Can Christian Bloggers Create A Successful Following and Content that Engages the General Public?

What Life Would Be Like

I wish I was more of a man 
Have you ever felt that way 

And if I had to tell you the truth 
I'm afraid I'd have to say 

That after all I've done and failed to do 
I feel like less than I was meant to be .


What if I could fix myself 
Maybe then I could get free 

I could try to be somebody else 
Who's much better off than me 

But I need to remember this 
That it's when I'm at my weakest 
I can clearly see .


He made the lame walk and
the dumb talk He opened blinded eyes to see 

That the sun rises on His time 
Yet He knows our deepest desperate need 

And the world waits while His heart aches 
To realize the dream 

I wonder what life would be like if 
we let Jesus live through you and me.


What if you could see yourself 
thru another pair of eyes 

What if you could hear the truth
Instead of old familiar lies 

What if you could feel inside 
The power of the hand that made 
the universe You'd realize .


All our hearts they burn within us 
All our lives we've longed for more 
So let us lay our lives before 
the one who gave His life for us


Can a Christian Hub actually parallel the success seen in general or secular hubs? take for instance Political Opinion Hubs, Love & Relationship Hubs, and especially Hubs that outline the oddities of the Human Body such as Breast Augmentation or new forms of Tattoos and Eye catching Body Mutilations. These types of writing seem to draw in astronomical amounts of attention and a record number of readership.

This is not to criticize or shed a negative light on these topics, readers, or the writers themselves. On the contrary, I believe everyone has a place in this modern world of creative writing and the right to share their opinions, including we the Christian or Faith based writers of the world. Personally I enjoy the thrill of a great political debate now and again, and the strangely repulsive yet enthralling pictures of Weird Body Art we all 'Look - scrunch our eyebrows - turn away - peak again - then comment on, is a guilty pleasure many can admit to. So how can a Christian writer compete in this free market of ideas that is backed up by freakish eye catching imagery at times? It almost seems like an unfair race. 

Our hubs are generally quiet and respectful, filled with gentile praises. A Great and Loving God is our center focus; and our references are scriptural in nature. This in itself limits the amount of readers who actively seek out our articles. It seems at times our job is 'preaching to the choir', who are also 'preaching to the choir' too.What is a Christian writer to do?


SUCCESSFUL CHRISTIAN WRITERS

In my short history in Christian writing (on this site), I have noticed a few trends that may be important to explore for those who seek a successful Christian Writing experience.

  1. Controversy Controversy & More Controversy: Christian articles that tend to marginalize their doctrine & outlook on life seem to draw the most readership. More plainly, those Christian Hubs who take a staunch stance in any one area attracts controversy, controversy attracts readership, readership breeds success like rabbits on steroids! It appears those who tend to lean towards mid-line Christian thought, as well as Non-Believers who stop in to keep a watchful eye on the goings-on's of their fellow writers (that just so happen to be Christian) become up in arms about exclusivity. Topics that describe 'ONLY these people go to Heaven' or 'these people will probably be heading straight to the Ol' H -E- Double-Hockey-Sticks place and the 'Lake of Fire' is definitely bound to draw in readership. Beware tho, in the long run this will eventually garner you plenty of contempt that will limit your fan base in the end. In the short run it may increase the number of visitor hits to stop by to watch the 'fight' or fan the flame so to speak.
  2. Clearly Defined Bible Topics: Articles that take time to actually delve into the Word of God and come out with great true to life paraphrases and clear illustrative teachings seem to attract attention. It is apparent that people actually desire to learn the truth. An article that is well written with smaller excerpts of Scripture accurately defined in a personal and attainable fashion is a plus. The addition of a few well placed personal stories or supporting parallel scriptures also helps define you as a 'really good Christian writer'.
  3. Poignant Themes & Graphic Topics with Answers to Follow: I have personally experienced an explosive amount of growth in a few articles written around a theme or topic that is both universal in nature yet allows the application of the Word of God. It appears that people appreciate clearly defined problems, with attainable goals to reach, and answers to the questions raised therein. Just a simple discussion of the ills of society, followed by descriptions of how terrible their sins are, concluding with a judgment of pain and death to follow if people don't 'change their ways' will limit readership and any possibility of attracting a fan base.

This short list is not all inclusive. There are other issues at work here as well, to include but not limited to:

  • Generosity of the Christian Writer who takes time to visit other Hubs, Christian or not, and leaves relevant heartfelt comments.
  • Joining in the community at large by reading and answering topics & questions in the general Hub pages.
  • Writing quality articles that include media and artwork that meets or exceed the standards of the general or secular articles.

QUESTIONS FOR CHRISTIAN WRITERS:

As Christian writers we have quite a task before us. We must decide for ourselves: Will we be inclusive or exclusive in our topics and writing styles? Will every comment or article we write be used strictly as a platform to proselytize or are we comfortable with participating in this community without wearing a visible WWJD t-shirt or bumper sticker on every post? Are we comfortable allowing our stance, lifestyle, and personality to do the talking for us or does the statement of faith need to be expressed as a sign of the hope we trust in? Each of us must decide for ourselves.

Christian writers must fight the good fight knowing that our work will be judged and scrutinized more closely than the general writers offerings, Why: Because the general masses want to know these same questions proposed here and many more about what you believe & why are we so backwards and peculiar anyways (1 Peter 2:9 )?

SUCCESS IS WITHIN REACH:

Success is definitely a possibility for the Christian writer here. The pathway is not far from the one that leads the way OUT of the comfortable four walls of the local church, joins the table to sit amongst the natives & tax collectors, and acts as a living testimony of the hope we believe.

Christian writers have a responsibility to play nice and be available to others. We will however need to take a serious evaluation of our own priorities and purposes for writing.

Some, if not all will probably need to accept the fact that our success may not ever equal that of the general/secular writers numerically, especially if we so choose to write exclusively "Christian" work. Honestly speaking, success is a fickle thing in my opinion anyway, so judge well for yourselves and write even better. We have a WHOLE COMMUNITY of support & love behind us; that is one of the greatest successes of all. Blessings as you travel along the path and may you not waiver or falter in doing so...

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maggs224 7 years ago from Sunny Spain

An excellent and well thought out hub and I agree that sucess is definitely a possiblility for the Christian writer here on hubpages.


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steffsings 7 years ago from Pacific NorthWest Author

Thanks Maggs224 - for taking time to stop by and comment. Although I'm a new member-I see lots of potential in sharing our thoughts, information & inspirations here too.


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marygarrison 7 years ago

I loved your article, another, well-written, and interesting topic. Any literary work is most powerful when written from the writer’s passion.


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broussardleslie 7 years ago

EXCELLENT Hub, Steff! Thank you so much for putting all this together. It will be a great help to me in the future!


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steffsings 7 years ago from Pacific NorthWest Author

Marrygarrison - I soooo appreciate your feedback,you are truly a 'Barnabas'the encourager, and a wonderful writer to boot. Thank you for stopping by.

Broussardleslie, thank you for your comment.I enjoyed reading your topics as well, especially 'Hosea', I'll be stopping by to check out more of your informative hubs.


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jxb7076 7 years ago from United States of America

steffsings -

Great article with a well define goal which I think you achieved. I think Christian writers should write what they feel and let the chips fall where they may. When writing about Christ it is the gospel that matters and not how its perceived. After all, if they crusified Jesus whom they saw perform miracles and the disciples who wrote about the events then anything we do or say will be judged harshly.

I believe that as long as the writer is fair and not judgemental he/she has little to be concerned about.

Keep up the good work and God bless!


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steffsings 7 years ago from Pacific NorthWest Author

Thank you for stopping by, and your comments. You raise an interesting thought: 'judgemental' much of what we believe could be categorized as this. Even when just plainly stating right from wrong or quoting scripture. This is somethiing I'll be exploring more of, can we write without it?


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jxb7076 7 years ago from United States of America

I believe we can as long as what we write can be backed by facts. I think it becomes judgemental when the author impose their viewpoints on others or when others perceive that a viewpoint is being imposed.


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Gicky Soriano 7 years ago from California

A most convicting hub that reminds Christian writers to assess their audience and ask themselves time and again, "Who is my neighbor?" (Lk 10:29) As we walk down the HubPages road, we need to be mercifully mindful of who we pass along the way. Opportunity abounds and beckons each of us to reach out beyond our comfort zones. There's more to life than ministering exclusively with the four walls of our church. There are people within this website community, writers and readers alike, whose souls are unjustly stripped, beaten and left for dead. This ought to stop us in our tracks and move us to soil our hands on the other side of the road. If the Spirit of the Lord is within us, let us bring good news to the oppressed, bind up the brokenhearted, proclaim liberty to the captives and release to the prisoners (Isaiah 61:1) Like the Samaritan in Jesus' story, we can "Go and do likewise" (Luke 10:37).


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Lady_E 7 years ago from London, UK

Beautiful Hub. There are quite a few Christian Writers on HP. You can check out Deborrah Ogans and skye2day. The reason I'm passing on their names is that, our paths didn't cross on line for months - even though we were on HP everyday.

I notice you like some healthy debates. You should pop into Forums once in a while. I think you'll enjoy it.

Thanks for writing a great Hub. :)


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steffsings 7 years ago from Pacific NorthWest Author

Thank you for stopping by:

Lady E- thank you: I recently found Ms Ogans wonderfully uplifting Hub, I will look for 'skye2day' too. I really appreciate your work as well. (Especially the information on teens & I noticed your passion for promoting healthy Body/mind/spirit; I've worked hands on with troubled teens & seen the impact media/fashion industry/society plays, great info!)

Gicky Soriano - this is an AWESOME comment with such profound spiritual insight - I'm actually printing it (with accompanying scripture of course) to share with a Bible study group - I'll be certain to give you credit and pass on your hub address.


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DeBorrah K. Ogans 7 years ago

Steffsings, This was wonderful, valuable, informative and insightful. I personally subscribe to Christianity as a chosen lifestyle. You do not have to force it on anyone. We grow daily learning how to constructively maneuver through this maze of life. The armor is supposed to be a part of our everyday attire! We must continually learn and seek ways to effectively allow the Light to shine through us. We must be open and sensitive to the needs of those we encounter without compromising principles.

And yes as you say, We must go beyond “preaching to the choir.” We all need to be mindful of just what a wonderful opportunity we have been given and not take it for granted. You should want to share His JOY, life is PRECIOUS! There is a plethora of subjects! Yet, there is much going on about us in this uncertain world that causes great concern! Of course we will be scrutinized and put under a microscope! Not everyone is going to embrace you or what you have to say... When you know the Lord is aware of your sincere intentions it brings much Freedom! You can step out of your comfort zone. I sincerely believe in “Ministry Beyond the Walls.” There are a lot of people looking for resolve, comfort, hope and …. As Gicky Soriano says we must “Go and do likewise”

It is possible to find a balance, responsibly enjoy life and have fun in the midst of it all! With so many alternative lifestyles I think we need to allow the Light to shine through. Life does have purpose and each individual matters! Each one of us have a part. We should be “Christians Going Green” and “Reach out and Touch Someone.” Again wonderful and thank you for sharing, Blessings!


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dreamer32 7 years ago from Mississippi

Very well written article! It is a true fact that one's writings is going to be judged, espeically when one is a christian. Success is possible in christian writings because the word says all things are possible for those who believe.


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James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago

I enjoyed this article. It is a fine message and written with excellence. Good work!


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gracenotes 6 years ago from North Texas

I want to write on #2, Clearly Defined Bible Topics. I'm just itching to do it! But I am going to pray about how I will write them.

May I compliment you on a well-written hub?


faithful2thecall 6 years ago

As a fellow Christian writer, I also want to commend you for a well-written hub. I have bookmarked this and will probably return to re-read it from time to time.


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Unchained Grace 6 years ago from Baltimore, MD

steffsings, I notice you have shown up over in Unchained Grace Territory. There are quite a few very good Christian writers here and some have already shown up on your Comment Board. My personal style is probably a bit different than others. Essentially, when we put the old man behind us, we retained the memories and experiences so as to have a testimony that just might apply to someone else one day.

Also, you mentioned various items which seem to be more preferable in terms of writing topics if one were to prefer financial success up here. In the short time I've been here (Three months give or take) I've found that many things have happened in a positive way regarding search engine revelations for Unchained Grace Ministries. I enjoy writing about what Jesus has done in my life and the lives of others.

There are countless others out there searching and with the way things are in the world these days, who is to say they're not searching for a miracle, a blessing, a healing or deliverance. Thousands. Thank you for being a fan and for writing this Hub. You got a new Fan!


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RevLady 6 years ago from Lantana, Florida

Steffsings, this is a very interesting, well written hub. I enjoyed reading your observations.

Yes, it does appear that we are preaching to the choir at times, but we the choir, are not perfect and need to be reminded of God's word and work as well. I have personally learned a lot of Christian historical facts I was unaware of. There is much information in Christian hubs that the choir may be unaware of. Christian Hubbers also share there stance in the forums.

I think most of us write because we feel led by the Spirit to do so. Our success is intrinsically connected with obedience to the Father.

Thank you for this inspiring and thoughtful hub. You have a new Fan!

Forever His,


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create a page 6 years ago from Maryland, USA

You have written a very insightful hub. Thank you for sharing your views on christian hubs.


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steffsings 6 years ago from Pacific NorthWest Author

(Please forgive the time lapse/time warp... Although you may not read this, it is important for me to say... my excuse - finals & subsequent graduation kept me busy)

Dreamer32: So true! We can expect that what is said will be judged, but the beauty is (as I am sure we both agree) God will be glorified as the truth is LIGHTED & made plain like a candle in a dark room.

James Watkins: Thank you for your comments. I am consistently WOW'ed by your spiritual insights & gift for writing, your nod means alot.

Gracenotes: Thank you for stopping by and contributing. I have enjoyed reading your articles (especially Peacekeeping)

DeBorrah K. Ogans "...With so many alternative lifestyles I think we need to allow the Light to shine through." I am constantly challenged by this very thing - the balance! All Things to all people (1 Cor 9:22)YET careful not to ever water down the Word...thank your contribution!

Faithful2thecall: thank you so much for your comments. I will be visiting your articles as well... we have so much to learn from all who are here...answering the call

Create a page: thank you for stopping by. I will be visiting your pages soon, NOT as payment for your visit, but because I know we all have so much to learn, share, and grow from - with each & every visit...

Unchained Grace: "I enjoy writing about what Jesus has done in my life and the lives of others." ENOUGH SAID!!! The power of a changed life from the Power of God, coupled with the ability clearly articulate this to others (written or oral) WHOA! Now that IS success!

RevLady: "Our success is intrinsically connected with obedience to the Father." Yes Yes and again I say (AMEN) Yes! If I never receive ONE extrinsic benefit that can be counted, recorded, or deposited into an account, just to know someone was invited to the table... and possibly took a seat, I will thank God for the carpal tunnel, computer eyes, and even the judgements that may follow speaking about the faith I hold within!


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christ4ever 5 years ago from a life in sin saved by the Lord's grace - we are blessed with the ministry in Florida & Georgia

Great article on successful writing... and I agree (Christ is CONTROVERSIAL just by the nature of what He represents). As Christian authors we need to write more often about the topics and things that some people in ministry are perhaps overly cautious to mention or adequately cover in the community forums of the "real world" for fear of criticism and possible loss of ratings and constituents.

It needs to ALWAYS BE ABOUT HIM (regardless of personal reprocussion)!

I have made it a point to LINK to this article in all of my Hubs... Thanks again.

Rev.Ted


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steffsings 5 years ago from Pacific NorthWest Author

Rev Ted/Christ4Ever: I am so encouraged by your post!!! (reminds me of the scripture 'if I [Jesus] be lifted up...) I agree wholeheartedly. Many are afraid to touch on the 'touchy' subjects, others are afraid that they'll be labeled 'heretics' (even Jesus was insulted for that same reason). If it is about Him, it will draw all ever closer to Him. Thanks for the inspiration.

I look forward to reading your hubs as well.

God bless you Rev Ted.


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Dave Mathews 5 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

steffsings: I am pumped up with evangelical enthusiasm with this powerful hub posting. The lyrics of the song "What Life Would Be Like" written below the video really got me to thinking. Am I doing enough? I know that I am doing what is asked of me but is it enough?


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steffsings 5 years ago from Pacific NorthWest Author

@Dave Mathews: Thank you for visiting and your comments. I ask myself that same question. I take comfort in the fact that we can never repay because it's free...

I enjoyed reading your writings too.

(p.s. thank you for taking time to listen/read the lyrics. Praise&Worship music is very important to me and it often can hold a messages in itself).


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Dave Mathews 5 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

steffsings: Music especially serving God through music has been my special way to thank God for His gifts for 48 glorious years now. I love nothing more than permitting Holy Spirit to take full control over my voice so that I can praise God with pleasing sounding music. I mean after all God is the Author of all music, and enjoys hearing His children perform it just as parents enjoy hearing their child perform in some concert or Christmas pageant.Even though I sing by ear, yet another gift God gave me I have had the pleasure of singing with 6 magnificent choirs and working under some of the best director/conductor/teachers/guides possible, including a symphony orchestra conductor, and have learned classical-traditional and contemporary hymns and Psalms of praise in 7 different languages. I know that my music ministry has attracted many guiding them to God. My Hub writings are but another way God has asked me to serve Him and serving Him I do gladly.


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skye2day 5 years ago from Rocky Mountains

Greetings what a beautiful hub of love. Oh yes discernment and we can write and be a success. If a seed is planted then that is a success. If we give God Glory that is success. It is not what I achieve but that I serve. Love never fails that is success. God is the income source anyway. He owns is all. The world achieves Christians go for the Gospel to bring others to Jesus. Thank you so much for an expression of love. May your journey be abundant and your cup running over. In Christ.


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prairieprincess 5 years ago from Canada

Steff, how wonderful. This is a very issue that I have been dealing with lately in my own mind. What is the place of Christians on Hubpages? And the conclusions I came to are very similar to yours. Love others and be respectful. Share my faith at times and other times just write. I love how you said it. Salt and light, sister, salt and light. Blessings!


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whittwrites 4 years ago from the Philly area

Great info. I like your comment on controversy. Jesus more or less said following him will cause controversy. Keep up the good writing.

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