I cant believe I am giving this to an emerging church blogger who doesn't know HTML, never works in images or video, neglects internal linking, and whose individual posts rank poorly on Google. And rather than being a participant in a wildly experimental emerging CandleLighting-VJProjecting-PoetryReading-MonasticPraying . . [ . . let me . . . catch my . . breath . . ] ExpressoSteaming-CouchReclining-type emerging church, this blogger joins the weekly suburban crowds fighting for parking spaces at WillowCreek!
HOWEVER . . . he has managed to overtake me in the number of permanent links for an emerging church blogger, something that no one has ever done. He is also a braver blogger than I, tackling subjects that I steer away from. And he puts out more and better content than me or just about anyone I know. When he starts a series, he pumps out blog-posts like a machine gun and the whole affair is over in a few days. And his content is so well researched and YUMMY that you would assume he is a university professor. Which, btw, he is. Thus the amazing 1000 blogs giving permanent links to his Megablog.
Yes, a THOUSAND blogs link to him. And I know that permanent links are just one of the many [200+] factors that go into search engine optimization but they are a BIG factor, and permanent links rule on Technorati.
So, I applaud blogger Dr. Scot McKnight of JesusCreed.org as emerging church blogger of the year. Read on for a little history:
In April 2005, Scott was a new blogger and offered on one of my posts to help out in the Don Carson issue. I pointed people over to his blog at that point and retired from the series. Little did I know that one day this novice blogger would KICK MY BUTT in the blogosphere!!!
- In March 2006, Scot McKnight gained more permanent links than I, and took first place. The image above is from that time. This was a shock - to have an American take his place among the Canadians, Brits and Kiwis at the top of the emerging church blogs. We were asking ourselves "Is America also among the blog-prophets?"
- Dec 2006 Scot made 1000 blogs linking to his site. I just took another look and that number is 4, 255 links from 997 blogs [it goes up and down] giving Scot's blog the rank of 1,427.
It should also be said that Scot's lecture at Westminster Seminary [PDF] was probably the most widely received description of the emerging church in USA during 2006. As for the other thoughts and deeds of Scot McKnight, are they not written in the annuls of JesusCreed.org?
Update: Scot reflects on blogging lessons from 2006