Some of my friends ask me where I get the time to blog and why I even bother in the first place. Well blogging is not without its benefits and so I thought I’d list 10 benefits I’ve experienced over the past two years of blogging as a Christian blogger (they’re in no particular order):
1. I’ve made great Christian friends – and some of them I’ve actually got to meet in the flesh even though they live thousands of miles away from me – that’s quite something.
2. I’ve been able to clarify my thinking on a number of subjects. For example I’ve come to understand the emerging church with far more depth through blogging than if I’d simply just picked up a book.
3. I’ve discovered like minded organisations and groups to network with. My time with some of the guys from Acts29 two months ago was great and I’m hoping that together we can see a whole lot of fruit here in South Africa – this link up would never have happened if I didn’t blog.
4. I’ve been encouraged to keep on going. Reading about people doing gospel ministry on the other side of the planet is always one of my biggest encouragements in ministry.
5. I’ve enjoyed times of laughing. Ok this one is a bit of nerdy in-house thing but bloggers seem to have a peculiar sense of humour that isn’t often present in face to face conversation but is rather more unique to the blogsphere.
6. I’ve seen friends and colleagues become more internet savy. This has been one of my aims from day one in blogging, and that is to point people to the right places on the web to maximize their time online from a Christian ministry point of view.
7. I’ve been used of God to encourage people at crucial times. On more than one occasion someone has let me know that a post that I wrote really encouraged them at an important time. Praise God for that.
8. I’ve been able to negotiate the academic arena better. Interacting with the blogging world gives you access to large amounts of information but in an extremely quick amount of time. This is crucial when trying to navigate the who’s who of the Christian academic arena.
9. I’ve been able to express my feelings. What can I say I’m a Web2.0 child I have this inbuilt need for expression that I control – blogging gives me that.
10. I’ve been motivated for mission. I think this might just be the biggest way in which blogging has motivated me. Its caused me to think long and hard about mission and what I’m doing with my life.
Why not start you’re own blog and begin to enjoy some of the benefits?