I had just finished reading a post by Fractured Faith Blog inspiring people to blog. And one point made in the post discusses how many people struggle to write because they feel like they have no ideas.
Which made me want to share some things that have helped me stay inspired. 🙂 Not all of these suggestions are specifically for Christian bloggers.
I hope this inspires you.
Keep A Notebook On You Or Closely Nearby
This may not help you come up with the idea itself, but it will help keep the idea once you have it.
I can’t tell you the number of times I will have an idea and I do not write it down on a notepad or use the document app on my phone to jot the idea down. And then, of course, I forget it.
Write the title of a post idea, if you know the title, and/or at least write down the main thought for the post.
TRICK: Sometimes I will be ready to drift off to sleep and I will have an idea. One trick I read to help you remember the next morning is to spell out the word or idea with your finger. Move your finger in the motion of the word and spell out each letter, it has helped me recall ideas the night before.
Read, Listen, Respond
You need to get engaged.
-Read other Christian bloggers. See what you enjoy from their posts, not to copy them, mind you. But did they write on something you could elaborate on? Did they briefly touch on an idea you feel strongly about?
-Read Christian books.- Did something stand out to you from a book you recently read? I’m not saying copy what was said. But give a brief summary and then dive into your options and thoughts on the issue/topic talked about.
-Participate In Writing Prompts- It’s okay if you need help or guidance. The point is not to sit back and wait.
-Listen to Christian music- Or whatever else helps inspire you. What inspires you? Can you talk about it? Does it make you analyze your relationship with Christ? These are all ideas.
– Engage In Conversation- It does not only have to be in the blogging community. But I have found a number of ideas were inspired simply because I talked to people about scripture, about what God has been doing, and what I’ve been struggling with.
-What stirs you in this world? – There is a lot of hypocrisy among believers. The body is broken. We are accountable. Just like since the beginning of time believers want to mix wordly things in. These are all topics. What makes you passionate? What makes you convicted? How is God speaking to you?
The point is to get you moving, get your heart on fire. BUT do not accuse others of their sin without being aware of your own sins. This is often why I strive to say WE instead of YOU. I have no right to accuse others in my posts when I myself struggle with things of this world. Maybe not the same as others, but I still fall short.
Power And Unlimited Topics Of Scripture
The Bible offers you a lot of opportunities to cover all sorts of things.
A Devotional- You can dedicate a scripture weekly to focus on, or monthly, daily, whatever. Pick a scripture and connect it to a lesson, promise, or story of God.
Topics-Just think of anything God wants His people to follow, Christ and all His teachings, and don’t even get started on the prophets. The amount of things you can talk about honestly is pretty limitless because you can talk about the same topic in multiple ways. Context, symbolism, applying to life, and connecting to our personal walk with Christ.
What Speaks To You– Many readers are interested in scriptures to focus on and to cling to. Fear, doubt, faith, hope, and more these are just a FEW topics you can focus on in scripture and help others be equipped with. As well get more personal and share scriptures, in particular, you cling to, and maybe open up as to why.
Bible Stories/ People/ History– You can cover the Bible in all its entirety or discuss parts of it. Be it, like your favorite scriptures, the stories or people that stand out to you the most.
Bible Tool- Or maybe you aren’t sure of a scripture to talk about? I use the website http://www.biblehub.com (completely free to use) it has an assortment of translations for every single scripture. It has a search box you can type a word or phrase in and you will then get scriptures with that word. In addition, it has a lot more to offer than just scripture, if you’re curious to look around.
This may sound odd, some people want an idea before writing. But one thing I noticed in the beginning of 2017 when I started writing consistently was I went from struggling to write one idea per week June 2016-March 2017, to when I was writing about three or more posts per week, I was getting more inspired with ideas.
I think part of it was I pushed myself to think outside the “limits” of what I was giving myself. We can be good at selling ourselves mediocre ideas, and limits without trying for better quality, and consistency. Like eating healthy or working out a few times a week.
It takes endurance, determination, willingness, desire, and to not give up when you fall. Get right back up again.
Consider having a journal, or something you can write in daily if posting is too much on a regular basis. Try sentences. Write rambles. Write your thoughts. What bothers you, and what is on your heart. This may inspire poetry, or writing your own illustrations.
Your Struggles, Testimonies
I’ve said it before, and I will say it again. People want honesty. They do not want perfection. They don’t want to hear what they should do while you appear faultless to a T.
People need connection, and God deserves glory.
So be willing to get personal, maybe not excessively detailed, but personal. If people do not believe you, then they won’t have a reason from your blog post to draw closer to Christ. As a Christian writer/blogger, we need to help people see WHY WE are connected to Christ.
Remember that accountability I talked about?
If we don’t care, why should others? If all we do is lecture and inform, even if it is about scripture and Bible history, it will not draw others.
Christ is love. He has always been. We need to show that love and understanding. We can’t help others grow if we are ignoring them on the side of the street, while they are wounded, like the good Samaritan.
You don’t like when people act high and mighty? Most readers don’t either. Watch your tone, best as you can, sympathize, empathize, and be willing to expose your weakness.
And if you are fake towards others, people eventually will notice, if not right from the start.
It is about being genuine, and not being afraid to be genuine, even if not every single person accepts that.
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