One of the common concerns I’ve seen come up again and again about blogging (and Twitter… and Facebook…) is that it’s inherently selfish. Well, while I think that critique is a tad overstated, there’s no denying that blogging certainly can stroke our egos.
No one said that pride was logical.
There’s a sense in which we all (even introverted weirdos like me) love attention—and on the internet, it’s surprisingly easy to get it. Now, the best way to get people to pay attention to what you’re saying is to have something worth saying… but sometimes that takes too long. Here are a few ways you can get attention on the internets (even if they’re not the right way):
1. Start a “Victims of big church/popular preacher” blog. Controversy sells. And speaking of controversy…
2. Start an online “discernment” ministry. There is an art to the discernment ministry. I’m always impressed at how someone can write a post smashing Rob Bell by citing something by Mark Driscoll can then turn around and smash Driscoll in the next post (or paragraph). That takes serious skill. Although I’m not sure it’s what Jude had in mind when he exhorted us to contend for the faith.
3. Post about sex. You’ll be guaranteed to get the wrong kind of traffic, but you’ll probably get a boost (and maybe someone will stop and read a gospel appeal…)
4. Choose a nemesis. Whether it’s public school, giving babies formula or Mark Driscoll, you’ll probably get some crazy traffic. Or at least crazy comments.
5. Quit blogging (or at least post that you’re thinking about it). Read the comments from people telling you how much they’ll miss you. Blog more than ever. Repeat ad infinitum.
Did I miss any?
(P.S. It should go without saying that this post was written with my tongue firmly in my cheek.)