Once upon a time I was a pulpit supply pastor. What is that, you ask? This is a pastor without (usually) a church of his own that preaches for other pastors when they are on vacation or speaking elsewhere.
While I did not do this for very long, I did love it while I had the option. I loved showing up to small, country churches and meeting all the parishioners and lay people who were so excited about the “young preacher” coming to speak. Little did they know it was just me! 🙂 But one of the things that I learned through my studies for various opportunities was:
I preach best what I need most.
The things that I am learning are the things that I am able to explain the best. I’m currently doing a lot of studying on eCommerce and business models. Not just for blogging, but for my own business opportunities. This has led to a huge increase in my knowledge of WordPress eCommerce plugins, themes, and methods. You can be sure that some posts on ecommerce and the plugins to power it will be forthcoming.
Now does this mean you should write about whatever you read a blog post about that one time? No. Carefully researching a topic is important to building authority and to not creating terrible content that benefits no one.
Another side of this equation is that everyone is in a different place in their journey towards knowledge and skills. You are not where I am. I am not as far along as others. Maybe you are years ahead of me. But guess what? We both have something to contribute.
I write about beginner and intermediate skill level content. Because that is where I am. As my skill levels increase, I’ll write more and more advanced content. Perhaps you are just a short distance into your journey. This means you should write about the ideas and stories that you have. Don’t make things up just to feel more advanced or try to put yourself in a better light. In the end not only is this shady and a lie, but it will probably be found out and could even ruin your reputation in the community.
So write what you know and share it here so I can see!