Although I have been blogging for over 10 years, I have been anything but consistent.
As such, in many ways I am still working to figure out this blogging thing myself.
A calling, a mission
Almost three years ago, I felt God laid on my heart a ministry need for women. To share my experiences and testimony in order to encourage others.
Ok, so that is the reason many women do women’s ministry right?
Many women’s ministries I am familiar with however, address those who are married with children.
I am not married, no kids. Not able to have children. Multiple chronic conditions.
I am recently divorced though I was married for over 20 years. Our family has been through a lot of grief and loss.
These struggles are the testimony I feel God wants me to bring forth in transparency. To show other women like me that there is hope. That God redeems and restores.
That He is enough.
So what does that have to do with blogging advice?
You need a strong why to offer a mission and vision that your readers can relate to. And then the work begins.
Commit to the work
Here are the 5 things I am committing to this next year to grow this ministry God has given me.
- Make time to write daily. Not everything you write will wind up on your blog. BUT, the more you write, you will get better at crafting your stories, you will bring new ideas to fruition and you will figure out how often you should post based on the time you can commit.
- Learn Social Media. You can use all the platforms, but you don’t have to. If you are new to social media, I suggest picking one that you like best, and learn everything you can about it to leverage your blog. Grow that platform, then learn another one.
- Take a class. There are some great bloggers in the ‘sphere that offer courses on blogging and social media. Research, find one you like and that is highly recommended and take a course, follow their accounts and learn.
- Join a writing community. This has been a big help for me. Facebook has some great faith based writing groups. They consist of seasoned writers…and us newbies. They are places to share your writing, ask questions and get tips. They kind of rock!
- Get good with graphics! A picture is worth a thousand words, right? Your graphics that you use on social media and your blog are what draws people in first. And you don’t need to be an actual graphic designer to make cool designs. My secret weapon…and it’s free…Canva. Trust me, you will love it!
I hope these tips get you thinking of things you can do to commit to improving your blog and your writing in general. I have a long ways to go before I would call myself an accomplished blogger so if you have some tips for me I’d love to hear them…shoot me a comment will ya?