I Was A New Blogger Once
As a blog owner, you can sometimes be bombarded with “how to” advice. These days, it seems like if you mention the least little thing about becoming a blogger, the cycle begins. First they tell you the best hosting sites, then they tell you about all the little extras. Plugins, SEO tools, social media tips, and the list goes on.
But it always comes down to the same thing: page views and monetization.
Why, before you can even use things like Google Adsense, you have to have at least one hundred thousand views per month. Yeah. That’s a lot. Even for a great blogger!
Monetization is, of course, the way bloggers make money. And they all DO, don’t they? Surely! What kind of a blogger doesn’t blog for money?
Well, me, for starters.
I toyed with the idea a time or two, and even studied on it for awhile. But in the end, it just didn’t feel right. Even before I nailed down the fact that I would weave faith into every single post.
Deciding Not To Monetize
In the beginning, I didn’t start blogging because I wanted to share my faith. I started blogging so I could vent. I’ve told bits of that story in the past, but I wanted some sort of release. After learning a little more about blogging, and how much it has helped people in so many ways, my thoughts changed a bit.
Then, for a time, I was blogging about “how to”, recipes, homeschooling and parenting a special needs child. Still, all things that had special places in my heart, but I wasn’t really into it. Not like I’d seen other people. It was at this point that I thought about monetizing and how I might actually make some money if I wrote about the right things.
Then, before I even realized what was going on, I started to find myself writing about my faith. It was small at first, but I felt like it was valid enough to get a whole day: solemn Sunday. In my categories for each day, this only seemed appropriate, even if I wasn’t going to church at the time.
As His Word became more and more alive, I began to want nothing more than to tell it! It truly was, “like a fire shut up in my bones”! The more I shared, the more I wanted to share, and suddenly, it didn’t matter whether I got any money for it.
See, just look at the lilies. They don’t toil nor spin, yet nothing else, the Bible says, has as much splendor. Or look at the sparrows. They don’t plant or sew, yet they have all that they need.
Why in the world would I trust to the world what God has already promised me?
Faith Blogger or Missionary?
I was reading through different blogs today and came across more than one that likened a faith blogger to a missionary. I didn’t have to think about it long before it made sense. I mean, the Word says to go into all the world and preach the Gospel.
And isn’t that what we’re doing as faith bloggers?
Now, I don’t know that I would actually consider myself a missionary. To me, a missionary is a preacher that just preaches in a country that isn’t his own. To bring God’s Word to places it wouldn’t otherwise be going. That’s definitely NOT me!
However, I do believe I have seen God’s hand at work in my life enough to have some stories to tell. I can tell you how He brought me through things I didn’t think I’d come through. I can tell you how He delivered me from alcohol. He has delivered me from the spirit of suicide at least three times that I can think of right now. And so much more.
He’s given me joy when I shouldn’t have it, sustenance when I didn’t work for it, and salvation that I don’t deserve. How can I not tell about that?!
More Blessed To Give…
As I thought and thought about my blog and the whole monetization process, one thing kept echoing through my mind. It is more blessed to give than to receive. I have found that to be true on so many occasions! Why wouldn’t it be just as true for a blogger?
Yes, it costs money to run my blog. I have to pay for hosting and a domain name. I have to pay for registration and my AWESOME TMD TECH SUPPORT! (Love those guys!) And of course, I couldn’t post if I didn’t have internet access, though my blog surely isn’t all I use it for.
But still, I figure if I need compensation, God will give it. He hasn’t failed me yet. He’s never left me or forsaken me. As I seek to tell more and more people about His love, His grace and the awesome, undeserved gift of salvation, I know He’s got me.
Right in the palm of His hand, as a matter of fact!