My humble little blog gets a mention and a link today in Darren’s Problogger blog [one is the biggest blogs in the world] as “the first blog that I had ever read”. Thanks! Darren’s post is about the place of links in today’s blogging world. He ends with 2 tips from Matt Cutts for attracting links:
1) making great content that will attract links in the first place, and 2) choosing a site architecture that makes your site usable/crawlable for humans and search engines alike.”
A related converstation is Ed Stetzer on the recent Top 100 Church Blogs where the new Reformed bloggers have ousted the emerging church bloggers from their leading spots. I like Ed’s ideas of why that may have happened but I would also add a few of my own.
1. Many emerging church bloggers do not run “church” blogs but rather, in true missional fashion, they host blogs in many areas of life and culture. Or in the case of Darren Rowse, pro blogging,
2. Many emerging church blog readers use RSS feeds and dont bother turning up anymore, except on special occasions, on the actual blog.
3. Social media sites and microblogging is, I guess, more common in the EC scene and certainly more common among the females (Ed notes this also) so the big clunky text-based theological sites are often left to the Reformed men to run.
4. People just dont link anymore like they used to, as Darren was saying today, and the results show up.
5. The emerging controversies and conversations were huge a number of years ago but are now a more accepted part of the church and mission landscape. The new reformed movement, on the other hand, has generated some fresh controversy in certain denominations that will not be named [ . . . OK . . . Southern Baptist!] and controversy generates buzz which generates LINKS and links lead to rankings.
Have I missed anything?