I do not usually “talk shop” on Inside Cup. If you are interested in blogging or writing topics I do discuss them a lot more, almost weekly, on my second blog, Peeking Beneath. However, blogging as a Christian is definitely different, and I don’t think enough people really talk about the topic.
My first post giving tips to Christian bloggers when they struggle with ideas (5 Ways To Be Inspired With Ideas As A Christian Blogger) reached over 100 likes recently, my first post to ever go that high in likes. It’s been one of my highest viewed posts all time as well. Seeing the interest of the community, I thought it may be helpful to write at least one post during the month related to Christian blogging.
Do Not Only Lecture/Teach | Be Creative & Connect
– In the same way, students do not always want to be lectured, our audience does not always want to be lectured either. People. Need. To. Be. Engaged.
You do NOT have to have fluffy posts. You do NOT have to have very “light” or as I refer to “blessing talk” posts. But something to consider is do you write the way you would speak? Do you sound real or like a manual?
I’ve had a lot of people tell me I’m transparent as a writer, and they like that. People want that connection with us. How can we not be open in our writing if what we want to share in the world is the most important thing, that being Jesus Christ.
It’s easy to TELL someone what to do, this is novel writing 101 actually. But what is harder is SHOWING someone what to do, and that has to come from us. We can use stories of other people we know. We can certainly use Bible stories and people in the Bible as examples. But if we want people to take us seriously, we have to be open about ourselves, our walk, and our experiences.
We have to give the examples of what we preach or teach in our posts, and it has to come from our lives. A good lesson will not sound artificial, and if from the heart, like we are sitting down and chatting with a person, most of the time it won’t sound like a structured lecture or sermon at all. It won’t sound like we are speaking AT someone but WITH someone.
I believe this is how Christ spoke and why the crowds gathered. He drew them in with His words. We need to be reflective of that nature.
This is why I have said repeatedly not to be afraid to be open with your readers to other bloggers. Who would you want to speak to more? Someone who sounds wise and studious but somewhat cold and distant, too perfect to relate to, only uses a lecturing tone. You don’t know them on a personal level.. Or someone who is excited and has a desire to share with you what God has put on their heart, and you know when you talk to them it is at a personal level.
Be Open, Honest, And Write The Personal Posts
– A lot of the bloggers I have talked to struggle with this. If I’m honest, yep, I do too! There are posts God will put on my heart, situations in my life that deep down I know would benefit others hearing. But there are always the second thoughts in my mind too.
For a number of months, I struggled with writing personal posts in which I opened up about something hard in my life, or the things I struggled with. I dreaded receiving the one or two sentence comment saying, “I’m praying for you.” I felt like, as another blogger discussed in a post I read a couple months ago, it’s like a slap of a band-aid. I personally felt like people were judging me or trying to pacify what I wanted to discuss, what I wanted others to discuss. I was flawed, as we all were, and those comments made me feel like my measure was not up to par.
Let me add right here, even if some people did have those thoughts, all of this worry is from my mind. God has encouraged me and shown me to embrace those comments with thankfulness because we ALL could use more prayer.
Who cares if people don’t know what to say? If that is all a person wants to comment, hey, they commented. They cared enough to comment, seriously, it could be a lot worse, this is a blessing. And, what about all the other individuals, even if just one, who NEEDED to read that post. They connected and they opened up. Wasn’t that the whole point?
I’m just saying our weaknesses provide a lot of content and post ideas to connect with others. That was something God revealed to me, and He was absolutely right.
Write The Difficult/Challenging Posts & LISTEN!
– I think one of the main reasons people are afraid to talk about the hard stuff is the possible backlash in the comments. But the truth is we can’t be open and expect decent discussion and growth if we limit or shut down what others say. I’m not saying you can’t get rid of comments that do not relate or are extreme and plain mean. But just because we may be sensitive, an opposing comment may still have good points. Believe it or not, an opposing comment may NOT be intended to hurt us, just share a concern or a different opinion.
One of the top most read posts all time for my blog is We Can’t Be Passionate Christians. I struggled a little bit when I first wrote it, but now I find it funny. 🙂 People BECAME passionate defending why we can be passionate Christians.
Originally, I struggled because the post was focused on things we really should not get passionate about. It felt like only one or a couple of pieces of the entire post were being focused on, and not the whole of what I was saying. Which, heads up, can happen in any post, and that’s actually okay. (I see this a lot with my posts on church as well 🙂 )
God, gentle and kind as He is, showed me a few things with that. Try as I might, I am NOT always clear in my posts. What makes sense to me, and keep this in mind for yourselves dear blogger, it may not make sense to others. Also sparking a conversation IS THE POINT? Right?!
Sure, people may have different opinions, but by them sharing their thoughts isn’t that what we want? We can’t run away as a Christian blogger if people open up about things they may struggle or disagree with reading, just like we feel when we first look at the comment or a blog post we struggle with. Some people come across stronger than others, and the more sensitive you are, as I am, the harder it may be to read opposing comments.
But we have to, and we have to be kind in responding. We must try to see the other perspective. The more someone feels heard, the more they will calm down and see your perspective too. But someone has to be the first to listen, and it might as well be the blogger.
I’ve found the more I respond with gentleness making sure the commenter sees I know what their perspective is FIRST and THEN providing clarity or explanation on my part has added peace and more discussion 98% of the time.
People want to be heard just as much as we do, respect that!
In fact, that post sparked so many comments several months later after praying and seeking God’s hand I wrote a post explaining how we could be passionate, but in a Christ-like manner. I covered the points people struggled with in the first post and opened up about things I could have done better. (We Need Christlike Passion, Not Worldly Passion)
Everything can be an opportunity!
But we can’t run away from them. 🙂
I hope these three suggestions have been worth your while and helpful!!!
What topics would you like to see covered related to Christian blogging?
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