Biblical Advice on Blogging
Growing up, I went through the 2nd-8th grades at a private Lutheran school. I also happened to go to a Methodist church every Sunday so between the two, I managed to fill up large sections of my memory with scripture verses. Whether you find that useful (I personally do) or whether you think it’s waste of space, the passages are pretty much burned into my memory right next to baseball statistics, my high school locker combination (36-5-24), and entirely too many song lyrics.
Right about now I’m sure you’re wondering what the hell this has to do with blogging and to be honest, if you’re not, you should worry. This IS a post about blogging, though, I promise. I’m not sure whether I should blame my religious background or my strange heavily sarcastic sense of humor but when I stumbled onto the Ten Commandments of Blog Commenting while researching a future post, I simply couldn’t help myself. Without further ado, I give you Biblical Advice on Blogging.
- Ask, and it shall be given, seek and ye shall find – I sort of covered this issue in my guest post on hmtk.com, but the point is this: if you want something, whether it’s a favor, a link, a guest post, whatever, just ask. People spend so much time these days coming up with elaborate schemes and automated methods of doing this and that when in reality, just talking with someone can often net you the results you were hoping for. Need a guest blogger? Ask your readers! Want to interview a high profile person in your niche? Ask them! While you certainly won’t get everything you ask for, you definitely should not stop asking.
- Seek ye first, the quality content and all these things shall be given unto you – Yeah, I realize my translation might not match yours, but the point is, so many bloggers and webmasters spend their time scheming ways to game Google, Technorati, Alexa, and who knows what else. If those same bloggers put that effort into creating high quality, linkable content (also known as linkbait), all those things they are scheming for would come to them. Links, Google PageRank, Technorati and Alexa rankings, they all can be accomplished by leveraging high quality content. Sure you might need the help of some social bookmarking sites such as Digg, Delicious, or StumbleUpon, but in the end, the content is what will make your blog a success.
- Thou shalt not covet – Alright look, spending your time worrying about the number of subscribers another blog has, the amount of traffic a competing site gets, or the amount of money another blogger makes just isn’t a good use of your time. Sure you should keep track of what others in your niche are doing but don’t let their actions define your blog. Part of blogging is giving your blog it’s own unique voice and if you’re tied up in trying to mimic or one up another blog, you’ll lose that crucial aspect of your site. Be yourself, be original, and success will come.
- Whoever sows sparingly shall reap sparingly; and whoever sows bountifully shall reap bountifully – This goes for pretty much all aspects of blogging. Whether it’s some link love, comments and feedback, or maybe support on the social sites, the more you give, the more you’ll get. It’s just human nature.
- Go ye therefore, making subscribers of all nations – Ok, ok, so this one’s not a direct quote either but hey, the early Christian church was the king of viral content and word of mouth marketing. I mean think about it, the whole resurrection thing… if that’s not buzz marketing I don’t know what is.