So You’re a New Christian Blogger
Starting a journey as a new Christian blogger can be so exciting! You feel called to this writing ministry and have such wonderful ideas! You get your blog up and going and can’t wait to start promoting it! Your excitement is through the roof!! Then you get on social media and Google and Pinterest and immediately begin to feel like…
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A Little Fish In a Big Pond
As a new blogger, you are surrounded by other bloggers who have it all together! They have established relationships, promote each other’s posts and maybe even write for each other’s blogs! Maybe they help promote each other’s products!
These bloggers may seem to have this invisible circle that you can’t ever see yourself breaking into. You feel a bit like you did in high school; a wallflower looking at all the popular kids who surely won’t want to waste their time on a newbie.
The Comparison Trap
You look at their numbers, how many followers, how many repins, how many monthly viewers on Pinterest and your heart sinks a little.
You feel unnoticed. Maybe you feel unwanted at times. Possibly you feel you try to get into the circle but it seems like you just can’t. You can feel like an outsider.
I know that feeling! As a fairly new Christian blogger myself, I know how it feels to look at the numbers of other bloggers and think you will never get to where they are. You think they somehow possess some special gift that you just don’t have. And I felt that way when I was just 2 months into blogging! Seriously, I expected the same results in just two months!! Sounds crazy right?
What new Christian bloggers can easily overlook is how long these other bloggers have been established. It is not that they have a special gift that you don’t; they will be the first ones to tell you that! What they DO have are longevity and experience!
It’s easy to see all the followers and re-tweets and re-pins they get, but what you don’t see, what the enemy doesn’t want you to see, are all the days, weeks and months they spent feeling just like you do. You don’t see all the tears they cried because they wrote the most AWESOME blog post ever, just to have 5 people visit it.
We don’t see the fights with spouses over hours spent staring at a laptop trying to craft the perfect pin! We don’t see the sleepless nights or the hours (and dollars) spent doing every training known to man!
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It’s Your Journey
It is easy to compare yourself to others but the reality is that their journey is not your journey. Remember, your journey in blogging, or any ministry for that matter, is what God has designed just for you! It is not going to look like anyone else’s!
Your journey in blogging is going to be unique to your strengths and your experiences in life and in your walk!
And your journey is going to progress at a pace unique to you as well.
Your goals are not the same as another blogger’s goals. So you will not walk the same walk!
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The enemy wants you to play the comparison game. He wants you to look at those numbers and get discouraged and give up! The enemy wants you to believe that somehow these other bloggers just “have it” and you don’t. He wants you to think they just woke up one day, rolled out of bed and started this amazingly successful blog!
That is a lie! He will never show you everything that went into that success.
Rather than allowing him to discourage you, go to your fellow bloggers for encouragement. They will be willing to share with you all they have experienced in their blogging journey!
Christian Writer Community
What I DO know about the Christian blogging community is that it is a giving one. When you reach out for help, people WILL respond. If you ask for shares, you WILL get them (be sure to reciprocate when you do). And if you ask for advice, you will get it and you will get pointed toward training that might help you!
If you want the success they have, you have to be willing to put in the time as they did.
You have to be willing to do training as they did. If you ask for help and you are pointed toward books or training, be willing to read or do some of them! You don’t have to spend a lot of money on them. In fact, there are some great free ones that I will list below.
Success at blogging is not going to come by osmosis! It is work!!
Not Seeing Results
But what if you have done the work, done the training, and you still aren’t seeing the results you want?
Take comfort in the fact that it just takes time! It won’t happen tomorrow. You should start to see some improvement and as long as you are heading in the right direction, even if slowly, that is progress! But there is nothing wrong with your blog! It just takes time to get it out there in front of people.
Look at it like a marathon, not a sprint. It is better to build something on a solid foundation that will last rather than a flash that will quickly die out because you cannot maintain that pace.
Build On a Solid Foundation
A solid foundation will see you through slow times, tough times! The Word makes it clear that a solid foundation is always the best way!
Matthew 7:24-27 says:
“Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. Everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.”
Now, He wasn’t speaking of a blog of course but it is still good advice that applies to anything in life.
A solid foundation for your blog will see you through storms far better than a blog built hastily on the sand!
Seek God! Pray about what direction He has for your ministry and focus your eyes on Him, not other bloggers!
Bloggers, don’t forget to link up below! You can add 2 links to your best blog posts!
Here are some links to training I have done that has resulted in tremendous growth for my blog:
Girl Bosses Rock Membership– This is one I HIGHLY recommend
Some other posts you might enjoy:
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