12 Questions We Must Ask Ourselves as Bloggers

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We wade through an incredible amount of information each day as bloggers. There are courses to enroll in, posts to read, webinars to watch, and people we should network with.

It almost seems never-ending, am I right?

Every time I scroll through Pinterest or open my Podcast app, there is new information that I can consume. Someone found the secret to gaining 1000 new Facebook subscribers. Someone else just made thousands of dollars with her product launch.

And here I sit – confused, overwhelmed, and somewhat discouraged.

I finally decided to start asking myself some important questions about my blogging journey. So, with information overload in mind – and a bold resolve to blog well for God’s glory – here we go.

As bloggers, we're overloaded with information & possibly unsure where to start. There are podcasts, experts, blog posts, books, webinars, and guides for becoming successful. So, may I suggest that you sit down with a journal and a cup of iced tea to ask yourself these 12 important questions for bloggers? Grab your FREE printable cheat sheet with space for journaling to help!

12 Questions to Ask as Bloggers

1. Why am I blogging?

To make a full-time income? To launch a book? To meet other bloggers? Because you love to write? Because it’s the “thing” to do these days?

Grab hold of your purpose every.single.day. If you don’t, the information overload will be just that – overload.

We can choose to listen to what is helpful & encouraging and throw away everything else when we know our true purpose.

2. How will I achieve my blogging goals?

In other words, what is your game plan? In a world of full of experts, courses, articles, and podcasts all related to this thing called blogging, you must have a game plan.

Here’s the danger of flying by the seat of your pants: You’ll either 1) listen to everything and burn out awfully fast or 2) shy away from all of the advice and stay stuck.

I know this because I’ve done #1 and I’ve been tempted to do #2. I listened to every podcast, downloaded every free guide, read everything from the experts, and watched way too many webinars. Then, I had a binder full of information and a lot of burned-out resolve to implement my “plans”.

Don’t be afraid to limit yourself.

3. Am I caring for my people? If so, how?

Let me tell you now, friend – this is important.

Your people are just that – your people. They respect you & want to hear from you. Guard yourself from ignoring them. Instead, make them a priority.

Send them useful, engaging newsletters. Create worthy freebies to offer them for their investment in you.

Whatever you do, don’t ignore them.

4. Who will I listen to?

Like I’ve mentioned, there are many voices claiming to be experts in the blogging world. And many of them truly are experts.

However, in order to actually learn something, it’s wise to choose 2-3 people you will follow. Subscribe to their blogs. Join in on their webinars. Buy their products. And actually follow their advice.

You can always read one or two valuable articles by someone without getting their weekly emails, being invited to all of their new webinars, and tempting yourself with their courses. Again, don’t be afraid to limit yourself.

5. What will I do to improve my blog in the next 6 months?

It is wise and important to consider the future of your blogging ministry. Think about it: we plan our meals, our vacations, our quiet times, and our household chores. So, if we long for successful blogs, we must plan for those too.

For me, this looks like investing in courses that encourage growth. On my own, I will never be able to know everything about social media, images, writing, and blog growth. It is simply not possible.

But when I invest a bit of time and energy (and sometimes money) into a course that someone else has mastered, I suddenly grow & learn & improve my blog.

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6. Where do I get my inspiration?

Writer’s block is real. Discouragement happens. It seems all bloggers need a big pool full of inspiration now and then.

So, where do you find your inspiration? The Bible? Books? Getting together with friends? Going for a hike? Stepping away from the screen?

Figure this out now before the ugliness of discouragement settles in. It’s difficult to jump into a pool of inspiration when you’re feeling anything but excited about blogging.

As bloggers, we're overloaded with information & possibly unsure where to start. There are podcasts, experts, blog posts, books, webinars, and guides for becoming successful. So, may I suggest that you sit down with a journal and a cup of iced tea to ask yourself these 12 important questions for bloggers? Grab your FREE printable cheat sheet with space for journaling to help!

7. How would I describe my blogging values in three words?

Know your core values – the roots that hold your blog together. If you value honesty, openness, and humor, be about those things. Make your brand about those things. Share about those things.

This helps you to write from a solid place of understanding your own blog and also gives your readers something to expect.

8. What is one thing I need to change?

We’re always learning, always growing. And this means there is always something we could change.

Maybe you need to improve your writing. Your ability to create graphics. Your understanding of SEO. Your networking plan.

Maybe you need to change the way you manage your time. Learn to stick to a schedule. Let go of perfection.

Identify your one thing & make the necessary changes.

9. Am I neglecting anything?

Sometimes it’s hard to remember that we have lives outside of our blogs, but we do. Our families matter. Our health matters. Our relationship with God matters.

If you’re neglecting something in order to blog, sit down and honestly evaluate your priorities. Consider setting some boundaries around your blogging time. For example, don’t open your computer until you’ve spent time with Jesus.

10. If I have a post go viral tomorrow, what would I want that post to be about?

I think this is important because it helps answer several of the other questions. What do you want to be known for? Are your blogging values portrayed in that post? Does the post nurture your audience?

This question also ensures that you never write something outside of you. Be you. Just you.

Bonus – if you want that viral traffic to stick around, the best way to keep them invested in your blog is to write from your heart. Every post should be from the heart.

11. Who do I have around me for support?

We need other bloggers. People who don’t blog can be incredibly supportive; don’t get me wrong (thanks mom & dad!). But we need other bloggers.

Join a mastermind group. Start your own Pin-share group. Encourage one another. Tell one another about blogging opportunities. Make friends.

Some of my greatest friends are bloggers. Introduce yourself & you just never know what God could do.

12. Is this a passion?

Deep down inside of you, is blogging something you love? Do you find fulfillment in it? Is it fun for you?

If so, blaze ahead and blog, my friend!

If not, go back and ask yourself question #1. If it’s only about the money, it’s not enough. If it’s only about a book, it’s not enough. If it’s only because everyone else is doing it, it’s not enough.

If it’s because you’re passionate about your message & passionate about your people – well – now we’re getting somewhere.

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Amidst the information overload and the overwhelmed feelings, take a few minutes to grab your journal, a cup of iced tea, and find a comfy chair. Ask yourself these questions. Be honest. Evaluate your purpose, your plan, and your passion for this wild thing called blogging.

And hey, if you need more encouragement, you know where to find me. I’ve been there. Sometimes I am still there. So, let’s journey together.

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44 thoughts on “12 Questions We Must Ask Ourselves as Bloggers

  1. Alison, I love these questions. I agee with every one! I especially needed the reminder of how many voices I follow. It’s easy to see a tip and head off on a time-wasting tangent. Thanks for this! Sharing it like crazy!!

    1. “Time-wasting tangent” is the PERFECT way to describe what happens when I try to follow too many voices! Thank you for sharing, Deb. I sure appreciate you!

  2. Great post! I feel like I’ve been in a rut lately with so many things going on in my personal life – this helped me to really take a look at why I do what I do!

    1. I’m so glad you found this helpful. Coming back to our “why” is the absolute most important thing. From there, everything else flows a bit easier!

  3. This is wonderful, Alison. It is so easy to get distracted in so many different directions. I appreciate these key questions (and in printable format too!) to refocus.

  4. Great tips, Alison I was asking myself all these questions as I was reading this post. They were all great questions to ask ourselves as bloggers and be honest with ourselves about the answers.

  5. Great advice Alison! Sometimes I find myself taking in information that I don’t really need. And your questions are great guidelines to help bloggers evaluate their goals and passion for blogging. You’re always an inspiration to me Alison!

  6. Every single one of these is something I have had to ask myself at some point in time! Love this list, Alison! Now it’s just sticking to my answers and not veering off the path!

    Great post!!!

  7. Alison, you have left me with many things to think about and sharpen my focus. I am learning how important having support is through this sometimes noisy space of blogging! And thanks for the printable:) You are welcome to share on Fresh Market Friday-“where intention meets passion.”

  8. These were perfect. I loved the reminders not to neglect our time with the Savior and with our families. Prioritizing is so key! Also loved the advice to choose just 2-3 people to follow. Fantastic!

    1. Thank you, Julie! When I begin neglecting parts of my life, I know I need to step away from the blog for a bit and refocus. 🙂

  9. Great post on some very real struggles of Christian blogging. It is easy to be overwhelmed, or simply unproductive because you’re trying to learn it all at once. I like your advice to choose a few people to follow and learn from. That will help to bring focus. I also like the idea of thinking through how to find inspiration during the discouraging times before they hit. I’ve recently started following your blog for that very purpose:)

  10. Thank you for this information. I have been wanting to take the plunge and start a blog just because I like to write–not to set the world on fire. However, I do want it to be interesting and uplifting to others, so this is a good worksheet to lead me as I pray through this process. Thanks again!

    1. Hi Barbara! I’m so glad you found this post helpful. This is a great place to start, because all of blogging needs to stem from your mission/purpose – the writing, design, social media sharing, etc. Once you outline your purpose, you’re set to be a bold blogger for God’s glory!

  11. You share so many great points here, Alison! I also can over-research and become overloaded with information. It is hard to take action when spending so much time researching! So it’s a great idea to pick a few people to listen to and actually take action based on what you are learning.

    I agree that we need to step back and evaluate our priorities. I need that reminder some days.

    1. Emily, that was my downfall for many months. I had so many notes, watched tons of webinars, took all of the free classes, but NEVER took the action steps mentioned in all of those webinars & classes! And then I wondered why growth was slow… 😉 Listening to two-three people has impacted my blogging profoundly!
      Thanks for commenting!

  12. This is excellent. I hope I follow most of these points, Allison, yet I know a few I need to work on. Thanks for the list and the wisdom behind each one.

    1. I must constantly remind myself of this list, because it is easy to let a few fall behind. Thanks for commenting! I’m glad you found this helpful. 🙂

  13. I love these! I have a couple of experts I read and listen to. The introvert in me keeps me from self marketing. It’s just finding that foot hold in the self promotion that is killing me. I’m stopping by from Coffee For Your Heart.

    1. I totally understand that. One of my blogging friends – Arabah Joy – has a beautiful philosophy of self-promotion and marketing for Christian bloggers. She mentions it in most of her blogging material, so it may be worth checking out! http://www.arabahjoy.com

  14. Oh my goodness. This post!! I love how you said our “blogging ministry.” It IS a ministry. Ironically, I thought it was a ministry I was creating for others, but I have been SO blessed. The Lord knew I needed this too. What wonderful reminders to weed through the most important info and let go of the rest. Remembering our purpose behind blogging will make this possible. Thank you!!

    1. You hit the nail on the head! This ministry has been just as much about my own heart as it is about spreading the gospel. I think God knew that this is the best way for me to learn and change, which is just simply beautiful. Thanks for commenting!

  15. These are great reminders, questions to ask myself and tips for this new blogger.
    #6 is the greatest piece of advice I’ve taken away from the MANY articles I’ve read on the “Blogging Ministry”.
    Right now is just the beginning; everything is new and exciting but remembering that discouragement is real and creating a game plan for if (and inevitably when) I become overwhelmed, is key.
    Thanks for sharing!

    1. Thank you for such a kind and encouraging comment! There have been many times throughout my blogging journey that I have been discouraged. Stick with it and have a game plan – I’ve found it truly helps when motivation is low or writers block sets in. 🙂

  16. This has been so helpful to me. Right at question #1, a light came on. I blog for the sheer love of writing and to meet other bloggers.

    There is such a push nowadays to have a “big” blog…to grow your following…to make a presence on all social media…to find your “brand.” I have felt like I need to be doing those things. But your wise question helped to remind me of the reason I started blogging back in 2006 (before blogging was “the thing.) and why I returned to blogging a few months ago—for the sheer love of writing and the ability to connect with other bloggers.

    I also realize that I want to really know other bloggers. I am a quality over quantity person, so I want to connect personally with a relatively small number of people rather than have a large “following” of people I don’t know at all.

    Thank you for helping me get back to basics.

    Blessings,
    Patti @ Embracing Home

    1. Patti, your comment is so beautiful. I, too, enjoy meeting other bloggers and have found that some of my sweetest friends are blogging buddies! I’ve been able to connect with many of them on the phone or in person, and there is such a special connection there. I am also a quality over quantity person, so your purpose for blogging inspires me and gets me excited! God uses ALL blogs – and if community is your purpose, that is absolutely worthy. 🙂

  17. Love all these questions, Allison, and also the printable! I printed it out and am looking forward to answering all the questions. The only problem is that the printable is so cute I’m thinking, “I need to start making cute printables like Alison!” 🙂

    1. Aww, you are so sweet! I LOVE making printables! Enjoy answering the questions and digging in to the purpose of your blog. 🙂

  18. Love, love, love this!!! Awesome post! I related to each one and yet I learned a few more new things. Definitely going to print the sheet put and hang on my blogging board!

    1. Oh, yay! Carmen, I’m so glad these questions gave you something to think about! Your blog is incredible, and I can’t wait to see where God takes you next. 🙂

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