How to Blog About Your Faith

Please join me in welcoming Amber from Amber’s Articles today to SITS! Amber sent over a post on how to blog about your faith, which fits wonderfully with the how to blog successfully within your niche series we’ve been covering. As a disclaimer, the religious views expressed in Amber’s post do not necessarily reflect those that own and operate The SITS Girls. However, Amber’s post is very worthwhile and we believe in giving our community members a platform to express their opinions and beliefs. All that we ask is that comments are kept respectful.

Writing Tips: Your readers want to get to know you, and your faith is a big part of who you are. These seven tips will help you learn how to open up about yourself and your beliefs on your blog.

How To Blog About Your Faith

There seems to be an idea in the blog world that if you blog about your faith you must be super serious and poetic ALL THE TIME. Maybe, I am the only one who picks up on this, but occasionally I can sense this underlying pressure to only post about deep spiritual matters that have taken you deep into the storms of life only to lead you out with many beautiful lessons. While I agree that those posts are certainly needed and many of them fill my pages, I also realize they are only a glimpse of the faith you and I live out every day.

I can only speak on behalf of my faith journey, which is faith in Jesus Christ, but here are a few tips on how to blog about faith in your day to day life.

1. Be Yourself

If you are a serious person and love talking about deep spiritual experiences, then that is what you should write about. If you are a more light hearted person and enjoy talking about how faith encourages you in your day to day life, then that is what you should write about. If you are like me, you should write a little serious, a little light hearted, a little realistic, and a little fun.

 

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(photo taken by me, edited by Ashley Sisk)

 

2. Share What You Are Learning

Most people who blog or who want to blog about their faith experiences attend church, small group, Bible study, etc. I encourage you to take notes and consider sharing what you learned and how you are applying it to your life. Ashley of Ramblings and Photos does an excellent job in this area.

3. Remember God is Present in Your Everyday Life

It is easy to think that something profound must be happening in your life in order for it to relate to your faith, but that is not true. God is present in every detail of your life. He can be found in your ruined dinner, your laundry, your pool time, your game time, your celebrations, and so on. If God is a part of your life, He is present in each moment and it’s okay if your every post does not have a PROFOUND truth. It can just be fun!

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4. Attach Scripture to Snapshots

Many of you post photos on your blog. If you want to incorporate your faith, then consider attaching Scripture to your Snapshot. Kate Lloyd Photography has a meme that is great for inspiration in this area.

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5. Share the Wisdom of Others

I know this kind of sounds like #2, but it is different. I often learn things from books or counseling or a quote that could benefit others. Why not share it? You never know who may be reading that needs the encouragement, direction, and/or insight that you have gained in a specific area. Keep it as simple as a one sentence quote or share a Top 10 List.

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6. Consider Getting Serious

If you would like to share serious posts, but don’t want to fill your blog with them, then posting once a week or once a month is a great idea. I host Journey of Faith Friday’s where I share a more in depth look at my daily walk with the Lord. However, if I don’t have anything to share, then I simply post a song, a video, or a quote.

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7. Invite Others to Share

Not only does it open up communication with other blogger’s who share your same interests, but it offers another glimpse into the struggles, successes, and hope that we share in our daily lives. For example, I am currently sharing a series of posts from blogger’s who not only enjoy photography, but also have a love for Jesus.

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About the Author

Amber from Amber’s Articles is a Physical Therapist turned Stay At Home Mom who writes about her family life, her faith journey with Jesus, her love of photography, her physical therapy knowledge, and a few random things.  She is on a journey to find the Divine among the daily and will soon be transforming Amber’s Articles to Click. Pray. Love.

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Comments

  1. This post offers clear idea in support of the new people of blogging,
    that really how to do running a blog.

  2. Love it! Thanks for sharing. Doing all that now on my blog. Glad to know I’m on track!

  3. Amber, you did an excellent job of sharing your advice. By the way, I bet God has a sense of humor as well, so there is no reason we must always remain serious. I believe you can revere God and share laughter with Him. God Bless!

    PJ

  4. I never post about my faith because I’m not a christian. It seems that christianity is accepted and embraced by most blog readers but if you start posting other points of view, they’re criticized or people will even unfollow because of them. I’m more spiritual than religious anyway, so it’s not like it comes up often, but I hate having to feel like an outcast in bloggy land because my religious views are different. :/ I’m glad you feel comfortable enough to share yours, though. It’s a great thing.

  5. I TOTALLY gel with what you’re saying, Amber! I have been thinking about this lately, actually, because I’ve gotten the same vibe that you need to be all spiritually dramatic. Most likely it is just where some people are at that moment in their lives, but I know that I, like you, have times where I really want to share what’s on my heart, but other times I just want to share a humorous and silly perspective on life. “there is a time for everything under the sun” =)

  6. You have a peaceful, calm way of writing. Very nice to stumble on and good tips. Thank you.
    The Empty Nest Mom

  7. Great post. I blog about my faith now and then. I try to keep in mind that my views may not be everyone’s views and be respectful of that in my posts. At the same time I hope that my readers will be respectful of my views in return. When I put a spiritual post out there I send it off with a little prayer that it will fine the right person(s) to be a blessing to.

  8. That is what SITS is all about! Finding people from all walks of life. Amber you blog about what I like to blog about. I like to blog about my faith, and I try to do so in a way that people can relate too.

  9. Always great to see yet another positive, uplifting, and entertaining post that brings faith into focus. Way to go, Amber!

  10. I was very surprised to see this post here, but also very encouraged and pleased. My Catholic faith means a lot to me, though it’s not really part of my blog at all. Amber’s words, and the fact that this post is even here on such a popular website, makes me feel like maybe I shouldn’t be afraid of saying exactly what’s on my mind, religious or not. Thank you, Amber and SITS!

    • You are welcome. One thing I appreciate about SITS is their desire to provide all of the bloggers in their community a platform to share various parts of their lives.

  11. Great advice. My blog is not a religious blog, but faith is always an undercurrent. I would probably write like this if that was my niche (though I hadn’t thought about the verses on photos ideas).

  12. I definitely agree that bloggers should strive to be themselves, whether that includes serious discussions of their faith, lighthearted glimpses of it from time to time, or no mention of it at all. Being open and honest about faith, however it impacts your life, just seems like a good way to build up a rapport with your readers.

    My only nitpick: Since it hasn’t been mentioned yet is this comment thread, I just wanted to point out that many of these tips are so tightly focused on God, Jesus, scripture, etc. that I really don’t see them being very helpful to bloggers of other faiths (or no faith at all). Maybe a broader, more generalized look at this topic would make for a good future post on this site.

    • Thanks Sarah for your comment.

      I wrote at the beginning of my post that I could “only speak on behalf of my faith journey, which is faith in Jesus Christ, but here are a few tips on how to blog about faith in your day to day life.” However, we all have faith in something………whether it be a god or not. We have faith that our spouse will be faithful to us. We have faith that we will be able to eat each day. We have faith that are children will grow to be responsible adults. We have faith that our traffic systems will work each day.

      I def. think the majority of these principles could be applied to anything you have faith in. For example, we can all be ourselves and write from that place vs. one that writes to only please others. We can all share what we are learning…..whether it be a church, at work, in a relationship, sitting in traffic, etc. Most of us believe is some form of god, even if it’s self, therefore that god is involved in our everyday life. You can attach words from a book, the Koran, your own inspirational words to a snapshot which will represent what you believe or how you live. We can all pick one day a week or a month to share what is going on in our lives regarding what ever we have faith in. And of course, inviting others to share is pertinent to anything you believe in. It may not be a god or a religion, but invite someone to share about a cause you both believe (have faith) in.

      Thanks again and I hope that gives you some ideas of how to apply the steps to other areas of life besides Christian faith.

      • Hi Amber — thanks for responding to my comment. While it’s certainly possible to draw general ideas from these tips, I would still say that they aren’t as universally applicable as you may think. In particular, redefining “God” in such a way as to claim that everybody believes in one may be offputting (or even slightly insulting) to the minority whose faiths legitimately don’t involve belief in or worship of any gods.

        I did understand, based on the disclaimer you re-quoted as well as the content of your post, that you were writing this from a Christian point of view. And of course that’s entirely fine — but that’s why I suggested another feature on this topic in the future, since it might be interesting to hear some more diverse perspectives from other bloggers on the matter.

  13. I am a huge believer in just being yourself. There’s a lot of pressure out there, but if you stay true to you, you really can’t lose.

  14. oh this is great advice! I sometimes find it hard to find the right moments to express my faith. I noticed a handful of my regular readers come from atheist and agnostic referrers (i had no idea that even existed!)…

    I don’t hide the fact that I am a Christian so I was so pleased that they continue to be my regular followers. I hope I am doing everything I can to teach the truth of Christ and what God wants me to reveal about himself through my site. I feel like such a sad example of him at times.

  15. Thanks so much for this helpful and inspiring information. I believe that blogging is such a powerful tool to reach out to others.

  16. Such a wonderful post! I love the ideas Amber presented, and the beautiful thing is that she lives them on her blog as well! It is a wonderful mix of deep, funny, practical, inspiring… it is one of my favorites!

  17. Thank you! My daughter has been bugging me like mad for a Picnik account, so I guess it’s time to bite the bullet. :-)

    I can’t wait to hear what Amber uses as well!

  18. Thanks for the encouragement! It is true that many “faith” blogs are all so DEEP and SO Spiritual. I would like to think I have some good balance there. I have a mission for all faiths to be welcome at my blog and am forthcoming with my faith, but am clear that I will do my best to never judge another’s faith. I don’t want someone to stop by and say “Oh, she’s a Christian…I don’t want to follow her”. I walk through my life hoping that my actions and words are an encouragement to others and through that they might find Christ. I recently lost a friend to cancer and I openly blogged about wrestling with my faith through that.

    Thanks for the ideas…and yes…BE YOURSELF! I remind myself of that before every post.

    • I think our faith grows so much during trial. I experienced a similar season of wrestling (well, for me doubting) my faith after I spent time in India. It was a difficult, lonely season, but it has allowed me to relate to more people and has strengthen my faith in Christ.

    • I totally get what you’re saying here. It’s funny how people can be like that IRL as well. “Oh, they’re Christians. They wouldn’t want to go to dinner/have a playdate/go to the movies/whatever.”

      I am so glad to see you openly admit that you have wrestled with your faith. I have as well – in fact, I blogged about it recently. Underneath it all, we are still just sinners, saved through His grace.

  19. I really enjoyed this, thank you. I do have a question: what program do you use to pair scriptures with photos? I’m new to all of this and really love that concept!

    Heading over to check out your blog. :-)

    • Hi Shari, I don’t know what Amber uses, but I use Picasa via Google. Then you can use the “edit in Picnik” to add text (more options than what Picasa has). I really like it and find it very easy. I’m curious to hear what Amber uses too.

    • I use Photoshop Elements 8, but there are several free programs out there….They all don’t allow you to add text, but I am pretty sure Picasa and Piknic will allow you too, and their free.

  20. This was a very helpful post because there are times when I want to talk about my faith on my blog but shy away from it because I don’t want to come off as pushy or holier than thou. These were some great tips on how I can do that without leaving a foul taste in my reader’s mouths.

    • Like I responded to Elizabeth above, “I think that is what a lot of people fear and a lot more people don’t care about offending. I think if you share about your life and how your faith has grown as a result of life, then few people will be offended.
      Plus, I have learned no matter what you blog about some body will eventually be offended or they won’t like what you have to say.”

      Thanks and shoot me an email if you end up posting about your faith. I would love to read it.

  21. Great advice! My ministry blog is more humorous than deep, simply because that is the way I am. I am very serious about my fiath in Jesus but I am trying to show people that applying faith to everyday life isn’t difficult. My humor isn’t for everyone but the faith lessons are! Loved how your wrote on this topic!

    • Staying true to yourself is something I have struggled with on and off, but when I sit down to examine what I want most I am able to re-focus and keep my writing true to my personality.

  22. Thanks, Amber!

  23. Great ideas, thank you for sharing. :)

  24. This was so perfect for today, I have been trying to figure out how to do this. My blog isn’t necessarily a faith blog, but I still would love to talk about it.

    • I was so glad to read your reply, as I have been asked several times how I blog about my faith……hence the idea to write this post.

      If you ever blog about your faith I would love to read your post. Send it my way for sure.

  25. I love her perspective! I sometimes am afraid to mention my faith for fear of offending someone but then I don’t want to just give “lip service” to a vital part of my life and who I am. Striking the balance is the hard part for me.

    • Elizabeth,

      I think that is what a lot of people fear and a lot more people don’t care about offending. I think if you share about your life and how your faith has grown as a result of life, then few people will be offended.
      Plus, I have learned no matter what you blog about some body will eventually be offended or they won’t like what you have to say.

  26. Great Tips, so glad I had time to stop by SITS, today!

  27. Thank you so much for sharing this!

    I struggle to find balance between being funny and sarcastic (my personality) and faith-filled. I try to meld the two but I don’t want people to think I’m being insincere one way or the other. These are great tips to join the two sides that are often in conflict “on paper” (they work fine together in my head! LOL).

    • I completely understand. I have noticed my blogging has taken a more serious turn in the last several months and I want to get back to share some more like hearted posts. It is hard, at times, to find the balance.

  28. Thanks for this post! My blog isn’t about my faith per se, but it’s about my life, which of course, includes my faith. I’ll be thinking about how to incorporate some of these ideas into blogging in my particular context.

    • So very true….that is why I included #3. Sometimes we think our posts have to be all serious to be about our faith, but if you believe in something whole heartedly it should be a part of your daily life. How we live says ALOTS about what we believe in.

  29. Thanks for hosting Amber.

    Nicely put.

    I find it refreshing when a writer speaks openly about her faith rather than tiptoeing around it.

    Donna V.

    • Yes, thank you to the SITS girls. They def. offer each of us an opportunity to share our hearts, our knowledge, and our passions.

  30. Great list of ideas… Thank you! :)

  31. My entire blog is built around a spiritual perspective and I love Jesus intensely! My last two posts have also been on Faith. Your post was awesome! x

  32. i LOVE seeing blogs that are uplifting! the other day there was a real swear box featured and i didn’t know it until i went to the page. i couldn’t say anything positive to her after ALL the swearing. i would never praise that from my child, why would i praise that in a total stranger. thank you SO much for writing this article, it was awesome to see first thing in the morning so i could start my day out on the right foot! =D

    • You are very welcome. I think we can learn so much from another person’s faith journey. I am a Christian, but I have also learned much about life from people of other faith’s.

      • Oh, I agree with you there. Growing up a member of the LDS church, Catholic school for 3rd grade, Lutheran step grandparents, Catholic step uncle & aunt, Jewish step uncle and aunt, Baptist great aunt and a Presbyterian best friend when we were stationed in Illinois and a couple families that practice the Muslim faith in IL as well…lol…I’ve been extremely blessed to grow up with as many influences as the world can offer. I love the diversity of this world. All these things cause me to constantly examine what I truly believe. When I do this personal introspection of my beliefs and feelings most of the time I find that other people’s uncertainty or questions make my beliefs and knowledge all the more strong and clear. I admire other people’s strength and conviction….no matter WHAT doctrine they follow. There is something about conviction that makes the world a better place. =)

  33. I also blog with a spiritual perspective – love all the points you’ve given here!

  34. All excellent advice! Sounds like my kind of blog.

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