What am I trying to do here? What impact am I trying to have? What message am I trying to convey?
1. Blog for: The Glory of the King
Joe Carter, in his chapter in New Media Frontier, makes a simple, yet profound statement. He says: “Bloggers, and audiences who read them have access to one of the most powerful and transformative technologies in the history of mankind.” (79.)
That one simple statement is so true. Christ-followers in the blogging business, as you write, I exort you to strive to make the most of this technology to further the cause of Christ and His kingdom. May we write with the purpose of taking steps into the direction of reclaiming the territory of social media for Christ.
My prayer is that we, as Christians trying to influence the sphere of social media, would not turn the spotlight to ourselves and our work but instead turn our readers’ attention towards the One who is deserving of all glory, honor, and praise.
Ann Voskamp, in her blog titled “(in)courage” asks three questions that I think every Christian blogger should ask of themselves. She asks:
How is your blog not about you, but taking you lower? How is your blog not about you, and making you humble? How is your blog not about you but about Christ? (2)
As Christian bloggers, we should decrease so that He might increase. May our heart’s cry be like that of the Psalmist when he says: “Oh, magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together!” (Psalm 34:3 ESV) Our blogs should function to point each and every reader to Christ. Which brings me to my next point…
2. Blog for: The Growth of the Kingdom
Carter also enlightened me with this sentence– “Your audience is giving you two of their most precious possessions– their time and attention.” (79.)
As a Christian blogger your second prayer, after praying that the King would be glorified, should be that the kingdom would grow as you make the most of the time and attention that your readers give you. By this I do not mean grow in numbers or page views…
Ann Voskamp asks the Christian blogger to consider:
Jesus Himself had only 12 followers.
And He lost one.
So if Jesus had only 12 followers… how many followers do we really need? If God Himself had only 12 followers and He lost one — would you blog for even one follower? (5).
So by growth, I do not mean growth in numbers of “followers” or “readers” or “likers.” I mean individual growth of every reader– whether there be two readers on our blog or 2,000. It is not about the quantity of followers that we amass but rather about the quality of information we are communicating to them. Do not become consumed by who is reading your blog. Instead, be consumed by Who you are pointing them towards.
Therefore, these two points will be the means by which I write. I hope that this encourages you, Christian, and gives you resolve to write in a manner pleasing to the God of your Salvation. Thank you for your attention, and as always…read on.