How to Enjoy the Call to Be a Blogger


It’s really hard to believe it, but I am celebrating two years of blogging this month!

Fresh out of seminary in January of 2015, I was all set to start work at Crichton Christian College in the Memphis area.

It was to be my job to recruit students for the re-opening of this wonderful school.

Unfortunately, the funding never came through.


Blogging as a ministry. Blogging to impact and influence others. Blogging in general. As bloggers, we have a certain "call" on our lives. We share our words, our hearts, our pictures, our ideas, and our lives. Are you called to blog? Would you like a little encouragement today? Why not drop by for a visit to find some hope and some instruction today?

And, in early February 2015, I was a woman without a job or any sense of what to do next.

My husband suggested I start a new blog and begin writing full time. I’d messed around with a little blog in previous years. However, I’d mostly written to friends and family members.

So, two years ago in February, I bought a “dot.com” name and signed up for a hosting service.

I had NO idea what I was doing, but I tediously set the crazy thing up and put out my blogging/writing shingle.

I think I pulled out 4,000-5,000 hairs during those early days.

Honestly, I was so clueless and so technically challenged!

Initially, I wrote about local churches, local restaurants, and local ministries. I did restaurant reviews and church reviews.

It was kind of exciting and scary all at the same time. We met some amazing people and enjoyed some wonderful food during those first months. (We also had some really horrible meals as well!)

A few of those early posts were awesome; many were not so great. It was a lot like riding a rollercoaster. There were numerous ups and downs.

Some weeks were fun and encouraging; other weeks were hard and discouraging.

I quickly discovered that having your own online ministry was not for the faint of heart.

It was a lot of work and it required a great deal of prayer and dogged determination.

Often, it was awkward.

People didn’t understand what I was trying to do.

Sometimes, I didn’t understand what I was trying to do.

During those early months, I kept thinking that there must be something MORE. Either I was blogging as a way to kill time while waiting for God to bring my real ministry. Or, I must be writing about the wrong topics.

In May of 2015, I began to pray for God to give me some clear direction.

Was I to continue to blog or

Did He have another ministry job for me?

During this season of searching and praying, a friend recommended an online blogging class to me.

She said it might help me to take my blog to the next level and figure out exactly what I should write about and how.

When she told me the price of the class, I laughed out loud. With two kids in college, we weren’t spending large amounts of money on anything – especially not on online classes and training.

It just wasn’t in our budget for me to take a big training class. However, my husband surprised me. He saw great value in what I was doing, and he encouraged me to take the blogging class – no matter the cost.

I can honestly say that this was a TURNING POINT in my ministry, my blogging, and my writing.

I spent the summer of 2015 going through the modules, lessons, videos, and handouts provided by this blogging class.

At the end of that summer, I came away with a refined message and a renewed passion for continuing this blogging ministry.

If you are a blogger (or want to encourage a blogger,) you might want to look into this class.

It’s called “Elite Blog Academy,” and I highly recommend it.

You can find out more, get on their waiting list, get a free E-Book, and enjoy some free blogging videos by clicking Elite Blog Academy.

 

After graduating from Elite Blog Academy, I’ve really never looked back.

It’s been an uphill climb at times, but it’s also been an amazing adventure!

I now have connections all over the world.

Through Skype, phone calls, emails, and social media; it’s been a joy to make friends in Canada, South Africa, Australia, Russia, and even in the Middle East.

It’s also my great privilege to pray with, instruct, encourage, teach, mentor, inspire, and interact with thousands of amazing people each week.

If you had told me 2 years ago that I would still be blogging and leading a (primarily) online ministry, I wouldn’t have believed you.

I honestly thought I’d go back to work, either on a church or a school staff.

I thought I’d have a “regular” job by now.

But God… had other things in mind.

And, even though this ministry looks NOTHING like I imagined it would when we first began, I know I am exactly where God wants me to be today.

So, can I ask you a few personal questions?

Are you WHERE God wants you to be today? Click To Tweet
  • Are you doing what you know you are CALLED to do?
  • Or, do you feel like something is MISSING?
  • Were you hoping for something MORE?

Might I suggest a few things you can do if you aren’t certain you are WHERE you are supposed to be in life, in ministry, or in your calling?

First, press in really close to Jesus.

Ask Him to be as clear as He has ever been with you.

Pose these two questions as you pray:

  • Lord, is there anything You want me to do that I’m not currently doing?
  • Father, is there anything You’d like me to stop doing?

Proverbs 3:5-6 reminds us,

Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct your paths.

Can I also remind you…

God does not usually lead us with huge beams of light, angels, and neon signs! Click To Tweet

Oh, how I wish He did!

Often, He leads us with a very small flashlight… a little penlight that we can barely see.

We have to stay pressed in close to Him to make sure we don’t lose sight of that little light!

Second, seek out the wisdom of some wise and trusted friends.

You need a group of people who love you, are for you and will speak life into you. Click To Tweet

Ask God to give you at least a couple of friends/family members who will walk on this leg of your journey with you.

Proverbs 24:6 remind us,

“And in an abundance of [wise] counselors there is victory and safety.

(If you don’t have anyone to talk to, choose the wisest person you know and ask them to meet with you. Most wise people love to share their wisdom and help others!)

Finally, take one step toward that “thing” that’s tugging at your heart.

Just do something!

Move 1% in the direction of your dreams! Click To Tweet

Sign up for that class.

Read like crazy.

Listen to podcasts and sermons.

Get on YouTube and Google.

Go back to school.

Get that degree or certification.

Join that Mastermind Group.

Send in that resume.

GO FOR IT!

It’s not too late!

It’s NEVER too late!

Isaiah 30:21 puts it this way,

Your own ears will hear him. Right behind you, a voice will say, “This is the way you should go,” whether to the right or to the left.

For us to hear a word behind us, we have to be MOVING FORWARD! Click To Tweet

So today, I DARE you to move!

Do something!

You could start by sending me a note and sharing your story.

I’d love to hear from you!


Also, as an extra incentive to encourage you to sign up for Elite Blog Academy, I’m offering a couple of very special blogging resources to everyone who signs up!

~ First, if you join the Elite Blog Academy class, I’d like to offer you entry into 20 Group Boards on Pinterest. These are all boards that I manage and will personally invite you to join.

~ Second, if you join the class, I’ll send you a special Pinterest guide that I created after working up to over 40,000 followers on Pinterest.

I call it “12 Ways to Take Your Pinterest Account to the Next Level!”

So, if you sign up for the class, be sure to let me know!

You can respond in the comments section below or email me at helloredds@gmail.com.


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18 thoughts on “How to Enjoy the Call to Be a Blogger

  1. You sure have made friends all over the world, Melanine — including the Caribbean! Haha!
    I’m so proud of you and the great strides you’ve made. Now that the secret is out, I hope others will be inspired to follow in your footsteps if that is where God leads. You’ve given some great tips to help anyone pursue that thing that God is calling them to.

    Thank you for being such an amazing encourager.
    Be blessed, my friend!
    Wishing you Happy Valentine’s Day and Happy Blogiversary.

    1. You are right, Marva!
      And, I think I may have to start visiting my friends around the world!!
      Thank you for your kind words today!
      You bless me with your encouraging comments!
      So glad to have amazing friends like you~
      Melanie

  2. Happy 2-year Blogiversary friend! You are such an encourager and have such a heart for Jesus and to make Him known. So happy that Randy has been encouraging you to pour into others over the years too. Having an online ministry is definitely not for the faint of heart. So happy you have stuck with this calling God has placed in your heart. You have blessed many lives and hearts girlfriend, mine included. 🙂 xoxo

    1. Thank you, Nicki!
      I really appreciate your sweet words today!
      And, I agree with you – I’m very grateful to be married to a man who spurs me on to pursue ministry, wherever it may lead!
      You are a blessing to my life as well~
      Melanie

  3. You have certainly blessed my life through your online ministry. Congrats on two years of blogging (our blogs are the same age)! I have to say the same thing about Elite Blog Academy. It was a turning point for me in my blogging. I learned so much. Thank you for all that you do to share Jesus with others and encourage people. Love you!

    1. Thank you, Dawn!
      I was thinking our blogs were about the same age.
      And, I do think EBA is a great class to take it to the next level.
      It’s my joy to partner in ministry with you~
      Melanie

  4. Loved this Melanie! What an encouragement to know a little bit of your story:) He has done great things!! Thank you for sharing the context of who you are today. You are truly a blessing to know in so many ways.

  5. Thank you for the encouragement, Melanie. You’ve done much in 2 years. I’ll have to check out the Elite Academy. In the last several months I’ve been doing many of the things that you listed. God has been more clear than ever and has shown me about rolling out some new things to offer on my blog. Taking that first step is crazy scary.

    1. Thank you, Kelly!
      I appreciate your kind words and your visit today!
      This blogging adventure is a crazy ride, isn’t it!
      Praying God will bless you as you plunge ahead!
      Blessings,
      Melanie

  6. What a beautiful testimony of how the Lord led you to just the ministry He had prepared for you! I love this. And I can heartily agree that EBA is excellent if you feel the Lord leading you to blogging. 🙂

  7. Hi Melanie, It sounds like you just wrote my story. : ) The description of your early days sounds just like mine! I’m just starting out and boy oh boy has it been some kind of journey! Thank you for your encouragement. It’s so good to see what God has done for you and how He has used your ministry in just two years! It really encourages me to keep going!

    1. Hey Leslie,
      Thanks so much for stopping by today to visit!
      Those early days are crazy, aren’t they! It is a journey – isn’t it – filled with so many ups and downs!
      You keep going, girl! God can and will use you and your words!
      I love what Lysa TerKeurst says, “My job is obedience. God’s job is everything else.”
      It’s sweet to connect with you.
      I pray that God will bless you and your ministry~
      Melanie

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