Why I Believe Everyone Should Be Socially Networked

forget the fact that today’s teenagers are more socially connected online than any other generation; if you want to make a difference in this world you can do so from your living room! if you’re only reading blogs and benefiting from what other people are sharing, the world is missing your voice, and you should make this the year that you start putting your voice out there!

i’ve felt for awhile now the importance of blogging, tweeting, and updating statuses, but haven’t been able to articulate it’s importance until now. here are 3 reasons why i believe everyone who has the ability should be socially networked:

1. you have some profound truth and experiences to share. more than you might think. many times people don’t think they have anything to say. especially in light of the many great sites and blogs out there already, it can feel intimidating. but you have years of experiences unique to you – things you’re learning and processing, areas you’re growing in, and encouragement to give out. failure to share is also called ‘hoarding’, and it’s bad stewardship of the learnings you’ve gathered in your life’s journey.

2. you have lots to learn. just like you have years of accumulated truth and experience to share with others, there’s thousands of voices out there trying to speak to you. and when you stop learning, you stop leading. any individual who wants to take things to the next level will continually seek to learn new skills and truths to empower him/her to get there.

3. sharing publicly forces you to process carefully. this is the difference between private journaling and blogging. when we journal, only our eyes will hit it, so we just lay it out there in its rawest form. while blogging should still be raw to some extent, the process of drafting your posts and putting it out there – knowing that anyone in the world can see it – forces you to invest a little more effort and thought.

i’m sure there’s other (and better) reasons… leave them in the comments!

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One thought on “Why I Believe Everyone Should Be Socially Networked

  1. What you say is true. But although in principle what we blog (or tweet) is available to the world, and we have the entire cybersphere at our fingertips, in fact, for most of us, who are not celebrities, we reach only a small number of followers with our thoughts and only have time to listen to a few. No doubt this is worthwhile — the parable of the starfish on the beach comes to mind — but we shouldn’t have the illusion that we are likely to change more lives through the internet than we do through our “real world” interactions.

    Perhaps the real value is the cumulative effect of the internet witness of thousands and thousands of Christians, each in his own sphere. And I suppose this is why the leaders of my church encourage clergy to use the internet.

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