How to be Successful as a Christian Blogger

I take a deep breath and stare at the little blinking line on my laptop screen. It’s one of those seasons – a season of little inspiration.

I promise regular, helpful content on my blog.
My commitment to bring worthy words to the eyes of my people still stands.
Even when the inspiration is null, I feel called to write.

This is the life of any blogger I’ve ever met. We are born to write, to share our passions and our thoughts. Some choose to do this privately. We have not.

As bloggers, our calling is mighty. Full of purpose and brimming with passion, God has placed us in this role, with this laptop, in this season, for a reason.

So, as I stare at the blinking line – the line telling me I’ve written all of zero words on that bright white page – I feel led to minister to your heart here.

Because we need each other.

As a Christian blogger, you have a mighty job to do. It's a calling, and it's not always easy. Here are three truths that will help you become a truly successful christian blogger!

My blogging friend, you are sowing seeds.

I’ve been camping out in Hosea with the She Reads Truth gals, and let me tell you, this book of the Bible is no easy read.

It is daily reminding me of my desperate need for grace in all of life. It is showing me that I am a wanderer, an idolater, an Israelite so bent my own way that I don’t search for God.

Surprisingly, I’ve seen my blogging journey more than anything else.

I am a wanderer, because my temptation so often is to sugarcoat and wander from the truth.

I am an idolater, because I sit before the throne of page views and social media likes.

I am a prideful Israelite, because I’m bent on forcing my way with my blog.

And in the midst of it all, I’m sowing seeds.

Every word I write & every image I create & each tweet I share is a seed.

Sure, mine is one seed among many. But does the size of the seed impact it’s ability to take root?

Hosea 8:7 tells us, “They sow to the wind, and reap the whirlwind. The stalk has no bud; it shall never produce meal.”

I read that verse over and over again, and all I could think of was my little place on the world wide web. I can sow to the wind or I can sow for the King. I can reap a flimsy whirlwind or I can reap a sturdy foundation.

Goodness, I pray that my blog and your blog and all of the blogs proclaiming the message of salvation take an honest look and decide if a bud is producing or if the leaves are dead. Because this, my blogging buddy, is important.

You are a seed-sower.

In Hosea 9:16 it says, “Ephraim (a tribe of the Israelites) is stricken. Their root is dried up; they shall bear no fruit.”

How do we, as bloggers, guard against dried-up fruit? How do we sow seeds that take root – seeds that produce a beautiful bud?

We admit we are broken.

If you could only see my chewed-off fingernails and the stains on my couch. If you were a fly on the wall, you wouldn’t see a perfect headshot and daily steaming lattes.

You’d see real. You’d see broken.

As I’ve been pondering the seeds of my blog, I’ve been praying against the temptation to hide my imperfections.

Let us all pray, “Father, wash away what is of me and proclaim only what is of you.”

We live what we blog.

The words you write? They are landing on soil – the real soil of a beating heart.

We can’t fake this stuff, y’all. And – warning: hard truth – if you are faking it, you’re a wandering Israelite choosing to bow before the throne of a false god.

I can only write that because I’ve been there. I’ve pounded out a blog post because it was that day of the week, but it wasn’t an honest piece of my journey.

No matter what you blog about, you must live what you blog.

How can you lead others to a place you haven’t been? How can you plant seeds in hearts when your heart is barely fertilized?

I warned you of a hard truth, friend. I stand beside you in this, daily wrestling the flesh and fighting to choose humble obedience.

And so we pray… “Lord, the words, the journey, the inspiration, must come from You alone.”

As a Christian blogger, you have a mighty job to do. It's a calling, and it's not always easy. Here are three truths that will help you become a truly successful christian blogger!

We move ahead in obedience.

Seed sowers spend time planting baby seeds. It doesn’t happen overnight. The plant doesn’t bloom immediately.

Rather, there is the process of planting. Then, there is the process of waiting.

And what better way to spend the waiting than in obedience?

There is a heart attitude here of simply submitting to the Lord. But there is also practical trust in a faithful God – patiently waiting for page views rather than checking every week, trusting God has a plan for your Instagram account and your Facebook reach, daily investing in your blog by following through with the classes you’ve enrolled in.

It’s a process. It’s all seed sowing – faithful planting of baby seeds.

This is when we pray, “Abba Father, please provide the time, resources, energy, and wisdom to invest well as I plant seeds. Guide me and teach me as I obediently follow you.”

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Hosea 14 ends with the beautiful redemption of Israel. “I will be like the dew to Israel; he shall grow like the lily, and lengthen his roots like Lebanon. His branches shall spread; his beauty shall be like an olive tree…

The contrast is powerful, just as the seeds you are sowing as powerful. As we plant words, stories, videos, and graphics daily on our blogs, may we always be praying against withering branches and dried-up fruit.

And may we always admit our imperfections, live what we write, and submit in obedience.

This is the recipe for a truly successful blog.

We’re in it together, and I always love chatting about blogging questions, discouragement, and purpose. Email me! It’d be a true honor.


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48 thoughts on “How to be Successful as a Christian Blogger

  1. Alison,
    I could feel your heart in every single word, my friend. This is a hard hard truth we, as bloggers, must wrestle with every single day. The enemy would like nothing more than to turn our hearts in the direction of idolatry or let it represent what we are not. God gave us each a unique voice and a unique story from which we each have been given the privilege to point to Him! Our authenticity matters!

    Beautiful post, sweet friend!!! ♥

  2. Such beautiful and truth-filled words, Alison. “How can you plant seeds in hearts when your heart is barely fertilized?”
    These are such great reminders to guard against the snares of writing words that we don’t follow ourselves. I love this prayer too, “This is when we pray, “Abba Father, please provide the time, resources, energy, and wisdom to invest well as I plant seeds. Guide me and teach me as I obediently follow you.”

  3. This couldn’t have come at a better time. Some weeks blogging can feel very discouraging when you’re thinking, “What in the world am I going to write about next?! That happens to be THIS week for me. Thank you for a timely message. I loved what you said, ” But does the size of the seed impact it’s ability to take root?” So true!

    Thanks, Alison!

    1. I have those weeks a lot recently. I think it comes with seasons of life. Other times I can barely stop writing down ideas! But no matter how much inspiration we have, God will provide the words. That is so comforting to me!

  4. Alison!

    God bless you sister in the Lord! I am so glad I came across this article!

    As a new blogger, it is easy for me to become discouraged by my lack of blogging “expertise”, page views, and the followers countless other bloggers have. Your words have spoken directly to my heart, and I’m sure that it will speak to countless others’ hearts also! It just confirms that the Lord, in all of His goodness and divine power, is calling all of us bloggers for such a time and purpose as this.

    Thanks again, and may the Lord bless you richly!

    Love,
    Jasmine

    1. Oh, yes, Jasmine! With the explosion of the internet, we HAVE been called for such a time as this! What a privilege, right?! Thanks for commenting and encouraging me tonight. 🙂

  5. Alison- thank you so much for your honesty and your encouragement! Sometimes I feel like I’m so honest and so raw that it appears as though I’m a Debbie Downer…granted that’s probably the lies of the enemy speaking to me, but its how I feel. The season that I’m currently in is different and challenging. I also think that maybe I’ve strayed from writing as much because I know that I am vulnerable when I write, and honestly…I just don’t want to cry anymore or feel. I also know that this is probably the enemy, too. I seriously need an intervention..lol. Love you girl!

    1. Praying for you, sweet Shannon – for your blog, your heart, your faith, your season of life, the change you’re going through, and your words. Vulnerability when you write is so powerful, but I do understand needing to guard yourself as well. The Lord will meet you & guide you! And that is a beautiful TRUTH. Love you, friend.

  6. I love this, Alison! Beautifully written and so true. Every action I take online, even the smallest one, I view in this way. I never know who is going to read a word I write, and I pray over every single one. There is great fulfillment and purpose in following God and serving Him with every word, trusting He has a plan in it all. Everything else is beside the point. Love you girl.

    1. I love that, Sarah. Your words are beautiful, delicate, and always so full of truth. Your blog is an inspiration to me! Thanks for commenting. I’m so glad we’re blogging friends. <3

  7. I all the sudden feel as if I’ve found an amazing resource, just from reading this one post. I’m an aspiring Christian freelance writer, and I’ve found it easy to get discouraged with this “niche” in mind. I’ve been told there’s no market for it, but I feel it’s my heart’s calling to write and encourage other woman, mothers, and wives. Thank you for this resource, and I cannot wait to read more.

    1. Angela, I do understand. I believe there will always be a niche for Christian writers as long as this world exists! Until our future glory, we have a mission to serve, love, and point others to Christ. I’m so glad you found the blog. It’s an honor to “meet” you here!

  8. Hi Alison
    It was less than 24hrs ago I stood in the shower with tears streaming down my face. I’d been praying. I started blogging 2 months ago just a fresh blogster. But I truly believe in my heart this is what I’ve been called to do (on top of being a wife and mom and RN)
    There is a passion in my heart to share, after all, the pains I have experienced was not for nothing. But I was weeping because I needed God’s reassurance the this is where He wanted me. Mostly, though, I wanted my blogging not to be about the page count or number of visitors but truly to have a positive impact on others.
    Thank you for this article. It touched my heart and spoke to me. Thank you for blogging from your heart. God bless you.

    1. You can do this. I believe that! If God has given you a message, He will give you the time, the words, the resources, and the encouragement. Keep trusting Him, new friend! I stand beside you in the busy, crazy, hectic life of working, being a wife, and being a blogger. We’ve gotta stick together! 🙂

        1. I’m so glad this was encouraging to you. God’s words, written by me, for you. 🙂 Isn’t it so amazing how He works?!

  9. Very nice piece Alison. I like the fact that we ought to live out what we write and ensure we are filled in order to fill others.

    God bless the work of your hands.

  10. Just yesterday I was discouraged because a wonderful friend of mine, unknowingly asked me a question that pushed that same button Satan has been pushing…
    “Do you have a lot of followers?”
    I wanted to share how excited I was that God was giving me words but she was uninterested. I came away so wounded.
    Thank you for pointing out what Satan is really selling me, idolatry. 1 Peter 5:8
    Have an awesome week!

    1. Oh, that question can sting, can’t it? Because it’s a little bit about the followers, but a whole lot more about Jesus. Thanks for sharing here, Dana! I’m so glad you found this post and decided to comment. 🙂

  11. Alison, thank you so much for your words of wisdom.

    I’m big on authenticity in writing and I’m constantly confronted with the question, “am I living what I write?”.

    We have such a huge responsibility to stay true to ourselves and others. Most importantly we have to stay true to Him.

    May I always choose the hard road when it comes to posting the truth. I don’t want to sugar coat and I don’t want to post anything I’m not living. Lord, help us to live it and let our seeds take root. In Jesus name. Amen

    I’ll be sharing this on Pinterest!

    1. Amen, Natalie! It’s a heavy burden we carry as bloggers, but a worthy one at the same time! What an honor we have to write about Jesus so boldly & confidently. Thanks for sharing!

    1. The faithful planting of seeds will bring about all of those other things in time. That’s the beauty of faithfully pursuing God’s call on our lives – and blogs. Seeds bring much fruit in season.

  12. Alison, thank you so much for writing with your heart. I can tell that it is full of Jesus. My story is similar to yours, moving across the country to join a ministry just a few days after being married, experiencing some painful growth, and enjoying so many beautiful moments along the way. God is so good to help me find another Christian woman who is passionate about pursuing her Abba Father, and using her talents as a writer to bring glory to God. I am so encouraged! Thanks again, girl.

    1. Hey Emilie! So I may have just stalked you on ALL social media. 😉 Thanks for leaving such a kind comment. It’s awesome to see new bloggers with similar passions rising up in the name of Jesus. We need His voice to be louder than the voices of the world. Keep on keepin’ on, new friend. I love what you’re doing.

  13. Allison, thank you for being open. I needed to hear your testimony. I am in the beginning stages of starting a Christian Blog. I’ve been doing research and I am so glad that I found your blog. Thanks for the truth! It has really helped me to stand on what I know I have been called to do.

    1. Thanks, Celestine, for commenting and letting me know. What an encouragement. Good luck with your blog – we need Christian bloggers flooding the world with the Good News!

  14. Wow, a few years ago it was placed heavily on my heart to encourage others around me through writing. I just want to say thank you so much for your encouragement. You described the reason and trials behind sowing seeds. Really, that’s what it’s all about, sowing seeds to the lives around us.

    1. Ronnica, it’s great to connect with you here. Thanks for your comment! And thank you for faithfully serving the Lord with your words. We need warriors rising up all over in many different ways.

  15. Thank you so much for this post, it was truly inspiring. As I am starting this journey of becoming a faith based blogger. God has been speaking to me a lot in this area of sewing seeds as well, so I am in agreeance with you sister! May God bless your ministry!

  16. I just started my blog about a month and half ago. Every site I been to aid me in getting it right is all about “how to get more”. I wanted more, God placed a purpose in my life and I was starting to stray because of the “more”. I found your site and my Lord has answered my prayer. Thank you for the post, now I know that I’m headed in the right path.

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