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.
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
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.
Know Scripture’s Truth Versus Your Opinion
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
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
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
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.
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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