5th week of January/How to blog

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Welcome readers! I finally found how to get comments on my sight. Thanks for all the wonderful comments! I blog to be an encouragement, to share what the Lord is doing in my life and around the world, and to sow seeds of Truth and the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  This reminds me of a verse that’s been on my heart:

Is that meIsaiah 55:11 So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.

downcastForgive me, one comment noted many errors in my writing. I will endeavor to pay closer attention to what gets published. It’s as frustrating as auto correct on our phones sometimes!

feeling fineA couple commenters wanted to know how to start blogging. There are many options, but I’m only familiar with WordPress since I’ve been blogging with them for two years. Here I’ll share some of what I’ve learned and the history of my blogging.

1. How to begin?

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I’d been wondering about doing a blog, but hadn’t sought how to. While reading a friend’s post on WordPress, I found a wood worker’s blog with plans for a book case. My husband said if I’d get him the plans, we could start working on one; I have MANY boxes of books! I found I couldn’t download the plans without a WordPress account. “OK, Lord, I guess it’s time to start that blog!” SO… go to https://wordpress.com and create an account and you’ll be on your way!

2. Where to start?

007First, you’ll need a short, catchy title for your blog. Choose a photo of yourself, write a short bio and choose a few topics/themes for your blog that will help web searchers find you. Also, a “logo” picture for your site.

3. Counting the cost

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One reason I hadn’t started a blog before was I didn’t think I could afford one. WordPress has a free option. I used this for the first couple months, then realized I needed more options. I chose the Personal Plan: $4.00/month, $48.00+tax for one year. The Lord provided that money when I needed it!

4. Technology

catputerA lot of the options you find on Microsoft Word are available at the top of your blog  work page. I use Bible Gateway to copy and paste Bible verses, take a lot of cloud, sunset, outdoor photos on my phone. You can add photos from Google Photos, my files on my computer, or there’s a Free Photo Library option. You can also add URLs. With a higher level Business account, you can add a payment button. * Make sure you note where you’ve taken things from!

5. Inspiration

computer screenWhen I began, I had poems and short stories from college I worked from. I would cut and paste from the Word docs I had them in, then adjust them. I also find lyrics of songs that come to mind. Sharing books and videos I’ve read and seen is another option. Many people use recipes or vacation stories and photos. Blog readers like to hear personal stuff from bloggers as well as being asked questions they can answer. Your blog followers want to interact and have a relationship with you.

authorI saw Benny Hinn’s show last week when Hank & Brenda Kunneman were on. Hank prophesied the Lord has books and songs for people to write. I’m also hearing:  “Everyone has a story”. Well, with two years of blog posts and a large number of journals at my disposal, I’m sensing this is the year to start my own book. What about you?

cool shadesHave you enjoyed the extra week we have in January? It’s not often we have a 5th Wednesday, Thursday, Friday in a month. I have monthly meetings the Third Tuesday/Thursday of every month. I showed up for Book Group on the 14th and realized it was the third Thursday, but only the 2nd Tuesday; Oh well, I got to work on the puzzle and visit with the librarians for a couple hours! I leave you with this last Scripture:

May your steps be directed by the Lord and may you find true Shalom this day.image000000_30

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