Are you a blogger? Or have you thought for a while that you’d like to try blogging and you just haven’t taken that step? This month at CSAHM, we are talking about the topic of Ministry. Today we’ll take a look at blogging as a ministry.
Blogging has taken off in recent years. This is true even of Christian mommy bloggers. A blog, short for web log, is not unlike a personal website. Blogs provide spaces for people to write about life, successes, failures, hopes and dreams. Many Christian bloggers use their blog as a ministry.
The amazing thing about the internet is the astounding number of people it can reach. People all over the world can read what you write about on your blog, making it an excellent way to reach the world for Christ. As moms who stay home with our children, blogging is a great opportunity to share the love of Christ to people in places we’ve never been to and probably never will. Timbuktu, anyone?
Whether you’ve been blogging for a long time or are just starting, below are a few ideas and suggestions to consider.
1. The name of your blog: When selecting a name, make it something easy to remember. Some blogs have initials and dashes, making it hard for a reader to find a second time. Some people use their name for their blog, others use a name that summarizes what the blog is about. Whatever the name is, keep it simple so a reader can find it again. It is also helpful if you pay the extra money to purchase the domain name for your blog so that the reader doesn’t have to always type in Blogger.com, WordPress.com, etc.
2. Have a goal or mission: Decide on who you want to reach: young moms, single moms, moms of teens, work at home moms, moms with children who have disabilities, etc. What is your purpose behind the blog? Is there some message you believe God has uniquely gifted you with? Sticking with your goal makes it easier for readers to know what they are getting when they stop at your site. If you have a spot on your blog that describes you and the blog, be sure to add your goal or mission statement to it. Don’t just fill up the space with information about your favorite color, tv show, or cereal. The more a reader knows about what the site is about, the more they are able to determine if it’s a site that they can relate to and most importantly, return to.
3. Content: For a blog to be a ministry, the content should point the reader to God in some way. Some bloggers write their posts in a devotional format. Others simply share what God has done in their life that week. Some even use their posts as Bible studies. There are many ways and styles to blogging. Find the one that best suits you.
4. Be real: The most effective blogs are those in which the blogger is real and authentic with their readers. If a reader wanted to read facts or advice on life, they would read “Dear Abby” or the front page of the newspaper. When it comes to blogs, readers expect to read stories of faith and real life struggles. Show your reader how God is working in and through you in your daily life. Share your struggles in faith and what God is doing to strengthen you and grow you.
Blogging can be an excellent way to do ministry, even while little ones hang onto your legs. How about you? Do you have a blog? What impact has it had on the lives of others?