• Think you are blogging about the same thing as hundreds of other bloggers...think again!
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    Jesus Blogger Day 6 – When Your Blog’s Message is Worn-Out

    If you want to start from the beginning of my 31-day challenge click here. When you feel like a crazy person in a sea of sand preaching the same message as other bloggers Do you ever feel like you are blogging about the same thing that everyone else is blogging about? The truth is simple. You are. According to Wikipedia: On 20 February 2014, there were around 172 million Tumblr and 75.8 million WordPress blogs in existence worldwide. But don’t get discouraged! Worn-out messages not a new phenomena! The Bible says that there is nothing new under the sun. (Ecc 1:9) But the first part of that verse (that no…

  • Falling prey to blog-cloning doesn't only affect the trust of our followers and validity of our message...but it does something ugly to our hearts.
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    Jesus Blogger Day 7 – Don’t Be a Blog-Clone

    If you want to start from the beginning of my 31-day challenge click here. Staying true to your message Don’t you HATE going to the book store lately? (Or the Amazon “book” store on your Kindle, if you are like me!) Every single book looks like Hunger Games. Don’t believe me, check these book covers out…(click the cover to see them on Amazon* – I’m actually tempted to read all of these…especially Strikers since it’s about Texas!) I know dystopian fiction is not a “new” thing…we all remember reading Geoge Orwell’s 1984 in high school, right? But the amount of “riding the wave” dystopian fiction writers is at an all…

  • In the lonely desert-place of no blog traffic, we are most vulnerable to the temptation of selling God's long-term blogging dreams for our short-term goals.
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    Jesus Blogger Day 8 – The Temptation to Sell Out

    If you want to start from the beginning of my 31-day challenge click here. Holding Steady When You are Hungry I got an email last month from YouTube. “Congratulations, your video just reached 10,000 views!” It was a milestone, but not one I really cared to reach. Why? Because it’s a video of my homeschool room. Don’t get me wrong, my homeschool room is amazing. There is an equally amazing God-breathed testimony behind each piece of furniture in that room! You see, I swore I would never homeschool, so when I finally realized that God was leading me to do it — this room was his proof that he was…

  • I hope this blog post has encouraged you to think of your blog in a new way -- that is your great light for giving God glory whether directly or indirectly.
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    Jesus Blogger Day 9 – Your Blog is a Great Light

    If you want to start from the beginning of my 31-day challenge click here. Don’t Hide Your Blog Under a Bush (Oh, No!) It was 1999, I was tripping on X (that’s an illegal drug for those of you who don’t know) and I walked into a church to demand a Bible to read. The older women must have thought I looked crazy with my black veil and floor-length tutu. The Devil’s bride. I walked down the aisle toward the suspended crucifix of Christ, and I knew I was a great sinner, but at the same moment knew there was a great Savior. And that my friends, is why it’s…

  • There are countless plugins for counting our blog stats. We may have to operate in a world driven by numbers, but we don't have be held captive by them!
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    Jesus Blogger Day 10 – Counting Your Following

    If you want to start from the beginning of my 31-day challenge click here. Google Analytics, Klout Scores, Alexa and AddThis I had a dream a while back. I was in a prison as someone who was supposed to deliver cake to the inmates. As I was slicing the cake and distributing it in the lunchroom, I got increasingly anxious. Would there be any cake left for me? The thing was — I wasn’t an inmate. I was a free person who could get cake any time I felt like it. My job there was to give pieces of cake, not to get a piece for myself! After all the…

  • If you are struggling, in any area of your blogging life -- know you are NOT alone -- go to Jesus. Always. This is the heart of the beatitudes.
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    Jesus Blogger Day 11 – The Beatitudes of Blogging

    If you want to start from the beginning of my 31-day challenge click here. I just deleted an entire blog post…on purpose. I feel like this “Jesus Blogger” series will be my undoing. Why? Because I am forced to be either a) lie and say I have it all figured out or b) tell you what I’ve discovered from my past experiences and what I’m learning currently. There are three types of bloggers: The ones that have gone through something, and live to tell about it. The ones who are going through something, and are sorting through it. The ones who blog with good intentions, but have had neither. The…

  • Marketing came seem counterintuitive to trusting God, but he doesn't mean us to be inactive in our promotion strategies, just careful in our approach.
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    Jesus Blogger Day 12 – Christian Blogging and Marketing

    If you want to start from the beginning of my 31-day challenge click here. What, drawn, and talk of peace marketing? I hate the word, As I hate hell, all Montagues, and thee. Have at thee, coward! Remember these lines from Romeo and Juliet? Tybalt hates the word peace. It’s kind of how I feel when the words Christian and marketing are used in the same sentence. It gives me the heebie-jeebies. When I first started thinking about this Jesus Blogger series I was scared people would think I was “using the wisdom of the Bible to run a successful blog.” It’s not. Somewhere down the line we’ve associated marketing…

  • I contacted three bloggers. Two nice. One not so nice. Your character is defined not by what you do in public, but what you do behind closed doors.
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    Jesus Blogger Day 13 – What a Blogger Does In Secret

    If you want to start from the beginning of my 31-day challenge click here. Secret Will Be Shouted from the Rooftops I’ve been waiting for this day. The day I could show my appreciation to a couple specific blogger for their patience and Christ-like love. And contrast it with the story of the “evil-mean blogger” that totally hurt my feelings on purpose. (I won’t mention her/his name, though). A year ago, I wrote my first ebook. I’d been wanting to write a short book for first-time moms since baby #3. One that new moms could read while learning how to manage the chaos and joys that occur when you have…

  • I sat there rereading and rereading my first angry comment, then I reread the post a couple times. I struggled to figure out where the breakdown was.
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    Jesus Blogger Day 14 – My First Angry Comment

    If you want to start from the beginning of my 31-day challenge click here. Sometimes you sit behind your computer screen wondering if anyone is listening. And then, all of a sudden, you realize they are. And they are mad! When I first started seriously blogging in 2011, soon after I got my first angry comment. Here is the story. She wanted to be heard. My goal was not to be heard, but to hear her.I sat there rereading and rereading my first angry comment, then I reread the post a couple times. I struggled to figure out where the breakdown in communication existed between blog and blog reader. I…

  • "Did you think it would be easy?" She had me. I was complaining about keeping up with my regular responsibilities while not letting my blog run my life.
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    Jesus Blogger Day 15 – Did You Think This Would Be Easy?

    If you want to start from the beginning of my 31-day challenge click here. “Did you think it would be easy?” my sister asked. She had me. I signed up to blog for 31 days straight and I was complaining about keeping up with my responsibilities of being a wife and homeschooling mother of six, while not letting my blog run my life and keep me up until all hours of the night. It was a vital question: Did I really think that taking on this challenge would be easy? This #write31days challenge will end…but the question will remain. Did I think running a successful blog would be an easy…