The Power Of Online Influence

Growing influence beyond your local sphere of influence has become increasingly more accessible. With the advent of the internet, blogs, and social media, almost anyone can have online influence.

The issue is that not everyone uses online influence in positive ways.

We’ve seen the rise of fake news, angry outbursts, and more. This should be troubling to you and me.

Yet, there is something you can do. You can become an online influencer for good. There is power in online influence and the tools you use to build that influence.

When you think about the influence you have outside of the online world, your influence extends to your immediate sphere of influence. This could be your local friends and family, coworkers, faith community, business allies, and more.

Where Did Community Go?

One of the things that attracted me to blogging was the community. Ten years ago, commenting communities were HUGE on the blogs I would visit.

I remember voraciously reading thoughts from Dan Miller, Michael Hyatt, Jon HarrisonChris Lautsbaugh, Alex Barker, and many others. Their ideas would percolate in my mind and I would begin to think out my own thoughts on their latest topic.

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Photo by Jed Villejo

I felt like I was getting a peek inside of their minds. Then, as a bonus, I could comment on their work. I could share the thoughts they inspired and have a conversation with them.

It was a great time to be online and connecting with people. It was the thing I loved most about blogs. The connection and feeling of community.

Times Change

In recent years, the online community has changed. I was reminded of this recently when I was looking for something from Alex.