JJ has a really nice discussion going on about â€œBlog Rollingâ€ that is about how one decides who gets added to your blogroll.
Rick Warrenâ€™s Ministry Toolbox is doing a short Christian Blogger Survey. The deadline is January 31st if you want to participate.
Andrew Jones (aka Tallskinnykiwi) always has good stuff on blogging including â€œBeware the Blogosphere: Here Be Dragons!â€
About three weeks ago I added the Snap preview tool to the blog. I like it and it seems to be spreading. What it does is pop-up a preview window of a blog or website when you place your cursor over any link. Check it out here.
Finally, here is a pre-meltdown post I did back in November on the “weighty” question of successful blogging.
Donâ€™t ask me why, but the other day I got to thinking about what makes a successful blog. This isnâ€™t the type of stuff I usually let linger, but this time I did. Must have needed a distraction.
As usual with such â€œweighty questions,â€ I did a Google search, this time on â€œsuccessful blog.â€ It took Google 0.11 seconds to return 611,000 results.
Almost all the initial entries contained tips and recommendations on how to get people to read your blog. It was good stuff, but for them, success is about unique visitors and page views. Thatâ€™s not my measure success, so I figured I must be asking the wrong question.
New question: How do I evaluate whether my blogging is successful?
I usually evaluate things like this by asking yes/no questions. As long as I can answer the questions with a yes, I keep moving forward. Once â€œnoâ€ answers begin to appear, it becomes time to reevaluate the enterprise.
Here is the set of questions I just created to help answer my new question. Maybe they will help you also.
- Do I believe I have something worthwhile to contribute or say?
- Do I enjoy the creative process of writing and posting blog entries?
- Do ideas for new blog posts come easily?
- Do I look forward to the dialog with those who comment?
- Am I growing the network of people I can easily send an email to ask a question or discuss a topic?
- Am I learning from others as they respond to the my posts and the comments of others?
- Does the process of writing blog entries and the interaction with those who read the blog drive me to the Word for my understanding?
- Does the Father seem to use the blog posts to encourage and challenge others without creating condemnation?
- Do I write blog entries in such a way that his name would not be dishonored?
- Do I keep the time required to blog in proper balance with my other life joys and duties?
- Do I consider blog journaling an important part of my spiritual journey?
- Am I able to openly share my own faith journey?
What do you think? Got any suggestions, corrections, additions or comments?