Our series, Why I Blog, has returned! This week’s guest is Dan Darling. Dan is a pastor, author and excellent blogger. One of my favorite features at Dan’s Blog is Friday Five. He’s interviewed a ton of interesting people including Tyndale author’s Jerry Jenkins, Chris Fabry and Alex Chediak. Be sure to check out Dan’s blog and his latest book iFaith.
Why I Blog by Dan Darling
The way I see it, there are two kinds of serious bloggers. There are those who star their public life blogging and by producing consistent, daily, dedicated content, they begin to attract a following that provides a platform for other endeavors like public speaking and books. Guys like Jon Acuff, Tim Challies, and others fit into this mode.
Then there are others who have already established somewhat of a platform through writing, speaking, columns, ministry, etc. These folks tend to utilize blogging as a landing place for additional content, as a forum to expand on book themes, sermon series, and as a place to simply articulate ideas that don’t fit other platforms.
This is me. I’ve been a writer and editor my entire adult life, having worked behind the scenes for a Christian organization, doing ghost-writing, editing, web content, and other ministry stuff. A few years ago, I began to write my own stuff for publication and have since enjoyed contributing to publications such as Christianity Today, Relevant, In Touch, and others. I’m now a contributing writer to the men’s magazine, Stand Firm and a columnist for several publications, such as Crosswalk.com, Clash Entertainment, Enrichment Journal as well as a local newspaper.
I’ve also written three books and serve as the senior pastor of a local church. All of these combined with a rich family life (three kids, one on the way) give me a deep well from which to get good, rich blog content.
I began blogging regularly a few years ago. What I love about blogging is that it provides a forum for ideas and thoughts that don’t quite fit into a sermon, a book chapter, or a column/devotional. I’m also able to be a bit more free in this space, perhaps taking on a tough cultural issue from a Christian perspective.
In May of 2010 I started a feature I call The Friday Five. Every Friday I interview a leading evangelical leader. I’ve interviewed some of my favorite authors, including Jerry Jenkins, Eric Metaxes, and others. It’s a way of showcasing the works of some of my friends while also servicing my readers by giving them insight into some of the best leaders and organizations.
This is my only regular feature, however, I do try to post at least one other significant post a week, usually on a church or culture-related topic. I’m finding blogging is a wonderful tool, a way to express short, tight writing and provoke a conversation.