I’ve been on a ‘how to blog better’ kick for a couple months now, and this whole thing with my desktop dying every time I try to upload a photo (yes, it’s the actual photo posting that makes it faint dead away!) has me really focusing on the words I put here on the blog. Why I write. What I write. And how to write it better. (And I’m doing all this for you – ain’t I sweet?).
I’ve been amazed at the quality information out there (much of it free, so don’t buy the first e-book you find) to developed and improve your blogging.
I’ve been challenged to manage my computer time better, and given strategies for doing so. I’ve been taught how to craft an easily-scannable post, and why. I’ve been told ‘the secrets’ to popular blogs, and how to become one yourself. I’ve been encourage to find my writing voice, to map out why I blog, and to blog intentionally.
Maybe your blog is just a hobby, a place you hang out, where you post photos of your family for your family and all that. I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with that – that’s what my blog was for a long time – but I have come to want my blog to be more that just virtual cork-board to collect stuff I like online. I’ve caught the vision that my blog could be a platform to help me change the world.
I’m inspired by women like Lindsay and Stephanie who are using their blogs to minister to and instruct other women. Women like Dianne and Traci, whose blog posts so often glorify God rather than themselves. I want to be like my friend Katie, who is using her blog to passionately share what God has taught her, to help others live out their identity in Christ.
My goal in this post is two-fold:
- To challenge you to consider – has God give you an audience through your blog, and does He have something He wants to say through you?
- To ffer a list of resources that have helped me as I study to steward the platform God has given me on my blog.
So, here comes the links –
Copy Blogger – you’ll be amazed at the quality content on crafting a better blog post, how to write a great post titles, and getting past writer’s block.
AmyLynnAndrews – is teaching me so much about managing my computer time and maximizing the tools and opportunities I’ve found online. What I love about her is that she is *just* a pastor’s wife and stay at home mom, and she has turned her online knowledge into a successful blog and ministry. Oh, and her e-book IS one that I recommend, ’cause it’s short, cheap, and packs a real punch. (see sidebar, ‘Tell Your Time’)
When I first read Amy’s e-book, she taught me how to manage my computer time and since then I have been regularly setting aside a part of my online time toward ‘continuing education’. I usually read one or two articles a day, and bookmark good resources so I can follow up at a later time.
Tips for Better Blog Writing. Great article, helped me become aware of the little things you can do in a post that make big difference.
Metropolitan Mama – I’ve only just discovered this awesome blog and I know I have a lot to learn from this ‘queen of mommy bloggers’.
My goal is to be a good steward of all that God has given me, including my internet connection, computer, and my wonderful blog friends. I hope you have been challenged and encouraged to do the same.
Please share with me the sites you have found to be most informative and challenging in our blogging journey! Who inspires you? Do you have some great blogging or time management tips?