We shouldn’t be a stumbling block, but we’re not perfect. It is important we are aware of what we are saying and doing especially in how we reach out to others
The world encourages us as bloggers to be focused often on the wrong things and Christian bloggers follow advice that is not Christlike.
This post had a few revisions before it was published and still now. I’m not trying to make any assumptions about Christian bloggers in general. I’m sharing from experience and what other Christian bloggers have shared and admitted. We always can grow. 🙂
1. (Always) Telling Them To Go To Our Blog- I think it’s something newer bloggers are encouraged to do, and newer Christian bloggers are no exception. Views, follows, and comments are a huge temptation. But it is important we do not do this.
It can look shallow when on a post that someone took time to write all we comment about is ourselves. It easily can look like we are trying to steal the spotlight. We need to reflect Christ in all ways. Focus on the post and comment about the post. If we have a similar post we want to share because that blogger may like it, that’s okay. But leave it at the bottom of the comment. Remember it needs to be about others before ourselves.
Some comments can add the pressure/guilt of checking out a blog by using the assumption the blogger is already reading their blog. Example, “I really like this post… and I’m so glad you read mine…”
It’s not fair to try to assume and potentially guilt someone into reading our blog.
2. Don’t Pressure– As a Christian blogger, we should continue to encourage Christian bloggers to write about God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, scripture, and topics Christians and nonbelievers need to read. But we need to make sure we are not only focused on posts someone writes that benefits us. For example, if we were trying to fill a box with recipe cards, someone posting recipes would be a great interest to us. Constantly telling them, “Keep doing this,” because we want them to for our own interest is not good.
It potentially puts pressure on a blogger to continue these kinds of posts just because we like them. I’ve seen bloggers get burnt out doing the same series and type of posts just because their audience desires it. Telling someone why we enjoy a post is wonderful 🙂 We just need to make sure we aren’t making a blogger feel like we are only coming to them for specific posts and pressuring them to write on those specific things.
3. Over Complimenting– Comments that only compliment and not focus on the post makes me uncomfortable and suspicious. As a Christian blogger, we should encourage others. But saturating our response to perhaps make people like us, go to our blog, or whatever else is not how we need to uplift others.
Responses/Comments should always focus on the topic the post covered.
4. Not Reaching Out Enough/Taking Readers For Granted– I know it is not possible for us to all stay up to date daily with everyone’s posts. I am the first to say I’m not daily up to date anymore. It takes me time to make rounds with everyone.
But I caution us to not take for granted our readers and commenters.
*Reading one post a week from a blogger who comments is still better than none. Or a handful of posts in a month is better than none. And our feedback, too, is important. We need to try to give more than we take.
Sometimes bloggers are tempted to only reach out to their consistent commenters after the comments have stopped, and that’s a little disheartening especially if the main reason we’re checking up is hoping they will comment again.
This is not meant to pressure you to read more, only encourage you to remember to keep reaching out. 🙂
5. Not Keeping Our Word– Still applies in the blogging world. Collabs. Doing something outside of blogging. Etc. In the same way, we may make “promises” or “suggestions” to others outside the screen, we can’t take them lightly just because we mentioned it in a comment, message, or email.
Be careful not to “ghost” or disappear from talking to someone. Communicate. If we aren’t able to do something, it’s important we let that person know. That’s all we have to do.
Leaving people in the dark may stumble them. We don’t know how our actions will affect someone. We’re going to make mistakes and not be perfect. But scripture encourages us to make amends and be at peace with everyone if possible.
*if it is an unsafe environment or unsafe for you to continue that’s different.
*if you are reading this bullet point I’ve edited the post a few times by now and I hope this post sounds more encouraging 🙂
What are things you used to do as a Christan blogger and have learned/worked on not doing?
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