Start A Blog
Why do you want to start a blog, exactly?
There are no doubt hundreds of good reasons why Christians start blogging, but they can all be boiled down to only seven. (At least that is what I plan to do here, so hopefully this works!)
Because blogging platforms like WordPress, and blogging themes like Standard Theme and the Genesis Theme Framework provide anyone with a computer and internet access the ability to set up a blog, new blogs are constantly popping up on a variety of topics and for a number of reasons.
But why do Christians start blogging in the first place? What motivates us to put our thoughts and ideas out there in the blogosphere? Here are the seven reasons why.
1. Because It Is A Lot Of Fun
Blogging is fun. Really, it is. Many Christians start blogging simply to have fun or even as a creative outlet. The most visited and/or read blogs are those where the blogger has a passionate interest in their blogging niche and can concisely share that passion with others. If you enjoy the topic you’re blogging about then you will more likely blog frequently and connect with your readers on a regular basis.
2. Because You Want To Help Other People
Some Christians start a blog to help others who may be going through similar trials and circumstances, such as how to deal with grief, whether or not to homeschool their children, issues related to separation and divorce, and even infertility. These types of blogs are great for those who have a desire to connect with others experiencing the same problems and victories, and share their thoughts, insights and advice to those in need.
3. Because You Want To Change The World
Others start blogging to teach about theology, to share the gospel—electronically—with unbelievers from all around the globe, or to sway people’s thinking in a certain direction (A polite way of saying ranting and raving, but in a loving way. LOL).
4. Because You Want To Teach Others
If you have a lot of knowledge about something, you can start a blog to teach others about it. For example, let’s say you are very much into adoption and have loads of friends who are thinking about adoption, have adopted already, or are currently in the home-study process right now. Using your adoption expertise as blog fodder, you can teach others how to go about the adoption process, educate people on what agencies you’ve worked with in the past, offer tips, tricks, and training, and provide testimonies from your friends about their own adoption experience.
5. Because You Want To Make Money
Some Christians start blogging in order to promote and/or sell their latest book or merchandise, or simply to earn a living (or just some extra coin here and there). But this takes hard work and commitment in order to make it worthwhile, not to mention make a profit. Most blogs make no money at all, but the potential to do so is there for a frugal blogger willing to invest the time and effort it takes to create a decent income from blogging.
6. To Direct Traffic To Their Church Or Ministry Website
Christian bloggers often start a blog as a way of directing more traffic towards their church website (or other ministry) so that churchgoers looking for a new church will be able to find theirs. A blog is a great way to connect with potential Sunday visitors, as well as keeping your current membership up to speed on what’s going on in and around your church community. Moreover, creating a blog is a great way for church leaders to market and promote various ministries in a creative and engaging way.
7. To Give God Glory
I couldn’t end this post without pointing back to the main reason we are to be doing anything in this life, which includes blogging. Everything comes down to worshiping God, honoring the Lord Jesus Christ, and serving one another. But we always need to be reminded to keep God first in everything. After all, isn’t that what the apostle Paul reminded the Corinthians about?
[stextbox id="custom" caption="1 Corinthians 10:31"]“Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”[/stextbox]
So remember this loose paraphrase the next time you embark on the pathway of social media: Whether you Blog, or Tweet, or Post, or Pin, or StumbleUpon, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God!
What Should You Do Next? Allow Me To Suggest Two Things:
- Please leave a brief comment or suggestion below and let me know what you think about this article, whether good, bad or otherwise.
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* Photo credit: wwarby (Creative Commons)
* Credit to Brian Gardner for the info for this post