When you feel like a crazy person in a sea of sand preaching the same message as other bloggers
Do you ever feel like you are blogging about the same thing that everyone else is blogging about?
The truth is simple. You are.
According to Wikipedia:
On 20 February 2014, there were around 172 million Tumblr and 75.8 million WordPress blogs in existence worldwide.
But don’t get discouraged! Worn-out messages not a new phenomena! The Bible says that there is nothing new under the sun. (Ecc 1:9)
But the first part of that verse (that no one quotes often) is so poetic that I MUST copy/paste it here (remember I’m a poet right…I love words!):
That which has been is what will be,
That which is done is what will be done,
Hard fact: What you are writing about IS. NOT. NEW!
Sweet fact: THAT. IS. OKAY.
We are still supposed to blog even if “it’s all been done before.” But (and this goes back to Day 2 – Are You Called?) if God is “in” your blogging it won’t matter that 100 other bloggers are writing about the same thing!
But, Elaine, I want to my message to be unique!
Of course you do, so do I. The thing that makes your message unique, isn’t the message…it’s YOU!
You are one of a kind. You are one of the infinite reflections of God the creator. And that is special.
Ever heard the over-used saying, “After God made you, he broke the mold”? Even that cliche saying is unique because it speaks to each and every one of us individually! The saying isn’t unique, but the person it speaks to (and at the TIME it speaks to them) is different.
A blog post about how to survive being a new mom isn’t a new message – but the mom it speaks to today is a different mom than it spoke to a year ago! That other mom is now the mom of a toddler — she’s reading a different blog post today!
The way you say it, your individual stories, make it an important message to share.
Take John the Baptist’s message of “Repent, for the Kingdom of God is at hand!” (Matthew 3). It was not a unique cry. How do we know that?
In Matthew 21 (I know…we are jumping ahead in our study of Matthew), Jesus tells a parable. At the time of harvesting, a father (aka God) sent workers (the prophets) to collect his fruit (his people). Every single servant was killed. So, he sent his son (aka Jesus) to collect and even he was killed.
Time and time again the message of “repent and turn” was spoken. And age old message that dates back even to 2 Chronicles 7:14:
If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.
Repent. Turn. Repent. Turn. Repent. Turn. Over and over, the same exact message.
Some messages need repeating. To the same generation. To different generations.
Heck, if you are a mom like, you find yourself saying, “Stop picking your boogers!” to the same child at least five times in one day! (#buttworms…sorry did I just hashtag that!? #ihopeyouNEVERunderstand)
So, don’t get your panties in a wad if the same day you post your DIY Heart Applique Sweatshirt, someone else does! (Check out www.thechildatheartblog.com for her amazing tutorial on this cute idea…she’s an amazing Christian girl who has a heart for crafting! I can’t get over how cute this sweater is…just in time for sweater season too!)
Bloggers (in general) need to throw off the idea that we are in competition. Actually, let’s throw off the competition in a couple other areas:
- being a mom
- how much we weigh
- how much money we make
- how spiritual we are
Competition never ends well. Except in sports. (Okay, even then someone is the loser…but it’s football, ya’ll…and this is Texas)
(P.S. – I’m not a sports fan, but I’m sure some of you are!)
We will talk later in this series about how the bloggers who blog in your niche have the potential to be some of your best advocates!
But your “redundant” message is needed when it comes through the new and fresh perspective of you! Just like JTB (that’s a John the Baptist acronym I’m trying out…works? No?).
JTB preached repentance. A message heard time and time again…but THIS time it was extra special. This time Jesus was just around the bend…like literally. He was walking up to get baptized by John a few verses later!
You never know when your “worn-out” message will be special to the masses! So don’t stop preaching it just because you feel like it’s been said (or crafted) before!
If you have an idea and you were wondering if you should even try to attempt it because you just spent the last hour on Pinterest checking out the 50 other pinners who have already done it. Take heart!
Get into your kitchen and bake it anyway!
Get onto your sewing machine and sew it anyway!
Get on your Bible and laptop out and type it anyway!
What you have is special.
When the Spirit of God breathes on your everyday life – whether in the kitchen, in homeschooling, or in a journal – it is a message that other people STILL need to hear.
Be inspired by other people’s ideas…but don’t steal them! Making your message honest and pure is what being a Jesus Blogger is all about.
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