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Dear Fellow Christian Blogger,
Today I went to the doctor and had some tests run. I’ve been experiencing issues with my arm muscles and the doctor wants to rule out ALS.
As you might imagine, this is a weighty thing and could affect my ability to blog…and my life span. I’ve been thinking a lot about what I would do in the event I only have 2-5 years left to live. I’ve also been thinking about my goals for blogging and writing because there is a (albeit small) chance my blogging career may have a shorter life than I expected.
I must say that my physical issues may turn out to be nothing serious (and I hope that’s the case!); however, the situation is causing me to evaluate how I can best invest what I have been given.
And I think the Lord has given me an answer!
But first, let me say that a couple years ago I approached another large, popular Christian blogger and asked her to mentor me. I knew in order to be a good steward of what the Lord has given me, I needed some practical, specific advice from another Christian blogger who did it well.
I knew the Lord’s call on me was no different than it was on her and this blogger had expressed encouragement for me in the past. I knew she believed in my writing. But when I asked about being mentored, she graciously told me she simply didn’t have time.
(By the way, it took me two years to find the mentoring I needed in Ruth Soukup’s Elite Blog Academy)!
I understand that original blogger’s reasons for not mentoring me. But here’s what I also know: we are only as influential as our reach. By saying no to me, she chose to reach only those her platform supported. If she had chosen to mentor me, her reach would have extended beyond her own platform to mine as well…and to anyone I mentored after me. She would have MULTIPLIED her reach.
There’s a verse in II Timothy 2 that says, “Now teach these truths to other trustworthy people who will be able to pass them on to others.”
And in Titus 2, we see older women being told to instruct younger women. There is a biblical principle to pass what we learn on to others who can then MULTIPLY the reach and effect beyond simply ourselves.
I’ve come to realize I am not interested in just building my platform. I am interested in MULTIPLYING LIGHT, the light and truth of Christ! I am passionate about this and believe this is one of the best ways I can invest whatever days I have left: by passing the torch to other faithful Christian bloggers who will then have tools to shine brightly and multiply light even further.
I feel the fire burning up in me even as I type these words!
I have come to the conclusion that if I have any light, any ability, any truth, any practical advice, any gift I can offer at all, I need to MULTIPLY it while I can.
And the way I see it, the best way to MULTIPLY is to pour everything I’ve learned into other Christ loving, gifted writers, we can then multiply light and truth and push back the darkness far greater than I can by doing this alone.
So. I’ve sketched out a set of mentoring materials. This is all the essential information a Christian blogger needs to know to steward their gift well and maximize their effectiveness. This is what I would sit down and pour into you if we were IRL friends.
Can I just say this? While there are loads of blogging courses, webinars, and membership groups out there, this material is JUST for the Christian blogger. The assignments are very, very specific to our niche, making it incredibly powerful.
Christian Bloggers Bootcamp includes 6 foundational, power packed lessons with practical assignments geared specifically for the Christian blogger. The lessons included are:
1. Clarifying your why
This lesson is based on I John and will help you understand the message, purpose, and vision God has for your blog. You will be encouraged and motivated to see your blog as a tool the Lord wants to work through. The assignments include worksheets for mapping out your blog niche, topics, and subtopics.
2. Finding and Creating Your Best Content
This lesson is absolutely foundational. It focuses on the unique messages God has given you. Through a series of questions and the use of analytics, you will determine which blog posts you need to put on a lamp stand. My goal is for you to identify 30 pillar content pieces, and ideally those will include at least 20 from your archives. We will build upon these pieces for the remainder of the course.
3. Being Savory in a World of Instant Gratification
In this lesson we address the need to be savory in a generation of hoppers, shoppers, and surfers. We can NEVER compromise our message; however, we can make tweaks to the way it is presented. That is what this lesson and corresponding assignments are all about!
4. Image creation and visuals
Here is where you’ll receive a crash course on creating an image for every post you write. If you are not including at least one visual element in your post, you are limiting your post’s ability to be shared on social media. In this lesson, I’ll share where to get great free photos and cover how to add text, overlays, color, and more. No extra software or expenses necessary! Plus we’ll talk about what size your visuals should be and how to place them in your blog posts.
5. Setting your lamp on it’s lamp stand Part 1- A plan for Pinterest
Social media has changed the way we learn, connect, and share information. To be a light in this generation, you have to address social media. In this lesson, I’ll show you how I engage very effectively on Pinterest in less than one hour a week! You’ve already learned about image creation…let’s put those images to work! Also, I’ll send you an invite to one of my group boards and part of your assignment will be joining other recommended boards for maximizing your reach on Pinterest. It’s easier than you think and we’ll do this step by step!
6. Setting your lamp on it’s lampstand Part 2- A plan for Facebook
FaceBook will take as much time as you give it. Trust me, you need to have a concrete plan for Facebook and know what your goals are before you ever get on the site. In this final lesson, I’ll share why I engage on FaceBook, my FaceBook plan, and how to create your own based on your goals.