I read articles about blogging rules with a mix of interest and disbelief. Interest because, it can’t hurt to know these things, but disbelief because I’m not sure how much “10 Easy Steps to Blogging Success” really helps.
This blog has not followed the “rules” from day one. More on accident at first, then as I went along, out of obedience. When I started blogging, all I could offer at the time was what I call my "little homemade blog." I can clearly recall crying in frustration during it's creation and praying through every step. I learned from Google how to set it up, and make changes in the coding, etc. It took weeks.
(Lest you think I was all cry, pray for help, succeed, repeat, there may or may not be a story in there about computer-induced rage. Which then led to my questioning how God could call me to write a Christian blog when I couldn't maintain my composure to even set it up, but that's another post for another day. Let's just say God chose the least of these when He called me in front of a computer.)
I’d never written anything, and here I was called to blog. What could He possibly do with that?
For those unfamiliar with blogging, this spot on the web is quite rebellious. I don't have a professionally designed blog (I know! Right? I can see the shock on your face.). I don’t have a “brand” (something people can instantly recognize across all social media, etc.) aside from maybe "The rabble rouser who blogs at Living Joel 2:25 loves donuts." And I'm not even sure that's a brand per se. I do not blog the required number of times per week because most days I can barely get in the shower much less write. I rarely participate in link-ups. I don’t comment like a wild woman. I use numbers in my web address. And speaking of which, my address is not my name. Your address should always, always, ALWAYS be your own name. And worst of all, I blog on a platform that labels you as “not serious” about blogging, the future of the church, or life in general. It might also equate to having a full length coat made of sweet baby harp seals in your closet but I could have made that one up.
And social media? Oh, social media. I don’t update my Facebook page as I should, and if I could specially request Twitter be thrown into the sea of glass, I would. I can however pin like I’m getting paid for it, so that’s probably worth something, eh?
Worst of all though? I use the word *that* and I double space between sentences. OH, FOR THE LOVE. Look away, Jeff Goins, LOOK AWAY.
Since I started though, anytime I’d even consider a re-do of my blog, I had a strong impression that it’s in the blog’s utter weakness (and mine!), that God was able to shine the brightest. The more blogging rules it broke, the less credit the blog (and myself) would receive. And that’s not to say this little blog is breaking records, by any means, it’s just that according to the rules, never should any door have opened. Period.
Here’s the thing though, my God? He’s the God of the impossible. He doesn't follow the blogging rules. He doesn’t pin posts like, “Mess Up These Blogging Rules and You’ll Never Succeed” or “Put That Donut Down and Write Even When You Have Nothing to Say”. When He commissions something, no matter how certain we are the whole thing is crazy, and that we do not have the practical things it takes to succeed, in reality, all it takes it our yes. He puts into motion His plan to open doors we’ll need and make the connections. As long as we keep following His lead, He takes the least likely people and the most unlikely of circumstances, and somehow makes His plans for our lives succeed.
He takes: “God, I don’t blog, read blogs, make blogs, go public with MY DEEPEST thoughts about You, and I certainly don’t do it expecting and welcoming persecution for putting it out there! Nooooo. Nope. Not me. I’m good.” And turns it into, “What’s that You say, God? You’ve called me and will make it possible? Sweet mercy. Well, ok, I hope I’m hearing right…”
It comes down to this rule: Listen to God above all well meaning blogging advice and you simply can’t fail. (<==== Click to tweet)
If God is calling you to something, even if the situation isn’t perfect to the eyes of the world, don’t let that stop you. The world has it’s rules, but God doesn’t operate by those. God can and will clear the mountains before you. Don’t be afraid to do as He leads you...crazy though it may sound to others.
And when you hear, “YOU BLOG ON BLOGGER? Well, I bet that means you don't like baby harp seals either…” you'll know there were some rules that were meant to be broken.
Let me add, I’ve not always been patient. Many times I’ve anxiously questioned God, “Wouldn’t now be a great time for a design/theme/platform/whatever change?” But each time the answer was always along the lines of, “I’ll tell you when it’s time.” One time, I’m embarrassed to say, I ran ahead and paid for a switch to WordPress anyway! It wasn’t time, God hadn’t called me to do it, and it was a mess. A complete mess. Lesson learned. Sigh.Well, since returning from Jamaica, I’ve felt a change stirring in this little place, a direction shift and yes, maybe even a little design change! I’m not sure what, but I’m excited and praying into it. Change comes slowly around this blog though (remember - shower - I’m usually just trying to shower…) so I wouldn’t hold your breath...but we’ll see. :)
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