Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass. Psalm 37:5 KJV
In my now 1.5 years of blogging, I’ve learned a few things. There’s a lot to do to keep blog space moving forward and maintaining a quality site and worthwhile content. No matter your focus – faith, fashion, lifestyle – it all takes work and commitment.
In this next entry in my Spring Blogger series, aimed at other faith bloggers, I’m offering my tools and tips for making your words shine, glorifying God all the while. That’s the point, isn’t it?
Well, speaking of: Center yourself and your blog in God and His word. If you’re a follower of Christ and rooted in the Word, then your blog should reflect that, even if faith is not necessarily the central theme. Your food blog can honor God through what and how you write, and your audience will know the spirit behind it. No matter your focus, pray first and always, stay grounded, and honor God with your gifts.
Get organized and committed and stay organized and committed. When I first started blogging, I kept a list of blog ideas, started an editorial calendar, and mapped out some social media goals (among other things), all before I read countless how-to’s, best blog practices, and this and that. It was important for me to stay organized on all levels of my blog and to find a system of organization that worked for me. If something wasn’t working, I’d try a different strategy. And, I committed myself to the work. I posted every Friday (at the time) like I said I would. I chose faith as my central theme because I’m a person of faith – there’s really no other viewpoint from which I could write, honestly (and sometimes this ain’t all that easy). Whatever you do, however you do it, stick to it and keep your word.
Another way I put my best words forward is investing in resources I believe I need in order to produce a successful blog. I’m currently a member of COMPEL Training, run by Proverbs 31 Ministries. COMPEL has allowed me to become a better, focused faith writer, and has connected me to new friends that share in this same journey. The expertise from the P31 team and the extra tools and resources are worth it. Also, don’t forget your Bible, dictionary, style guide, etc. Yeh, you know, those things. We want our best words, right?
Lastly I would say know your grace. Simply put, find your voice, know what God has called you to say and do. I’m no Bible teacher or scholar. I do know whose I am in the Lord, and I know and have accepted His message of salvation, grace and mercy. That’s where I write from.
Well, these may not have been tools per se, but they are my aids in keeping this space going. And I’m grateful for my space in the building (hee hee), and I intend to present this work as God has called.
What are some ways you keep your blog space moving along?