Dear Blogger {What to Do When You Want to Give Up}

Dear Christian Blogger,

It’s never time to give up.

It’s never time to give up because God has a plan – for your blog, your ministry, your future, your message.

It’s never time to give up because people desperately need to hear truth, know truth, read truth, and seek truth.

It’s never time to give up because this thing you’re doing is so much bigger than you. In fact, it’s never been about you.

It’s about Jesus in you.

Dear Christian blogger, do you ever feel like giving up? Like no one is reading? Like no growth is happening? I'd love to encourage all Christian bloggers to never give up. Here's why, as well as 3 tips you should try when you're having an "I want to give up" moment!

And so, because of that, it is never time to give up.

Maybe you’re discouraged by slow growth. Or no growth. Maybe you wish someone would comment on your blog because you poured your heart into that post and, goodness, only three people have read it?

Maybe you’re frazzled and stressed. You forgot many of the to-do list items you needed to cross off today.

Or maybe you’re thinking, I’ll give this a month & if nothing happens, I’m done.

Oh, dear blogger, please don’t do that. The world needs the voice of Jesus to be louder than all the rest. Which means the world needs your influence & your opinion – your voice.

So, don’t give up.

I urge you to try one of these options when you want to give up blogging instead.

1. Sit at the feet of Jesus.

Take a break and just sit. Remind yourself why you started this whole blogging endeavor anyway.

The purpose of your blog is so much greater than you. In fact, your blog has kingdom purpose – eternal purpose.

Sometimes you just need to open the Word, shed a few tears, and allow the Lord to renew your spirit. I sincerely encourage you to do this often.

How often do you need to stop and sit at the feet of Jesus? Once a week? Once a month?

Make note: this is different than a daily quiet time. This is time set apart to commune with the Lord for a solid chunk of time – to read His promises to you, to pray about your purpose, to renew your mind and energy, to bask in the fact that your blog is not about you.

It’s about Jesus in you.

Dear Christian blogger, do you ever feel like giving up? Like no one is reading? Like no growth is happening? I'd love to encourage all Christian bloggers to never give up. Here's why, as well as 3 tips you should try when you're having an "I want to give up" moment!

2. Seek help.

A blogger’s daily checklist is about five feet long it seems. Add that to household duties, kids, marriage, church activities, personal devotional time and more & you will quickly become utterly overwhelmed.

If you’re trying to do it all yourself, I sincerely encourage you to ask someone for help.

If you don’t have the money to pay someone right now, consider asking a family member or your spouse to help you with smaller tasks. These could be things like pinning daily on Pinterest, scheduling your social media, optimizing for SEO, adding your posts to weekly blog linkups, and more.

Delegation is a beautiful thing. And when you have someone willing to step in and say “I believe in what you’re doing, let me help,” you have the opportunity to grow your voice – your platform – for the glory of the One in control of it all.

So, what if you do have a bit of cash to spend on your blog? First of all, it’s a wise investment. Let me just say that.

The internet is quickly becoming one of the most influential places in the world. With a presence on the web, you are a part of that influence. And, blogger, that influence needs desperately to be saturated with Jesus.

Because of this, if you have money to invest in your blog, I strongly encourage you to hire someone to help. This can be a social media scheduler, a graphics creator, a blog post scheduler, a virtual assistant that does a bit of anything, someone to create printables and freebies, a product designer… the list goes on and on.

You can read about working with me as a blog consultant or designer here.

3. Throw perfection to the wind.

Not. Easy. I know. I get it. I have a mini panic attack when anything goes wrong with WordPress or images or blog posts. Why? Because I expect perfection from myself.

But you know what? Perfection bogs down my purpose. Perfection causes me to focus on MY ability, MY time, MY ideas, MY plans for the blog.

When I choose to let perfection die, I feel a freedom to just be about the purposes of Christ.

To write for Him instead of myself. To design for the Lord instead of depending on myself. To connect with women online for the Lord instead of in pride.

The Lord does not expect perfection. The Lord expects willing, humble, confident hearts who long to spread His name and gather warriors for His kingdom.

So, if your blog is one that is gathering warriors – even if it’s two warriors – you are serving the Lord mightily. You are obeying. You are submitting to God’s plan.

And that, my friend, is a beautiful thing.

Sit at the feet of Jesus, find some help, and throw perfection to the wind, dear blogger.

So, when you want to give up blogging, please remember…

It’s never time to give up because God has a plan for your blog.

It’s never time to give up because people desperately need to hear truth.

It’s never time to give up because this thing you’re doing is so much bigger than you.

In fact, it’s never been about you.

It’s about Jesus in you.


 

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53 thoughts on “Dear Blogger {What to Do When You Want to Give Up}

    1. Shannon, thank you. Your friendship is a huge blessing & I can’t want to meet you in real life! God is good to bring a blogging buddy close to my house. 🙂

  1. Whenever I’ve been discouraged, Rev will say, “Do you know how many preachers would love to have that many people in the pew just once a week.” My prayer lately has been that the Lord will just use my little corner as He wills for His glory. Thanks for this fantastic encouragement! You’re a blessing!!

    1. Oh, Deb, I love that! How true. Our influence is unique, but in a great & powerful way. And I believe that’s all because we serve a great & powerful God!
      Thanks for your comment. Sending a hug to you!

  2. What a great post, Alison!
    Love these 3 tips!
    We all feel discouraged at times!
    Sure am grateful for you and the Design Duo!
    You guys are amazing!
    Sharing this one all around today!
    Melanie

  3. You are my favorite place to go for a little extra help! Yay, The Design Duo! Everyone, they are wonderful to work with, affordable and SO talented!
    Thank you for the encouragement, Alison!

    1. Valerie, you are the sweetest. Thanks for encouraging both of us in this new endeavor! We’re excited to watch the Lord work through & in us with this fun new business. 🙂

  4. Loved this! These tips are so very needful, no matter what our ministry, blogging or otherwise. The perfectionism jut bogs down everything, doesn’t it? Even our time spent sitting at Jesus feet. Thanks for encouragement!

    1. Marian, thanks for making the connection I failed to write in this post. This IS encouragement for any type of ministry. 🙂 Thanks for commenting. I appreciate it!

  5. Thanks so much for this post! Needed to read it! I’m so excited for your new business. I’m praying that the Lord blesses it!! He is doing amazing things through this blog and I’m so thankful to have stumbled upon it one day 🙂

  6. Great words here, Alison … and SO encouraging! I’m just now coming off of a period like this … With active teenagers I haven’t even been able to think, much less write. But I love how you point to Jesus. It really is all about him.

    1. Thanks, Dianne. I’m so glad you found some encouragement here. 🙂 It is all about Jesus! We’re just the vessels He uses to bring glory to His name!

  7. Thank you. Thank you, Thank you for each of your tips. I am a new blogger and to everything about blogging. I truly believe the Lord placed writing and blogging in my heart. I am passionate about the Lord and writing about His truth but being new to something can be discouraging when your having to learn so much! I’m so blessed to have seen this post. You are awesome for encouraging other bloggers!

    1. Thanks, Carmen! Be faithful with what the Lord brings you each day. Sometimes that’s all we can do – take the next step of faithfulness. Thanks for commenting & good luck with all things blogging! (P.S. Be careful. It quickly becomes a passion/obsession.) 😉

  8. Amen Alison! What a boatload of encouragement you offer in these 3 inspiring tips! It is so important for us to remember that our blogs are bigger than just us. We must trust God’s leading and remember we write for His glory! Thank you for sharing. So nice to visit here today via G&T. i will have to check out Design Duo soon. Have a wonderful weekend and may God bless you and yours!

    1. Thanks, Horace. I’m so glad you found this post encouraging. I love the purpose behind writing for something so much bigger than ourselves. We write with kingdom purpose! What an honor!

  9. Wonderfully, encouraging post. So edifying to bloggers.

    Your statement, “The Lord does not expect perfection. The Lord expects willing, humble, confident hearts who long to spread His name and gather warriors for His kingdom.” sums up your entire post so perfectly. What a great take-home message to remember and meditate on.

    I appreciate so much your sharing this post.

    Blessings.

    1. Karen, thank you so much for stopping by & taking the time to comment! I appreciate your encouragement & am so thankful you found something helpful here. Blessings to you & your blog! 🙂

  10. Allison, I appreciate your encouragement and will definitely consider using your design services! I’m a bit bogged down with other things right now, but will be in touch. Thanks for not only being an encourager, but coming alongside to help as well!

    1. Thank you, Linda, for such a kind comment! I understand being bogged down. 🙂 And we’d be happy to chat with you anytime.

  11. Yes, Yes! with my hands raised, Yes! Thanks for this, I feel like you were talking to me. I sometimes have this little crabby thought in the back of my mind that says, “Hey, there’s enough people like you out there, The web doesn’t need another one!” But this post is such a great reminder. I often have to tell myself, even if just for my family-it’s good enough. I’m going to save this for later when those thoughts try to creep in again. Thanks!

    1. Your whole comment brought a smile to my face! I’m so thankful you found encouragement here. I love when I write a post for my own heart & it ends up impacting someone else. 🙂 God is amazing like that. Your blog does matter! Keep at it! And thanks for commenting – you’ve blessed me!

  12. Thank you for the encouragement Alison. I love writing, but I am learning that blogging and everything that goes with blogging takes a lot of time. Oh how I needed to hear this today! Thank you!

    1. I’m so grateful that you found some encouragement here! It does take a lot of time – but when you’re blogging for Jesus, He is your strength. 🙂 Keep persevering!

  13. Thanks for the perspective and advice. Love that it’s never been about me, because it wouldn’t be worth following if it were. Thanks for sharing, and nice to meet you. ((grace upon grace))

  14. Oh boy, your post hit me hard today because I’ve quit…but feel called everyday to write. I really appreciate your ideas of how to move forward, and especially the perspective that people need to hear the truth – what a call to truth FOR ME! Thanks for being His vessel.

    1. Brandy, it’s an honor to be a source of encouragement. People do need to hear Truth, and you are a vessel. Be bold for Him & keep going! And know that it never has to be perfect to be used by God. 🙂

  15. This post actually came to me through Arabah Joy. I’ve been messing around with the idea of blogging for Jesus for a really long time now. Before being saved I wrote a blog in a totally different vein and really enjoyed writing. I never made a penny at it, but I was extremely dedicated to writing it. A LOT of things have changed since I quit blogging, and every time I go to start a new blog for Jesus, I get so overwhelmed with all the new things to learn and get done. But I believe I will start again and just take it step by step and learn the new things as I can.

    1. You are so right, Amber. So right. Take baby steps & learn slowly. There is much grace when we give our gifts to God to be used!
      Thanks for stopping by. Arabah Joy is a dear friend – and a very wise mentor. Follow her lead. 🙂

  16. Great tips, Alison! I’ve recently started delegating tasks, which has been very helpful! This post comes to me at such perfect timing. After a week of major website issue, among other things, I was feeling a bit deflated. Thanks for the encouragement. I’m sure I’ll be taking you up on the paid help soon!

    1. Alisa, I’m so glad you were encouraged here today. Ugh, website issues. I totally understand the frustration! Keep taking the next step! We’re in it together. 🙂

  17. Oh my goodness!!! I really needed to read this today!!! Thank you so much for these encouraging words! I need to memorize them! I’m so happy I came across your post through Arabah Joy! That Arabah is something else!!! God is using her specifically this week to speak right to my heart. <3 He must have known I needed some extra encouragement. God has recently called me out of the traditional work force and laid on my heart to begin a blog ministry. To be one of his warriors. This big assignment has me scared to death. It's kind of paralyzing. The technical side is challenging to say the least. I have my domain and hosting and that's about it. Eek! And due to this challenge, I was trying to talk myself out of what God has called me to do. #OhMyWord! Then I read your post today. So thank you! This is just what I needed to press on. So grateful! 🙂

    1. BJ, I’m smiling! God has called you to be a warrior & what an honor that is! It’s a huge assignment, a scary assignment, and a frustrating assignment at times. And yet in the midst of all of that, it is a beautiful & worthy assignment. As I write, I am praying that you will be encouraged & uplifted to carry out God’s plan for you and your blog.
      And yes, Arabah is incredible. Walk beside her & learn from her. She is the greatest blogging mentor!

  18. This is JUST what I needed. Thank you so much. This spurs me on towards the vision that the Lord has given me and that my husband and I have set up as one of my priorities. I’m so grateful for this post and the way it combats discouragement, time constraints, and gives inspiring and practical advice. Thanks bunches!

  19. Thanks so much for the reminder! It’s all about Jesus. It’s not about me. It’s not about numbers. May the Lord use each post to reach the few or the many that He wants to reach. Amen

  20. I needed this reminder that it’s not about me, my lack of ability or talent. It’s all about Him and all for Him! Thank you so much! I am so loving your blog! I want to read every single post! 🙂

    1. Sam, how sweet. 🙂 What an encouragement that is to me! And I’m so thankful God spoke to you through this post about the reason for blogging. It is ALL about Him & ALL for Him.

  21. Thank you for the encouraging words. I started my online ministry a year ago, accidentally deleted it this summer…argh! Rebuilt in one day and am loving it. But it is a lot of work. And can be discouraging with the few who have found it. Praying to stay focused on what He has called me to do.

    1. Oh my word… I cannot image the DREAD of deleting everything! It’s awesome that you rebuilt & stepped back out in faith. Keep pushing ahead! I believe God is on the move online in the form of bloggers!

  22. Someone shared this in our FB group and I’m glad I read it. I don’t blog nearly as much anymore because I write books, (but I’m still a blogger and don’t see myself giving that up).

    I also don’t write as much about faith because it gets lost in the lifestyle posts, but I know some of my readers look specifically for the faith posts. What really struck me was the God/Jesus-centered focus of your post, and the reminder to set aside time with God outside of the daily quiet times just to seek his will for my writing. I pray often for help from the Spirit to enable me to write, but don’t often meditate and listen for God’s will in this area. That’s my takeaway. 🙂

    1. Hi Jennie! Thanks for taking the time to comment! I imagine this applies to writing books as much as it does to writing blog posts. Don’t give up. People need your words!

  23. Another two tissues came out during this post! 😉

    “So, if your blog is one that is gathering warriors – even if it’s two warriors – you are serving the Lord mightily. You are obeying. You are submitting to God’s plan.

    And that, my friend, is a beautiful thing.”

    I will remember this today and in the days to come. I’ll also be throwing perfection to the wind, and remembering that it’s not actually about me!!

    Thank you for the pep talks. Seems I’m not the only one who needed to hear these things!!!

  24. For the past few days, I have been feeling doubtful about my blog. I knew that God had called me to it and the first few days were amazing. Then after I would get frustrated for the exact reasons you are stating. Honestly, between yesterday and today, I almost quit on blogging. But, after reading your post you gave me the inspiration to move forward again. Thanks so much for sharing this! I really needed this. I will definitely be looking at this article from time and time again as a reminder. Many blessings to you!

    1. Hi Martika! Whew, I understand the temptation to quit. Blogging is hard, hard, hard. The desire to quit is usually from the enemy though, so we must wade carefully as we choose what to believe about ourselves and our blogs. I’m so glad this shed some truth. Don’t give up! You’re bringing the Lord SO much glory through what you’re doing. 🙂

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