Plugrug.com

15 April 2008 — 4 Comments

Tim Schmoyer over at Life In Student Ministry has developed a new website for promoting, sharing and rating youth ministry related articles called PlugRug.com.

If you’re familiar with Digg.com then you already know the deal. Stories get submitted by the community of members and are then ‘plugged’ or ‘buried’ depending on their popularity.

Once a submission has earned a critical mass of Plugs, it becomes “popular” and jumps to the homepage in its category. If it becomes one of the most popular, it qualifies as a “Top 10.” If a submission doesn’t receive enough Plugs within a certain time period, it eventually falls out of the “Upcoming” section.

Obviously the more people who sign in and rate items, the more that the good content gets filtered and pushed up. The beauty is that it only works when users participate on a large scale.

It’s a great system but I’m yet to be convinced it’s needed for such a ‘niche’ as youth ministry (although try searching for ‘youth ministry’ on Digg and nothing comes up, so maybe I’m wrong). Either way, it’ll only work when people go check it out!

Jon

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I am a qualified youth worker, writer and consultant based in Littlehampton, UK. I've worked in the voluntary youth sector for over 12 years, am married to Kirsty and we have two daughters named Hope and Eloise. Check out 'Journeying Together: Growing Youth Work and Youth Workers in Local Communities' and read my opening chapter.

4 responses to Plugrug.com

  1. Thanks for the post! Just thought I’d clarify that the site isn’t intended to be for youth ministry only — there are categories for many ministry “niches.” Right now it’s over-populated with youth ministry stuff because it’s mostly my blog readers who are using it. I’m trying to spread the word to worship leaders, pastors, ministry tech people and others too, but youth workers are obviously my primary audience right now.

  2. Thanks for the post! Just thought I’d clarify that the site isn’t intended to be for youth ministry only — there are categories for many ministry “niches.” Right now it’s over-populated with youth ministry stuff because it’s mostly my blog readers who are using it. I’m trying to spread the word to worship leaders, pastors, ministry tech people and others too, but youth workers are obviously my primary audience right now.

  3. Thanks for the clarification Tim. Keep up the excellent work!

  4. Thanks for the clarification Tim. Keep up the excellent work!

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