Do you ever read all these Christian lifestyle blogs, parenting blogs or ministry blogs and think it’s something you could never do? I hear ya! I felt the same way at one time! In fact, I still do once in a while! Are Christian bloggers wanted? Yes! Are they needed? Oh, definitely! And you CAN do it!! I will share with you the benefits of getting started with a faith and lifestyle blog!
Updated and republished from 3/13/2020
Christian Lifestyle Blogs – The Benefits of Blogging
As a new blogger, I would see all these amazing bloggers and think “Wow, that’s a lot of work! I don’t think I have the talent for it!”
Or maybe you think blogging is just a waste of time!
Maybe when you think of blogging, the images you conjure up are probably similar to a teenager writing in their diary. You know, the usual, cliched kind of “today tanked because I missed my bus and then…” sort of thing!
The reality, however, is that a faith and lifestyle blog is an incredibly dynamic hobby/business, that can yield tremendous benefits for both your personal and your work life.Blogging is an incredibly dynamic hobby/business, that can yield tremendous benefits for both your personal and your work life. Click To Tweet
Here are just a few of the ways in which blogging can change your life and your ministry or business!
3 Ways a Faith and Lifestyle Blog Benefits You and Others
1. Blogging Can Develop Your Personal Brand
When it comes to your professional or ministry life, the “brand” that you cultivate for yourself will be of the utmost importance!
If you have a business that also has a blog you can open up doors to new customers in a brand new way!
You become the subject matter expert and then, when they need your type of product or service, they will think of you!
A blog on your business site gives you a platform with which you can address topics important to your niche market, engage with your audience, share your know-how, and do what you can in order to craft your brand via your own words.
In ministry many times you ARE the brand! You share your own personal stories, struggles, and victories and your audience comes to identify with you!
Bloggers want to be and SHOULD be identified as a subject matter expert! You can be that go-to person for problem solving!
Customers want a business that can help them solve a problem or meet a need! Identifying your your ideal audience can help you meet those needs!
A faith and lifestyle blog may not be business related at all but the same concept applies; people are coming to you because they have a problem and they want someone to identify with them if not directly help them.
For people of faith, Christian lifestyle blogs fit that bill and get more of Jesus online!
2. Christian Lifestyle Blogs Can Help YOU Along the Way As Well
One of the major benefits of blogging as it relates strictly to your personal life is the extent to which it enables you to more or less have a “conversation” with yourself.
Have you ever heard instructors in some particular discipline say something along the lines of “if you want to learn this stuff really well, try to teach it to someone else”? The basic idea behind this rule is that in order to communicate an idea clearly, you must first become very comfortable and familiar with it yourself.
Blogging can behave in much the same way.
Perhaps you’ve had some ups and downs in your personal fitness journey, and you aren’t really sure of what’s gone wrong. You may decide to write a blog post sharing your struggles and mulling over your experiences.
Maybe you have a struggle with your faith!
Blogging allows you to share that struggle and not only help someone else who may be going through the same, but you can also sometimes find the answer God is trying to convey to you just by “talking” it out! That has happened to me many a time!
Blogging also allows your audience to comment on your posts and maybe share some wisdom with you when they have gone through similar struggles!
It can be a great tool for consolidating your thoughts and discovering more about God and yourself!
3. Christian Lifestyle Blogs Can Give You a Sense of Community
Say what you like, but we humans are naturally social creatures, and we basically want to participate in groups that reflect our interests.
These days, some of the biggest platforms for discussion exist on the internet and Christian bloggers take advantage of those platforms and use them to connect with other bloggers as well as with their followers!
Blogging on a topic that interests you can, therefore, be an effective way of exploring those interests, joining in with a wider discussion, and connecting with others who are engaged with the same topics.
For those of us who blog on faith-related topics, we form a sisterhood with our fellow bloggers and our audience that we may not find elsewhere.
Many times, our followers are isolated. They may not have fellow believers in their lives to share in their faith. They may not have people in their lives they can go to for prayer. Possibly they may live in a country where being a Christian is not accepted!
Christian lifestyle blogs, parenting blogs, ministry blogs, etc., can provide that community for them, as well as reaching people for Jesus in places all over the world who may not be able to hear the Word in their own communities!
Blogging breaks down walls and bridges the miles to reach people for Jesus!
That, to me, is the most important and most compelling reason to start a faith blogging journey!
So I ask again; are Christian bloggers wanted? Oh yes! So why not start writing and share what God has done in your life?
Other Benefits of a Faith and Lifestyle Blog
While we covered blogging as it pertains to everyone, professionals and hobbyists, there are other benefits to beginning a faith blog that are worth addressing.
Not every Christian chooses to monetize and that is a personal decision and one you should most definitely pray about. But blogging can open the door for you to earn an income.
Earning an income that helps support your blog if nothing else is beneficial. There are various ways to earn an income with Christian lifestyle blogs.
You can earn an income by incorporating an ad network on your site. This is a great way to generate revenue because it really doesn't require you to do much work at all.
However, many ad networks require you to have a certain amount of traffic so be sure to see what their requirements are.
I highly recommend Mediavine as it is my own ad network, but again...be sure to check out the requirements of any network you consider.
If you have ever tried a product you loved and recommended it to a friend, you have basically done what is involved in affiliate marketing.
You simply find some great programs within your niche and share them with your audience. For doing so, the company pays you a commission without any cost to the customer!
You can find a list of over 200 affiliate programs for bloggers at Blogging Divas
This is when someone pays you to post about something (or place their post) on your site.
A review post might be an example, where they pay you to review their product.
Be sure to disclose the fact that it is a sponsored post on your site! You must always let your audience know that you have received compensation of any kind to write a post.
Creating and Selling Your Own Products
The best way to make money on your blog is to create products yourself and offer them to your followers.
Some people see this as being "salesy" but I can assure you, I have never gone to a blog where someone is selling a Bible study or a prayer journal and thought it was salesy.
Yes, sometimes emails can be salesy so be cautious about emailing your list that way. But if you just have an opt-in on your site for your product, that is not salesy at all in my opinion.
It comes down to intent. Are you doing it to provide value to your followers or just to make money?