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You Got a Second?

I’m interested in learning what brings you to my humble little patch of the internet. I’d love to find out what moves you to follow me. Please take a moment to complete the brief survey below.

Instructions: Select all items that apply. If there’s a reason you visit realasthestreets.org not referenced in the poll, be sure to type it in the Other: field. When complete, click Vote.

 

I appreciate your time!

*Rae

My Top 5 Favorite Apps

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Pinterest: It’s Pinterest. ‘Nuff said. Plus there are a ton of Bible study tips and ideas.

I’ve shown you mine, now show me yours. In the comment section, feel free to share what apps you like to use when blogging.

*Rae

One Year Anniversary!

Can’t believe it.

One year ago I was an unemployed single mother with an unhealthy dependence on sleeping pills and cheap wine. I felt like I had nothing left to live for.

So I created the Real as the Streets blog as a desperate attempt to leave some sort of legacy in the world before I ended my life.

Yet, here I am.

Still.

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7 Tips for Christian Bloggers

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…

  1. 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 or broad vision 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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!

*Rae

12 WordPress.com Tips for Newbies (Like Me)

I love TheDaddyBlitz blog. He puts out quality stuff on a regular basis. If you’re new to WordPress or looking to step up your blog game- check his post out! It has great tips for taking your blog to the next level. I strongly encourage you to give it a good look over, you will be glad you did.

The Daddy Blitz

The following are a few tips for WordPress.com newbies that I had to find by trial and error:

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Is Guest Blogging Still a Thing?

lamented card with the words is guest blogging still a thing

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I am relatively new to the blog game. I love learning and growing in my “skills” but with daily onslaught of trends that come as rapidly as they go, I’m left wondering which trends are in and which are out.

I’ve been thinking about guest blogging for awhile, especially after it was brought to my attention by a fellow Christian blogger, Erica.

It seemed like an awesome idea to help bloggers get exposure. I’ve seen blogs with great content and I think, “How is it they don’t have a whole slew of followers?”
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