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Coptic Martyr

The Coptic Martyr of Cairo

The latest international thriller from best-selling author Martin Roth

Four Americans in Egypt on an archaeological dig. In the blistering summer heat they are fighting amongst themselves. Then they unearth a body. It is an old priest who has been murdered.

The gruesome discovery sets in train a sequence of events that leads to a deadly Islamist attack on the ancient church where the Americans are working.

The leader of the expedition, Professor Rafa Harel, must decide whether to withdraw his fractious team or continue on a mission to unveil a controversial series of wall paintings, knowing that these images have the power to spark even greater violence.

Meanwhile, watching over all of them is a dreamy young Egyptian Christian named Amir. His only quest in life is to become a martyr...

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Christian Blogs – Getting Noticed

Over at Living Room, Darren is running an excellent series of articles about blogging. He’s asked for contributions, to which he can link. So here, from my own experiences are a few tips on how to get noticed:

1. Tell people that you’ve arrived. After I’d had my site running for a couple of weeks I sent out several dozen emails to other bloggers, titled “New Kid on the Blog”, asking if they might give me a mention. I guess about a third did, including Dodgeblog, who gave me a nice plug, without even checking out my site. Later, having visited my site, he posted this:

He is an evangelical/happy clappy Christian, something he failed to mention in his email to me. That'll learn me to post a link just for being asked! Proceed at your own risk, you have been warned. Me, I am listening to some Therion to help me get over following the link, going to read some Cthulhu as well. I wonder if in your face evangelicals ever realised how many Christians (lapsed) they turn off by their obnoxious tactics?


2. Tell people when you write something about them. Take up issues that are current in the blogosphere, write about them, and then quickly email others who are writing about the same issue, to alert them to your comments. If you have something interesting to say you’ll find that other bloggers will be quick to link to you. In fact, soon you’ll find bloggers emailing YOU to tell you about their posts, and hoping for a link from you.

3. Post comments in the Comments section of other people’s blogs. Reply to what people say in your own Comments section, and even email them personally to thank them for their comments.

4. Email fellow bloggers and ask them their views on a particular issue, and then write a round-up article of what they tell you. My own blog took off after I wrote an article on the phenomenon of Christian blogging, based on a short list of questions I sent to a couple of dozen Christian bloggers. It got me lots of links (and it didn’t hurt that Instapundit was one of those).

5. But, most importantly, you must have something to say, be able to say it well, and keep your blog fresh.

November 14th, 2003


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