One question I find myself asking is, “What is the truest form of love?”
Is it involuntary like a heartbeat? Like a mother’s love for her child.
Or deliberate and purposeful? Like Hosea’s pursuit of Gomer?
Is it easy and natural or complex and difficult?
Did Christ go to the cross because He chose to love us? Or because He is love?
I wonder if humans are even capable of real love.
Or has the concept been so soiled with self-gratification and commercialism that we wouldn’t- or couldn’t- recognize it, even if it was hand-delivered to our doorstep.
Since I published 7 Tips for Christian Bloggers, people ask what apps and tools I use. So allow me to share a few of my secret blogging weapons.
Disclosure: I am not a paid endorser. I’m not that special 😥 All the apps referenced here are ones I use just cuz I like ’em.
- Snapseed: Google’s awesome free photo editor. Since I am a Google kind of gal, I like using apps developed by Google because they work seamlessly with Android devices. This is the app I use to combine images with quotes and Bible verses.
- Pixabay: This app provides users access to over a million high quality images that fall under the Creative Commons CC0 license. The CC0 license is the most liberal licensing available for content use.
- Merriam-Webster Dictionary: I don’t always pay for my apps, but when I do… they’re Merriam-Webster dictionaries. As a blogger, the only thing more important than ideas and pretty pictures is words. Right? I love this app so much. It also has a built-in thesaurus.
- Webster 1828 Dictionary: If you’re into theology, particularly of the Christian kind, an 1828 dictionary is a must. It’s a great reference for understanding language used in early American literature. Those old sermons, for example.
- Pinterest: It’s Pinterest. ‘Nuff said. Plus there are tons of great Bible study tips and ideas on here. It’s where I go for pinspiration. 🙂
I’ve shown you mine, now show me yours. In the comment section, share what apps are invaluable to your blogging process.
When I first started blogging, I thought the most successful bloggers were the ones who had the most time to dedicate to their blog. This simply isn’t true. The best bloggers know how to make the most of their limited time. Through research and experience, I’ve found a few blogging “cheats” that have made my life as a blogger easier.
1. Use Data Analytics to Your Advantage
- WordPress has tons of analytical functions. You can see what day and time you receive the most visitors. Why is this important? Because if most people are viewing your stuff at 11am on Tuesday, don’t post at 9p on Saturday.
- Content is like fruit. You want to give it to your followers when it is fresh. Plus newly posted content gets bumped to the top on the WordPress reader.
- You can also see the geographical location of your followers. If most of your followers are from the United States, then things like “Individualism and Freedom” will be better received than if your followers were primarily from China or North Korea.