• Fill in the blank blog post template for those write blog posts. A template is a great way to get creative juices flowing.
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    Blog Post Template to Keep Readers Engaged, Increase Pageviews and Make Money

    All writer’s get in writing ruts. Bloggers (especially new bloggers) can get overwhelmed with the “right” and “wrong” way to write a blog post. Recently, I wrote some sales emails based on Elite Blog Academy‘s product launch and I was so thankful Ruth Sukoup provides a template for writing those emails. It made everything so much easier. And my sales emails were full of valuable information so that my readers didn’t feel like I was just selling them something! Her template also gave me the confidence to let my creative juices flow in a way I didn’t expect. Since I wasn’t worried about the flow of my email I was…

  • Day 2 of Jesus Blogger, Elaine Mingus asks the vital question to all bloggers - are you called? Only what starts out supernatural has eternal significance.
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    Jesus Blogger Day 2 – Are You Called?

    If you want to start from the beginning of my 31-day challenge click here. I have a blogging story for you. And it starts with a car. A very old car. My grandma gave us her super low-mileage, but super old, 1994 Chevy Lumina about four years ago. It drives great, but it’s just old. To make matters worse, it had been sitting in her dusty barn for years!  Soon after we got it, the electronics started going bad. And I mean bad. The window motors don’t always work. At one point we had to slide across from the passenger side door because the driver’s side door wouldn’t open. But we…

  • Day 3 of Jesus Blogger, Elaine Mingus discusses the ups and downs of starting a blog. Respecting your small group of followers sets the stage for your blog.
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    Jesus Blogger Day 3 – (Only) Three Followers

    If you want to start from the beginning of my 31-day challenge click here. When Your Fan Base Only Consists of Your Mom, Your Best Friend, and Your Sister We’ve all heard the verse right…you know the one: Do not despise these small beginnings. Zechariah 4:10 Ugh…double ugh! We spend all this time (and money) setting up a blog, applying for Twitter/Instagram/Facebook with our blog-related email addresses, installing plugins and designing our logo when finally we announce to the world that our blog is ready for public consumption. We wait on pins and needles for the viral blog post following to happen. Aaannnddd you get three followers. Your mom. Your…

  • After all the technical stuff and writing, new bloggers want to know the next step to make their posts go viral, but preparation is more important.
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    Jesus Blogger Day 4 – What is Your Next Step as a Blogger?

    If you want to start from the beginning of my 31-day challenge click here. When You Feel Like You Should DO Something To Grow Your Blog I was jealous. Plain and simple. Super jealous. As I stated previously in Day 3 of Jesus Blogger – (Only) Three Followers I have been performing poetry since I was 16. I produced a poetry CD at 21 that I wanted to give away for free as my “tithe” to the Lord for saving my butt from Hell, right? But then I had babies. Lots of babies. Over the course of a couple of years, I had given out roughly 200 of my CDs.…

  • We can start our blog thinking we know exactly where we are headed - but what happens when God decides to take our blog and changes directions?
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    Jesus Blogger Day 5 – When Your Blog Changes Directions

    If you want to start from the beginning of my 31-day challenge click here. When your first option falls through, go a different route. I discovered my love for writing early in life. When people asked me what I wanted to do when I grew up, my answer was always the same. “I’m going to be a writer.” After high school, I got accepted to the University of Texas’s Journalism school and was on my way to becoming the next Connie Chung or Erma Bombeck. (Funny combination, right?) Two semesters before I graduated I got offered a prestigious internship with Self Magazine. I spoke with the coordinator over the phone…

  • 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…