This is a guest post from my friend Kelly McCausey. Kelly is a business coach that I've worked with personally. She's holding a mini round on her Christian business coaching group that's starting this week! I've got a special coupon code for Faithful Bloggers - see it below with a link to sign up for the group.
Are you a Christian blogger?
If you're reading this blog post I'll guess that you are though you might not immediately identify yourself that way. You don't have to have a blog about Christianity to make your faith part of your blogging business after all.
My faith in Jesus Christ colors everything I do and isn't that is as it should be?
Colossians 3:23 says: "Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart,
as working for the Lord, not for men,"
Since 'whatever you do' covers your blog, you should think of yourself as a Christian blogger - no matter the topic and purpose.
I'm a business blogger, but I'm a Christian blogger at the same time.
Will it be obvious to every person that reads my blog that I'm a Christian? Probably not. I don't have fish symbols or cross signs displayed. I don't mention my faith in every bit of content that I create, it would be out of place. For the most part, business is business and I stick to that. Being a Christian blogger isn't about being obvious - rather it is about being who we are.
- It is about using the skills and gifts he has given you with purpose and diligence.
- It is putting your hands to good work that serves others.
- It is conducting the business of your blog with honor and strong consideration for others.
- It's about praying about decisions and receiving good counsel from other believers.
- It's about operating on God's economy, not the world's.
- It's about seeing your resources as God's resources and being generous with your time and talents.
- It's about pursuing excellence and striving to be the best without being prideful.
- And yes, it is about being a light to the world.
Well Kelly, if you don't go out of your way to show your blog readers that you're a Christian, how will they know?
John 13:34-35: "A new commandment I give to you that you love one another,
even as I have loved you, that you may also love one another.
By this all men will know that you are my disciples if you have love for one another."
When you serve your readers well. When you show consideration for their needs. When you go above and beyond to deliver excellence. When you're patient and kind. When they feel like you've really cared about them, they'll see the difference in you. If they ask about it, you can share what makes you different. That's an open door to further conversation - whether it happens in the comment section, on social media or by email.
Is it possible to stay true to your faith AND build an income by blogging?
Someone asked me this question recently. She was looking around at some top income blogs and noticed that many of them were on topics that she wouldn't feel comfortable writing about. (Gambling, dating sites, get rich quick, etc.) Let me assure you, those are not the only money making topics on the web today. I generate a large portion of my income from blogs that cover the home, parenting and family topics.
Much of my own blogging is on the topic of making money online, a topic charged with opportunities to scam people and lead them into trouble, right? I just don't go there. I present information and tools that I believe in and feel good about recommending. Sure, I could make a lot of money promoting shifty stuff - if I didn't care about my readers - but I do and I believe God has blessed my business financially because of it.
I am holding a mini Christian Business Owners Coaching Group November 15th thru December 6th. If you've been struggling to build a business around your blog, I'd love to brainstorm with you and help you create a plan for success! Use coupon code 'courtney' and save 35%!