Why You Should Start A Blog

I shared a few thoughts on blogging a while back on a friend's blog. I thought I might share those and some more here as to why people (Christians in particular) should blog. Now, I think it's hard to tell sometimes if our blogging is just something for us to do (a hobby) or if it is making any kind of positive change or being a positive influence in the world. But, I've been blogging for a year (well, 51 weeks) and at this point in time, there are a few reasons I keep blogging and also reading other blogs:

1. It forces me to keep writing and to become better at writing.

2. It forces me to engage others (with my ideas and theirs).

3. It reminds me that people all over the world, whom I otherwise would never get to speak to, are reading and interacting with the stuff I have to say.

4. It allows me to not waste my thoughts. (In other words, it gives me a place to store all of my thoughts instead of just thinking about them and then letting them pass.)

5. Whenever I look at the searches that people employ which lead them to my blog, I am encouraged. 99.9% of the searches are academic/biblical studies related. I know some people list the funny things that people search for but it is the serious stuff that encourages me. I know, without a doubt, that my blog has helped persons in their studies and spiritual life.

6. Every day, people are downloading my biblical studies resources. If nothing else, this makes it all worth it.

7. I could be doing other things on the internet that are much less productive.

8. It keeps me tied-in to a biblically-oriented community and in conversation with critical, academic-minded people (for the most part).

9. It allows me to chart my thinking patterns and theological progress over a period of time.

10. It is a great way to share Christ and His love.

11. A nice bonus of blogging is name recognition. I'll leave it at that.

I say all of this to make the point that bloggers can be a positive influence in the world and that they can help people make changes--people they may never know or meet! Still, it's worth it.

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