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5 Things You Need To Know As A Christian Blogger

I know everyone enjoys help when it comes to blogging, especially as a Christian. Today I want to talk about some things that may be a little hard to hear, but they are extremely beneficial.

As I’ve shared previously on my second blog:

There are two relationships you will have when you have a blog:

-Relationship With Others – How do you interact with other bloggers
-Relationship With Your Blog – How active are you with your blog and your readers

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In this post, we are primarily going to focus on our interaction with the community because if you do not have a presence in the community people will most likely not know your blog exists or the message God has given you.

Reaching Out To Others In The Community– As a Christian blogger especially, do not be so self-focused on your blog you do not reach out to others. Need a church body? Look around! There are so many amazing believers around in the blogging community. But we must go out and speak to them. We must surround ourselves.

Community– (NLT) Hebrews 10:25, “And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.”

Finding those with like-mindedness(NIV)- Philippians 2:02, “Then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind.”

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Connect With Others, Do Not Make It About Yourself– Following this tip, I know it is easy for us to want others to comment on OUR posts, and follow US. But only commenting on posts “follow me”, “check out my blog”, or only leaving links to our posts is extremely one-sided. And we can’t try to be sneaky by adding one sentence of praise to someone’s post and then immediately go back to us asking, “Check out my blog.” It’s obvious we are not engaging the blogger and their topic but trying to put the spotlight on ourselves.

How would you feel if someone only came to you for their needs, they only commented to ask for your input on their stuff? We must make sure we are not doing this to others. Asking for help is okay, but there is a way to do this, and there is a time to not pressure people who have helped us in the past. We must not be attached to self-praise or attached to having someone else constantly tell us how to blog.

I have had multiple people do this to me, not just one person. It’s exciting to help a new blogger, that’s why I try so hard to have posts ready for new bloggers especially on my second blog. I do not mind answering a few questions or guiding someone at the very beginning. But it can easily become draining when people struggle to trust their own ability and learn on their own.

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In excessive situations where I am repeatedly asked for help, and it is very much one-sided, I often feel stumbled as a believer because I feel uncomfortable not knowing when I can stop giving help. I worry if by me being honest that will stumble them up. However, sometimes people do see their mistake, and it’s wonderful when they do because they can learn from it. Maybe they could help someone else. πŸ™‚

We are to be encouraging to each other.Β It’s so important when we reach out to another blogger it is because we are genuinely interested in their content, with no other gain on our part. Read their posts because you want to, comment on what you liked about their posts, what stood out to you.

Occasionally, it is okay if you have a post that maybe is similar and you want to share it because you genuinely feel the blogger may enjoy to read it, not because you can gain something from them reading it. And only after you left a comment that is engaging to the blogger and relating to their post. Give the blogger the option to read the post, do not tell them, it comes off as demanding.Β Would you like to always be told what to do?

Encouraging one another(NIV) 1 Thessalonians 5:11,”Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.”

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Reaching Out To Connect– When we follow someone we cannot do it because we want them to follow us back. We cannot comment on a post with the intention and hope they will comment on our posts.

It is about being genuine.

The less genuine connect and relation we have with the community, the fewer people will know we are genuine. We might be perceived as pushy, self-focused, and cold, even if that is not our intention.

Stop Doubting Yourself And Trust God! – I think sometimes we struggle as a Christian blogger because we worry about our writing. What God has revealed to me is that if I am writing what is aligned with scripture. If I am sharing what God has inspired me with, then I need to keep going. It is not about gaining an audience, as much as it is important WE GAIN A CONNECTION with an individual!

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Do Not Compare To Other Bloggers & Focus On God– Before anyone reads this and thinks, “Easy for her to say, look at her following.”Β For several months from summer 2016 – spring 2017 I only had 36 followers. I had no community. Two comments or none on my posts. I did not reach out to the community but still expected people to come to me. I doubted myself as a writer, and the calling God gave me.

But these issues were MY issues, not the Lord’s fault. I wasn’t reaching out and connecting with others. I also was not a consistent blogger for a long time. I had to give my blog and my blogging over to the Lord. I realized how being thankful and grateful for every step of the blogging process was key. God taught me humility. We stay at the bottom, and He moves the mountain. The glory goes to Him.

When I gave my blog to Him, when I chose to write for Him and His people, God provided the rest. He helped me connect with others. He provided the inspirations. He provided the lessons of trusting Him against doubt, and He still pushes me to trust Him today.

Don’t give up! But get going!

Walk with HIm! Be strong!

And Remember...Be The Salt Of The earthAnd The Light On The HillWe Are His Branches1

Monthly Scripture-Β (NIV) Psalms 62:01-02, 05, β€œTruly my soul finds rest in God; my salvation comes from Him. Truly He is my rock and my salvation; He is my fortress, I will never be shaken. Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from Him.”

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226 thoughts on “5 Things You Need To Know As A Christian Blogger

  1. Thanks TR for this hard but straightforward post. I have done this on many occasions. I have been selfish many times. I am so glad to know you. You are always genuine in your writings and dealings. Thanks for this post. God bless you dear friend.

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    1. I originally was concerned about this post because of things we have recently spoken of. I was praying this would be more helpful to you than anything else, and when I had originally wrote this we had not had our discussion yet on how you wanted to grow from this experience. Once we had that discussion, I felt like God was letting me know I could go forward with this post to encourage others to keep trying and going. Even when we make mistakes as a Christian blogger, I promise you, you’re not alone, and everyone makes mistakes in different ways, the blessing is we always have a new opportunity to learn and grow forward. We can help others when we struggle and share with others what we’ve learned. God bless you in a might way! May He guide you and give you the strength to keep going daily!

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      1. Thanks TR. I believe that God has sent you as a blessing in my life. I apologise if inadvertently I have caused you some inconvenience. It was immaturity on my part. But as you suggested, I surrendered my blog to the Lord. He has actually blessed it beyond my expectations. Thanks TR. I will never forget your valuable help when I was in great need of it. God bless you my dear friend. πŸ˜ŠπŸ™πŸŒΊ

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      2. You are completely and wholly forgiven! I’m very thankful that you realized your mistakes. It is not easy to admit when we did something wrong, but it really speaks volumes when we recognize it. I’m so glad that you turned over your blog to the Lord! It’s so important! Praise the Lord for blessing your blog!!! I’m so glad I was able to help you and I’m so glad at the end of this God gets His glory and growth was made!!! Praise be to God!

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      3. Thanks TR for everything. I appreciate your patience towards me. I was bit dependent on you. But you graciously helped me to stand on my own depending upon the Lord. I am glad that you gave me the final comments that I was doing well. I apologise for forcing you to comment on the post when you weren’t able. Please do continue to help the new bloggers who seek your advice. You have that supernatural gift to guide new comers. They will quickly get attached to you. Please help them to mature in their writing. Please let go if they force you to review and respond to their post. I am so thankful to the Lord for leading me to you, the right person who could help me. Indeed God is getting his due glory. I am nothing. Everything what I write is for his glory. Thanks for your well wishes. Please don’t mind if I have given you some unwelcome advice. Thanks again TR. You are a gem.

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      4. Your words are welcomed! I really enjoy helping others πŸ™‚ I think I should work on being more clear with new bloggers not to rely on others as much as trust God and keep writing. Questions and feedback are okay but then we must continue forward. God is getting His glory, amen!!! Thank you for your kind words and encouragement!!

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  2. One of my favorite verses for staying focused on God’s call for my life and not looking around at others:

    John 21:22 (ESV)
    Jesus said to him, β€œIf it is my will that he remain until I come, what is that to you? You follow me!”

    I seek the kingdom of God first and everything else is in God’s hand.

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  3. I have to laugh to myself reading this because it is exactly what I’ve prayed for- don’t you love when that happens?! As I’ve asked God recently for wisdom and inspiration regarding His plan for my blog it’s like He’s said ‘here you go’ and written directly to me through you. Never stop doing what you’re doing! To blog about things near and dear to your heart is paramount, but then to pave the way for other bloggers- it’s just another awesome way you are being God’s hands and feet (and writing voice). Thank you for this πŸ’•

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    1. Wow, so now I actually have to laugh and smile πŸ™‚ This actually is an answer to my own prayer as I’ve been asking Him to speak through me so others can hear Him and draw closer to Him ❀ Thank you so much, Jess!

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  4. Thanks TR. I have been remiss at reaching out to other bloggers and taking the time to read. This is a great reminder of the importance this should have in my blogging mission. Keep up the encouragement!

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    1. Sometimes it can be hard with schedules or just time. Something that has helped me is instead of relying on Reader, I’ll go through the Reader, but as soon as I see a blogger I usually stay fairly consistent with, I’ll click on their name and then go through the posts they’ve written that I’ve missed. And then repeat with a different blogger. It makes the Reader less intimidating or make you feel like you’re doing a bad job at connecting. Everyone gets busy, that’s understandable. It’s just important we keep going and lifting each other up. So glad this is a reminder to you!

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    1. Wow! Thank you so much πŸ™‚ I really do want to try and reach others be it through writing or support. I’m really glad I’ve been able to see your blog grow and blossom. I’m also glad I was there to see all of the process of your book!!! It’s been such a blessing to see these achievements especially with book writing, as you are going through it for the first time! I’m so grateful to you as well for your encouragement and support as a fellow writer and blogger! You are much appreciated as well πŸ™‚

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  5. “If I am sharing what God has inspired me with, then I need to keep going. It is not about gaining an audience, as much as it is important WE GAIN A CONNECTION with an individual!”

    Amen! I know I dealt with some discouragement here at one time, and God dealt with me! He reminded me that I was writing in obedience, not for an audience. And if every post I’ve ever written is used by God either for my own growth, for my own humbling, or just to reach one person with a message God wanted them to hear in the right time, I should be content with that. After all, it’s about HIM, not me. πŸ˜‰

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    1. AMEN!!! I love the truth of this, Heather!!! You know, you are so right! God has spoken to me so much from what I’ve written. Sometimes I’ve noticed He will reach me first with my writing, before others, and often times I need that lesson or perspective He gives me so in time when others talk about it, what God taught me can be added into the discussion. When I first started I told myself, “He is my first audience, and that is beyond the world.” He will always be there ❀ what a truth we have!!

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  6. Poignant advice. Almost every Christian blogger I know (not all!) could probably get more engagement if they were willing to express an interest in other bloggers. It takes time, but as I’ve put more time and genuine care into reading other posts, liking them, and commenting on them, I am slowly building a little community.

    If I am speaking from totally honest humility, I am guilty of selfishness in expecting reciprocation from other bloggers. I am sincere in that I actually read the posts I like and leave meaningful comments when I feel compelled, but I guess it is still about myself at the root in that I will unfollow when time goes by and the person ignores or doesn’t notice my attempts to reach out. There are so many Christian bloggers but limited hours in the day, so I don’t want to put effort into people who aren’t interested in a relationship. That’s why it’s a great idea to find new bloggers in comment sections–I know that those bloggers are at least willing to engage.

    Thanks for all the ways you inspire the WordPress Christian community, T.R.!

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    1. It’s hard not to get caught up in any form of selfishness I think when a following is involved. I have some bloggers I follow who do not follow me or rarely comment. But I like their content. There are some, especially in the past, I really wanted them to comment more on my posts because I enjoy their feedback. But pressing someone does nothing, and instead, in time, I’ve worked on just being thankful for people I really admire comment on my content.

      You are so right! There are limited hours in a day, and I feel bad when I cannot get to everyone in a day or a few days. But I tell myself as long as I get around to my main community within a week that’s okay because it’s about community, not immediately being available when a post is released, though it’s always nice πŸ™‚

      Thanks so much for your encouragement, Lily!!! It’s always appreciated!!!

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  7. Amen πŸ™πŸΏ. I definitely agree with everything that was mentioned. I’m not someone that tells people about my blog. I like when people find my blog on their own or when we are having a conversation around blogs, then I’ll mention it. For me, I use to just post and log out but for the past few months I’ve been taking the time to read other people’s blog. It’s been a blessing. I get to learn and see things from another perspective. The beauty of reading other people’s blogs is that you learn something new. Thank you for sharing this blog post 😊

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    1. It’s so wonderful when blog discussion or even post discussion happens naturally between bloggers. I’m so glad that you have started to read more blogs and connect with others. It’s so powerful as blogger to know our community, and yes, we really do learn so much!!! ❀ I'm glad you enjoyed this post!

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  8. I really like this post as a good holistic guide line for what a Christian blog should be. I’m very glad that I found this post super early into my blogging life, as I just started my blog this week. Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

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    1. Oh wow! I’m so glad you found this post this early! I’ve been wanting to post some more posts like this at least once a month because I had some prior that others really liked it. I’m really glad this guide line has been beneficial to you. It’s hard knowing what to do as Christian blogger, especially at the beginning. Keep going, and welcome to the community!

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  9. This is very honest and helpful TR!! You have been such a loving support to me and I pray that I can be a true blessing to you too. I’m aware of the “you scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours” mentality in the blogging world and pray that I too don’t become caught up in all that. I truly believe God had us find eachother because He knows we needed real intentional friendship. Love ya!!πŸ˜πŸ˜šπŸ€—

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  10. Yes! Blogging is another opportunity to reach out, support, edify, and just be a blessing to other bloggers. As Christ said, they will know that we are Christians by our love, and love isn’t real unless it’s put into action. So, amen, sister.😊

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  11. Spot on with all the points you’ve made and a great post for many who are now starting off in this community and don’t know where to go.

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  12. Thanks for your words of wisdom! It’s important to give it to God and stop worrying about the stats. Easier said than done. God is teaching me patience and humility through this blogging experience.
    I like your idea of reaching out to the community. Every time I tell someone ab out my blog, I get super self-conscious, like I’m asking someone a favor to do for me. Gotta stop making it about me. πŸ™‚

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    1. It’s hard when starting out and wanting people to check out our blog. I hear you!!! I was so confused feeling like I needed to have the link to my blog in every comment (at the end after I commented) but people easily can click on our names. It’s not needed. In the blogging world, I don’t think we need to tell people to check out our blog because everyone has access to check out our blog. However, for people not on WordPress on our social media, or friends and family I think it’s okay to discuss that we blog. The more I got to know in the community the more people gradually started checking out my blog, and I was thankful because I got to meet new people. I was grateful they check out my blog because there was no pressure. πŸ™‚ Connecting with others will help others connect to you πŸ™‚

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      1. I agree…connecting with others is crucial. Blogging is about relationships and building community. It’s definitely pushing me out of my comfort zone and putting myself out there. It’s great to have learned the journey you took with your blogging Nothing comes easy! Thanks for the encouragement. πŸ™‚

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      2. ❀ I used to be really shy when it came to getting to know others in the blogging community, but the more I've gotten to know people the more I feel at ease. πŸ™‚ A few months you'll be able to look back and be like, "What was I so worried about?"

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      3. Saying that in hindsight would be great! Gotta have faith that God will lead in the perfect way…it could be more blogging or something else.
        Thanks for your replies and engaging with me. I know you have lots of comments to respond to. I appreciate it!!

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  13. Amen!!!! This is so very true! We can’t just base the blog on ourselves or desires only. If we claim its all about the Lord we need to keep it on Him and allow Him to use us through it. And genuinely connect/give back to others. I always say that this blog doesn’t blog to me, it belongs to God for His honor and glory and for the outreach of souls. God has also thought me humility as well and I’m just so thankful He did πŸ™‚ what a wonderful post, and don’t stop being honest. Do what God has called you out to do unashamed and bold! In Jesus Name! Blessings!

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  14. I definitley struggle with this. I always yearn to find time reach out to others and I get so carried away with life’s pressures that I feel overwhelmed with how often I should reach out. I am glad you seem to resonate with this, as well.

    I also hope you never felt that I asked too much of you. I know you were a great help when I was having a lot of trouble with the technical aspect. I worried I was pressuring you and I did not want to come across that way.

    Lastly, I am grateful to see your insight on this matter.

    Blessings! Xoxo

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    1. You are fine!!! As you said a lot of your stuff was technical and it was because of you I started writing more posts on my second blog for newer bloggers which I could then send to them those posts when they asked instead of repeat the same thing :). Once you received help you did not repeatedly ask over and over for my opinion or telling me to read your blog. No worries! And for any bloggers that have had these issues I just hope they learn from mistakes and can help other bloggers.

      Sometimes when I try to connect with others on a busy day the Reader is intimadating. So instead I pick one to three bloggers to catch up with and then steadily catch up with the others in the same method. πŸ™‚

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  15. Everything here is soooo accurate especially the need to interact!! It was also months before I learned to interact with other bloggers so it was a really slow progress but it was really worth it seeing the progress now. ☺ Thank you for sharing!!

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  16. Thank you so much!!! I have recently started a blog. I have prayed and asked God to lead me but have been so doubtful on if I will be able to reach anyone. But when I read what you had to say about stop doubting and trust and don’t compare yourself to other bloggers… I was encouraged! I’m so glad I stumbled across your page because you have truly inspired me to write what God lays on my heart and to not forget to connect with others in this community. A million thank yous! Be blessed ❀️

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  17. “I had to give my blog and my blogging over to the Lord.”
    Well said! God is the one who will truly guide us in this journey because if it were only about us it would be a completely different story, but at the end of the day, we are blogging to glorify his name, not ours. Great post! πŸ™‚

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  18. I think that as a Christian blogger, it is probably important to make use of the information and advice that WordPress provides with regards to these subjects. The facts are that reading through some of the information they’ve posted, and the information under the “help” section could cause you to come to the conclusion fairly quick that you cannot be a self-focused blogger as you’ve pointed the finger at and expect any level of growth. My personal practice is to only leave links to relevant posts on my blog upon occasion, and to leave comments that are actually thoughtful rather than those short sentences that indicate the person didn’t really care about your stuff.

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    1. I definitely think a blogger, Christian or not, should be more focused on content reaching out to the community and individual reader, more so than being self focused. You hear this a lot when people talk about networking, it is not so much about us but what we can do to help others. Even YouTubers often talk about how it is important to reach out and connect to the community.

      Of course it is so important to learn, seek out suggestions and read guides on what it means to blog. I’m not disagreeing with that. πŸ™‚ All valid points.

      What I want to add is more personal help for bloggers who are curious, and I’ve had a number of people ask. And I agree it is important to leave thoughtful comments as I talked about πŸ™‚

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      1. I think that would a wonderful idea! The closest people can do is reblog and I have a community spotlight every month in which I spotlight other posts from bloggers that spoke to me. So I can reflect on those posts. Do they have something like a suggestion box? Because if not I think you just created it.

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  19. Another thing is, in attempting to reach out I’ve found a lot of Atheism out there, and even Christians making their exit from the faith. It’s difficult to touch something like that until I’ve reached the point of being a very well-studied and trained Christian apologist.

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    1. God has been opening my eyes to scripture since I was 13 in ways I am so grateful for. I make sure I write down every new thing He awakens when I study scripture. I absolutely agree it is important to know what we are talking about which I speak about a lot on this blog. This is why I am slowly going through giving summaries of books of the Bible to help people understand. And most important more than knowledge is our heart when we hear out others. If people feel upset and condemned we can calmly communicate. If people want to argue we can gently end the conversation, that’s what Jesus did. But agreed many Christian bloggers struggle with emotions and get defensive. But this is not Christlike. I’ve written almost 500 posts on this blog and have and will continue to discuss these topics and encourage others to seek Christ and truly look at the condition of their heart.

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  20. I am glad I read this. I am new to blogging. I am still not sure how it really works but I do enjoy writing. I have not planned to use scripture or for it be centered on God when I started my blog but it seems to be leaning that way. I am going to take your advice and not focus on who is reading or how many, but that I am being true to what God is guiding me to do.

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  21. Thanks for this post it was encouraging to me and insightful cause I don’t know how this whole blog thing works or what the Lord has in mind for it. What stuck out to me is how you talked about community it’s easy to forget these are brothers and sisters on the other side of the screen. I wouldn’t normally think of commenting on things but I am going to try to connect! Thanks again

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    1. I am so glad you reached out and commented. It always means a lot especially when it comes from someone who does not always comment. One of my closest friends is a fellow blogger who pushed herself to comment and we slowly got to know each other and found out we had a lot in common. We would have never been friends if she did not find courage to comment and connect. I’m so glad this post reached out to you πŸ™‚

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  22. I wish I could highlight your sentences like a book!. β€œI had to give my blog and my blogging over to the Lord.” That really spoke to me, as I do often tried to jump the gun on my dreams of blogging.

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  23. Thank you so much for your encouragement. I started blogging about a year ago and I have not been as consistent as I would like to be, and I also sometime get caught up in what people will think about what I write. I started out with a word of encouragement every Wednesday through text messages and email, it was very time consuming but also rewarding because if there was just one person who responded to let me know the word helped them that day I knew I was doing what God called me to do. Continue to be an encouragement to everyone who has a message to share.

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    1. Way to go!!! It can be hard to question our writing. Been there and I revisit from time to time. God helped me get to know other bloggers. He guided me and helped me work through things I struggle with. There have been a lot of lessons sprinkled throughout. He will continue to guide you! Keep following what He gives you.

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  24. I am debating about the role of “marketing” on with my blog: in contrast to my comics, where I try to market all over the place, I’m less inclined to stress about my Christian blog–perhaps because I think “it’s God’s business, He’ll draw people that need to read it”? But then again, you are very correct: readers like creators that engage and care about them. I’m trying to find the balance in that.

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    1. One thing we are told to do is spread the Gospel. Be open and share. No strategy or complications needed πŸ™‚ but I highly encourage you to just be open about having your blog. If people do not know they will not come. God can most definitely draw people to us πŸ™‚ and I think it is important we follow example by letting others know. When the opportunity is there totally take hold of it.

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  25. Thank you for sharing this! I really enjoyed reading the tips and I won’t lie, I was confronted by at least a couple things you wrote. Which is good and I’m thankful for it. Connecting with others and consistency is two areas I need to work on. Thanks again and God bless you!

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  26. Hi. I’m glad I found this post. I am actually looking for a community because it seems the people I know just aren’t into blogging. This post has given me some good insight as to how to gain a reciprocal blog community.
    Thanks for your post and I look forward to reading other great blogs from you.

    Kiana

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    1. Thank you so much, Kiana!!! If you are interested, I highly recommend checking out my community spotlight posts. There are tons of Christian bloggers spotlighted so if you are looking for a community, but aren’t sure where to go. It may be a great starting point πŸ™‚ I’m so glad this post was helpful to you!!!

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  27. I started my blog in 2016. I didn’t really have much guidance as far as where I would go with it. I just knew that I like to write and in times past, God has used my writing to encourage others. I struggle with making myself vulnerable enough to SHARE my writing with others. I have written very little on my blog. Here lately, I have felt a nudge to write more and to share what I have gone through with others. I wrote a piece just yesterday and shared it with my husband. He said he liked it, so I decided to share it on my Facebook and Instagram accounts. I got quite a good bit of positive feedback. It was so encouraging and has inspired me to write more. Today, I was looking for more people to follow and just kind of trying to figure this thing out since I have not really been consistent with getting on my blog or reading other blogs. I just want to say that I AM SO GLAD that I found you on here!!! This post is exactly was I was needing and looking for. I SO look forward to reading more of what you have to say. Especially in regards to pointers and tips on how to use this platform for inspiring others and being useful to His kingdom. THANK YOU!!

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    1. I’m so glad to hear this! I also started my first blog, Inside Cup in 2016 and my second blog Peeking Beneath the fall 2016. It was not till 2017 I started working on consistency with blogging and then branching out to the community. I try to write at least one Christian advice/tip for blogging a month. Peeking Beneath has a lot of posts on blogging in general that may also be helpful to you. Way to go on opening up and sharing with others!!!!

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  28. I agree with so much of what you said. I also feel that it is a shame that people have to be told to be considerate. However, if they are new to blogging and look around at other’s comments, they will see that many people are doing these things. You gave a good explanation of why self-promoting should not be done in another blogger’s comments. I look forward to reading more of your posts.

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    1. Thank you so much, Peggy!! I tend to delete comments if they do not relate to the material discussed. I had self promotion comments and people lecturing about things I did not even talk about. I hope through these posts I can encourage bloggers new and experienced. πŸ™‚ sometimes the bad experiences make great lessons.

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      1. πŸ™‚ I’m so thankful for the number of people these posts help. I don’t see a lot of people have guides for Christian bloggers in particular which is why I want to have some posts related to the topic. God really made me aware, and I see now why.

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      2. you just never know. Im here over in the far east. When I drive I can’t interact with everyone and these are all people that need to hear good news. I think about that and am comforted that we have prayer.

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      3. But also, having a platform like blogging i realize can do wonders. When i have bad days there are some people who have worse days and they need to hear the thoughts of others non believers and unbelievers. but to hear someone who uses scripture is the ultimate because of its truth. Fight the good fight ^_^

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  29. This is great! Thank you for this post. It gives a lot of great tips that encourage us to back our posts with faith that we should have when we feel led by the Lord to do this. I’m really new to the blogging world, right at a month in. I understand the consistency part but did you ever feel you just couldn’t “blog on demand”? Sometimes there’s just a blank. I know I need to pray more, and with a clean heart, about the sole purpose of the posts – to reach others for Christ! Thank you again.

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    1. Ah, oh yes!!! I certainly have experienced the burnt out of blogging “all of the time”. I still blog nearly every day, but I no longer have an attachment to the desire of blogging every day. It was a burden and weight God helped me give up. πŸ™‚ But He did teach me that blogging fairly consistently, for me at least, it opened the door of ideas. I struggled so hard when I started out the first seven months to come up with ideas. But when I focused on writing for God a little consistently 2-3 posts a week, He helped me overcome that obstacle. Now, I have too many ideas, and I’m so thankful for it. (keep a notebook/notepad nearby you never know). You are so right! Drawing close to God, giving Him the glory, helps our focus, and it reminds us why we blog!!! Congratulations on publishing your book in 2014 by the way πŸ™‚

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      1. Great advice! I think I will set the more attainable goal of posting 3 days a week instead of 5 to start out. And again, remember to focus on writing for God!! I truly appreciate your encouragement. And thank you. Now to get that book back on the market! May God continue to bless you!!

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  30. Thank you so much for this encouragement. My husband and I have been trying to help our blog site for several years now. I just retired and have time to focus on it. I found out that we have been totally missing the mark. Your insights and thoughts are spot on. I’m learning everyday that just like Christians need community, we bloggers need each other too! Keep up the good work!
    LeAnne Perkins http://www.familyprioritiesinc.org

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    1. Thank you! Welcome to the blogging community! It can be a challenge at times but full of growth!!!

      If you need tutorials, tips, or free resources feel free to check out my second blog Peeking Beneath. I’ve covered a lot of stuff for blogging.

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  31. You are so right about the consistency. I feel this continual calling to write. I didn’t know where to start , but this is where I’ve begun. The Lord keeps telling me over and over that I’m supposed to write a book. I’ve always had a love for reading and a little writing here and there, so that being said I have no idea where to go from here. I’ve attempted blogs in the past, but I failed. We shall see. Third time is the charm! Like you said. Baby steps. Step #1: Get involved in the community.

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    1. For long time, over ten years I never thought I would be a writer. I became a poet when I was 13 and thought that was all I would be. But then after a period in which God got me through a lot I knew I wanted to write a book series based off of something He gave me as a child. When I worked on preparing for the series with writing my novels (before the books) I knew I needed to connect with people NOW instead of just wait when the first book was written. He inspired me to start a blog, and that’s how I started Inside Cup in 2016. I’ve learned I can write novels. I’ve learned I can blog. God has taught me so much, and if you continually keep turning to Him, He will guide you too!!! πŸ™‚

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  32. I am so thankful I stumbled across this post. I just started a blog, as a creative outlet to help me heal and share my story of depression, and I keep getting caught up wanting to see how many people liked it or reading comments. Thank you for encouraging me to give it to God, for him to direct it, and I do need to build real relationships with fellow bloggers.

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    1. As many wonderful things blogging allows there are a lot of temptations too, becoming consumed with stats is a biggie. But being honest about our weaknesses is huge!!! πŸ™‚ May God guide you and you grow in Him ❀

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  33. This couldn’t have been written at a better time! I literally just posted my first blog post minutes ago! I am looking forward to inspiring one another in this journey. You have a wonderful skill that glorifies God and TOTALLY inspires me!

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  34. Connecting with others should be our forefront anyhow! I do love your post. I initially started my blog, today, to keep me in touch with God and focusing on that. Others will come. Patience is a key to success and so is networking like you have mentioned. It really is fun to get involved with other people as well. I enjoy leaving comments on other blogs rather than writing on my own. Well, off to jump into someone else’s blog! Enjoy!

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    1. Agreed. Some bloggers really struggle with it. What may seem like second nature to some is not to others. You’re so right, patience is key and to make sure we know what our priorities are. May you bless many with your comments and welcome to the blogging community!!

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  35. Thank you! I really needed to hear this. I started a blog last week and while I have had a lot of support from family and friends, I constantly think about reaching a larger audience. But you are right. I need to let go and let God. He will always provide and sometimes we just need a gentle reminder of that πŸ™‚

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    1. Amen!!! I think a lot of bloggers, myself included, start out and just think the numbers will come. Most times that does not happen. Especially in the beginning. But reaching out to the community, it really does a lot. πŸ™‚ Welcome to the blogging community!!!

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  36. My life has become so busy that I need to get back into the habit of asking others for prayer requests and reading other people’s. Think overtime, I just got discouraged that nobody was commenting. But I need to read more, to get new ideas for my own blogs. I love your idea of your once a month memory verse. I might steal that idea, LOL. But seriously, thanks for the reminder:)

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    1. Commenting on other posts can definitely encourag others to check out your blog, especially when you get to know other bloggers πŸ™‚ I’m always glad to help inspire other bloggers. That’s how I’ve grown a lot. I see what I like that other bloggers do and then see how I can make it into my own. Put your own spin on things. Lack of comments can be discouraging, but don’t give up. Get your voice out there!

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  37. To be honest, I just started my blog and I am guilty of alot of these things. There’s so many things that I would like to comment on that helped me However, the point you made at the end about giving your blog over to God is the one that really hit me. It shouldn’t be just about me trying to get a platform and have people recognize me. It should be about God getting the glory. Thank you for sharing this

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    1. It is a learning experience so it is ok to make mistakes. The world presents a particular method with what it means to have a platform and following. But Christ teaches us a better way. Many YouTubenors have talked about influencers tend to enjoy attention and and I think for many bloggers it is the same. We feel validated through others giving us attention, likes, comments, followers, stats. But above anything else we must make sure we are validated in Jesus Christ. πŸ™‚ No one else can give us what He gives us that is what He has been teaching me. You are right, it is about God’s glory. πŸ™‚

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  38. What a wonderful way to remind us to “assemble” together, even here. Thank you for your insight on this topic. I found it both affirming (from God, as I undertake this new venture) and confirming (from a community as I seek to belong to it).

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    1. So important we gather together and lift each other up. πŸ™‚

      If you are interested, today I published another topic for Christian bloggers discussing devotionals and Bible studies and how we need to speak in them. I can send you the link if you want to check it out, no pressure. πŸ™‚ and welcome to the community!!!! I’m glad God spoke to you through this post.

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  39. It’s not easy being a Christian blogger. I have seen some comments cutting people down from reaching out. It’s my first time blogging and I’m glad that you’re stepping up to the plate to help other bloggers out like myself. Thanks for the tips.

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    1. It certainly is not always easy. Disagreements and rudeness can definitely happen. Which is why it is important we cling to Christ and do what we can to go to the ends of the earth spreading the Gospel. He already told us it would not be easy. Blogging is no different.

      Keep walking strong

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    1. I have been working on putting together different tips for Christian bloggers and on my second blog Peeking Beneath (there’s a link at the bottom of the post) I have a page with all of the posts I’ve covered on blogging in general. I need to make a page as well.

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  40. This is amazing. I am new to blogging and a new Christian. As I am hoping that one day I am able to tell my friends and family, I wanted to start recording my experience somewhere but was not sure how to share. Definitely a good tip. Thank you!

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  41. I love, love, love this post. (Sorry, I know, that’s a lot of loves, hah!) You have a beautiful ministry here and I’m grateful that you shared this post. It is about being genuine. Phony is never good and anyone with any discernment at all will see through it and begin to doubt everything else about you.
    I love 1 Thessalonians 5:11, too. Is it not the most amazing feeling when you can turn someone’s whole opinion of themselves around by simply loving on them and being an encouragement? There is not nearly enough of that today. I was writing about that recently, actually. It’s tragic, in my honest opinion.
    Keep letting your light shine, my sister. You are touching more hearts than you know! God bless you and those you love. I look forward to hearing more from you (hug)

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  42. Thanks TR for this post, i’m still new at this. GOD called me to do something for Him through media, and I wanted to put God’s word and biblical ideas in movies. So for now i’m just reviewing mere movies, but my aim is critisize the anti-christain mentality and differ right from wrong.

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  43. What a wonderful message. This is exactly what I needed to read during this season of my life. Thank you so much for your insight and allowing the Lord to lead you. I recently left Facebook and this is becoming my new avenue to share/learn. I am already loving my new community. Blessings to you πŸ™‚

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  44. Wow thanks for the helpful tips. I’ve been trying to write more blogs. I’ve been doing it once every few months when I have a topic laying on my heart, but I want to start posting more often. Hope I can learn from your advice.

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    1. Turn over to Him and God can often inspire a lot of things. At least for me, when I talk to Him that is usually when things are revealed to me.
      Some lessons He gives us, may only be for us. Not everything He gives us will be meant for everyone. Sometimes, things are just between us and God. But He will reveal what you need to share and how to share it. Don’t give up.

      If you are interested, here is a page with everything I’ve covered for Christian bloggers

      https://nobledevotionblog.wordpress.com/christian-blogging-help/

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  45. Thank you very much T. R. Noble. I am getting back into blogging with several posts under my belt, having never been really consistent about it. Your tips inspire me to do better, and pursue this because He has wired me to write! Thank you, and all you to to serve others through blogging.

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  46. This was a great read. I tried blogging before and then gave up on it, it wasn’t the right time or maybe it wasn’t the right subject manner. Recently I decided to shut down all of my social media sites and focus my time on my relationship with God. One day I might let the social media world back in, but right now I needed to do this for me. I’m not saying that this will work for the next person but it was what I needed to do. Since I have done this I have given God more of my time and attention. I need the Lord and I can’t do anything without him. I hope this time around that I will take it a step further not only writing more, but building relationships with other believers and bloggers. Stepping up my game and stepping out on faith.

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    1. Amen!!! I just share a post on temptation and how when we are exposed to the world we are less sensitive to God. We give up more of the world we will draw closer to God. I hear you! May this time be a time of renewal and revelation for you. Glory be to God!

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