Your Blog's Uniqueness Rests With Your Story

What makes your blog (or Facebook page for those who don’t blog) unique, and therefore something someone else might want to read, learn from, or connect with on a personal level?

I’m always looking for ways to make my blog more “authentic” more “unique” for lack of a better phrase. If you blog for any length of time at all you will start to develop your own style and patterns, but you also start to put up barriers to your own writing without even knowing it. Those barriers for me end up being mechanical and personal.

Barriers To Writing, Blogging, or Social Networking

Mechanically, it has to look perfect, be grammatically correct, have a photo sized properly, with a searchable title, tags, and links. This just comes from blogging for almost 10 years, I do this almost without thinking, but it takes time, and it limits what I end up posting. If I just posted whatever I wanted without worrying about the mechanical functionality of the site I would probably post twice as much. Maybe that is a good thing after all.

Personally, I struggle with how much I say or don’t say with each post. It’s strange because Deborah who is far less personal in real life is sometimes more personal on her own blog and its vice-versa for me. I split up my own blog into basically four sections, one of those sections, called the Journal Category where I try to put my ongoing story or walk. Sometimes this works sometimes it doesn’t.

You are What’s Unique About Your Story

All that to say what makes blog articles or even posts to Facebook and Twitter unique is you, your story. It’s like no other. There is only one you and your experiences are different from everyone else. When I write an article about a new piece of technology or a review about a book I read, someone has inevitably already done that. It’s unique in my own way because my experience with that computer or book is different from someone else, but there is something different about posts from the heart about important issues that go on in their life. I love that. It’s authentic, it’s genuine, and it’s somewhat less filtered than anything I write.

I hope those bloggers below take this as a compliment and not a cut down but I have a very short, small list of blogs on my rss feed reader in a group that that I call my “a-list” (which purposely doesn’t include anyone I work with). These bloggers write straight from their hearts to the page. No fancy photos much of the time, no special SEO keywords for titles or content, traffic or stats to them seem basically unimportant, and for the most part design and platform are secondary concerns (although I will say the guys for some reason are far more concerned about design than the woman). I haven’t asked any of them this of course, it’s just a guess.

Somehow they have each individually captured my attention with the genuine manner in which they talk about their life. Funny most of them are woman. Seems that most men don’t want to talk about their personal life too much. The majority of my rss feeds are from the guys, but when it comes to being genuine and personal, the ladies do a far better job than we do.

So each time they do a blog post, I get to learn from them how to be a better blogger and writer, and hopefully how to better connect with other people. A great example of this is a post today that looks at the struggles of deep we get involved in the social networking of today instead of getting involved in people face to face. It’s a great look at why we blog, post on Facebook, and everything else that goes with being alive today, but it’s real.

So I say thanks to them here for helping me to continue to develop my blog and writing in a way that is real, genuine, and hopefully in a way that will connect with other people in a real way. I hope you might take a few minutes to scan through their blogs as well. The list below is their main blog address and their latest post.

Blogger Small Group on Romans and You're Invited

If you are looking for the Small Blogger Group on Romans you found the right place. I am hosting the group this week while a few are away tending to other duties, so please be in prayer for Kyle, Brian, and Heath, as they take a break this week.

This Week with Consuming Worship, Romans 4

This weeks Small Group in partnership with Consuming Worship we start Romans chapter four [4] all verses. (Side Note: If you haven’t read Romans chapter four [4], but want to participate. Read it now and write about it. Any input is better than no input. Everyone is welcome.) [Mr. Linky is at the bottom]

If you’re new and not sure what to do, below I have posted the instructions to the group. Take the time to read them, it will help make this group much easier for you. INSTRUCTIONS

Small Blogger Group – Damascus Style

This week I am going to do the Mr Linky slightly different than Vagabondrunn. I have posted it right here on the page, so all you need to do is post the link to your study entry right here, and we should all be able to see the links for the other entries as well.

If you have any questions at all please just send me a quick email or twitter and I will get right back with you. I am going to post my own entry on a different blog post, so go ahead and leave your links here.

What Blogs Do You Read and Why?

Google Feed RSS Reader Stats

I started looking through my list of blog rss feeds that I read, specifically in the area of faith blogs. I was trying to move things around a bit, as I often do with my feeds. I have around 400 active blog feeds that I go through on my reader, but I have them all sectioned out into genres or topics.

Do you separate out your blogs according to topic or do you even know what blogs you are subscribed to? I have a set of blogs I deemed “believer blogs” that I have pulled aside and I thought I would give out a little link luv to those I read today. The list below is a sample of the feeds I subscribe to in the area of faith or Believer blogs. I am sure there are probably a few on the list below you haven’t read before and there are several that are just fantastic blogs to read.

Bloggers Also Shape Who We Are Now

So why this blog and why now? Well, I realized when reading all the posts from the Blogger Small Group post yesterday that we are all shaped by those we interact with, right? So, does that mean we are shaped by the blogs we are as well, probably.

Proverbs 27:17
As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.
Proverbs 27:16-18 (in Context) Proverbs 27 (Whole Chapter)

The area of Christian bloggers is huge and growing. As more pastors from different parts of the world start to pick up on blogging we can all benefit (see Why Should Pastors Blog?, a great look at the topic). It gives them a way to expand on their limited 17 minute message on Sunday morning and we get the chance to discover churches and people we never could before. This is of course more than just an outlet for pastors so jump right in and start blogging.

Alphabetical List of Faith Based Blogs

My faith based list of bloggers is also on my public feed reader pages so you can see a running chronological list of posts by the blogs below on my public feed. This is a live real time list, not static.

Ten Most Recent Posts From Above

Here is a little taste of the last 10 posts from the list above. I can’t say that I have read them all word for word but I have at least skimmed over the subject matter. Some great posts guys, keep up the good work.

Who Did I Miss?

I know this is not a comprehensive list, but these are the blogs that are in my feed reader. What are some of the blogs you read that are not on my list? Please jump in and leave a comment below, there is always room for one more.

What about Proverbs 27:17, do you think we are shaped by what we read, by what blogs we read?

Vagabond Blogger Small Group, I'm In

Small GroupRun’n Like a Vagabond is doing a small group study in James that just started last week and I am going to try and keep up. I am not exactly sure about how all the linking works yet, but I know I can read scriptures, so I should be able to figure the rest out.

To read more about the small groups just go to his post about the group, Blogger Small Group, and that should explain things a little better. Basically, they are reading James right now and each Tuesday will blog about what they have learned from the weeks reading.

At this point I am really not sure if I can keep up with the others but I am going to give it a shot anyway. My first post on James will be next Tuesday and will have the small groups logo at the top and be located in the small groups category.