Last night a reader asked about a Mennonite I had never heard of; one that he did not have the correct spelling for.

Who was John Holdeman?

"Bible" by Adrian van Leen...was the only image that made any sense.
(There were no "commercial-reuse" images available, so far as I could find. I stuck with this rather generic "Bible", which had been used in several of my previous "Mennonite" articles at Suite 101).

This new article was challenging because I had no starting point...until my wife and a sister-in-law brainstormed to provide the name "Holdeman".

Low and behold, "John Holdeman Began the Church of God in Christ, Mennonite" has joined my set of "Mennonite"-related articles at Suite 101.

As a matter of course, I also publicized this on my DeHaan Services blog. "A New Article on Mennonites: John Holdeman" does not add much to the discussion, unfortunately.

Writing Tips

Today I have several quick writing tips:
  • Be open to readers' suggestions. Many blogs deliberately ask leading questions to wrap up the article. This encourages interaction and participation.
  • Thank your reader for suggestions and feedback. In fact, I had replied very quickly, admitting that I could not find what he requested. Then I thanked him again (by e-mail) with a link to the new article.
  • Proof-read the article's title. After re-working the title several times, it ended as " Christ, Mennonite Church". Only my third proof-reading saved me from leaving that as my title.

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