or two a week). And so it seemed like a good time to write a quick post about our blog and get your thoughts and feedback on what you’ve seen so far.

The biggest thing we heard from all of you earlier this year, was that you just wanted to know more of what was going on at Clover – especially in relation to Clover Sites 3. Additionally, we wanted to do a better job of communicating and engaging more frequently with everyone, so we could answer your questions and be more transparent than ever with our process.

So far, that’s been our primary focus, and updates about our progress and about Clover Sites 3 will continue to drive a lot of our updates here on Speaking of Clover.

But beyond that, we’re interested to hear your thoughts so far. Specifically, are the kinds of updates and posts we’ve been writing helpful to you? Are there other things you’d like to know? And lastly, if you follow other blogs, which ones do you follow and what do you like most about them?

Looking forward to getting your thoughts!

P.S. – We’ve been wanting to update our blog design for a long time, to make things more readable and friendly for mobile. We’re finally in the process of making that happen and we plan to roll out the new design later this month. Here’s a sneak peek at the new look for those of you who might enjoy it!

A quick peek at the new design for Speaking of Clover

  • http://jordansantos.org Jordan

    I’ve enjoyed the updates. particularly the ones concerning echo and cloversites 3. I follow blogs like pastortullian.com, thedeadchurch.com, dustn.tv, etc. The image above looks like it would be a great visual update.

  • Darryl

    Looks great! Would there eventually be a blog option with CS3 with a template such as this?

  • Ben

    I’m very excited!

  • http://www.ihavenewlife.com JohnNinja

    Pumped about the new blog look. But here is what i would love to see you all post about.

    1. Seeds of Inspiration.
    A. This could be Websites that aren’t clover sites that you like and why you like them (you did some this of your C3 posts)

    B. graphic and pictures some of the pictures you all use in your site are just great maybe show us where you look or how you find them? or it could be a very clever add you saw placed online or on a billboard.

    C. Video’s that you like when I saw echo. I thought off this video https://vimeo.com/40964812
    and how cool it would be to see a video like this for the echo app.

    2. Green thumb check. (pulling the weeds). It would be real cool if you contacted a clover site and said hey can we go through your site and give you some edits on things you are doing right things you need to change. then posted that in a blog. I love learning from others and see how i can do things better and having the experts check out a site and show me stuff would be awesome.

    3. new tech
    I like new tech and if there is something out there that you like why and will it aid me in working better in my clover site? or is it just cool tech.

    4. a long time ago you posted and you new office and what it looked like i liked that also. I like seeing the human side of clover and not just the software side all the time.

    Blogs i follow

    1.www.speakingofclover.com (you might know that one)
    2. http://www.inspiks.com
    3.http://stufficanuse.com
    4.http://churchmediadesign.tv
    5.http://www.stevansheets.com
    6.http://hellofreaks.com
    7.http://www.danstevers.com
    8.https://seeds.churchonthemove.com/blog

    that’s kind it as of now guys

  • http://www.cloversites.com Eric

    Thanks Jordan! That’s great feedback and thanks for sharing about the blogs you follow. Will definitely take a closer look at those.

  • http://www.cloversites.com Eric

    Hey Darryl, glad you like it! There probably won’t be a blog option with CS3 in the near future, but we’ll likely have site designs that look similar.

  • http://www.cloversites.com Eric

    Thanks Ben! We’re looking forward to rolling this out.

  • http://www.cloversites.com Eric

    Wow John, this is really great feedback! Thanks so much for taking the time to write this all out and share your favorite blogs. I’ll definitely check those all out. To answer more specifically:

    1. I think we’d love to do more posts about site designs we like. We got some good feedback on that post from Jim. We’d also like to write more about design and help provide more of those kinds of resources. We’d love to do more videos in the future – both like the one you shared and others that will help people learn how to use our products better.

    2. This is such a good idea! We’ve been thinking a lot about our Green Thumbs as well as Clover Friends and how we can make those even better and this sounds like something we could definitely do in the near future.

    3. Again, this is really helpful to hear. Definitely something we can write about every once in a while – especially if it will help you and the rest of our customers who are looking to push things to the next level.

    4. That’s good to hear that you enjoyed that kind of a post. We can definitely share more about our team and what we’re up to as a company and as people here. We’d love to share that with you guys.

    Thanks again for your comment and all these thoughtful suggestions.

  • Nathan

    I am totally excited for clover 3! We are a new church work and have used clover for the last 2 1/2 years. We ALWAYS get compliments about our site…and jealousy, ha. With 3 it might even cause envy

  • http://www.cloversites.com Eric

    @Nathan – That’s so great to hear! Love that. And yeah, you’ll have to be careful there – it’s going to be even better! Thanks for the comment :)

  • http://www.temple-baptist.org Michael

    I’ll definitely agree with what John said last week. Reading posts that assist in improving our sites via interesting integrations or creative uses of layouts. Things like that. Out of the box solutions are always fun.For example, using the “Embed Video” option to display a Google Calendar or a Wufoo form: something most people wouldn’t even think was possible, but could really help. John’s Green Thumb Check is an awesome idea and, I have to say, “Pulling the Weeds” is a terrific name for it.

  • http://www.cloversites.com Eric

    Hey Michael, we can definitely do more of that moving forward. Thanks for sharing!

  • Rick

    Thanks for the updates. Is there some other blog that you are using to post the “…regular updates (at least 1 or 2 a week)”? I didn’t know if I was missing where these were. I see about 1 blog per every 2 weeks on here. Thanks.

  • http://www.cloversites.com Eric

    Hey Rick, our goal has been to get out at least 1 post a week about CS3 or something else, but sometimes we do miss a week. Thanks for understanding!

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