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Becoming A Christian Blogger | 5 Things You Should Know

I have had a handful of bloggers email me throughout the past months, and almost all of them dealt with blogging help.

I am humbled that people feel confident enough to turn to me and ask for help. It shows me that I must be doing something right, or faking it enough to make it look like I have everything together. 

Because the truth is…I didn’t always have this blog in order. Some days I still wonder.

People are looking and searching for support, encouragement, and guidance which is why I am writing this post. But I am going to talk about things most bloggers are not going to talk about in giving blogging 101 advice.

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Please do not misunderstand my own journey with blogging. I was not an instant 100 followers within my first or two months of blogging. NOPE!! I started my blog in June 2016.

But everything really started for me last year, almost a full year later since I started…

It all started with this post explaining how it began. April 7th, 2017

Post | Additions To Inside Cup – How God lead my heart to give Him my writing and to push myself both as a writer and blogger.

I reached my first 100 followers in July 2017, this is when I also started my Bible series. I share other ways my blog has grown at the beginning of this year in this post below if you are curious and want to read more about my journey.

Post | How My Blog Grew

I have over 850 followers now, and it’s very surreal.

I want to encourage any bloggers who are struggling with the numbers, this opportunity God gives us with writing is SO MUCH BIGGER than just our audience.

I have heard it from other bloggers as well. It’s about the individual who needs our encouragement, our experiences, our honesty, and the teaching God has given us. It may be a fellow blogger. It may be someone who stumbled upon your blog.

Being a Christian blogger requires you to be accountable and responsible for what that means.

Basic Blogging Help

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Let’s get all of the basic stuff out of the way. If you need help with customizing your WordPress, structure ideas, scheduling, what to do/not to do as a blogger check out my page on Peeking Beneath on all of these blogging topics, tips, and resources (like free online programs like Canva, sites for free pictures, and more). Every time I cover a blogging post I always add it to this page.

Page | Blogging Tips, Resources, Help

Know Scripture’s Truth Versus Your Opinion

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If you want to teach something, always be aware of what the Bible actually says. It’s easy for churches to be split and divided because everyone has their views, opinions, theologies, etc. Be wary how you tread on these paths.

Easy example, days of Creation. Some strongly believe in 24 hour days, some strongly believe it was much longer, and others simply do not care or have their views, but it doesn’t shake them when others disagree.

It’s okay to have an opinion on scripture, the time period, or symbolism.

But BE AWARE of what truly matters at the end of the day. Is what you are trying to argue or debate going to led someone to salvation? Does it reflect Christ? Would Christ take His precious time out of His day, while He was on this earth, to teach this concept?

I try to always state when I am sharing more of my opinion because I do not want to mislead others or stumble them up.

At the end of the day, a lot of these things really do not matter as much as we may want them to, and I have been learning these months to swallow my stubbornness.

 

Don’t Show Off

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There was a blogger who followed me last year, and I looked at the blog to see if I would perhaps be interested. This isn’t anything against the blogger, but at least for me, every post was a bunch of run-on sentences with big words basically repeating the same thing in multiple ways about scripture, history, ya-da, ya-da.

And it just reminded me of the Pharisees.

Trust me, scripture says if we seek man’s attention for appearing knowledgeable or great, we will have our own reward. 

It should never be about how “intelligent we appear,” or, “how great of a Christian,” we look. This is a personal thing only you and I would know in our hearts, oh yes, and God. We can’t fool Him.

If we are sharing something we know, were taught, or learned, we need to know why we are sharing this with the community.

Should You Have Two Blogs

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I struggled with this when I originally started my two blogs. Like I almost felt I had to split the part of myself that was Christian…and um…how wishy-washy, lukewarm, does that sound? 

If you or I claim to be a follower of Christ…then we need to show Him in everything we do, and that most certainly includes blogging. Sure, you may not have to blog a sermon in every post, but don’t be afraid or hidden about talking about Christ.

I originally was doing that in some posts in Peeking Beneath, I would save talking about Christ or how God was working in my life for Inside Cup because I do have a different audience. But you know what, Jesus Christ is the same, and He reflects all parts of my life.

I am NOT ashamed of that, and shame on me for struggling with that in the beginning. 

Peeking Beneath is not necessarily a Christian blog, but Peeking Beneath’s author is Christian, and therefore I will still talk about God and Christ on that blog.

So, for any of you considering two blogs stay consistent in who you are. Don’t praise Christ on one blog, and curse in the other, hear me?

Do Not Be Afraid, To Be Honest

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I’ve received some amazing support and encouragement from the body of believers when I was honest with what I was dealing with. No one wants a perfect Christian, that does not exist, not by the world’s definition of perfection at least.

For me, I want rawness. I want brokenness and vulnerability.

Why?

Because that’s how I know I’m talking to someone who has been in the valley of the shadow and doubt. I know how someone was forced to look up at God in the pit they were in and He lifted them out of the deep miry clay. I want to see Him be glorified when you thought He would do nothing. 

Our God is amazing, and He teaches us and rebukes us just like He did with Job, why do you think so many people like and relate to the book of Job?


There you have it. Being a Christian blogger is a lot more than just being a good blogger. We have an extra responsibility as a believer, and we are claiming to be a follower of Christ.

Are we accountable to what we proclaim both in words and in action? 


Did you find any of this helpful?
Would you like more posts covering topics as a Christian blogger?
Remember to let me know any prayer requests you have for June and any answered prayers you had for the month of May. 

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67 thoughts on “Becoming A Christian Blogger | 5 Things You Should Know

  1. This is truly excellent, T.R! Thank you for sharing.

    I loved how you said, “It’s about the individual who needs our encouragement, our experiences, our honesty, our experience, and the teaching God has given us.”

    It is definitely super easy to get caught up in numbers and proving ourselves to the blogging community that we forget that our only audience should be God. It’s like Galatians 1:10 where the apostle Paul asks of we’re trying to please God or man. Of course, we should do all things as unto to the Lord. I am always drawn to the bloggers who are vulnerable and admit their imperfections. 😉

    I appreciate you touching on how our posts can become like the Pharisees. That is definitely something we all have to watch for in our own writing.

    Thank you for sharing your insight!

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  2. Great post, T.R.! Very poignant that Christian bloggers have an extra accountability with opinions vs. scripture. Also good point about having two blogs. I’m working towards half Christian posts, half books and other stuff. My audience is building slowly but surely despite my not committing to a niche. 🙂
    I have a prayer request. I have Friedreich’s Ataxia, a genetic, neurological condition. I recently learned from a echocardiogram that my heart muscle has thickened to 18 mm–the average heart thickness is about half that. I thank God for giving me the strong spirit that pushes me to exercise frequently, so although my heart is dangerously thick, it is still pumping strong. The cardiologist wants to perform an MRI to examine my heart thickness better. Please pray that 1. my heart will not get any thicker yet keep pumping strong and 2. the MRI will help my doctor think of ways to help me. Thanks & God bless.

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    1. Way to go on sorting through what you want your blog to cover. I’ve been thinking for PB, my second blog, that I could incorporate a scripture at the end of every post, regardless of the topic.

      I will absolutely add this request Lily, okay, I added it. The prayer post comes out tomorrow, Friday, June 1st. I’ll be praying for you ❤ I will also pray for peace and assurance to be on your shoulders.

      I don't know if this will help at all, but when I was 15 my body was having problems, and the doctor didn't know what the issue was, in fact, not knowing anything he told me it could be nothing, a brain tumor, breast cancer, or both. It turned out, by God's hand, to be nothing. (Hormones I guess were out of whack). But every time I was driven to the hopsital for tests, I clung to this song by MercyMe- "Undone"

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    2. I beg to share my testimony and I hope it helps. I was born asthmatic. My parents didn’t notice on time – they felt I needed more time to adapt to the environment. I had difficulty doing what all other kids would naturally do. I would spend the whole night in pain, coughing and crying because I couldn’t sleep. I remember my Mum crying after receiving results of my diagnosis. I lived with it for over 13 years. Thank God for my parents – devout and pragmatic Christians. They taught me how to pray and believe God for answers. My Dad told me to pray using Isaiah 53:3. I spoke the word into almost all of what went into my mouth… Miraculously, no exaggeration, after some months of believing God all of the symptoms were gone. Hallelujah.
      Your case is not so much for God. Why? You’re His. Your healing is assured. It’s a done deal. Amen.
      If you don’t mind, you could spend more time thanking God. Rehears His goodness.
      Not withstanding, I will be praying for you. #MoreGrace

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      1. Thank you for sharing. Jesus spent much time on the Earth healing people, so I know that God can heal me. However, it is possible that I am meant to show others that He is sufficient (as with Paul). My prayer lately and from now on is–“Lord, if it is not Your will that I have this disease, take it away; if it is Your will, please help me live a long life of serving You.”

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  3. I loved this and would like to read more on the topic. Some of us are new at the whole blogging and social media thing. I’d love to know more on how to handle those who infiltrate and argue through comments and how to go about challenges and awards too

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    1. Ah, okay! So, I can definitely talk more about the comments issue, thanks for bringing that up. I’ve had some comments both trying to trip others up, which actually inspired a poem you can read here

      https://nobledevotionblog.wordpress.com/2018/04/04/midweek-truth/

      and I had someone really trip me up, not with arguments, but it was like every comment was constant lecture/sermon about an entirely different topic than what I wrote about. I opened up about the issue here when I reached 300 followers, and after this post, the person stopped following me and commenting. I never actually said the person’s name either.

      https://nobledevotionblog.wordpress.com/2017/10/27/300-followers-my-journey-message-for-other-bloggers/

      I started to answer your question about challenges and awards, and realized that I was basically starting to write a separate post as a comment, haha! 🙂 So, when I write a post on that, I will share it on this blog as well. My second blog Peeking Beneath covers a lot of blogging topics. The original post will appear there first, and I will post it again on Inside Cup, no reblogs. 🙂

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      1. Thank you! It can be overwhelming trying to figure it all out. The likes and comments. I wasn’t prepared for it in the beginning. I’ll check these links out soon. Thanks again

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  4. This is a really great post. I pray that others really read and take in the most important factor and that is Biblical truth and true intentions from the heart. You always have a wonderful, genuine blog – keep it up. As you can tell, I have taken a little break but I will be back into it soon. Family things first right now. ❤

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    1. Amen!! Family first! I was so excited to see your comment. I spent most of May with family so I wasn’t as consistent with reading and commenting in the community. I’m back now so I’m going to be getting around to that.

      I’m so glad you enjoyed this post and my suggestions. 🙂 Thank you so much for your kind words! Always mean a lot!

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  5. This post was really helpful!! Thanks so much for the inspiring and encouraging post on Christian bloggers, T.R. I like when you said in the post, “… this opportunity God gives us with writing is SO MUCH BIGGER than just our audience.” because every opportunity that God gives to allow us to write and bless others really is so much bigger than our audience and the numbers.

    What I also liked about your post was when you said, “It’s about the individual who needs our encouragement, our experiences, our honesty, our experience, and the teaching God has given us… Being a Christian blogger requires you to be accountable and responsible for what that means.” The reason I like this quote is because, as Christian bloggers, we are responsible for what our honesty, experiences, and encouragement bring to people.

    I like when you said, “If you want to teach something, always be aware of what the Bible actually says…” because in order for us as Christians to teach others about Jesus and the Bible; we have to first understand the Bible and its various types of literature and the language used during that time. One other thing I liked about your post was when you stated something that I feel we all as Christians bloggers should remember:

    “…BE AWARE of what truly matters at the end of the day. Is what you are trying to argue or debate going to led someone to salvation? Does it reflect Christ? Would Christ take His precious time out of His day, while He was on this earth, to teach this concept?”

    In your post, there are several quotes that I feel we as Christian bloggers should remember when we blog.

    1). “If we are sharing something we know, were taught, or learned, we need to know why we are sharing this with the community.”

    2). “If you or I claim to be a follower of Christ…then we need to show Him in everything we do, and that most certainly includes blogging. ”

    * “… don’t be afraid or hidden about talking about Christ.”

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    1. I’m so glad that this post spoke to you!!! We really need to be aware because God has every right, at the end of our days, to call us out when we weren’t consistent, and we were not reflective of Him.

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  6. Good one Sis. I love how you talked about not being ashamed to talk about Jesus Christ. For me that has always been my mindset. I am a Christian and yes I want to be relatable. However I don’t want to exalt weakness above the godly standards a child of God is supposed to have. It can be tempting to mute the name of Jesus Christ just so our blog doesn’t look too churchy. However our words alone cannot comfort, save or deliver. The name of Jesus Christ is what knees bow to. Not our vocabulary.

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  7. Thanks for sharing. I’m glad it came sooner than expected. If I were to highlight the parts I loved, I wouldn’t be surprised if the only thing left out was the date☺. However, I love the part where you talk about the fact that there’s more to Christian blogging than just writing – in all, it’s not just about, but is Jesus. #MoreGrace

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    1. Yes, I’m glad I wrote this 🙂 I’ve already thought of more “5 Things” I can list in the next one I write. It’s so much more than just writing. Definitely! I’m glad you like the post!

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  8. Thank you very much for this blog. I am a beginning blogger and I have recently come to understand the importance of growing in my writing skills as I continue to grow in my faith as well. All of your information is so straightforward and honest and I really appreciate that so much.

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    1. 🙂 it took me a while to grow in my writing skills, so if you ever feel confused or rushed, it’s okay. Be willing to slow down. Be willing to really sit down and ask God what direction He wants you to go. I’m so glad this was helpful to you! Thanks for letting me know.

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      1. It’s definitely a good start. You don’t have any tutorials up on your blog, and I’ve seen some new bloggers accidentally miss those.
        You may want to check out the widgets available you could have on your blog, if your template does a side menu, those are really good.

        I cover all sorts of things for new bloggers on my second blog, you can check out the page here, it has resources, how tos in WordPress, and so much more.

        Blog Help Page-https://peekingfrombeneaththerock.wordpress.com/new-to-blogging-and-editing-your-blog/

        One of the resources I give is websites you can use for free pictures, as well as a tutorial for the free website Canva, you can make feature images, and a lot more.

        Make sure to get around the community. Read content, comment on what speaks to you, and follow the blogs that you enjoy. It helps to look at blogs with similar topics. If you’re looking for bloggers to check out, feel free to scroll the comments section of blogs. Also, I have a post series on here called Community Spotlight and I give shout outs and different bloggers and posts that have spoken to me. Another way to find new bloggers to connect to.

        Trust God, follow Him, and keep getting that content out there. 🙂

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  9. Thank you for writing this, you reminded me of a few things! I’m a fairly new blogger, so I love getting tips from others who have been doing all this longer!

    You mentioned if we had any prayer requests. I have one. I’m disabled, and lately, I’ve been in a lot of physical pain. I just moved and going to a new doctor on Thursday. Please pray for wisdom, and for my fathers’ eyes to be opened. Thank you!

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    1. I’m so glad this has come in handy. You may be interested in my second blog, Peeking Beneath (I have a page on my menu packed with posts for newer bloggers, or bloggers looking for resources).

      I will absolutely lift up this prayer request. I’ll add it to the prayer request post I have for June, and because this month ends, would you like prayers for your father’s eyes to be opened to be continued into the community prayer requests for July or anything else to pray for in July?

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      1. Thank you, and I’ll try to find your other blogs that you mentioned! Yes, please keep praying for my father. He has stopped being a believer, and he needs to be more open to things regarding my care. Thank you!

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      2. Absolutely, Allison!! 🙂 If you look at the bottom of my post, you’ll find the link to my second blog. 🙂 You actually inspired me to make sure from now on I have a link to the monthly prayer request post available on each post so it is easier to find.

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      1. 🙂 perfect name choice! I relate very much in sharing lessons as I too want to share lessons that God has imparted to me. A book would be wonderful! Happy blogging!

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      2. It’s so important to share our lessons and our stories! God uses those moments in our stories to bring testimony of His goodness in our lives! It needs to be shared, for “the one”. I’m happy if even one persons life is changed and comes to salvation through reading one of my blogs. I wrote them for “the one”.

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