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Best Blogging Advice

When I was a teenager, I could sit for hours putting pencil strokes to paper. I may not have been extremely good at drawing, but I loved it. I loved it so much, food became almost immaterial to me.

In order to be successful at blogging, we need to approach our writing in the same manner.

We need to be so passionate about composing that “likes” and follows and comments become immaterial to us. We don’t do it for those things; we do it for ourselves.

We do it because we love designing art from ideas and concepts and feelings. We love the challenge of untangling jumbled-up thoughts and rearranging them into orderly lines. Lines that flow and penetrate, like streams that push past hardened turf and rush on toward the goal. Words with direction and purpose. We do it because we have the need to express what’s inside, whether other people appreciate it or not.

Writing a blog post is similar to composing a song, crafting a poem, or choreographing a dance: we hope that others will be able to identify with the feelings we choose to share; we aim to touch a common sentiment, to bust open misconceptions and melt hearts of rock–but even if nothing seems to happen, we keep on . . . because we have to. Within the soul of each artist is the need to create. The outcome may not be perfect, it may not be brilliant, but it is a nugget of truth shared from our own experiences.

Being an artist means being vulnerable. It is only through a weakening of outer barriers that we can show what’s inside the heart. The irony is that while transparency is a must, hardness is a must, as well. If we are going to allow others a peak into our souls, we need to be strong enough to deal with rejection; we need to be confident enough in the truth of what we’re sharing that it doesn’t matter how people react to it–we’ll simply keep on going.

The artist is both vulnerable and resilient. The artist has both a thin skin and a tough one.

“Don’t cast your pearls before swine” (Matthew 7:6). There are certain things we must have care with. Discernment is necessary. Not everything is worthy to be cast before the public. As bloggers, it is vital that we be comfortable with what we are posting. If something is too sacred or tender for public abuse or neglect or ignorance, we should have the wisdom to not share it. We must know ourselves.

And that which we do decide to lay open before worldly criticism must be truly worth their time to look at, if they choose to do so. As long as we know our content has value, we can be happy with our work, no matter the response. A writer must have conviction.

 

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5 thoughts on “Best Blogging Advice

  1. I think that women to women blogs are enormously helpful in spreading the word about Godly womanhood and in counteracting the feminist threat in the mainstream media. Women should not speak in Church or preach and even if they did it would be to a convicted audience. But we can spread the word and most of all ensure that the millions of women out there who want to follow a Godly life know that they are not alone.

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    1. Dear Susanne,
      Yes, I agree that we women definitely can benefit from the encouragement and admonishment of other Christian women through the medium of blogs. I certainly do, as I read blogs written by wise and godly women!

      And those of us who enjoy writing find an added benefit in that it gives us a chance to express our feelings on a variety of issues–still within that context.

      I hope it is clear that when I talk about writing on a blog–as a woman–I am assuming that my readers will understand that I am referring to the sort of writing that fits within the healthy frame of a woman’s proper role.

      Thank you for your support!
      Jessica

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      1. I’m sure any reader will get that impression Obviously any Christian woman blogger needs the blessing of her husband or if she is not married her parents and needs to make sure that it doesn’t interfere with her duties to her family.

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  2. Great post Jessica! Most of my friends here don’t even know I write a blog. My friends in Santa Barbara knew I did because my blog link was in my email signature.
    I love writing but at times I think no one is interested in what I write. I know ladies who have hundreds of followers but do I really want to moderate that many comments?
    I try to write what the Lord wants me to share. I do plan to write a DIY post on making your own tea tray with Dollar Tree items. Anyway, I just wanted to comment on your really encouraging post.

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    1. Thanks, Regina!
      I don’t really talk with my family or friends about my blog, either. Is it because I’m afraid to, or is it because I don’t want to have problems, or is it because I suspect that they wouldn’t care anyways–which just might be more disappointing and painful than the other two fears combined? I don’t know if you have ever felt that way, but if you have, you’re not the only one!

      I don’t think that people who have hundreds of followers always have hundreds of comments; some people don’t even read certain posts, and of those who do, not all will comment.

      I do sometimes wonder whether people are interested in what I write, and sometimes I start to feel a little depressed. But, then I remind myself that I’m doing this because I love to write, and because God has put certain topics on my heart. That’s what matters the most, isn’t it?

      I like your blog. You have some great content about living a simply, Plain, godly lifestyle. It is comforting and encouraging to see another woman who is also committed to being a loving and supportive housewife. Keep up the good work!

      I think your post on doing a tea tray sound great! I don’t comment on all your posts, since I usually view them in my email, but I do like to read them. Thank you, Regina!

      Your friend,
      Jessica

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