There are a whole slew of in-depth tutorials and tips for blogging. The advanced ones include SEO, social media, eBooks, mailing lists, etc. But I haven’t reached that stage of blogging, yet. So far I have found success implementing the following basic concepts…
- State Your Purpose
- What is your, ‘Why?’ What drives you to put out post after post? This is your purpose. People like knowing your MO. A specific blog mission statement is a great way to not only be transparent with your readers, but keep you on track with your goal. You can find my purpose, as an example, on the About Page.
- Keep It Real
- Be true to yourself and be honest. If you want people to follow you, give them something authentic and unique. God made us individuals for a reason.
- Find Your Crowd
- Not everyone is going to like your stuff. If you truly believe the Word of God and proclaim your faith openly on the internet, there are going to be those who don’t like what you say. Hell, there will even be Christians who don’t like how you say it. But if you post enough, you will find a crowd of like-spirited people. It is worth noting that finding your crowd doesn’t mean throwing out some posts and waiting for the readers to bite. It means going out to other blogs, reading the work of others, liking, and commenting. Engage bloggers who you find common ground with.
- Post Regularly
- Find a blogging schedule that works for you and keep putting out fresh content on a regular basis. For example, I try to publish a thoughtful post once a week and a motivational post twice a week. But the bulk of my blogging time is spent on Tip 3.
- Use Google
- Using the multitudes of resources available for bloggers is a necessity for maintaining and growing a blog. Even though I am so pleased you are reading this from my little patch of the internet, I strongly encourage you to seek additional information so you can reach your blogging goals. All the information in the world is at your fingertips. If you have a blogging question, ask Google.
- Make It Pretty
- Marketing 101 lol. It doesn’t matter what you blog about, if your blog looks ratched most won’t stick around. Blogging is an art and as such, take some time to focus on the aesthetics and web design. If you’re not sure how to enhance the visual appearance of your blog refer to Tip 5.
- Remember the Lord
- For Christians, God is a pretty big deal. I listed this last but it plays a role in every facet of Christian blogging. Keep praying, read your Bible, and do right. And it wouldn’t hurt to ask: What Would Jesus Blog? 😉
That’s a concise little list of things that have worked for me. I’m still relatively new to all of this and would love to read about your experiences as a Christian blogger. What works for you? What doesn’t? What do you find to be especially challenging?
Share your thoughts in the comments!