What MOST How To Guides Don’t Tell You About Starting A Christian Blog

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Most people who start a blog, quit within the first three months.

Shocking, I know.

We start our blogs with good intentions. We want to make an impact in the online world and possibly earn an extra income on the side.

But, after weeks of giving it your all, not seeing much traffic not seeing any results, most call it quits. That my friends, is reality.

You are likely here because you want to start a Christian Blog?

Or, perhaps you just want to learn about Christian Blogging?

Whatever your situation, there is much more to blogging than just purchasing a domain name and a web host.

I have pulled together a no fluff guide to help you create a plan for your blog as you get started as a christian blogger.

Find Your Why

Know your why? Why do you want to start a blog? Is it to share your faith, or is it to make money online?

We can easily become distracted by the lifestyle of popular bloggers who make a full-time income online from their blogs.

Know this, blogging isn’t a get rich scheme, success doesn’t happen overnight. It takes lots of  hard work and being intentional with your blog. If money is your motivator, you will quickly become discouraged when you don’t see your blog making any money.

As a christian blogger, at the forefront should be the desire to create a ministry that helps spread the gospel and bring your readers closer to God.

Spend some time sharing your desires with God and let him guide the direction of your blog. Find an area that you are passionate about and can talk about at great lengths and let that be the focus of your blog. Alternatively, find an area that you don’t mind continually learning about and staying on top of new trends.

For days that you might feel like quitting, ultimately its your passion and mission that will help keep you motivated.

For me, my desire was just simply that I wanted to write, and wanted the opportunity to share and grow my faith in the process. Just a side note, starting a faith based blog is an awesome way to grow your faith. After all, you can’t write what you don’t know, so you will find yourself regularly spending time in the word.

Blogging is more than just writing on whatever topics that you like, quite frankly, its not about you. Its not just writing about your family or how you spent your vacation. Blogging is more about curating content that your readers will enjoy and find beneficial. For a christian blogger, its about developing content that directs the reader back to Christ. In Matthew 28:19, Jesus charges us to, “Go and make disciples of all nations.” One way you can accomplish this is through blogging.

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Find Your Focus

To niche or not to niche is the question many ask. A niche blog is great as it helps you hone in on your target reader, and in the long run, its easier to monetize. An example of a niche would be a blog that focuses only on bible studies. But, what about those of us who have multiple passions and want to blog about several categories?

Personally, I don’t think you need a niche, instead, what your blog needs is to have focus.

Think about that central theme that will flow through your blog? What’s that binding ingredient that weaves through the blog categories that you want to talk about?

Think about what will make you standout from the thousands of blogs online and the hundreds of blog posts that gets published everyday. For me, my biding ingredient is faith. I am focused on providing actionable and time saving resources for busy millennial women trying to grow their faith, flourish in their relationships and build a christian ministry all centered on Christ.

Once you have narrowed in on your focus, you want to start thinking about your ideal reader. Think about that one person or persons that you would like to appeal to. Think about where they hang out, what struggles they typically have. You can’t be all things to all people.

Wait, draw the brakes for a second,I haven’t even started my blog yet, where can I get this information you may ask? Facebook groups are pure gold, you can join groups and search for problem areas as a base for learning about your ideal reader.

Start with who you envision to be your ideal reader. As your blog grows, you can send out subscriber surveys which can help you further hone in on your target persona.

A reader persona will come in handy when you start developing content for your blog. It will ensure that you stay on topic and are indeed speaking to your ideal reader. Check out this blog post from Semrush to learn more about developing and creating a blog persona.

Check Out this articles on tips on how you can balance a family , a 9-5 along with blogging.

Learn As Much As You Can

It never hurts to learn as much as you can about blogging before you get started. It will only make the process much easier once you do launch your blog.

Learning shouldn’t stop once you launch, continue to educate yourself and learn new things by learning as much as you can about blogging. There are various free and paid courses to choose from that you can find by doing a simple Google search.

If you are not sure where to start, you can check out my Blogging Tips For Beginners Board which has a wide variety of articles on blogging that I have found helpful throughout my blogging journey.

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Focus On What Matters

One road block that not only new bloggers face, is spending too much time on things that aren’t bring you closer to your blog goals. While it’s a good choice to have a good design and fine tune your blog categories, time is much better spent on things that propel your blog.

You could instead focus your energy on crafting content that helps you find your voice, build an email list, focus on one or two social media platforms instead of being on all and spreading yourself thin. With social media, you need a strategy for each platform.Its not just sharing the same content across all platforms. If you do, what motivation is there for your audience to follow you across all platforms?

Ready Set Launch

If you are just getting started with blogging and would like a road map to help you launch your blog, I would recommend the E-book By His Grace We Blog, that speaks to christian bloggers.

When I just started blogging, I felt extremely overwhelmed. This is the e-book that helped to guide me in developing a christian blog and reminded me of my ultimate purpose for blogging.

The By His Grace We Blog e-book teaches you How to Define your Goals, Cultivate Your Blog into a Ministry, Creating a Brand, Building Pinterest, Affiliate Marketing, Creating Products, Networking, and so much more.

Secure your copy now  and get started on the road to cultivating your blog into a ministry. Use the code rocksolidfaith at checkout and get a 25% discount.

Here is what I want you to takeaway, there is more to blogging than what most 20 minutes guides on how to start a blog suggest. Before you launch spend time creating a plan for your blog, having a plan in place will help guide your decisions as a blogger, minimize overwhelm and help you focus on tasks that will truly grow your blog.

Grab a copy of the By His Grace We Blog E-book and get started today towards creating a foundation for success for your blog.

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16 Comments

  • Reply
    Emily | To Unearth
    March 20, 2018 at 2:55 pm

    It can definitely be discouraging when you put yourself out there without any response! But I’ve learned it takes A LOT of time and dedication to actually gain not just an audience, but a faithful following. Thanks for sharing your insight with us!

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      Rock Solid Faith
      March 20, 2018 at 11:11 pm

      I agree, it does take time and lots of hard work. Its your why that will ultimately keep you from calling it quits. Thankfully I have come across a very supportive blogging community.

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    Melissa Henderson
    March 20, 2018 at 3:03 pm

    Great information. Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us. Have a blessed day!

    • Reply
      Rock Solid Faith
      March 20, 2018 at 11:09 pm

      Thanks for stopping by Melissa!

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    Edna Davidsen
    March 20, 2018 at 9:30 pm

    Hi Shanique!

    Happy to be here on your blog today.

    You know, I really like the colours on your blog; It’s like I wake up ‘in a good way’ when entering your website 🙂

    My husband is involved in retail Forex trading.

    In that industry, they have a rule called 90/90/90 which means 90% of new retail Forex trader loose 90 % of their invested money within the first 90 days.

    Ever since I heard that rule, I’ve been thinking about it in relation to our industry: blogging.

    Your first line got me thinking about it again today.

    It’s in the beginning chances of giving up are highest.

    My thought on ‘the why’.

    Many people go into blogging for one reason, that’s very dangerous; lack of money.

    That’s is the worst reason I can think of for entering the blogging industry.

    You wrote:

    “. . . If money is your motivator, you will quickly become discouraged when you don’t see your blog making any money.”

    I agree with you here – AND I have an add: I do believe that money should be a motivating factor to a much higher degree than we see today in the Christian blogging community.

    It’s almost impossible to find a Christian blogger who says; I’m making a ton of money from my blog, and I’m pleased about it.

    Christian bloggers don’t talk, blog or know much about money topics.

    This is why it’s great to see people like you blogging about these topics.

    I see a tremendous need for Christian bloggers who are willing to educate the Christian community about how long time it takes before you eventually earn money from your blogging – and what to do while waiting/working for it.

    I understand what you say about ‘being passionate etc.’

    I like to question this every time I see it; although I understand it.

    Perhaps it’s not necessary to be passionate about it; but it’s essential to show up every day and work, no matter what we ‘feel’ about it.

    You nailed it when you wrote:

    “. . . it’s your passion and mission that will help keep you motivated.”

    But as I said, I tend to think the passion is quite secondary when we look at it with objectivity.

    You’re right; blogging is an excellent way to reach newcomers for Christ.

    Many of them learn about Jesus through blogs before they attend a church (which they check out online before they go there.)

    I like your discussion of niche/focus.

    What you said about roadblocks is essential to understand right from the start.

    A new blogger needs some numbers to measure the progress or lack thereof.

    These numbers can be accessed freely for those who know what to look for.

    My favourite sentence of this particular blog post was:

    “Here is what I want you to take away, there is more to blogging than what most 20 minutes guides on how to start a blog suggest.”

    Your voice is vital in the Christian community because you blog about a topic where there are not so many voices.

    God bless you and your ministry!

    Edna Davidsen.

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    Annie
    March 21, 2018 at 10:26 pm

    I love how practical this is! I’ve been blogging for 4.5 years and get bogged down when I lose sight of my focus. Thankful for communities and feedback like yours!

    • Reply
      Rock Solid Faith
      March 21, 2018 at 10:52 pm

      Thanks for stopping by Annie!

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    Brittany
    March 21, 2018 at 10:59 pm

    Love these tips for beginning bloggers and even veteran bloggers. I jumped in head first and learned as I went. I am still learning through courses and trial and error. I love Carmen. She is one of my favorites! Pinning this

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      Rock Solid Faith
      March 25, 2018 at 2:52 pm

      Thanks for pinning Brittany!

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    Christina Dronen
    March 22, 2018 at 1:41 am

    This is great! I did almost NO research before starting my blog. I did the “Field of Dreams” approach, “If you build it, they will come.” – Guess that only works in the movies 😛

    I’ve been blogging for about 6 months or so – it’s definitely discouraging at times. I don’t so much “want” to write as feel compelled to – if that makes any sense. You’ve got some great ideas here that I need to dig into deeper – especially pursuing the Pinterest route.. Thanks for sharing!

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      Rock Solid Faith
      March 25, 2018 at 2:57 pm

      If only it were as easy as build it and they will come. Blogging is a lot of work which most persons don’t seem to realize. I haven’t reached my 1 year anniversary either still somewhat of a newbie blogger. It gets discouraging at times but my passion for blogging keeps me going.

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    Tony Clark
    March 22, 2018 at 6:49 am

    Definitely the Passion for me.
    Like falling asleep on the couch He nudges you awake again, just can’t help myself.
    Heaps of good info here, I’ll be reading again.
    Thanks for putting in the effort Shanique

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      Rock Solid Faith
      March 25, 2018 at 2:57 pm

      Thanks for the kind words Tony!

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    Mary
    March 27, 2018 at 9:07 pm

    “They” definitely don’t tell you the whole story. It’s good to know what you are getting into!

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