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To a non-blogger, there is a The Secret Life of a Blogger that you never see!
We learn how to market, how to create stunning graphics, how to 3-point light a photoshoot and continue our education in writing/blogging by purchasing online training courses going to conferences, like The Declare Conference. (Where I’ll be at the end of July 2016. If you are attending scroll down for some pre-conference fun facts about me!)
To the naked eye, it might seem pointless.
- We are writers…so why can’t we just write?
- Why do we have to do all that other stupid stuff?
- Are we really trusting the Holy Spirit if we do all that marketing and other hoopla?
Honestly, these are questions that I’ve asked myself. In my #JesusBlogger series, I tackle so many of those heart issues that specifically plague Christian bloggers. Because there are different things Christians have to think about that a non-Christian blogger doesn’t have to worry about.
There is always a balance.
There are those people who pray but never do.
Then, there are those people who do but never pray.
But you have to pray and act.
Jesus was seen doing both, pulling away to spend time with the Father and going among the people spreading his message.
In the parable of the talents, we are told the wisest among the group was the shrewdest businessman, increasing the talent he’d been given by 10-fold. I am pretty sure he didn’t do that without some marketing skills and increased knowledge.
But we have to be careful we don’t rest our success (or failure) on our abilities, because ultimately it is the Lord that gives (or takes away).
As someone who’s been trying to share my testimony online since 2009, here are 3 traits of a #DigitalEvangelist for Jesus.
3 traits of a #DigitalEvangelist for Jesus
- They Are Who They Are
They know they are amazing and flawed all at the same time. They don’t pretend they have it all together. They are the same person behind closed doors as they are in the public eye. People appreciate their raw honesty because it makes them feel normal.
- They Are Bold
Whether they are an introvert or extrovert, they don’t hide their faith. They make an effort to let people know where they stand when it comes to Christ. They aren’t wishy-washy. They are like someone speaking crisp and clear from a stage with a microphone versus someone mumbling from under a blanket of fear.
- They Have a Balance Between Respecting Holiness and Embracing Grace
A successful #DigitalEvangelist desires holiness above all else in their own lives and seeks it diligently. They rely on grace when they must (which is honestly all the time, right?), but they don’t use grace as an excuse to sin.
Are you a #DigitalEvangelist?
Many bloggers who are Christian might feel like they aren’t doing much for Jesus. I want you to wipe that ugly thought off your pretty little brain. It’s from Hell.
You are commissioned to spread The Good News…so guess who is going to try to discourage you at every single turn. Yup, Satan.
Don’t buy into his lies.
It doesn’t matter if you only have 20 pageviews a day. That’s like having a Bible study group of 20 women (or men) coming to your house every day and sitting in your living room and listening to YOU speak.
That’s not nothing.
(Or rather “That’s something” for you grammar nazis).
If you are looking to open your horizons on how to become a better #Digital Evangelist, check out your local blogger conferences. Offline networking is probably the best thing you can do for your online life!
And for those of you going to 2016 The Declare Conference..
Declare 2016 Questions
1. If we were meeting in person, how would you introduce yourself?
I usually say, “My name is Elaine…like on Seinfeild” and then I do the Elaine jerking dance.
2. What is your favorite thing to write and why?
I love writing my heart unedited. I wish my humor was translated on the page, but unfortunately many times it’s not appropriate or totally over people’s heads and has to be edited out.
3. What is your favorite thing to read and why?
I like reading fiction, but I don’t like anything trashy. I can handle some stuff…but I don’t put crap in my head.
4. If you could choose to do anything for a day, what would it be?
Blog. (I should say “Spend time with family” right? *insert guilt here*)
5. What’s one thing you love about your blog and one thing you’d like to improve?
I love how clean my blog looks.
I’d like to improve
6. [Lightening Round] Would you rather …
- Read on Kindle or paperback? Paperback
- Drink coffee or tea? Coffee
- Go to a musical or a movie? Movie
- Vacation at the beach or the mountains? Beach
- Have an exciting night out or a relaxing night in? Relaxing Night In
- Watch sports, play sports, or no sports? No Sports
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