This is the eleventh year of blogging for me here at RKblog.com, so it is always nice to be appreciated. This is the fourth time and third year in a row that RKblog.com has been selected by the editors of Worship Leader Magazine as a Best of the Best Blog. The conversation we have here does matter and I am thankful for the many years of support and engagement by you, my readers. This truly is not as much a personal recognition of achievment. In my opinion, it is the community lived out here because of RKblog.com that is celebrated. Why? Without a tribe, a website means little. You make this all worth it!
For a third time, RKBLOG has been recognized by Worship Leader Magazine editors as a distinguished resource for leaders who are involved with worship ministry and leadership in the local church. The November/December “BEST OF 2015” issue recognizes a whole slate of resources including technology for churches, books on leadership, and school programs focused on worship.
It is also quite an honor to be part of the National Worship Leaders Conferences over the past years as an instructor. There are excellent people out there in the blogging world that are also recognized and many more who were not mentioned. What makes this important is the relationship with my friends and fellow creatives who read RKBLOG. Thank you for the years of contribution and meaningful conversation. We have much work still to do in inspiring people to CREATE – BELIEVE – LEAD!
Back in September of 2005 I officially launched myself as a blogger. They were called “weblogs” in the early millennial days which is why my Twitter handle is still @rkweblog. Ten years of conversations and life later I am now RKblog.com with media recognition as one of the top 75 Religion Bloggers in the nation, listed amongst some very impressive individuals of faith.
My wife has taught me the value of birthdays and celebration and for that I am grateful to her! I may even bake a cake tonight, but what I would love is just a simple “hello” to let me know you’ve stopped by. After all, this blog is nothing without the thousands of readers over the years who have endured my progress as a writer and human being.
There is SEO (Search Engine Optimization) and many techniques to draw people to click to our blogs. But, how do you have a conversation that actually influences and reaches the right people? It is one thing to attract traffic to your blog or social media. You can get people’s attention once. However, that could do more harm than not if your desire is to actually influence thinking. Is your message worth a discussion or simply a click?
Old stories such as “Hansel and Gretel” and “Little Red Riding Hood” were meant to put fear into children. Lessons such as Aesop’s “The Boy Who Cried Wolf” were likely to prevent a child from basically ringing the fire alarm for fun. Fear is a motivator. It works. Fear of losing your job can be leveraged to keep you and your coworkers from offering legitimate grievances and used in turn to add hours and workload without additional compensation. From TV news to Facebook posts about the ending of the world, fear sells and gets our attention. Our fight or flight chemistry is amped to the max. It’s a science and it works.
My blog, Rich Kirkpatrick’s Blog (RKBLOG.com) has been honored as an Editor’s Pick for 2014 in Worship Leader Magazine this month. This recognition is among other worthy bloggers in the online worship community, as well. Here is the full quote from Worship Leader Magazine this month:
Since 2005, Rich Kirkpatrick’s blog has consistently been ranked among the top 50 Christian blogs, that and the fact that he is specifically writing from a worship perspective makes the RK blog a must bookmark. He’s also a beloved faculty at NWLC (so you can tap into his wisdom both online and in person). – Worship Leader Magazine
Here are the TOP 10 BLOG POSTS of 2013. With 2013 mostly behind us, I thought I would summarize for the many newer readers of this site the most on-site read and most shared items on social networks. Here are the top posts in their order of popularity with a brief description.
I have used a certain open source platform for years and am now shedding what has become “open sores” and quirky coding for a terrifically flexible and design-oriented platform called Squarespace. I love it! If it wasn’t for the domain server issues on my end, it would have been a breeze as importing is all automated. Seriously, the easiest and cleanest move and install I have ever done in over seven years of blogging. And, the clean design just is so right for today. I want to shout out my budding graphic artist daughter, Emilie, who designed the logo for me. So, what platform for blogging do you use?
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…
I launched Rich Kirkpatrick’s Weblog about seven years ago. Back then, “weblog” meant something, and my name was easy to recall since fewer people blogged back in the first decade or the 2000s. But, now its time to rebrand, relaunch and help a whole new crew of readers find me in the noisy world of the WWW. So, my blog “rkweblog.com” is now “rkblog.com” and if you forget that, well the 301 redirects will get you here. But, doesn’t that URL rock?! In 2010 a web developer and friend coded a site and designed the look of my blog for me and I wanted to badly to have the URL rkblog.com. When I found out it was available I was so excited until the price tag for bidding started above $2000 for the aged domain. A wholesaler of domains was kind enough to allow me to have a bulk price, even after the sale ended. And, presto, for under $100 I have rkblog.com! So, PLEASE, if you already link to this blog, please change to rkblog.com. If you subscribe, all feed coding will follow. Thanks to so many of you that have encouraged me to keep writing and who have engaged in meaningful, life-changing conversation these past years. Here is to another seven years…at least!