Is your blog designed for an Audience of One? For faith bloggers, that should be the first prerequisite for starting a blog.
There are so many beautiful blog sites that have gorgeous graphics, lovely fonts, all the things that make you want to click here and there to read more. However, behind the scenes, though, it’s a lot of work.
For some bloggers, the background mechanical work is a challenge, for others, it may be familiar territory. For all of us though, it is something we need to learn.
I’m so thankful I belong to a network of bloggers where I can turn to for help. Surely someone somewhere has had a similar problem and so we are all able to help each other. Not only can I receive tips and solutions from other bloggers, but more importantly, friendships are made. That’s a big deal for me!
However, the thing all bloggers face is our audience. It doesn’t matter whether bloggers monetize for an income or not. We have been called to this ministry of writing and sharing it with those around the world. Based on our written words, God orchestrates the movement of His daughters reading each of our blogs. I love it when Father does that!
The Awesome Reminder: Audience of One
There are days though when “it” happens. At one time or another, we get discouraged. Sometimes the discouragement can be nipped in the bud right away while other times it goes on for a few days, even weeks before we recognize it or even deal with it.
Discouragement has met up with me too. Every single day, I have faced it in one way or another. Lately, the thought has been “who is reading these words” and “why am I doing this anyway?”
The answer to these questions is simple. I need to remind myself who I write for. Yes, it is for readers but ultimately I write for Him. He called me to this ministry of blogging and so I am responsible for obeying Him and writing for Him.
You know what He is responsible for? His part is to invite His daughters to read the words He has given me.
So I remind myself with this note on the side of my monitor, right where I can see it quickly when negative thoughts lurk in my mind. “I write for an Audience of One and Whomever He Invites.” That’s been my motto since I started blogging.
So, you know what this means? The outcome is not my responsibility, it is His! God will direct the results as long as I am doing my part, including the blogging mechanics.
The Blog’s Message
Becoming a blogger was not on my radar. But now that I am a blogger, gulp, did I say that out loud?, I have a responsibility, not only to God but to my readers as well.
What I write absolutely needs to be Holy Spirit driven. The words cannot be my own, though I do have liberty for word-smithing, the message needs to be God-ordained. Any errors in my posts are mine with all glory given to God for the message.
As time goes on, Father directs the purpose of Go – Gather – Grow. It started as sharing the Word as encouragement and then He fine-tuned it for a purpose of teaching the Word to edify and equip women. It is important to me that women be able to read and understand the Word for themselves so they can grow strong in spiritual understanding, faith and prayer.
Go – Gather – Grow has a mission to teach women through online Bible Studies how to study inductively. That is, through observation, interpretation, and application. We do that by asking the questions who, what, where, when, why and how. The answers to these questions will deepen our understanding of the text as well as keep everything in context. You can read more on the inductive study method in this post How to Study Inductively.
One thing I try super hard not to do and that is to take verses out of context. That’s a big no-no. It is easy to make Scripture say what you want it to say by using different versions (to get the wording you want) and to use portions of verses. That is so wrong and very misleading. I’ve written a post on The Top 3 Commonly Misused Bible Verses that you can read for further information.
For Whom Do I Write?
Essentially I am writing for my Audience of One. That has been my motto from the first day I started this blog. You can google “audience of One” and see that others have used that phrase as well.
What I like about it is simply that I write for God. I write the words He has given me through Holy Spirit and if He is the only one reading them, I will still write them. You see, it’s all about Him and not me.
However, Father does invite His daughters to this blog to read His message. I thank Him for that as I thank Him for everything He has done for this blog. He knows my heart and knows I want to be a blessing to others.
I trust God for the results and every day I see something new, I say to God, “That’s You, isn’t it? You’re doing something! Thank you, God!”
My Audience of One and whomever He invites.
That’s you! You are one of His friends.
Thank you for reading these words and all the others that I have written as the Holy Spirit has directed. I need to read these words myself, especially when I wonder why I’m doing this. The enemy of our souls does his best to discourage bloggers and I’m no different. But, he’s not going to win today, neither will I allow him to win tomorrow. Greater is He who is in me than he who is in the world. (Based on 1 John 4:4)
So thank you for your faithfulness and for your encouraging comments. They really do lift me up.
So, on that note, I’ll let you go. As always, I would love to hear your thoughts on how this blog has been an encouragement to you.
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