How to Blog (the right way)

howtoSpoiler alert! — there is no right way.

And I’ll let you in on a small secret: (I have no idea what I’m doing.) 

It’s really hard for me, because I’ve have all of these plans, all of these ideas in my head of how things should go, what I want to make happen, and when I want it done.

I’ve written before about how God gave me this inspiration, and I’ve also written about letting Him lead. Every time I sit down and open up Blogger, I make myself surrender it.

Because I want everything I say to be led by Him. I want everything I write to be approved by Him. I don’t want to post anything that is solely my own… because it’s junk.

Goodness! I have so many topics I’ve wanted to cover. Even the fact that this is a Relationship blog bugs me, because more than anything else so far, I haven’t been writing much at all about relationships, but about self and the personal commitment of following after God. Because that’s what’s been put on my heart. It’s taking a lot of trust and a lot of patience for me to do this and not forge ahead with my own ideas. But I know it’s going to be worth it… because it already has been!

What I’ve seen happening through my blog reminds me of that Emily Dickinson poem, If I can stop one heart from breaking… though at a slightly less drastic level. Every single time I get feedback from anyone in a comment, or see activity on one of my posts through sharing on social media, I’m flooded with gratitude. Thank You, God!  Because if what He allows me to write can help even one person, none of this is in vain.

It just makes me SO GLAD to see people being able to relate, gleaning encouragement, or giving me a kind word of reassurance, too. You’re all proof to me that I’m supposed to be doing this, and I can’t say thank you enough.

In regards to blogging and the various technicalities, I’m learning how to improve and personalize everything, little by little. There is a lot to learn!

(Notice the new blog look? 😀 Let me know what you think, honestly.)

So…

How to blog– the right way?

Well, for me, that means giving it to God. Then blindly letting things unfold. *gulp*

At any rate, I’m going to write to you all about 4 key points of my blogging life. Everyone has their own unique quirks and strategies.

As I said, there really is no right or wrong way, there is simply what has been proven effective to draw audiences across cyberspace, for those who make a living through their website. As for me, my path has proven to be most unconventional. But it shows promise, and I’ll see where it goes.  🙂

Where…?

Anywhere and everywhere. I’m a weird person: my most whirlwind inspiration moments come to me while milking the cows. I’ll blog in my bedroom, at the kitchen table, in the barn, in the college library, or up in the woods. Internet connection or no internet connection. (I’ll tell you how I do that, below.) Really, it’s anywhere that I’m inspired or an idea hits me.

When…?

Most people will say set goals and be consistent, and yeah, I really wanted to be able to do that. In the beginning. But I’ve come to know I need to wait for the leading. If the trend so far is any sort of indicator, I post once a week (or 3/4 times a month). But that’s subject to change, either by increase or by decrease. Usually I’ll have a post in the works for quite a while. I write a little, leave it. Come back and edit, write more, leave it again. Sometimes I get on a role and finish it up. Then it gets published. I’m working on my blog behind the scenes most every day, it’s just that things take time. And that’s more than okay!

How…?

Either I’m using my father’s laptop (because I’m in the process of replacing my Dell that’s giving up on life), or I’m “blogging” in a notebook. Yep, I’ve got a leather journal dedicated to Project Patience. I can write my rough drafts, brainstorms and notes, or even just pour out some journal entries, and sometimes those evolve into posts, or spur the topics for them. While spending time in the Word, themes will stick out at me, and even some schoolwork assignments have been the inspiration for posts. As a general rule, live life, and life will present you with tons of writing material. 😛

Why…?

Because you’ve got an awful lot to offer.
I blog because I’m being led to. Because I have a story to tell, and to each chapter there is an appointed time in which to tell it. The same goes for you. You have a story to tell, so why not blog?
Above all, remember: the point of telling your story is to Glorify God. To show how He’s fulfilling His promises, to rejoice in all the amazing and often unexpected ways He reveals His plan. He is doing great things, every moment. In all of our individual lives, at our own rates, we are living and learning. There’s so much to grasp in this walk with our Love, so much to obtain in knowledge and depth of insight. It’s such a blessing to have the opportunity to also learn from each other! To spread the news of what He is doing, to share, encourage, and uplift one another in Jesus’ name.

The question isn’t why share?, it’s why not?. 😉

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