The future of Christian writing?

Dear Samuel,

You’ve made four insightful points about the potential future of online writing for Christians. I’d like to share my thoughts on each.

Decentralization

I don’t know what the future of Christian publishing holds in this regard, but I certainly hope decentralization is where we’re moving. In fact, I’ve adopted the principles and practices of the IndieWeb myself, which is why I’ve published this reply on my personal website rather than Substack’s comment section.

Owning our work is a good thing, and having personal websites on which to publish leaves room for plenty of creative expression.

The specialist model

Personally, I’ve tried the specialist approach, but as a writer, it can be challenging. For example, I’m currently teaching a series on death, which I’m releasing on my Sunday Tapes podcast. The subject of death is an ideal niche for me as both a Christian pastor and funeral home worker, but I would struggle to write about it exclusively.

Even so, you make a fair point. As a blog reader, specialist writers are great because you know what to expect when you subscribe.

Reader engagement

Yes, yes, and yes. I can detect the difference between a writer, whose aim is to maximize traffic, and one whose only concern is meaningful reader engagement. I quickly abandon the former and positively love the latter.

The future is small

I certainly hope so. I believe there’s a growing movement—particularly, among techie writers—toward a smaller web. I’m seeing more and more articles such as Rediscovering the Small Web and What is the Small Web? and it thrills me.

Thanks for the post. I enjoyed it.

By the way, are you familiar with Buttondown? Not that you should move away from Substack, but it’s an alternative I’ve grown to love.

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