I was going back through some of my old posts and came across The Church of Blog. As I read it I noticed a few things I would say differently now. What you will read below is an updated version of an older post I think is relevant for the day.
As bloggers we have some of the same people reading our blogs every day. So, as a blogger, if I were to have 2500 people visiting my blog everyday and let’s say that 70% of those people are the same people everyday…that would be roughly 1750 people. When you put that in terms of a church (if you are the church going type), 1750 people coming to your blog and reading what you have to say everyday is very impressive. For any one church service to have 1750 people every week is an impressive showing by most standards.
(Don’t que the piano player and start passing the chicken buckets around just yet. I’m not suggesting you go take up an offering…yet)
As a blogger, is it weird to think you might have a bigger audience than your own church has on a Sunday? Have you thought about the amount of influence you have with those readers? Are you responsible with how you bring people into discussion? What kind of community are you building through your blog?
As a blogger, you are in a position of influence. How are you going to use it?
I’d like to encourage you to build a community the fosters growth in each other, be authentic, and don’t be afraid to show your weakness so that your readers will gain the confidence to maybe try something they have never tried before… all because you tried it and failed along the way. We are all in this together and success always comes with a little failure so you know what not to do the next time.
I never dreamed EVER that I would become an Ironman, but I did it and writing about the process has caused others to try their first sprint triathlon or to even run their first 5k race. These are people who NEVER dreamed of doing either.
How are you going to use your influence?
What you write about matters and people pay attention. You never know when you might just inspire someone to go to another level and do something completely different… and love every minute of it.