Friday, July 18, 2008

Why Blog?


I dedicate a small part of every day to give my best to this little blog.
I will never take your reading time for granted.

I've been surprised at the paybacks of this daily writing investment. I have corresponded with terrific people all over the world.

I spend an hour a day reading blogs that fuel me with lifegiving wisdom and delight.

I invest in blogging because the payback is far greater than the cost.

I embrace life passionately and wide open. The blogging experts emphasize staying on focus. I believe this post is on center of focus for thriving Christians.

As a blog reader I am blessed with many faithful cogent writers.

Writing this blog is pushing the sides of my "box" flat. Led by Holy Spirit, I'm dancing with my words on my flattened box.

Blogging is new or unknown to many Chrisitians. I hope to stir up the writing gift in some of you. Could God be calling you to shine His light into a dark, hurting world? Your voice is unique and no one else can express His Love like you can.


Now, I turn the question of "Why Blog?" to a business marketing networking expert, Scott Ginsberg, Through my work I discovered this terrific young man. His successful business as writer, speaker, blogger and consultant began with a small business college assignment. I recommmend his website: http://hellomynameisscott.blogspot.com/2008/07/15-compelling-reasons-to-start-blogging.html .

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Why Blog?

1. Do you WANT to change the world?

2. Do you WANT to grow your business?

3. Do you WANT to attract new clients?

4. Do you WANT to become better known?

5. Do you WANT to lower your customer acquisition costs?

6. Do you WANT to reduce your average sales cycle?

7. Do you WANT to sell more products?

8. Do you WANT to
build a following?

9. Do you WANT to deliver constant value to your fans?

10. Do you WANT to boost your Google Juice?

11. Do you WANT to be interviewed by the media?

12. Do you WANT to share your philosophy with the world?

13. Do you WANT to have a platform on which you can define, refine and broadcast your voice?

14. Do you WANT to increase the depth and breadth of your expertise?

15. Do you WANT to attract new opportunities that just come to you out of the blue?

I hope you see my point. See, if you answered “yes” to any of those questions, THAT’S why you should blog.

And, after HEARING all those questions, if you’re STILL not convinced that you should blog, then you probably shouldn’t blog.


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Jesus calls us to avoid isolation... John 17: 15-18 My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one. … [18] As you sent Me into the world, I have sent them into the world.

Trust me, the blog world has everything: good and bad. Jesus shows us in this Scripture that we are to remain “unpolluted by the world” but the place we belong is “in the world,” right in the middle of it.
I have been blessed by some non-Christian readers who have encouraged me to keep blogging. They have pointed out what was meaningful to them. Blogging is one means to stay involved everyday with people who need to see the light of Jesus in us.



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7 comments:

Patrick said...

Blogging has definitely increased my companies visibility to both people I know personally and our search engine rankings and the community aspects of being able to comment and receive comments on each others blogs are not only wonderful for connecting and developing relationships that make things more real between readers and writers.

I find #14 on your list to be the most fascinating. Just as professionals like doctor's have written for print journals for many many years blogging is giving every business person, hobbyist, teacher, pastor, etc. an outlet for not only spreading their knowledge but it the course of writing one must often study more and become more of an expert in their field. It's one thing to have many ideas flying around in your head. It's another thing to organize one's thoughts and put them down in writing and open to discussion.

I can definitely see how this has been working for you!

Marilyn said...

Kay,
What a neat post! I have only been blogging for about 4 months now but have reaped abundant rewards from it already. One of them is meeting new friends like you!

Your post today was helpful for me. One thing you mentioned was that "Jesus calls us to avoid isolation". I am so prone to want to isolate myself from the rest of the world and I know that isn't the best thing for me.

Keep up the good work. I may not comment every time but I check everyday to see what may be new on your blog!

Your friend in Mississippi,
Marilyn

Clay Feet said...

While I have had your site bookmarked for awhile I have not read it except maybe once. At the same time I sort of keep my eye out for blogs that grab my attention that have similar interests to mine where I feel I can resonate better with what other people are thinking. As a result the list of blogs that I really pay attention to is quite short but generally fulfilling. And I definitely intend to spend more time visiting this one in the future.

Strangely, none of the reasons for blogging that you list here seem to fit the compulsion that I have that keeps me posting regularly. In fact, I often find myself repulsing many of those very motives as things I do not want to be my reasons. I am not saying they are necessarily bad, just that they do not feel right for what I am doing.

A friend of mine got me into blogging maybe 3 or so years ago and even set it up for me originally to encourage me to get started. After I tried it out for awhile I got hooked and even went back and transcribed most of the things I had handwritten over previous years and posted them according to the date they were originally written.

But the main reason I enjoy blogging is not so much the public exposure that is potentially available but what the very process of writing does to empower me to perceive the voice of God to my own soul. It seems that my mind and heart open up much more easily as soon as I begin to write and it usually turns into something of a dialog with God during the time I am writing. As such, I don't usually know what it is going to look like until I am finished.

Putting these writings out in public is actually a bit frightening for me and I actually take some comfort in realizing that nearly no one reads my blogs except for a few people who know me well. However, at the same time I long to connect with strangers that might happen upon my blog who might resonate with what I am experiencing and leave me comments or even better yet contact information. But that almost never happens.

So I remind myself that my blogs are not my attempts to change the world but are my small contributions that are simply tools made available to God to use anyway He desires without my control. Maybe I am wrong in feeling this way but that is what blogging is for me right now.

And thanks for your excellent thoughts on blogging. I really enjoyed them and look forward to following some of your links and comments to see who else I can find that share common interests and a spirit of hunger for God.

Kay Martin said...

Bloggers,
Thanks for your insights. I agree with all 3 of you. I love the reaction of readers, but I am coming to enjoy the writing and the sense of dialogue with God that I don't have to have readers to desire to write anew daily.

Please keep writing, because I do look forward to reading your blogs regularly.

Blog on.

Kaytlynn said...

Hey Kay,
Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment. I just started blogging at the beginning of the year, and I love it. It's been so encouraging. Plus, it's so neat that we, as Christians, can connect from all around the world so often and quickly.
Have a good week, I've enjoyed your blog!
In Him,
Kaytlynn

Dorothy Champagne said...

Kay,

What an interesting thought - determining why one blogs. I must agree with some of your other posters here. My reason does not lie on this list either. Since my blog is primarily a simple woman's view of certain scriptures - it is really just my way of committing to spending time in God's word because people may come to my blog and wonder why I haven't posted for that day - or worse - why haven't I expounded on my time in God's word. My daughter is my prime example - I hate to hear her say "Why isn't your blog up yet" - She blogs too, so we share that same desire.
Thank you for pushing us to make that determination!

Dorothy

hellomynameisscott said...

Thanks for the link love!

Heb 13:2

© 2008 Kay Martin

Thrive In Christ

Who I Am In Christ by Neil Anderson

For several months we will center on this book to pursue Thriving in our Christian journey.

Neil challenges us with: "Do you know who you are in God's eyes? We are no longer products of our past. We are primarily products of Christ's work on the cross. Who we are determines what we do.

You are not who you are in Christ because of the things you have done, you are in Christ because of what He has done. He died and rose again so that you and I could live in the FREEDOM of His love."

That's just the introduction. More to follow.