What I learned in my first 30 days of christian blogging

Hi there lovelies!

I’m so delighted to be sharing this post with you today because there is a little news that I have reserved for the end.

Let me just say that this journey of blogging has been off to a great start.  Everyone has been so gracious and encouraging and I’m humbled by the amount of sheer talent that each of my fellow bloggers possess.  I’m amazed at the amount of souls that the Lord has called to sharing the gospel via the internet.  The numbers are mind-boggling and yet there is still so much to be said, so much to do,  and so many more who are called and haven’t yet stepped into their purpose.

Without further ado here are a few things that I have learned in my first 30 days of Christian Blogging…

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1.  It’s all about Jesus – While that seems obvious enough when writing about your faith let me just explain that blogging is the ultimate time-robber.  It is all encompassing and there are many parts that come into play.  If you aren’t intentional about your devotion time you can easily get caught up with the demands and deadlines of your new blog.  Before you open up that email, you have to dig in to your word.  Before you sit to type, you have to pray.  It has to be Spirit led and unless you are filled you will be attempting to serve from an empty vessel.
 
2.  Fear = Failure – You cannot be afraid to post what the Lord puts on your heart.  You cannot be afraid to step out and take a chance.  You have to get out of the boat and be willing to walk on the water in the midst of the storm.  Keep your eyes on Jesus and you will be fine.
3.  Opposition comes – How many of you know that when you are walking with the Lord and stepping into His will for your life the devil rears his ugly head?  It is no different when blogging about your faith and sharing the gospel.  The enemy will do all he can to try and make you quit.  As long as you share about Jesus you have a bullseye on your back because you are a threat to darkness.  Be encouraged though,  Jesus has you covered and no evil will overtake you.
“Be strong and courageous, and do the work.  Don’t be
afraid or discouraged, for the Lord God, my God, is with you.
He will not fail you or forsake you.  He will see to it that all the
work related to the Temple of the Lord is finished correctly.”
1 Chronicles 28: 20
 

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4.  Consistency is key – You have to commit to what you are setting out to accomplish and follow through with it.  If you can only get one post out a month then make sure that you are consistent about that one post.  Slow progress is still steady progress and your readers need to know they can rely on that next post from you.  I literally get excited when my favorite bloggers pop up into my reader feed.
5.  Schedule your time – I’m learning this the hard way.  There are so many different components attached to blogging including but not limited to; social media, emails, and networking.  If you don’t make a weekly plan of how much you’ll be devoting to each one you’ll be easily lost while accomplishing nothing.  Not only that but you’ll be missing out on the most important things, time with the Lord and your family.  I have allotted myself so many hours a day for each activity and it’s still a challenge.
6.  God will guide the way – He will give you the vision for your calling.  Whether that be the niche you are in, the people that you will be collaborating with, or what style of writing to use, He will make it known to you.  I have been in awe at the amount of resources that the Lord has been setting right before me.  Things that have been helping me, encouraging me, and people who have been blessing me.  It has been surreal and beyond what words can describe.  God is so faithful!
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart;
do not depend on your own understanding.  
Seek His will in all you do, and He will
show you which path to take.”
Proverbs 3:5-6
My prayer is that if you are someone who stumbled upon my blog and you have a heart to start a faith-based blog of your own that you have just gained a little bit of the wisdom and encouragement you needed to take that first step.  By the way, I’m here to help along the way if you need some advice or just a listening ear.
Part of the path that the Lord has me on is growth.  Growing in my faith, growing in courage, growing in trust.  In an effort to continue growing I am happy to announce that I will be switching my blogging platform (sorry Blogger) to WordPress.org.  I started Blogger intentionally.  I wanted a simple beginning that was safe.  Well, it seems that it is a little too safe.  The Lord is calling me out to stretch my faith and to move into uncharted territory.  That means I’m diving into learning the ins and outs of a platform that I’m completely unfamiliar with.  I’m eager to see what the Lord does…
Many blessings to you,
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  • Hi Natalie! I enjoyed your post as I am a newbie at blogging. I especially like how you wrote, "It has to be Spirit led and unless you are filled you will be attempting to serve from an empty vessel." It is so vital to be led by the Lord when it comes to what we post. Keep up the great writing. Let me know howvyoublike WordPress, I'm a fellow blogger user.

    • Thank you so much Ana 🙂 There are so many of us stepping out and I feel it is so important to encourage each other. I appreciate you encouraging me. I will definitely let you know how WordPress goes. So far it is way more intricate and a little confusing. The good news is nothing is impossible for God and he is guiding me through it.

  • Natalie, lovely thoughts and I share the same feelings as you 3 months into blogging. Like minded ppl often think alike! What's nice is since I have been following u from ur start I feel I am starting to know who u are as a friend! All the best and blessing will continue to follow!
    Sue @ mamaofthreeboys.com

    • Sue I'm so blessed by your comment. I love meeting like-minded people and I can't wait to become better acquainted with you. I'm so appreciative that you have been following me from the start. You have no idea how much that means to me. You have put a little pep in my step today and I'm grateful!

  • I just started a Christian blog on wordpress after years of using blogger for my parenting blog. It's different but in the long run I think I'm going to like it so much more.

  • Hi Natalie,
    Thanks for the post. I so needed this. I feel like a little fish in the ocean. I'm still learning and have some ways to go. Every time I walk away I come right back. This post has been an inspiration. May God continue to guide you through this path. You'll love the new platform. Congrats on your move.

    • Thank you Mary! I feel just like you do…little fish…BIG sea. What is great is having Sisters-in-Christ like yourself to encourage us. Thank you for blessing me!

  • You have gotten off to a great start! Yes, opposition surely comes – but you are being consistent and determined! We can all use these tips I think no matter what stage of blogging we are in! Thanks!

  • Great post full of wise counsel. I have been learning these things, too. I have been so surprised by the spiritual opposition from the enemy and by my own insecurities and fears rising up. It has been a victory to get anything written. But God is gracious and faithful!

  • Hey Natalie! This is Nia from lifebeforeeternity.com! I just wanted to see if our experiences matched. They do! I love your writing too. You are very genuine. And I think we’re on the same page when it comes to blogging for Christ. I look forward to reading more of your blog and hopefully we can collaborate on something eventually!

    • Hi Titania! I just love fellow bloggers and sisters-in-Christ. I’m going to have to stop in at your blog. I can’t wait to know you better!

  • You are absouluty correct! I remember when I was on blogger, and I started blogging. I was trying to be like everyone else. When I got baptized I shared that story on blog, and from then on the flame of sharing my journey was lit. In January of this year I loved over to squarespace. The lord called me to stretch as well. Identifying myself as a Christiant and lifestyle blogger. Identifying myself was not just for people to know what I wrote about, but for me as well. For me to have the awareness of who I was, and whose I was, and what I was called to do. I understand what you mean, and in Jaunray I was fasting and prayed that the lord would give me posts. Literally I wake up with them, or I’m having my devotional time and a post comes to me. I just love how faithful he is! Cheers to moving forward in our calling!

    • Amen Lenae! That is awesome how God has put such a passion in you for sharing His word. I’m so excited to see where He will take us on this journey. God bless you!

  • Wonderful post Natalie! I love how you said that we need to step out and write what the Lord has put on our hearts, without fear. I absolutely agree! The enemy will try to come against what God is doing within us and we need to fight this fear with our faith and knowing that we are being obedient to Christ!

  • Hi Natalie!
    I found your site when I searched for Christian blogs on Pinterest, by way of a blog named Married by His Grace. I posted my first article yesterday and I already know what you mean by scheduling time. Don’t be surprised if I take you up on your offer for a listening ear in the future… WordPress scares me 🙂 Anyway, congrats on the site, I sincerely hope that whatever you gain from it, will exceed whatever expectations had. God bless you!

    • Marie,
      I am just thrilled that you found me and believe me when I say that I don’t shy away from making new friends. WordPress scares me too but there is no giant too large for our God. He is showing me the ins and outs and I look forward to getting to know you better!

  • Thanks Natalie
    Love your post and love your site. Your post is timely found by me. As a new blogger it is great to always find those who are filled with passion and are answering the call yet still takes time to encourage others. God bless you and thanks again

    • You are so very welcome Lureta! I’m so happy to encourage you on your new journey. I can’t wait to check out your blog. All glory to God!

  • Thank you for sharing this! I just started a blog, and all of a sudden all of these trials are coming my way. It would be easy to quit; thank you for the reminder that we are in a spiritual battle!

    • Hi there Rachel,
      Please, whatever you do don’t quit. The enemy would love nothing more. Just know that the enemy wouldn’t attack unless you were doing something impactful for God’s Kingdom. Let that fact encourage you to move forward.

    • Hello Jeanne,
      You are so welcome. I’m happy that this post was helpful for you. I’d love to read your blog. Mail me your link please!

  • So happy I stumbled across this tonight! I launched my Christian blog a little over a month ago and th e past two weeks have felt SO discouraged. My husband keeps telling me it’s Satan, and what a great confirmation from your post!

    • Dearest AlexXandra, I’m so blessed that you were encouraged by my post. Your Husband is right. The enemy will try to deter you from finishing the work you have started. Keep going Sister!

  • Love your Post. I just started a Christian Mom Blog and I needed to Hear every one of these. Especially Number 3! <3

    – Kelsey @ The Everyday Christian Mom

    • Hey there Kelsey,
      Congrats on starting a new blog! I can’t wait to hop on over and check it out. I’m so glad you were blessed by the post. It’s tough starting out as a Blogger but it is so fulfilling to step in the Lord’s call. Can’t wait to know you better!

  • So so true. Started my blog just about a month back and I have no time left for anything else. Have been spending the first hours of the morn only with Jesus to receive from Him – wisdom and peace. Loved this post. Thank you. It’s so important to know others feel the same way.

    • How glorious Sheetal.
      You are starting off right. It’s when we are filled up with Him, that we can pour out to others. It’s awesome you are making the wisest choice of all.

  • Great reminders. I haven’t been blogging long (started 9/1/16) but I’ve run into most of the things you mention in your post. Scheduling seems to be my biggest challenge right now. As you say, remembeing to do your own quiet time and Bible study, prior to writing your blog is crucial to receiving and preparing a message–I don’t want to write just to put something out. I also don’t want to neglect the other important parts of my life: marriage, family, church and ministries, etc. Thanks for the post.

    • Barbara, God bless you on your new endeavor! What an awesome privilige you’ve been given by God. Please feel free to email me anytime with questions you may have. I’m here to help!

  • Excellent post! God is getting my attention about my schedule. I need to be intentional in spending time in the river with Him. Glad to have read this….thanks for writing it!

    • Thank you Cindy! Believe me you aren’t the only one! I’m constantly having to readjust my schedule so that it makes sense. He has to be the priority.

    • Thank you so much Julie! It has been such a pleasure so far and the Lord is teaching me so much. I can’t believe it has been nearly a year since I have first started.