My Hopes For this Blog, And Why I’m Not Going to Share Posts In Facebook Groups

I recently moved this blog over to a new, dedicated website and installed a professional blog theme. I’m still tweaking some things, but I like the look and feel of it so far.

As the name of the blog implies, my focus here is on what it means to “experience Christ”. I want to focus on knowing Christ in a deep and profound way that informs my life here day to day, and conforms me the nature and character of Christ. Essentially, this is about learning who Jesus is as a Person and what it means to live by His indwelling Life/Spirit in the world today. On top of that, I also want to focus on what it means to know and experience Christ together as a community.

So the posts that I write and the resources I share will be aimed to that end. I want to do my small part to fill up the blogosphere with Christ.

I hope that you find the articles here helpful and valuable. If you read something you like, I’d like to ask that you click on one of the sharing options at the end of each post. There are options for Facebook, Twitter, Email, and others.

Facebook seems to generate the most traffic. Posting on Facebook is like the ripple effect of throwing a rock in a pond. When you share something on Facebook, chances are that your friends’, friends’, friends’ will see the link. Consequently, the reach can be quite far.

Also, if you want to get notified of new posts, you can add your email address near the top right of the screen and you will receive new posts by email. If a new post is released, you’ll get an email with a link at 8:00 in the morning.

What I’ve been doing to share these posts is to go on Facebook and share links in various related “groups”. While this does generate traffic to the blog and gets people reading, I really don’t like filling up those groups with blog links. The groups are generally created for discussions, and not a bunch of “hey, read my blog” links. I’d rather you share something that connects with you in whatever group you frequent. So going forward, I’m not planning to share the posts in Facebook groups myself. Again, if you happen to find something of value, I’d love it if you shared it instead of me. (I’ll still post on my own wall and in a couple of groups that are made up of people I know personally.)

I plan to set up a Facebook page for the blog in the near future when I have time and I’ll share posts there as well.

I also hope that the posts here can develop some dialog, so always feel free to leave a comment and expand on or question what I’ve written. The comments are moderated to avoid uncivil arguments or personal attacks, so this should be a safe place to share your thoughts.

As far as scheduling goes, I want to try and post my main content on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, with smaller posts, notifications, or resources on Tuesday and Thursday.

I’m also working on a “Recommended Reading” page that will list some of the best books I’ve read on certain topics, which I’ll update as I read new books.

Since I’m employed full time and a husband and father of three kids, my time is limited and it takes a lot of effort to fit in time to write. But I love the process and I want to make it a priority. Due to my personal time constraints, my posts for now are shorter in nature. However, I’m working on some more in-depth articles that I will share in time.

If you’re reading this blog, I want to sincerely thank you. By reading what I’ve written, you are blessing me with the gift of your time, and there’s really no greater gift we give to each other. (Rick Warren has said that love is spelled t-i-m-e.)

I would appreciate it tremendously if you would consider the following:

– Sign up for the email list.

– Share posts you like on Facebook, Twitter, or other sites.

– Leave a comment on posts you like. I’d love to read your thoughts and interact with you.

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2 thoughts on “My Hopes For this Blog, And Why I’m Not Going to Share Posts In Facebook Groups

  1. Mark, many of your posts have been encouraging and timely affirmations. Our hearts are in rhythm with the same beat! I made the leap summer before last to launch a blog site, but I haven’t done much with it yet (the whole T-I-M-E thing, along with its friends Energy and Focus). I’m moving with intentionality right now to change all that, revamp my site, rack my focus, and begin regularly posting. As I make progress, I’d love the opportunity to gain insights and perhaps even offer some reciprocal benefit to you. If nothing else, we who are of like mind, calling, and life-situation can encourage one another, right? Those were my immediate thoughts when I read this post a few minutes ago, so I thought I’d touch base. I first connected with you via Twitter @johnguedry. Has Twitter helped your blog traffic significantly?

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