Bloggers Unite! | Exploring Content, Sparking Conversations, and Building Community

How did your 2018 blogging adventure turn out? Personally, I have learned a lot since starting The Devotional Guy™ at the end of 2013 with my first post. Blogging (short for weblog, a term coined by Peter Merholz back in 1999) is as much about community as it is about individual writing. Developing my writing style and ability served as the initial impetus for starting my blog. But, having always had a love for communication, I quickly learned that a blog was a modern way to communicate with others. I spent about a decade working in radio back in the latter part of the last century before everybody had a personal computer in their lap and the dawn of the internet had occurred. In those days, radio was very much about communicating within a community, albeit generally a one-way conversation. Blogging offers us the opportunity to have a multi-channel conversation engaging several people simultaneously.  

Growing a niche blog like The Devotional Guy™ certainly has proven to be more challenging than I think maintaining a more mainstream DIY or political blog would be. My research shows that the 5 most popular blog types are:

  1. Fashion Blogs
  2. Food Blogs
  3. Travel Blogs
  4. Music Blogs
  5. Lifestyle Blogs

I had contemplated doing a food or music blog when I first toyed with the idea of launching my blog. Naturally, over the years, I have posted about food and music. While The Devotional Guy™ remains primarily focused on my faith journey as a Christian living in 21st-Century America, I hope to include more foodie and audiophile posts in the future.

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As I mentioned earlier in this post, over the years I have discovered that blogging is as much about community and conversation as it is writing. Perhaps, even more so. Yes, there are excellent storytellers on the worldwide web. There are several blogs that focus on storytelling. Stories certainly capture our hearts and minds. One of my recent favorites is called Red Dirt Memories.

All that to say, in studying what makes a precious few blogs standout in a sea flooded with WordPress themes and dotted with competing platforms, I have found that blogs that do the best job of engaging in conversations and building community thrive the most. For example, BeautyBeyondBones has a highly engaged community (IMHO). So does this blogger.

In the upcoming months, I’m going to share some of my favorite bloggers with you. I believe in the power of community. Part of being a good neighbor is taking time to visit other blogs, commenting, and liking other people’s blog posts (OPB), and following fellow bloggers, particularly those blogging about topics your blog addresses, but perhaps from a different perspective. Content sparks conversations. Conversations build community. 

Warning! This may mean stepping out of your comfort zone. 

How about you? What have you discovered over your blogging journey?

Blessings,

The Devotional Guy™

Love this Post? Please leave your comments and share your thoughts. I’d love to hear from you. 

Lyrics for “A Gift Beyond Human Reach” by Extol

Incomprehensible, captivating

Flawless and beautiful

By the desire of the Creator

The essence of life poured out in every being

Not by mere chance, but with a purpose

Shaped in the likeness of the Triune

Come into existence to love, to worship, to connect

Seeds come alive, a mystery hidden from man

In perfect balance, a perfect composition

Trusting eyes, sparks of life

Completely dependent, yet without fear

Surrendering to the father’s arms

Vitality provided from the source

Not bound by time and space

Destined to the eternal – not bound by time

Incomprehensible, captivating

Flawless and beautiful

 

16 thoughts on “Bloggers Unite! | Exploring Content, Sparking Conversations, and Building Community

  1. Carrie Nehmer

    I’m just a couple years into my blogging experience. I was a little annoyed when I realized I would have to step outside of my box to grow! Ha! My blog is from the heart and I’ve used it as an outlet of sorts. I haven’t decided if people would really be interested in it or if it’s worth the effort to try and grow it!

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    1. The Devotional Guy™

      Thanks for taking the time to read my post and for sharing your thoughts! Yes, stepping out of our personal boxes-whatever they may be-can be unsettling. You can certainly choose to let your blog grow organically. I believe if you write well (and you do) the blog followers will come. I think it depends on what drives you (purpose/calling) and the urgency behind what you are sharing (i.e. vet suicide, anorexia). Blessings.

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  2. Andrew T.

    I started blogging on Xanga a LONG time ago. Then I moved to Blogspot and eventually WordPress. Most of my blog views have come through Facebook over the years since I post my blogs there, but I want to become more active in the blogging community. I’ve struggled though because I don’t feel like the topic of my blog is very popular compared to others (theology/devotional). Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

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    1. The Devotional Guy™

      Andrew T., First things first-thanks for taking time to read my post. I’ve found the theology/devotional/faith niche to be challenging as well. I’m hoping to do a post soon specifically geared to addressing some of the things I’ve experienced/learned over the last few years. I’d encourage you to continue to press on and follow the Lord’s leading in developing content for your blog. Don’t be dismayed or discouraged. Blessings.

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