My Favorite Blogging Resources

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This weekend I’m leading a blogging hands-on platform building class at Proverbs 31 Ministries She Speaks conference. The focus of the workshop is content and I’m very honored to be a small part of such an incredible conference. This is my third year attending and I really can’t say enough positive things about it.

Can I just tell you that I don’t know everything there is to know about blogging? No, I surely don’t. But, what I like to do is find the people who have the blogging and writing answers. When our workshop meets together this Saturday, we are going to collaborate and brainstorm and talk about all the great places and people you can go to when you need a little guidance on writing or blogging.

Today I wanted to share my favorite blogging resources with you. This is not something I would typically share here on my blog, but I am receiving a lot of email requests asking questions like:

    • How do you find time to blog?
    • How did you get started blogging?
    • How much time do you spend blogging?
    • How do you start a writing ministry?

Whenever I notice a pattern to the emails I’m receiving, then I will typically write a blog post to address the issues. So consider this a “bonus post” if you will. While I can tell you that every single person has a different writing or blogging journey, and God’s plan for each person’s work is unique, writing and blogging takes work! Having the necessary tools makes it all the easier.

So, of you have some great suggestions for your favorite blogging resources, we’d LOVE it if you would share them with us in the comments. I’m hoping that you will add your favorites and we’ll have a great time collaborating! Ready?

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1.How to set up  a WordPress blog in 20 minutes FREE video. 

This video is wonderful and is Michael Hyatt’s instructions on building a self-hosted Wordress blog when you know nothing about blogging is a great instructional video. This video is designed for bloggers who want to use their own domain name, such as michaelhyatt.com or myname.me.

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2. How To Blog Step by Step Guide:

This step by step guide on how to blog by Amy Lynn Andrews is one of the best. And guess what? It doesn’t take hours!! Just 15 minutes!

3.How to Blog for Profit (Without Selling Your Soul)

If your goal is to earn money while blogging, for whatever personal or business reason, then I can understand that, even though I never started writing for money. I don’t recommend that you begin writing to make money either. But I honestly can’t invest tons of hours writing or blogging without earning an income. See exhibit A in the right sidebar labelled “Woj Tribe.” This book made a HUGE difference in the way I began to view ministry and business through blogging and really helped me understand blogging in an organized fashion. Even if you never plan to make a dime from blogging, I strongly believe that this book will help you become the best blogger you can be.

4. Blog Planner

When I purchased and read Ruth Soukup’s How to Blog for Profit book listed in point 3, I had never before heard of using a blog planner. This little tool gave me incredible insight and understanding. Not that I’m perfectly executing the plan… ahem… but honestly, I was too haphazard and didn’t see the value in planning.  Now I KNOW the best way is to be organized first. If you have no big picture, your goals will be crazy difficult to reach. Ruth offers a great blog planner that I’ve been using for over a year. Her intention is for the planner to be used in conjunction with her book mentioned above and the instructions for using the planner are in the book. I know I said this before, but if you never plan to try to earn money from your blog, you will still benefit greatly from the planner itself, even if you never use the profit portions of the book.

5. Blogging Conferences

Across the US, there are several writing and blogging conferences I have attended or know the organizers personally. Conferences are a wonderful way to expand your blogging hobby or career. For blogging, I recommend the Allume Conference as I attended it for two years and found it very helpful for beginner level blogging.  For writing, I recommend She Speaks Conference (writer’s track).

6. Free Book Review Programs for Bloggers

Many publishers give free books to bloggers in exchange for reviews. Below you will find the programs of which I am aware and have used at some time in the last five years: 

Blogging for Books  by Waterbrook Multonomah

BookLookBloggers by Harper Collins- Thomas Nelson and Zondervan

Tyndale Blogger Network

Bethany House Blogger Review Program by Baker Publishing

NetGalley

FOR CHILDREN”S BOOKS:

Tommy Nelson Mommies by Tommy Nelson

 7. Training Services

One of the most important parts of blogging is accountability. If you are not a disciplined person who can keep yourself accountable to your goals, then having a partner for this is pertinent. You can find a blogging friend or training service that focuses on keeping you accountable to your ministry goals.

I’ve not personally used any of these services, but they are highly recommended by my blogging friends.

For leadership, speaking and writing: Compel Training by Proverbs 31 Ministries

For platform building: Platform University by Michael Hyatt

For focused, purposeful writing: TribeWriters

 

I hope you have enjoyed this special bonus post for my She Speaks Conference friends and all the others who have emailed me and asked: Can you help me with blogging?

Best wishes on following God’s best for you!

Rachel

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20 Things to Say to Encourage A Sibling

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Ahhh, there’s nothing like the sweet life of summer. Quiet afternoons, sipping lemonade with my feet propped up…

Not exactly. But one can dream a bit, right?

Seriously though, I am enjoying summer and it’s flying by. I love summer so much that I’m digging my feet into the ground in effort to make it slow down a bit. However, there is one thing that has wearied me this summer. Maybe you’ve heard of it?

SIBLING RIVALRY!

Sorry, was that a shout?!

I had to yell so you could hear me over the “Mo-om, he’s doing it again.” “She started it.” Ahem.

Perhaps I exaggerate. Just a tad. But wow, do we ever need to work on words that are flying from one sibling to another! For our family’s house rules, the first one is “Be kind.” So I frequently say to my children, “If you will follow the first rule, then you won’t have to even think of most of the others.”

Today I’m sharing the list of phrases that would be great for brothers and sisters to share with one another. If you’re like us and need a sibling rivalry break, then feel free to use this list of 20 things to say to encourage your sibling.

“But this will only give them something more to argue over.”

Perhaps we’ll make it a competition. Maybe the reward is surprise treats from Mom when she overhears SINCERE praise from one sibling to another. Just an idea. Would love to hear yours!

1. Thanks for helping me.

2. You can do it.

3. Good job!

4. Way to go!

5. That was cool.

6. I’m glad I got to see you accomplish that.

7.  Let’s try again.

8. I’m sorry.

9. No problem.

10. It’s okay.

11. Yes, you did it! I knew you could.

12. May I help you?

13. Wow- that was creative!

14. I’d love to.

15. You did awesome!

16. Sure, let’s go.

17. I appreciate what you did.

18.Want to play _________ together?

19. Let’s do it!

20. I’m thankful for you.

Having encouraging words to use IN PLACE of the words so often used between siblings can be transforming if we take the time to work on it. So I’m off to do that. And a few dozen other things.

HUGE thanks to our reader, Faith, for the awesome suggestion of this list!!

Have a fabulous Friday!

Rachel

When Spring Seems Tardy & Whimsical Wednesday Blogger Linkup

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Sometimes I question God’s choice of weather. I know, I know. I shouldn’t be so negative. He is Almighty and Holy and I love Him with all my heart. But when the daffodils are covered by snow and the temperatures dip back down to their winter standbys, I can’t help but think that maybe one of the angels was late to clock in or the heavenly calendar wasn’t checked before the weather order was placed. You know, a mistake of some sort just HAD to happen. Or so I think in my humanity…you know, when spring seems tardy.

Then I read a passage like Isaiah 42. Gulp.

“Thus says God, the LORD, who created the heavens and stretched them out, who spread out the earth and what comes from it, who gives breath to the people on it and spirit to those who walk in it: vs. 5

He created the world. And the weather. And spring. He gives me breath.

And I dare to question his timing?

I am the LORD; I have called you in righteousness; I will take you by the hand and keep you;
I will give you as a covenant for the people, a light for the nations, vs. 6

He calls for me. He holds my hand. And without him, I have no promise in life. No hope.

And yet my humanity makes inquiry of circumstances in my life?

to open the eyes that are blind, to bring out the prisoners from the dungeon, from the prison those who sit in darkness. v. 7

He opened my eyes when I couldn’t see a shred of light. He brought me from prisons of my own making, prisons others pushed me in, prisons dark and desperate.

And this is the thanks I give for my rescue?

I am the LORD; that is my name; my glory I give to no other, nor my praise to carved idols. v. 8

Suddenly, through the words of Isaiah, my heart has been lifted. Praise is all I can give. The Lord deserves my glory and praise whether snow lies on the daffodils… or life circumstances seem unfair.

Behold, the former things have come to pass, and new things I now declare; before they spring forth I tell you of them.” v. 9

New things. New things like daffodils who whisper “Spring is coming.”  even underneath their thin blanket of snow. New life and the redemption that only God can give are declared for me. And you.

He makes beautiful things out of dust.

Even when spring seems tardy.

And I’d love your answer to this: How have you witnessed God’s power when things didn’t go in the order you anticipated?

Rachel

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Bloggers, so glad to have you link up for Whimsical Wednesday! Hard to believe it is here once again, but let’s move on with the party, shall we? Be sure to encourage another blogger or two as you link up your posts full of 100% Christian encouragement!