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
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.”
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.
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. 🙂
We are to be encouraging to each other. 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. 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.”
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!
Do Not Compare To Other Bloggers & Focus On God– Before anyone reads this and thinks, “Easy for her to say, look at her following.” 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!
Monthly Scripture- (NIV) Psalms 62:01-02, 05, “Truly 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.”
*** Community Prayer Request | August ’18 – Join Me In Praying For Each Other And If You Have A Request To Add Let Me Know. A New Prayer Request Post Comes Out Every Month And Is Updated As Requests And Updates Come In.
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