Last week, I did something I’ve never done before. I ventured far out into blog-land. I was on a mission. Moody Publishers built this website several years ago, but recently they suggested that it needs an update and a new look. It’s definitely aged a bit since it went live in 2012. (And they were kind enough not to mention that I’ve aged more than a tad since the picture on the homepage was taken back in 2011!)
That was what led me on a quest to see what is out there in the blogosphere.
I only have a few blogs that I follow regularly and I’ve stayed within those boundaries, not because I’m unwilling to discover new ones, but in a way I’ve been a “shady” blogger; I stay home and don’t get out much. I’ve not ventured into unknown territory mainly because I don’t have time to surf the net. See, when I started blogging, I didn’t even know there were such things. I “blogged” but I wasn’t even online.
My first “blogs” were actually just “handouts” on the church’s foyer table. They were random life lessons that I typed up and called “Quick Thoughts” with about a thousand words or less. I printed copies of these and left them on the table, for anyone who might want to pick one up and read it through the week. A few years after that, I started actually writing for the True Woman Blog, and at that point, I’d rarely read any blogs in my life.
Revive Our Hearts really took a chance with me; I was such a novice. It’s incredible to me to think they would do that.
This past week, as I ventured out to scan hundreds (yes, hundreds!) of websites categorized for “Christian Women,” it struck me that I’ve been fairly closed off from the rest of the blog-world. I realized that I need to get out more (it would probably grow me as a blogger).
There are some sites that I found helpful and interesting. There were posts that inspired and touched me (and some that bored me to tears). Yep, there is a lot of great free content online. And there’s a lot of really bad theology.
While I was wandering around in blog-land, I started wondering how many women are getting their main spiritual food from these websites and it challenged me to develop these guidelines.
Reasons to Follow a Blog site:
- It stimulates me to dig into Scripture.
- It is faithful to Scripture.
- My love for Christ deepens as I regularly read the posts.
- More than appealing to my emotions, the posts challenge me to think.
- It provides spiritual encouragement that I can share with others.
- It forms a community of like-hearted women that provide prayer support when needed.
- It stimulates spiritual growth.
- It provides food for thought that sends me to the Word to do further research on that topic.
- It handles the Word carefully, not just throwing out the author’s uneducated opinions.
- It doesn’t replace my daily time in the Word, but supports it.
As I wrote these points, they also challenge to me to write posts that fit within these guidelines. I’d like to hear your thoughts . . . Do you have blogs that you faithfully follow?
What areas do I need to improve in as a blogger?
What are some of your favorite blog sites?
Grateful to have you joining me in pursuit of spiritual growth ~