Blogs, the scorn of the writing industry-or some think anyway. I love sports and I remember not that long ago when all sports bloggers were written off as 30 year old dudes in their parents basement with no life aspirations.
This just is not the case anymore though. In the sports world bloggers have gained more and more credibility as the writing and analysis continues to improve, even better than the major publications in some instances.
Brandon has a great article here about why you as a pastor should have your own blog here.
But beyond having your own blog if you preach and lead being “blog aware” is a good tool for you. Here at RookiePreacher we post our favorite links of the week from around the internet here. We want this to be great tool for you to find better content.
I wrote about how it is important to be regularly reading as a preacher but today being blog savvy is just as important.
Here is how you can be “blog aware”
Expose Yourself To A Lot of Content
This is something that you need to do purposefully every week. Get on Twitter or Google search, or ask other writers for suggestions, or ask your friends for suggestions, you can Google your favorite leaders and see what they write. Just do all this in a structured setting.
While finding and reading a lot of content during the week is effective do not let it become an excuse for you to waste time.
But Do Not Read Everything
As much as it is great there is a lot of content out there, this does not mean that it is all quality content. Check out many posts but skim more than you study in-depth. Just because something is written on a topic does not mean you need to read it.
A great way to help weed out what not to read is to:
Seek Out Consistent Writers
Find writers who deliver quality content every day, or twice a week, or once a week and follow them. This is a good principle because it allows you to be exposed to quality content without explicitly seeking it out.
I have several writers I check out their new work on a daily or weekly basis. In all cases they have deserved this by continually uploading great content. I do not want to waste my time going to places that are inconsistent or lack in quality control.
In light of this:
Because beyond having your core, consistent blogs and writers you need to allow yourself to search for content situationally. Sometimes you may be facing a problem in preaching and leadership that you need a specific perspective on, or maybe you want to improve a specific part of your preaching, the good thing about being aware of what you want is that you can most likely find it.
Being “blog aware” is an integral part of preaching and leading in today’s culture. What do you do to stay on top of new content? Share in the comments!