In September of 2005 I launched “Rich Kirkpatrick’s Weblog” under the URL RichKirkpatrick.com. There were fewer of us creative ministry leaders out there back then on the “blogosphere” posting everything from our reading lists to reviews of worship tech. In the picture above, I was using a Mac G4 laptop. My blog was called a “weblog” which was still an acceptable term. A lot has changed since pre-Facebook, as MySpace.com then was a way I used to reach blog readers since it was the 4th largest website at that time.
Today, as RKblog.com I reach more people and different people than when I began this journey. Facebook.com is a huge deal, without being the next thing in most of our minds any longer. I write better than I used to write. You would hope seven years honed some skill in that area, at least. Blogging has kept me up to date with all the social networking tools, since it still serves as a perfect hub for those–even in the midst of the rise and fall of many of them.
I decided that celebrating this anniversary deserves a list of things I future-cast for the next seven years. So, let the party begin!
- Blogging will outlast Facebook. Sell your stock right now in FB!
- Blogging will become even more professional, but still be personal.
- Twitter will become even more important as a tool for bloggers.
- More people will continue the onslaught of “starting” a blog on a Tuesday.
- More of these blogs will be abandoned.
- The tribal nature of blogging will mean numbers will mean even less when it comes to influence.
- RSS will finally be understood by the masses…or, this means Xbox will become the largest blog readership platform.
Alright, please leave a shout out to help this party come to life. And, leave a word about your opinion of my future-casted list, please!