Encouragement For A Weary Christian Blogger

When we who love writing decide to venture into the blogging world for the first time, we may dream of the day our hits run into the hundreds, and our comment sections bulge because people thought our words worth reading. However, in growing as a blogger, I find that achieving these goals comes at the price of extremely hard work, sacrifice, and great patience.  Nothing is free.

When I began blogging, I had big dreams, and I still do.  But I’ve also had so much to learn.  Coming from an era where writers either wrote using a typewriter or a pencil; blogging has been an experience in learning a whole new language.  I had to figure out what “hashtag” and “widget” were, and for the longest time couldn’t explain the difference between a “category” and a “tag”.  I’m grateful for those who are a bit younger, and have very willingly taught me.

I’ve also had to grow as a modern writer.  Always writing in full sentences?  Nah! And overflowing wordiness… is… just… plain… too… time… consuming… in… our… 3… second… soundbite… world….

I still have a long way to go.

Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve found discouragement settling in. I often struggle with formulating titles, and had felt like I’d made a huge blunder with one of the “Grief” blogs’ titles a couple of weeks ago.  Also, later in the week, a friend who had read some of my blogs made a comment, setting up a whole series of questions in my mind and heart as to my ability as a writer…. Have you been there?

I love blogging, and I’m not winging in the least – so please forgive me if it sounds like I am.  Sometimes I just need to step back and re-evaluate my “Why”.

Something deep inside compels me to share God’s love story through written language. If I don’t write, the words swirling around inside my head and heart would burn until I “penned” them. I believe I have something important to say in a way no one else can.  These are the words God has given me.  He has given others words as well, but not these words, not this way.  This is my story.

I’ve read more than once recently, by both “Christian” and “Secular” writers that writing is a lonely occupation – and I find it to be very true.  Rarely do the masses of writers out there ever realize the numbers of those blessed by what they write.

I heard a Christian author state only in eternity will we truly know the full scope of our audience and how God used us in their lives.

I’m always so grateful for those who tell me they’ve read a post and how it effected them.

But aren’t these concerns really a microcosmic picture of life?  We often doubt our gifting, abilities, and even our calling by God.  We often forget in the middle of discouragement why we made certain choices to follow God’s leading in the first place. And we rarely fully realize the full scope of those we influence for good or bad along the way.

And how often do I let others know the myriads of ways in which I’m grateful for them?

Makes me want to be a bit more careful as to how I conduct my life, and to more often tell someone else “You mean so much to me”!

Because I’ve spent some time working through my own discouragement as a weary blogger in the last couple of weeks, I’d like to take the opportunity to share what I’ve pondered.  I hope in some way this series reminds you of your “why”.

I also hope you will join me with your thoughts and comments as I always love a good conversation!

With love and prayers,

Robin <3

p.s. If you find yourself discouraged, please jot me a note below – I’d love to be able to pray with you, and maybe we can encourage one another!

Also, if you want to read from other Christian bloggers, I’ve linked this post with #livefreethursday with the topic:  Summer Of Permission

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31 thoughts on “Encouragement For A Weary Christian Blogger

  1. I found this while searching the word ‘weary’, and I am glad I did! Thank you for the encouragement and somewhat of a heads up for me since I am just beginning. I am hoping the blogging will allow me to keep up my writing, thinking, learning and growing so that one day I will be brace enough to write a non-fiction. Prayers appreciated! I am excited to follow more of what you have written and learn from someone (and a Christian!) with experience!

    1. Thank you so much for the huge encouragement! I’m grateful God allowed this to encourage you. It amazes me how God uses our hardest times for good. I’ve read some of your posts, and have begun following you. I look forward to reading more! “Lord, please bless my sister as she boldly proclaims you and the life we find in you. Strengthen and direct her as to her future endeavors. May she continue to cling to you in the mountain and valley times. In Jesus ‘ name. Amen.

    2. O I forgot to ask you what you wish to write on? I’m currently finishing writing a Bible Study on Discipleship, hoping to publish for the first time. Christian author Mary DeMuth has an excellent writer’s mentoring program for writers who wish to be published. I just came back from her “Writer’s Intensive” about 3 weeks ago.
      It was life changing, and she is an amazing teacher. You can find some of her materials at: http://www.booklaunchmentor.com

      1. Thank you for your amazingly kind and encouraging words. I feel honored that you are following me and have enjoyed my writing. I will look into that writer. Those are my favorite books (self help, devotions, non- fiction christian books are all I read! I do not know what I want to write right now. Thought about the daily inspiration books. Thought about even children’s character books too. I am very intimidated by what’s already out there and why would mine be different. I’m sure you understand what I mean! It’s crazy that I stumbled across yours and I cannot wait to read more. My hands are full with work children and a husband that swings long hour work shifts but I plan to read what you have posted as well! Thank you again so much!!

      2. Thank you. We write what God’s Spirit gives us. For those he sends to hear. I have to often be reminded of that. Keep writing what you are give, and spend the needed time with Daddy in prayer and in his Word to gain his voice for your world. God bless and strengthen as you balance all the gifts and tasks God has given you. Thank you for taking the time to encourage me tonight. God bless.

    1. Kenah, I’m so grateful. It sounds like you too have hit some hard times blogging. I went to your site. It is beautifully set up, and your photography is lovely. You wrote about Jesus, and his love but seemed to also say we can attain what we seek if we just stop running and chasing with Jesus as an added bonus. I have found, even after walking with Jesus most of my life, I can’t even stop running or chasing until God’s Spirit strengthens my heart and transforms my mind. That can only come through Christ, and so that has to be first. God’s blessings as you seek Jesus! Love, Robin <3

  2. Very much what I needed to read today. I try to tell myself ofcourse evil is going to fight against you when you’re trying to tell the world about how great our God is. He is very good at making us feel discouraged, isolated, and as if no one is listening. Thank you so much for lifting others up today.

    1. You are so welcome, and thank you so much for taking the time to write. That encourages me. 😊 May I pray for you? Lord, please bless my friend and continue to encourage them as they strive to point the way to life in Christ. Give them wisdom as they speak the truth In love. In Jesus’ name, amen.

  3. Thanks for the encouragement today. I am still learning the widgets–forget about the hashtags!

  4. What a wonderful piece! I think you just reached into the hearts and minds of anyone who is attempting to grow in their blogging journey. Thank you for sharing your insightful thoughts and feelings. I, for one, feel encouraged and a little bit lighter after reading this! May God bless you in your writing endeavors.

  5. robin, This was great and from the heart. I really just started blogging seriously the last couple of weeks, before having had a Blogger site, but was unable to navigate it well. WordPress is so much easier now (well, sort of, most of the time, lol). I’m still learning the technical side, mostly by trial and error. I have a desire to write but not trained, just from my heart, about life, my family of origin, memories and interweaving my faith through it all. This actually encouraged me to keep at it…and not to give up. God bless you…and yes, please keep on writing what God places on your heart. …Karen

    1. Karen, thank you so much for your note! I so remember my early days. It’s like learning a whole new culture and foreign language! I’m still figuring it all out. I’m certainly no expert, but if I can help, I’d love to try. Thank you for your encouragement as well! Lord, thank you for giving Karen a heart to tell of you through writing. Please continue to encourage and teach her. Fill her with your Spirit of boldness, and give her a heart of compassion like yours. Bless her and grant her favor with those you’ll draw to listen and read. Thank you. In Jesus’ name, amen.

  6. There are times that everyone gets discouraged. Robin, you have a call to write and the enemy of our souls wants you to stop. You have a voice that needs to be heard. Remember that a thousand mile journey starts with one step. Feelings come and go. I’m rooting for you!

      1. Thank you for the reminder. I shared almost the same thing with someone else this morning, but needed the same reminder. God bless.

  7. I’m so glad you write the words God gives you. Your story. I always enjoy reading your blog!
    I, too, started with an idea of what my blogging experience would look like. I stopped blogging – or slowed way down – when I let discouraging circumstances get in the way. I’m only now just getting back at it, and even then I’m finding it hard. But I’m trying to write anyway!
    Thanks for writing. Keep it up!

    1. Dear lady, thank you so much for your encouragement. You’ve been on my mind lately because I haven’t seen much of you. Actually, I was praying for you this morning. So glad you wrote. I will continue to pray. With love, Robin <3

  8. Sent from my iPhone I know you are not a whiner but I am as you know, but I’m trying to cut down on this though it’s hard not to with Harry home now & still very weak. Please keep praying for us all. Also, may I copy the pictures from a previous post, especially Diamond Head. God bless you. Love Pat Hayes >

    1. Yes, I will pray. Of course you may copy a photo. I’m so sorry life is currently so difficult. Care giving is never easy. Love you my friend. Thank you for letting me know.

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