I am so very pleased to introduce you to my very first guest writer here at Milk & Honey Faith. Her name is Carmen Brown and she blogs over at Married By His Grace. I met Carmen the very first week I started blogging and we’ve grown to be the dearest of friends. We’ve had countless conversations about the tremendous responsibility we have by being called to blog, and have since prayed together, learned together, and even started running a Facebook Group together for Christian writers called “By His Grace Bloggers“. Please take a moment to kick up your feet and read about how Carmen started out on this precious calling we call Blogging.
When You are Called to Blog
If you asked me two years ago “What’s a blog?” I probably would’ve looked at you and said, “I don’t know, what’s a blog?” Blogging was never an interest or even considered as a titled position to me.
I was just like all the other 83% of internet users that found blogs to be the fifth most reliable source of honest internet review. Majority of the time I couldn’t even tell the difference between a company site and a blog.
It wasn’t till my sister told me about the many homemaking Christian blogs she followed for: recipes, homeschooling tips, and for encouragement as a stay at home mom, that I learned what a blog was.
It was at that time, she reminded me of how much I use to write and asked why didn’t I consider creating a blog?
Although, flattered that she thought I could start a blog, I immediately answered with no interest but continued to tell her about how I had been writing consistently for the past two years because the Lord kept telling me to “Just write.” I just didn’t know for what. All my writings had been put onto a old laptop that was just staying between me and God.
Quickly after that conversation with my sister, I was secretly intrigued, so I got onto Pinterest, the site that she said she always found blogs on, and I began researching. I would search: “What is a blog? What are they for? How do I start a blog? Who reads blogs?”
After months of researching, my husband nonchalantly said one day, “Start the blog.”
“What?!” I exclaimed.
He replied, “I said start your blog, it’s time.”
Although I had my husband’s support, I struggled with it. I knew the blog would only be about the priorities in my life which was: God, marriage, and parenting. But who was I? Who was I to write of these things to the public when I was still learning it all myself?
Because of my husband’s constant encouragement, I finally brought myself to start a blog but when it came to building the blog I still had no idea what I was doing. YouTube and Pinterest became my best friends. I was constantly on both sites trying to build a blog, to understand blogging, and to develop a connection with bloggers.
Behind all the research and attending free webinars weekly of how to start a blog, I felt like I finally had an understanding of what blogging was and could be and so, Married by His Grace was created.
Married by His Grace is a blog that I desire to bring inspiration and hope to wives and mothers that is working to build a home based off of the word of God. A place where my testimonies and my own trial and error could be relatable and encouraging to any mom that is raising godly children.
Just months after starting Married by His Grace I felt overwhelmed and as if there was a void in what I was creating. After seeking God; sadly, as a last resort, He showed me it was no longer about how to develop a successful blog or about how many read the words that I posted but it was about what He had asked me to do just two years prior. “Just write.”
It was time to put everything else aside and “Just write.”
Reading my bible daily became a priority and connecting with a community of other christian bloggers became a necessary resource for my blogs wellness.
I was waking up every morning excited to connect and to learn.
I was soaking up every bit of information, encouragement, and post about Christian blogging. I engaged in anything that could uplift me as a Christian Blogger.
He was drawing me in to create a ministry that I did not know I had within me.
I feared myself with the word ministry so much that I was not able to see my blog becoming a ministry. I did not think I was capable of it.
But then in the word of God, He showed me ministry as:
“And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ” Ephesians 4:11-13
The vision of unity between Christian bloggers that was building a blog to spread the word of God from place to place, country to country, began to develop into a passion for me. To think that I was on the same team (which is the body of Christ) with all the other Christian bloggers in this world writing to God’s people, was a remarkable vision to me. That vision alone encouraged me to continue blogging many times. The verse reminded me that He equipped me as He had prepared my heart and me as a writer the past two years. Those two years of writing was a time of intimacy and training for what He had called me to create. A blog that was being built from His mercy and grace.
Shortly after I received the revelation, I came across a statistic about bloggers that nearly broke my blogging heart.
85% of bloggers fail and 50% of those bloggers fail within their first six months.
Then it became more real for me after reading, “Religion, Spirituality” genre is ranked as the fifth most written about niche in blogging.
This is when my writings, prayers, and focus began to be shared with encouraging new Christian bloggers. To hopefully reach that one person and encourage them to not give up in what God has called them to do.
Quickly after, By His Grace Bloggers Facebook group for women Christian bloggers was created. Natalie and I lead the group with prayer, encouragement, and passion. All characteristics which God has used in our own ministries and now in the ministry of building a group that is intimately known as Grace Girls.
As a passion to serve in the Christian Bloggers community, ‘By His Grace We Blog, Christian Blogging 101’ eBook was born. It’s an eBook written specifically for soon to be, new, or experienced Christian based bloggers. The eBook is to guide you through as you create yourself as an established Christian blogger.
The eBook takes you step by step of: seeking God through your blogging, what to do before launching your blog, cultivating your blog into a ministry, how to use Pinterest for the benefit of blogging, monetizing from your blog, branding, networking, affiliate marketing, and much more.
To continue to learn more about By His Grace We blog, you may read the eBook description here.
As readers of Milk and Honey Faith, Carmen Brown is offering a 25% discount code for her eBook by using promocode: milkandhoney
Carmen Brown is the creator of Married by His Grace blog. She actively writes to women who are desiring to build their home with the word of God. Her passions involve staying connected with her family, drinking an immense amount of coffee daily, and developing content that will help and encourage new Christian Bloggers. You can connect with Carmen on her blog, Instagram, and Pinterest.
Thank you for reading along and I hope you all enjoyed this post as much as I did. Carmen has a tremendous heart for the Lord and her sisters in Christ. Remember to stop by at her blog to say hello.