How to Be a Successful Urbana Student Blogger

If you’re reading this, there’s a good chance you’re wondering how exactly I – and the five other student bloggers that will be posting about their preparations for Urbana15 – got so incredibly talented at blogging. I often wonder that myself – but that’s only before my morning coffee. Once I finish the last sip of delicious caffeinated caffeine, I remember that I’ve spent my whole blogging career following Christian’s Top Five Tips for Baller Bloggin’, and then it all falls into place. I’ve decided to share these tips with you so that you, too, might one day have a shot at the big time in the blogosphere. In no particular order:

  1. Tackle the Big Issues. If it isn’t trending, don’t talk about it.
  2. Include Original, Viral-Ready Videos. Nobody shares text posts on Facebook anymore.
  3. Post 9-10 Times Per Day. Frequency is key to success on the modern internet.
  4. Blog Research is Your New Job. If you aren’t reading David Platt and Francis Chan 8 hours a day, forget it.
  5. I can’t remember the fifth one, but it was probably pretty baller.

In all seriousness, when I first learned that I’d have the privilege of sharing my pre-Urbana experience with you guys, something like those tips actually went through my head. I was gonna have the best blog ever. People would read it, tweet it, talk about it, and then go back and read it again. It would make waves in a big way, and eventually I’d be invited to speak at Urbana, leading hundreds of lives to Christ.

Once I’d calmed down a little, I started to realize how foolish I was acting. Yes, it would be amazing if God were to use this blog to do great things, or even just one little thing for one person. But if that did happen, then it certainly wouldn’t be because of my Top Five Tips. It would be because God, just like He’s done so many times before, found a broken, sinful guy, and decided to go to work in his life.

So here’s my final Tip for Baller Bloggin’, and the only one I’ll actually follow: just be honest. Share with the world about what’s going on in your life and in your heart. Leave the rest to God, and He’ll make of it what He wills. If nothing else, I’ll learn a little bit about myself along the way, and I’m pumped about sharing my journey with you guys.

Thanks for the read!



This is a spectacular post! Living authentically in the age of social media is hard, but doing it on social media is even harder!! I am excited to see where your journey takes you! Keep ballin' friend!

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