Here are 10 reasons why I started a Blog:
- It's a chance for me to share a variety of things that I think and feel that I don't always have a forum for or time to speak about. A blog is essentially a unique communication tool. It's a bit like a free-flowing coffee shop conversation - casual, friendly and open.
- It's enables people to get to know me a bit better. Through my blog, I can tell some of my own story and journey. This is especially important in a large growing church where I can't spend time with each person one on one.
- It's an opportunity for me to share what I am learning.
- It gives me the ability to pass on resources to other people that may help them. I like to write a few brief things on a topic then provide links where people can find out more information or recommend books for people to do further reading. A blog is about knowledge sharing.
- I like to hear feedback on various issues and topics. That's why I try to read every comment that is posted on my blog. Although I can't answer them all, I can keep a listening ear to what other people are thinking and feeling.
- It provides a forum for people to engage in a conversation about a topic of their interest. I enjoy stimulating people's thinking and then listening in to what they have to say. Blogs can connect people and build community.
- Amazingly, it enables me to connect with people all around the world. It's a global communication tool.
- I enjoy writing and putting my thoughts into words.
- I like new technology and I enjoy learning new things.
- It's fun!
Some people ask about how much time it takes me, especially when I'm already so busy. Essentially, making a single post is as simple as writing an email. You type in a subject or title, then the body of the text, then press 'post' and presto ... there it is on your blog (or you can choose to have it published at a later time - enabling you to write a bunch of posts at one time and release them a day at a time, which is pretty cool). I use a blog program called TypePad, as it's simple to use and professional looking.
For those that want to learn a lot more about the world of blogging, I recommend The Blogging Church by Brian Bailey and Terry Storch, a publication by Leadership Network that has just been released. I found it very helpful and gleaned a lot of ideas for making my blog even better.