• Bloggers want to make money on their blogs. That's great! Here are five great tips to keep your blog reader-focused even if you do sponsored posts!
    Best Practices,  Struggles

    Blog Like This Instead of Like That

    I once wore the name ‘blogger’ like a badge of honor…until recently. Do you feel like the lines between ‘blogger’ and ‘advertiser’ have been blurred? Are the sponsored posts killing your creativity? Are your emails filled with coupon codes when you ARE NOT a coupon blogger? Are you writing about the latest trending event to get more hits instead of more hearts? And it’s not just blogging. It’s even affecting my favorite YouTube channels. I will get halfway through a cute skit and realize it’s got product placement. I can’t tell if a vlogger really likes the product or is just getting paid! Can we Escape the Commercialization of Blogging? Even Facebook is noticing…

  • In 2015, I turned off blog comments for a variety of reasons. Little did I know that Michael Hyatt was doing the same thing!
    Struggles

    Should You Turn Off Blog Comments?

    In 2015, I turned off my blog comments for a variety of reasons. Little did I know that Michael Hyatt was doing the same thing! You can read his great post on the subject here: I’ve Pulled Comments from My Blog. My reasons were somewhat similar, but I want to share why I turned off my blog comments for those of you who might be wondering if you should do the same thing. Reasons Why I Turned Off My Blog Comments 1) The Absence of Comments As a new OR seasoned blogger, the decline of comments are hitting us hard. In Hyatt’s post he shows his own statistical analysis of…

  • When I first started blogging, I would hope and pray for "inspiration." I felt lost when that inspiration was nowhere to be found. I wondered to myself if God really wanted me to do this? Is it okay for me to make monies from my blog? So many questions and so little peace. And it's not just me! Here are five tips to find peace amid all the questions you have as a Christian blogger.
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    How to be at Peace as a Christian Blogger

    This is a guest blog from Horace at Pleasing to the Potter. Peace. We all crave and desire it! We treasure our peace and yet some days it seems to be in short supply. As a Christian who blogs, peace should come from our Lord and Savior. However, when it comes to blogging there are so many questions that seem to invade the peace that our heart desires. For example…sometimes we struggle with what to share. Will anybody really care?  How much sharing of ourselves is too much?  When I first started blogging, I would hope and pray for “inspiration” and I felt lost when that inspiration was nowhere to be found. I…

  • How to blog when you have kids? I don't want my children's memories to be filled with images of mommy on the computer. It is hard to maintain the mommy/blogger balance, so how do we do it?
    Best Practices,  Struggles

    Keep Your Priorities Straight as a Blogger

    She sat on my couch and vented. She described her family’s nightly routine. Kids bathed, diapers changed, a book and a good night kiss. But as soon as her hubby helped her put the kids to bed, he flew to his computer to play his game. It didn’t matter that she occasionally wanted to talk to her husband or watch a movie together. She called the game ‘his mistress.’ He’s a good man. If she asked him to sit with her, he would. But she could feel the tension. His heart vied for the game. She had become his second love. I listened. Identifying. But not with her plight…with his.…

  • As #JesusBloggers, we want our blogs to give God glory, but what happens when it's NOT taking off? Check out this blogging "aha" moment for perspective.
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    My Jesus Blogger “Aha!” Moment

    As bloggers, we want to make our blogs successful while giving God the glory and sharing His gospel, right? But what happens when your blog IS NOT taking off as you suspected and your message of hope is not heard? You built a blog, and they didn’t come like in the movie Field of Dreams with Kevin Costner. (Please tell me all ya’ll are old enough to know what I’m talking about!) This is me. Believe me, I’ve prayed about it. I’ve sought blogger-counsel. Had a blog audit done by a professional blogger. I’ve gone to conferences, read TONS of blogging books and paid for courses from major bloggers. But my numbers (though they…

  • Have you ever wondered how to balance your business with the rest of your life? Moms everywhere are working -- some from home, some not. Whether you go into an office everyday or you work with a toddler in your life, maintaining a balanced life as a mom is a challenging task. There are so many life questions that have nothing to do with our 'work' but they all mesh into some really big questions like: How can your travel when you have multiple young children at home? How can I get everything done in a timely manner? How can I exercise when I have so many pressing things that need my attention? Should I have a strict schedule or is it okay to be more free flowing? Do I HAVE to be a morning person to get all my goals accomplished? Whether you go into an office everyday or you work with a toddler in your life there is a way to maintain balance in your life as a mom.
    Struggles

    Maintaining a Balanced Life as a Blogger

    Have you ever wondered how to balance your business with the rest of your life? Moms everywhere are working — some from home, some not. Whether you go into an office everyday or you work with a toddler in your life, maintaining a balanced life as a mom is a challenging task. There are so many life questions that have nothing to do with our ‘work’ but they all mesh into some really big questions like: How can your travel when you have multiple young children at home? How can I get everything done in a timely manner? How can I exercise when I have so many pressing things that…

  • Bloggers seems to have an answer to all of life's problems, but what happens if your blog post doesn't end in a nice little Sunday school lesson?
    Struggles

    Why You Don’t Have to Act Like You Have It All Together as a Christian Blogger

    A while back back my daughter asked me to tell her something, but then added the caveat, “Not the RadicalChristianWoman life.” (*Referring to my other blog) I said, “Huh? What does that mean?” I asked. “The one where everything is perfect,” she said. Wait. Wait. Wait. Perfect? Really? Which blog was that? Was is the one where I admitted I tore some pages outta my Bible? Or was the one where I laugh when my aunt called me a saint because I have seven kids? I dunno. But what I think she was referring to (or at least hope she was referring to) is the idea that a person can mess up (sometimes…

  • Do you want to write a book but feel like your life is squashing that dream? I will tell you an often overlooked secret to how to write a book despite all odds!
    Best Practices,  Grow & Shine,  Struggles

    How to Write a Book When You Have Kids

    Yeah, yeah, yeah…it’s everyone’s dream to write a book one day. I get it. Me, too. I’ve wanted to be an author since I was in second grade. But that’s not why I wrote my novel, Without Regret. I wrote it because I was frustrated with life. Before my frustration began four things had occurred: I had just FINALLY come to terms with the idea that my husband wasn’t ready for more children (my fourth baby was only 10 months old, mind you) My dreams of writing was starting to resurrect after many years of motherhood and I was excited. I had bought my first real bathing suit since before…

  • It's all about choices -- what is right for that moment. Sometimes being a writer with children (and other obligations) means that you DON'T write (gasp!). Sometimes writing that perfect chapter or blog post isn't as important as doing another reading lesson with your budding reader or cleaning up the spilled milk on your homeschool room's brand new keyboard (#truestory).
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    Writing Books & Blogs as a Busy Mom

    Lemme just explain my current situation: I awoke at 5 am, not to write, but to breasfeed the youngest of my six children. She’s WIDE awake and hungry. I’m tethered to my precious baby with thoughts of the previous weekend’s writing conference (Re:Write 2015) and all the things I want to do as a writer, but I can’t go anywhere…because I’m predisposed to my duty as milk dispenser. At one point I could write AND breastfeed at the same time, but those 8-month-old fingers love to explore my computer in total distraction from said task. No workie. I Iay (or is it lie) with my baby and think, “How do…