Blogging for Christ

0 Shares 0 Shares ×

In the last few months, I have been asked several questions about my blog from friends who desired to start their own. Incidentally, based on a Google statistic, I was startled to find out that the word “Jesus” was searched more than 13,600,000 times (Global monthly searches) and 27,100 searches for “who Jesus is”, over 8000 searches for “proof of Jesus” and over 5000 times for “did Jesus exist and was Jesus real?”

Does not this kind of a research open our eyes to how much more we could do through blogs? Surely there are hungry people out there searching for the truth online from the comfort of their homes.

I am absolutely certain that worldwide web could do with more precise and “consistent” Christian Bloggers.

For those who have stage fright, this is a perfect platform for you to reach out to many without your throat getting parched. So if you’d like to jump onto this virtual platform, here are a few basics to start a blog:

1. Find a Platform

There are many services out there that offer free blogs; I use a WordPress.org WordPress.com, TypePad, Posterous, Blogger.com and others. which is hosted on my website. Now for those who don’t have a website, you can find services like,

I am used to and prefer WordPress for the number of options available. If you are not too much of a techie, try Posterous. Go through each of them and see what you are comfortable with. Sign up with your email, set up your account (Note: Ensure that you pick a short and easy name for your blog so others find it easy to remember) and you are ready to go. Yes, setting up is as easy as that!

2. Tweak Your Blog

Set up your blog by selecting a theme of your choice, colors, number of columns, etc. We all have different taste. My wife Tiny prefers her blog look to be kept minimal. Some friends of mine have a young and grunge feel to their blog. Make sure to put a real picture of you and update the “About Me” information space. As you do your own exploring, you will find and can add different plugins as you like.

3. WRITE!

The only way to develop your writing is to write. Short is sweet but don’t shy away from making it long, if you have solid content for it.  Don’t post too much or too less. Shorter paragraphs, bullet points or numbers makes life online easier.

Be fair to your audience. Give them posts that they will benefit them. Know who your target audience is and share your expertise! Pictures always make it more interesting. And definitely, don’t give up overnight. The more you are consistent and disciplined you are, the better you will get at it.

4. Announce Your Posts

Once you have written your post, use different mediums to announce your posts. People need to know that you have written a post. There is no need to shy away from sharing it. Not everyone is online every day. If you have a post once a week, you can then probably announce about it more than just once a week.

Facebook, Twitter and other social networking sites do a great job in spreading the word. Make sure to add a subscribe button on your post for readers who would like automatic updates and receive an email whenever you write a new post. (You can subscribe to our posts HERE)

5. Interact

Now, blogs are platforms to interact with people. It should not be just a one way traffic. I personally try to reply to all required comments except when I am traveling and lose count.

Develop an open mind for some mean people out there who might leave you some weird anonymous comments too. Take the good, ignore the rest.

Are you still here reading? Go! Get to work and spread the Word.

If you are the kind of person who wants to know everything before you get started, more on blogging here.

Do You Intend to Start a Blog?

Once you do start, leave your site link here. I’d love to have a peek. And If you like, I’d love to give you my suggestions.

Do you already have a blog? Please paste your link below so we all could know.

Is there any other advice you could add?

More bloggers info on FB, join here - http://www.facebook.com/BloggersForChrist

0 Shares Twitter 0 Facebook 0 Google+ 0 Buffer 0 Pin It Share 0 Email -- 0 Shares ×

Have a thought or a comment?

Discuss with the GTH community here in the comments box below! We value your comments, even your disagreements, as long as you are courteous.

Thank you for adding value to this post!

Want your picture next to your comment? Sign-up for free at Gravatar.

[©Revive Nations. In using this article, link back to this blog, do not alter wordings or charge for it.]

  • http://jesusopportunity.blogspot.com/ Anish Philip

    Hi Bro. Shyju,

    Thanks for the insights on blog creation. It was really informative. Have a look at my first blog.

    Anish
    (Canada)

    • http://www.shyjumathew.com Shyju Mathew

      Anish, personally with the ease of operations and possibilities of other options i’d any day prefer wordpress. now that u jus have one blog u still have time to migrate if u like.. otherwise just work on the background, black is very bad a background for eyes to read…I also noticed ur last post was on Dec 6th which tells me that u shud do it more often, at least 5times a month is a good target to keep up? Hope this helps.
      Shy.

  • http://jesusopportunity.blogspot.com/ Anish Philip

    Hi Bro. Shyju,

    Thanks for the insights on blog creation. It was really informative. Have a look at my first blog.

    http://jesusopportunity.blogspot.com/

    With Prayers,
    Anish
    (Canada)

  • http://jenifer2409.blogspot.com Jenifer

    I am no expert blogger! barely half a year into it! but yea.. blogging has been a real wonderful experience! unfortunately, my last post was on dec 31st, no new posts for this year yet! fb, twitter – great modes to share!
    2 points that I would like to add:
    1)don’t write just for the sake of writing! When there is a driving force inside telling you to share that ‘one’ thought with the world, don’t hesitate or look at the time! just share it! there have been times when I have posted with exams on the next day and they have blessed people more!
    2)add pics / videos.. a picture speaks a 1000words! :)

    • http://www.shyjumathew.com Shyju Mathew

      Awesome thoughts. Thanks for sharing.

  • http://randomrants.posterous.com Sharon

    Dear Brother,

    Useful post ! Iam not a natural writer.But I do browse a lot & come across various articles & Tweets.So I decided to compile articles/repost those which were of use to me.Though its not blogging in the truest sense,I do feel it can be a blessing to others ! Just my 2 cents !

    Correct me if Iam wrong !

    To GOD be all the glory !

    • http://www.shyjumathew.com Shyju Mathew

      Well as long as u do not break copyrights and give a link to the original sites, I think ur interest is fair. But u might get into a problem with google page ranking if they find that the content is not original they do fine u with search engine results, so try not copying everything, instead u cud, copy and paste something that has blessed u and then go on to give ur thoughts on why it blessed u.

    • http://www.shyjumathew.com Shyju Mathew

      & I like the present look of ur posterous. I think its the easiest and a neat blogging platform.

      • http://randomrants.posterous.com Sharon

        Thank you Brother ! GOD bless !

  • Samuel M Raj

    Hi Shyju,

    Thanks for the information on starting our own blog to spread the word of GOD.I was thinking earlier,starting own blog and sharing thoughts is a very technical and lengthly process.but, your info says its very easy.this encourages me to start my own blog as early as possible.

    Please pray to jesus to start and publish my first blog at the earliest.

    Hope, you had a great time with holy spirit on your coimbatore meet on 26th Jan.

    God Bless you

    With Love & Prayers.

    Samuel & Tirzah…

    • http://www.shyjumathew.com Shyju Mathew

      Just do it my friend. It shud not take more than 15mins.

  • http://ketanrindani.blogspot.com KETAN RINDANI

    Hi Shyju,

    I am glad to know there are other Indians who blog for Christ. I have been at Blogger since a couple of years but do not find much time to post. So I hardly have 70-odd posts on my blog “Jesus is Lord!” at the URL that you can check out.

    I am currently writing a series on healing. Do visit my blog and share your thoughts. Some people have shared theirs, and it is turning out to be quite an interesting series! May God bless you and use you as a blessing for His Kingdom and purpose even more mightily!

    • http://www.shyjumathew.com Shyju Mathew

      70 is good. I recently crossed 90. I think it wud be worth it to discipline at least once a week to write. I now have a feeling I should do a indepth writing on blogging. U never who and how many u reach that u wud otherwise never reach. U have nice blog titles that u r dealing with. U shud certainly continue. U shud go ahead have ur pic at ur about page. Helps better in connecting with people.

  • Jolly

    Thank you for the information Bro.Shy.
    We started just last week , When u came here in Dubai (father’s House) You mentioned about this …thanks for the support… This is our blog – http://fathershouse4me.blogspot.com

    With thanks

    Jolly Rubin

    • http://www.shyjumathew.com Shyju Mathew

      Wow thats good to know, the key is being persistent, once a week is a minimum. Actually people like smaller paragraphs. Other than that keep working on the blogs, make it look better each day, keep developing. Good to hear from u. Regards to Pastor.

      • REFLECTION

        Thanks God Bless you… convey our regards to Tiny also…

  • http://melindatodd.com Melinda @ Trailing After God

    I agree with everything you wrote. Wow at the keyword numbers. The beauty of a blog is that it doesn’t have to be perfect writing. Don’t use text speak and gibberish but people don’t expect perfection so you can learn what styles your readers really seem to dig and eventually you will be fluent in your writing style. Getting regular readers does take time and effort. If you want readers, you have to seek them out. They aren’t likely going to just find you. Thanks for all the great tips :)

    Blessings,
    Mel
    Please feel free to stop by: Trailing After God

    • http://www.shyjumathew.com Shyju Mathew

      Writing is a talent that goes on developing as you use it. Like the way u sign off each post. May God use you to touch more lives.

  • http://imrah.org Sidharth

    Thank you for this post Shyju. I’m glad you’re sharing your insights on things like these that are rarely brought up. I love the way you move with the Father’s heart.

    /Sid

    • Anonymous

      I’m glad Sid. Do u use WordPress? U’ve been blogging long time man, didnt know! How is it going for you?

      • http://imrah.org Sidharth

        Yes, we use WordPress as a platform. I love your website, Shyju, it is well-maintained, and one feels at home coming here.

        Thank you once again for the encouraging post.

  • http://imrah.org Sidharth

    Thank you for this post Shyju. I’m glad you’re sharing your insights on things like these that are rarely brought up. I love the way you move with the Father’s heart.

    /Sid

    • http://www.shyjumathew.com/ Shyju Mathew

      I’m glad Sid. Do u use WordPress? U’ve been blogging long time man, didnt know! How is it going for you?

      • http://imrah.org Sidharth

        Yes, we use WordPress as a platform. I love your website, Shyju, it is well-maintained, and one feels at home coming here.

        Thank you once again for the encouraging post.

  • http://twitter.com/musiqchild007 Jherrel Peters

    I would say I fast regularly. I try to do one every Wednesday each week.

    Also I fast a day or 2 days before the beginning of each new month in order to set the tone, get insight and strategies etc.

    Usually I do 6am to 6pm on a regular fast or under God’s prompting I do whole day fasts. I try to keep a balance since I’m pretty busy with studying and so forth but its my regime for now until God shifts me.

    Jherrel.

  • http://twitter.com/musiqchild007 Jherrel Peters

    I would say I fast regularly. I try to do one every Wednesday each week.

    Also I fast a day or 2 days before the beginning of each new month in order to set the tone, get insight and strategies etc.

    Usually I do 6am to 6pm on a regular fast or under God’s prompting I do whole day fasts. I try to keep a balance since I’m pretty busy with studying and so forth but its my regime for now until God shifts me.

    Jherrel.

  • Cleophasdavid

    Bro – Thanks for sharing this. No words really..thanks for all your encouragement.

    God Bless – Cleo

    • Anonymous

      Ur welcome my friend.

  • Cleophasdavid

    Bro – Thanks for sharing this. No words really..thanks for all your encouragement.

    God Bless – Cleo

    • http://www.shyjumathew.com/ Shyju Mathew

      Ur welcome my friend.

  • http://solarcrash.com Lon

    i’m at http://solarcrash.com

    I think so many more people ought to be blogging. every voice is meant to be heard. posterous is excellent for newbies.

    • Anonymous

      neat!

  • http://solarcrash.com Lon

    i’m at http://solarcrash.com

    I think so many more people ought to be blogging. every voice is meant to be heard. posterous is excellent for newbies.

    • http://www.shyjumathew.com/ Shyju Mathew

      neat!

  • http://celinaconnects.blogspot.com/ Celina_wwjd2020

    Hi Shyju! I’m Celina. :) I wonder if you’d remember me from Malaysia, Alor Star, Full Gospel Church.
    I’m the young Chinese girl that you prayed for in the middle of the night, the one who cried in the middle of sermon? Okay, maybe you can’t remember but its ok:)

    You’ve been a real great encouragement and inspiration to me personally, been visiting your blog for quite some time, and its really good, really appealing and relevant to the youth, my friends and juniors especially :)

    I have some juniors from my school Student Fellowship who just started or wants to start blogging, this post is certainly a big help!

    Oh yeah, here’s my blog: http://celinaconnects.blogspot.com/

    God bless! ^^

    • Anonymous

      Hi Celina,
      Good to know that God touched you in the meet.

      Glad that this post and blog is been of help. Hopefully your friends will start blogging soon.

      About your blog, continue writing constantly and focus on a niche subject that way a that group of people will begin following your blogs. You can see the categories that I follow on the right. Focus on it and hit it hard and develop & learn with every post.

      All the best.

      • http://celinaconnects.blogspot.com/ Celina_wwjd2020

        Oh ok, thanks for the tip! :)

        All the best to you too.

  • http://celinaconnects.blogspot.com/ Celina_wwjd2020

    Hi Shyju! I’m Celina. :) I wonder if you’d remember me from Malaysia, Alor Star, Full Gospel Church.I’m the young Chinese girl that you prayed, the one who cried in the middle of sermon? Okay, maybe you can’t remember but its ok:)You’ve been a real great encouragement and inspiration to me personally, been visiting your blog for quite some time, and its really good, really appealing and relevant to the youth, my friends and juniors especially :)I have some juniors from my school Student Fellowship who just started or wants to start blogging, this post is certainly a big help!Oh yeah, here’s my blog: http://celinaconnects.blogspot…/God bless! ^^

    • http://www.shyjumathew.com/ Shyju Mathew

      Hi Celina,
      Good to know that God touched you in the meet.

      Glad that this post and blog is been of help. Hopefully your friends will start blogging soon.

      About your blog, continue writing constantly and focus on a niche subject that way a that group of people will begin following your blogs. You can see the categories that I follow on the right. Focus on it and hit it hard and develop & learn with every post.

      All the best.

      • http://celinaconnects.blogspot.com/ Celina_wwjd2020

        Oh ok, thanks for the tip! :)

        All the best to you too.

  • http://joshuajsingh.wordpress.com Joshua Singh

    joshuajsingh.wordpress.com

  • http://joshuajsingh.wordpress.com Joshua Singh

    joshuajsingh.wordpress.com

  • Sony

    Dear Shyju,

    I have started the following blog, your feedback will be a great blessing.
    http://graceunlimited4u.blogspot.com/

    • Anonymous

      If u jus started it might be a good time to move to wordpress. Try and let me know what you think? I hope you can write more often. Blessings.

  • Sony

    Dear Shyju,

    I have started the following blog, your feedback will be a great blessing.
    http://graceunlimited4u.blogspot.com/

    • http://www.shyjumathew.com/ Shyju Mathew

      If u jus started it might be a good time to move to wordpress. Try and let me know what you think? I hope you can write more often. Blessings.

  • http://www.skingsly.blogspot.com Skingsly

    Yes! God is a writer and He wants his children to write…Lets write for HIM…

    Here is my blog: http://www.skingsly. blogspot.com

  • http://www.skingsly.blogspot.com Skingsly

    Yes! God is a writer and He wants his children to write…Lets write for HIM…

    Here is my blog: http://www.skingsly. blogspot.com

  • http://twitter.com/AnnSStephanie Ann Stephanie

    I don’t know how I missed this post before.. anyway I started writing too.. 
    http://lightedtolight.wordpress.com/

  • http://twitter.com/AnnSStephanie Ann Stephanie

    I don’t know how I missed this post before.. anyway I started writing too.. 
    http://lightedtolight.wordpress.com/

  • http://www.shyjumathew.com/blog Shyju Mathew

    Hey that’s cool. Stay subscribed so u won’t miss anymore. Check this out http://Facebook.com/bloggersforchrist

  • Guest

    Bro Shyju, I started writing few months back… Ur feedback will be a great blessing!! :-)
    http://phebestephen.wordpress.com/ 

  • Guest

    Bro Shyju, I started writing few months back… Ur feedback will be a great blessing!! :-)
    http://phebestephen.wordpress.com/ 

    • http://www.shyjumathew.com/ Shyju Mathew

      Great start & good hits also! U have covered everything. Also good to be consistent on which day u will blog. Move the subscribe widget higher. And most important book a domain & host a WordPress site with ur own name!!! Email me if u want help on booking a domain. Can connect u to a friend. Keep it up sister!
      Blessings!

      • Guest

        Thank you so much for your feedback brother. Will surely follow your tips! God bless you..

        • http://www.shyjumathew.com/ Shyju Mathew

          And nice name for the blog :)

  • http://www.shyjumathew.com/blog Shyju Mathew

    Great start & good hits also! U have covered everything. Also good to be consistent on which day u will blog. Move the subscribe widget higher. And most important book a domain & host a WordPress site with ur own name!!! Email me if u want help on booking a domain. Can connect u to a friend. Keep it up sister!
    Blessings!

    • wellspringoflife

      Thank you so much for your feedback brother. Will surely follow your tips! God bless you..

      • http://www.shyjumathew.com/blog Shyju Mathew

        And nice name for the blog :)

  • gina4Jesus

    Thanks for encouraging all of us Pastor.. I had started a blog few years back, but now reopening and updating it. Thanks once again for helping.. Blessings

    Do visit my blog if possible

    http://heart2heart.blog.com

    • http://www.shyjumathew.com/ Shyju Mathew

      The biggest key is consistency. Fix a day in the week that you will not miss. Announce & commit to posting that day. May God use you mightily.

  • http://www.shyjumathew.com/ Shyju Mathew

    The biggest key is consistency. Fix a day in the week that you will not miss. Announce & commit to posting that day. May God use you mightily.

0 Shares Twitter 0 Facebook 0 Google+ 0 Buffer 0 Pin It Share 0 Email -- 0 Shares ×