5 Tips For Christian Living Bloggers | Guest Post


I am doing a blog swap with Eliana Duran, who recently launched her blog at ElianaTheWriter.com. Eliana is a Christian living blogger who loves to write for her King.

Today, Eliana is going to give us FIVE tips for Christian living bloggers.

Whether or not you're a Christian living blogger, these tips are great if you want to write for websites such as The Rebelution.

Without further ado, I'll let Eliana take over!

______


In some ways, blogging about Christian living is different from blogging about anything else. It offers unique challenges, such as presenting the Word clearly and accurately. It also offers unique blessings, such as a platform to share biblical truth and build up other souls.



I am a Christian living blogger. I chose to write Christian living because I believe God has given me a gift for writing, and I want to use it to serve Him. It comes naturally for me to use my words to glorify my King. I have blogged consistently for months and produced dozens of blog posts. I love it!



So, being a Christian and a blogger who writes about the faith, I’d love to share five tips with other Christian living bloggers.

1. Read the Bible a lot.

Whether or not you’re a blogger, I highly recommend that you read the Bible every day. Knowing the Bible is vital for writing about it accurately. The Word of God should inspire your blogging.



All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work. - 2 Timothy 3:16-17 (ESV)


I also find that blogging about Christian living is helpful for becoming familiar with the Bible. Getting well acquainted with the Bible is one of the blessings that comes from writing about many passages of the Bible and looking up dozens of verses.

#2: Use verses in your blog posts.


If we are telling people about God through our blogs, we need to make sure that we are showing our readers the true God. 

Every word of God proves true; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him. Do not add to his words, lest he rebuke you and you be found a liar. - Proverbs 30:5-6

The Bible is the only infallible way back up truth. I try to use multiple verses in all my blog posts. Sometimes I find the verses before I write the blog post so I can research the topic. Sometimes I find them during the process of writing the post. Sometimes I add them after. Different bloggers have different processes.

Here’s the process I use for finding verses for my blog posts (like the Proverb above):

  • I might ask myself, “What topic do I need a verse about?” In my case, it is the truth of God’s Word and the danger of lies.
  • Google something like “Verses about [your topic].” (I also add “ESV” to the search, because that’s my favorite version.) Or, if you have part of a verse in mind, put keywords in the search engine. For the Proverb, I searched “You shall not add to or take away from the Bible ESV.” It might take a few tries to get the right words for the search, and that’s ok.
  • Find a verse that fits your post. I search Google for Bible verses because that’s the easiest way to get all the relevant results quickly. Then I click into the websites with the verses--like BibleGateway.com and OpenBible.info.
  • Be sure to double-check the context! With the Proverb verse, I just clicked into the chapter and took a second to scan it for anything that might be a problem or any neighboring verses I might want to include. In the past, I’ve found verses that seem right at first, but the context was talking about a different matter.

#3: Keep the mindset of serving God and the reader.

Note that I said God first and reader second. As Christian bloggers, we shouldn’t encourage people by puffing them up and making them prideful. We should lead them to look to Jesus as their Lord and Savior. 

Also note that I didn’t say anything about serving yourself. Blogging for Christ should not be a popularity contest. It should be about glorifying God, encouraging your fellow Christian, and leading people to the cross.

...and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all. For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many. - Mark 10:44-45

#4: Write about things you’ve struggled with.

Why?

  1. As bloggers and writers, we should write about what we’ve experienced. Tell your personal story of how God is working through your life. Don’t write “How to Deal with Losing a Loved One” if you’ve never gone through that.
  2. Your readers need to know you are a person just like they are. If you only write about things you have always been good at, readers won’t relate.
  3. The blogger should also be able to relate to the intended reader. The writer of a post called “How to Deal with Losing a Loved One” should understand the audience’s grief.

If you are trying to come up with an idea for a blog post, your past struggles may be a great place to start.

#5: Don’t be preachy.

This tip relates to the previous tip because writing about things you’ve struggled with is an excellent way not to come across as “preachy.” Writing sounds preachy when it gives moral advice in a self-righteous way. Since Christian living bloggers usually give a lot of moral advice, it is easy to give it in a preachy way. 

The difference between giving advice and being preachy is that we are preachy when we make it look like the reader sins while we don’t. I have a simple trick that I use to eliminate preachiness: instead of saying, “you are a sinner; you need a Savior,” I use the first person plural. “We are sinners; we need a Savior.” Doesn’t that sound so much better? By associating ourselves with the reader, we’re making sure that we don’t sound like the Pharisees.

Why do you see the speck that is in your brother's eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? - Matthew 7:3 (ESV)

I even searched through this article for the word “you” to make sure that I wasn’t using it unnecessarily. 

Write for HIS glory

Just to recap, here are five tips for writing Christian living:

  1. Read the Bible (a lot!)
  2. Use verses in your blog posts
  3. Keep the mindset of serving God and your reader
  4. Write about things you’ve struggled with/your struggles
  5. Don’t be preachy

These are five ways to more effectively blog about Christian living. Master these, and you are well on your way to encouraging your readers in the Lord.


Keep on writing for Jesus, Christian living blogger. May God bless every word!



About the Author


Eliana is a homeschooled high school sophomore with a love for words. Besides when she is writing, you can often catch her doodling or reading. She loves Jesus first of all, and also the color purple, mint chocolate chip ice cream, and her nine younger siblings (most of the time). She regularly posts on her blog, Eliana The Writer.






LIKE THIS POST? PIN IT!




















what about you?

Are you a Christian living blogger? Which of these tips will you implement THIS WEEK?

4 comments:

  1. These were so good...especially #4 ;)

    ReplyDelete
  2. In addition to blogs, these tips are great for any of us as we interact with others! Thanks for sharing them!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. That's so true! Yes, Eliana did a great job with this! :D

      Delete

Copyright © 2019 Julia Nelson. Powered by Blogger.