My Writing Process + A Blogging Tip

When I think about the writing process, or any creative process, the first thing I think about is God. Why? Because God is highly creative. It is the first thing the bible reveals about God in Genesis 1:1

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

Think about the creativity of God to come up with things like stars, the moon, all of the animals, and us human beings.

So for me the writing process begins with prayer and listening to worship music. Many writing ideas come to me during the time I spend with Jesus. Sometimes they are serious posts and sometimes they are humorous posts.

There is another aspect to my writing process that I don’t think I would wish on anyone. An idea comes to mind but it isn’t quite ready yet, so I put it on the back burner so to speak. When that happens, it often means I will wake up at some greatly unfortunate time like 2am or 3am and need to write. The idea wakes me up.

One blogging tip is to use the Preview button. It is next to the Publish button. I click on Preview and it helps me to see typos that I need to correct. First click Preview then Preview in New Tab and it brings up another tab that lets you see how the post would look if you published it. I find it to be helpful to catch those pesky little typos I missed.

What is your writing process?

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

How To Build & Sustain A Blogging Community — Lifesfinewhine

Building And Sustaining A Blogging Community Recently, I got a comment asking me to write a post about building and sustaining a blogging community and I thought that was a really great idea for a blog post. It’s something I haven’t really gotten into much detail about before but it’s also something I think is […]

How To Build & Sustain A Blogging Community — Lifesfinewhine

Thankful for Over 2,000 Followers-What I Have Learned

I am thankful that this past week my blog went over 2,000 followers. I appreciate all of you who have followed my blog, read my posts, liked and especially the ones who have commented on my posts. I wish I could follow everyone back but realistically that would be impossible.

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I thought I would share a few things I have learned in regards to blogging. I hope they are helpful for you in your blogging journey.

Be Patient

It takes time for a blog to grow. It took four years for my blog to go over 2,000 followers. It is extremely rare for a blogger to be an instant success. Give it time.

Be Consistent

If you blog once a week, do it on the same day. If you blog twice a week, do it on the same days. By being consistent, you help your followers know when to expect a post from you.

Be Communal

Interact with other bloggers through comments. Comments that connect to the content of their posts not just a quick spammy type comment like great post, Comments that connect to content and being consistent with them are a great way to get the attention of a blogger.

Be Open to experiment

Give yourself permission to try new ideas in your blog. When I first started sharing about chronic illness, I was hesitant but felt Jesus wanted me to do so. I started a series Wellness Wednesdays where I share about chronic illness and mental health. Some of those posts have been some of my highest viewed ones.

Be True to Yourself

If I tried to write lifestyle type posts, it would not go over well. I am a single guy who lives cheaply. I share what I know about or have truly experienced. That is my voice.

Be Kind

Yes some bloggers grow their blogs by being part of the debate society seeking to argue points. It can work. But for me, I would much rather be remembered as someone who encourages others and seeks to build up. There have been bloggers try to engage me in negativity and I simply delete their comment and block them.

Hope this helps. Please feel free to share tips in the comments.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

Want to Connect with Experienced Bloggers?

I remember when I first started blogging and wondered how I could connect with other bloggers and how my blog could grow. So I thought I might share a few thoughts for new bloggers about connecting with other bloggers, experienced bloggers.

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A recent example stands out to me which is David of He followed my blog and did something that will catch my attention. He left a meaningful comment that related to my blog post. He did not spam, ask me to follow him, or try to leave a link to his blog.

David did something else. He did not do a one and done comment. He would comment once or twice a week. That really caught my attention, so I checked out his blog. I followed his blog about four weeks after he began commenting on myt blog posts.

Why did it take four weeks?

I really wish I could follow all of the bloggers who follow me, but that would be impossible. So I tend to wait to see if the person seems genuinely interested in connecting with me.

Some things that tend to turn me off

1- people who follow me and like more than one of my posts but I never hear from them again

2- people who leave spam type comments- those I delete

3- people who try leaving a link to their blog but I have not interacted with them before

4-comments of- like my posts too or follow me too.

There is another benefit to commenting-meaningful comments- on the posts of other bloggers. The others who comment will see your comment too and may check out your blog. But if it is a spammy type comment, chances are they will not check out your blog.

I hope this helps.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.