Hey guys! So I have been in thought today trying to think of what to write on this weeks’ blog. I considered many different topics. Although, normally the Holy Spirit speaks to me and tells me what to write, I had nothing. Absolutely blank. So, I put on my thinking cap and yea….still nothing. Then, the Holy Spirit spoke to me and showed me what it takes to write this type of blog. Now, I am giving tips here, but they may not be presented in the way you would expect.
Know your audience. When writing a blog, know who you want to target. Christians? Women? Teenagers? Who are you writing to. If you know who you are writing for, it helps you shape what you are going to say and remember - stay in your lane.
Be positive. Nobody likes a Debbie downer. Honestly, writing these blogs forces me to tap into my positive side. I don’t live there as much as I would like in my personal life. I’m working on that. But God has given me such empathy and sympathy for people that it drives me to perfect the art of encouragement. I pray that each time someone reads my blogs, they go away feeling a little better than they did before they clicked the link.
Be transparent. This is a tough one. There are levels to transparency. I always try to give a little insight into my life when I write. I want to be relatable. I want people to know that I’m not writing anything that I’m not trying to live out my self. The truth is, all of these blogs challenge me first. They challenge me to be transparent and honest. Which leads me to my next tip….
Be honest. Yea….now a days it’s super easy to get behind a computer screen and be a totally different person. It might serve as a mental break to you. It might help you temporarily pause your reality. Have you ever watched “Catfish”? That’s really all those people want. Some may want revenge. Some may want love. But ultimately, they want to be someone else in those moments. They want an escape. I haven’t gotten into things that are super painful or dark, yet….but if God leads me there, I will tell my experiences honestly. There are somethings I don’t even write or want to write until I’m ready because I want to be honest. I don’t want to just write idle words but I want them to be impactful. They will only be impactful and freeing if I am honest. Because why? It’s the TRUTH that sets us free.
Know your worth and purpose. There are tons of people writing blogs these days and rightfully so. We live in an age where people want information. People are going to college more than ever. YouTube University (I am definitely a student there) can teach you just about anything you need to know. Books are online…no need to visit a library. However, there is an audience out there just for you. There are people who need to hear your story, your advice, try YOUR recipe. Your purpose has an assignment. Don’t get distracted or feel devalued because there may be something out there similar to you. Keep being you and your purpose will draw those who need to be impacted by you.
So, maybe you aren’t a blogger. Maybe you are just someone who people always run to for advice. When your life is used as a tool to minister to people, these 5 tips are key to being effective and really making a long lasting difference in your life and in the lives of others. Well, until next time - be big, be balanced, be blessed.