Hone In On Your Distinct Message

Cody Libolt
Jan 14 · 3 min read

Q: Do you have advice for honing in on specifics in blogging/podcasting without being “another one of those”?

I know the topics I’m passionate about, but there are already thousands of articles and podcasts like that. I don’t know how to stand out...

That is a big question.

First, let’s bust one myth:

Sure, it may be true that one or another person has already said the same things you want to say. (At least in some form.)


Someone out there needs to hear it from YOU. You have a unique way of communicating, and there is someone who will be only be helped by you.

3 rules for creating quality content:

Create material:

Do the above, and you will attract the people you need as fans.

How will I become known for something in particular?

It’s a good goal to become known for something. But that’s not something you should decide until after you have developed at least a medium-sized audience (maybe 10k Facebook fans or 10k Twitter followers or 1000 email subscribers).

For now it is okay if you have a general premise about what you offer. For instance, you could say “I offer Christian commentary.” Then go ahead and talk about the things that interest you, as long as they fit in that general area.

Answer people’s questions.

Make up questions and answer them. Or if you have people asking you questions (genuine ones) that’s a BIG CLUE about what content to create.

Your “positioning” will be one of the last things you figure out how to get right.

Even after you define your positioning, you will likely update it over time. For now, focus on quantity and consistency of content and focus on growing an audience that wants to come back.

How to differentiate your blog/podcast from others:

Your process should be iterative.

Every time you put out something on social media, blog, email, or video, you have the chance to find out what helped people, what moved them, or what caused them to want to interact. Do more of that.

For an example of how this works, this very blog post came as an answer to a question from a friend. It was quick to write because my friend gave me the motivation and the specific context. I knew who I was writing for. I and knew what I wanted him to know.

Thanks for reading!

If you enjoyed this article, you may also enjoy my free 4-part video series on growing your platform.

How to Grow a Platform For God’s Glory

Pt. 1 “The Motivation for Growing a Personal Platform”

Pt. 2 — “Get Clear About Your Own Platform and How To Grow It”

Pt. 3 — “What Content to Create”

Pt. 4 — “How to Finance Your Platform Growth”

For the New Christian Intellectual

Ideas Matter - Help us restore the mind in Christian life

Cody Libolt

Written by

Co-founder at ChristianIntellectual.com. Get help growing your blog and audience: CodyLibolt.Media/

For the New Christian Intellectual

Ideas Matter - Help us restore the mind in Christian life

More From Medium

Also tagged Blogging

Top on Medium

Top on Medium

Will Oremus
Feb 25 · 22 min read


Welcome to a place where words matter. On Medium, smart voices and original ideas take center stage - with no ads in sight. Watch
Follow all the topics you care about, and we’ll deliver the best stories for you to your homepage and inbox. Explore
Get unlimited access to the best stories on Medium — and support writers while you’re at it. Just $5/month. Upgrade