Book Review: Platform by Michael Hyatt

I have read a lot of material on how to promote a product on the Web, but Michael Hyatt’s book Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World [Thomas Nelson, 2012. Hbk. ISBN-13: 978-1595555038. pp.224] stands out from the crowd. Having bought the audio book I was so impressed that I bought a hard copy in order to access the web addresses in the footnotes. I found it particularly helpful for the following reasons:

* Although its content is not explicitly Christian in focus, having been written by the head of a major Christian  Publisher I have confidence that his advice will work in a Christian context on-line.

* I was encouraged by the number of things he recommended that I was already doing or just needed minor tweeking for optimal performance. This showed me that his advice was in line with that I had already received, but added something more to what they had said.

* Hyatt recommends a selection of third party apps (some free, some not) which I was not aware of. Given the plethora of apps available it is extremely helpful to hear from someone who has tested and evaluated them in the course of his work.

So, if you are at all interested in making your voice heard on-line for whatever reason, I can heartily recommend this title.

What do you think? Are there other books or on-line resources that you have found helpful in promoting your product or service?

Mainstream (Baptists for Life and Growth) Newsletter Now On-line

The newsletter “Mainstream (Baptists for Life and Growth / A Word & Spirit Network)” [1979-2001] can now be accessed here:

http://www.biblicalstudies.org.uk/articles_mainstream_01.php

My thanks to Judy Powles for the loan of the Spurgeon’s College library set and to Rev Stephen Rand (the current editor) for his permission to place the series on-line. Issues 47-49 will be added as copies become available for scanning.



This is a valuable addition to the sites growing collection sources relating to UK (and Baptist) church history.

Proceedings of the Wesley Historical Society now on-line

I am now able to tell you all about the project I have been working since the beginning of January. The Proceedings of the Wesley Historical Society, which will be of great interest to anyone studying the Wesleys, Methodism and modern Church History are now available in PDF for free open access from Volume 1 (1897) to Volume 55 (2006) here. They complement the Tranactions of the Baptist Historical Society / Baptist Quarterly digitised and uploaded to the site last year.

I currently have two more major digitisation projects in hand, for which I am awaiting official permission to proceed. It looks like being a very busy year.