Hey bloggers, please welcome Blogger Voices Network Contributor Sarah Geringer and sit back and receive some encouragement on blogging!
The new year is the perfect time to consider making a fresh start on your blog. I’ve been blogging since 2010, and this year I’m making a fresh start in several different areas. Today I’ll share with you four ways you can make a fresh start with your blog to improve your writing, expand your ministry and bring God more glory.
Spiritual Blogging Tips
As Christian bloggers, our words point others to Jesus all around the world. It’s vital that you first consider making a fresh spiritual start with your blog, because the spiritual component relates to your most important purpose.
First, commit to praying for your readers every day. You can place a reminder note on your nightstand or bathroom mirror. If you keep a paper planner, pencil it in a daily time slot. You can also program prompts into your smartphone. Daily prayers for your readers will connect you to God’s purpose for your blog.
Second, meditate on motivational scriptures to power you through the inevitable times when you will feel discouraged or uninspired. Every January I choose one theme verse for the year. I set it as my desktop background so it’s always on my mind when I’m writing. This verse brings me peace and keeps me focused.
Third, ask God to help you grow in contentment about your current stage in your blogging journey. Keep a gratitude journal specific for writing and blogging. This will help squash the deadly temptation to compare yourself to other bloggers.
Mental Blogging Tips
To write posts that will attract followers, you need to fill your mind with interesting things. Read the Bible every day for a constant source of inspiration. If you read God’s Word every day, I guarantee you will never run out of blogging ideas.
Commit to reading other blogs as often as possible. Read with an analytical viewpoint, trying to discover what catches your eye and what turns you off. Make notes of the best blogs you find and apply what you learn to your blog. By reading other blogs, I’ve learned to create shorter paragraphs, bolder headlines, and higher quality graphics.
Also, make book reading a priority. Books provide engaging snippets to share on your blog. Book reviews make great posts as well!
Social Blogging Tips
Blogging can be a lonely venture. It’s essential for you to connect with other bloggers and writers so you beat the loneliness inherent to our work. I encourage you to seek out at least one local writer if possible. Meet her for coffee once per month and gain strength from each other. Ask your library to help you find a local writer friend. I meet once per month with about 25 local writers in my guild, and those two hours are like gold for my writing.
Another important tip is to regularly engage in online blogging communities such as Blogger Voices Network. I’ve gained the greatest benefit from not just reading posts in blogging groups but commenting and posting questions. You’ll be surprised at the wealth of information available from other bloggers.
Don’t forget to go out and enjoy the “real world” too. I’m a full-time writer and a total bookworm. But I need regular conversations with everyday people to fill my social needs. I’m sure you do too!
Practical Blogging Tips
There are so many practical ways to improve your blog. You can find tons of ideas online, but today I’ll share what I’ve done that has been most effective on my blog.
Plan posts in advance. There’s nothing worse than sitting down at a screen with a deadline to meet but no idea in your head. If you allow yourself time to pray and mull over ideas a few weeks before a posting deadline, you’ll have less pressure and more creativity, and you’ll generate a fresher post.
Try to guest post at least once per quarter. By guest posting, you are reaching out to a new group of readers who may join your tribe. Read the other blogger’s work to get a sense of what her readers expect. Follow her guidelines to a T. On the publish date, post a teaser on your site and promote it heavily on social media. The other blogger will be more likely to invite you back if you work hard to promote her site.
Host other bloggers on your site. It’s fun to introduce other bloggers to my readers. An interview is sometimes easier for the guest blogger to handle than writing a post from scratch. Be sure to widely promote her interview and share her links on your site.
Track your stats every week. I use a simple Excel spreadsheet to track my social media stats every Tuesday. It can be hard to see results week to week. However, looking at them over a wider time span will encourage you and show you where you can grow.
What tips do you have for making a fresh start on your blog? Please share in the comments below!
Sarah Geringer writes about Finding Peace in God’s Word at sarahgeringer.com and is the author of three self-published books. She is represented by Michelle Lazurek of WordWise Media Services. Her book on Christian meditation will be published by Leafwood in late 2019. When she’s not reading or writing, Sarah enjoys painting, baking, gardening and playing the flute. She lives in her beloved home state of Missouri with her husband and three children, right in the heart of prime viewing for the Great Eclipses of 2017 and 2024.
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