Christian Bloggers: Tell me a Little About Yourself

Something occurred to me recently. I spend a great deal of time writing on this blog, visiting other blogs and interacting with other writers, but at the end of the day, I know very little about any of you. What I do know is that there are countless Christian Bloggers in the world, I keep finding new ones every day.

So I thought today I would try something a little different, and see how many people participate beyond hitting the like button, in an attempt to really get to know each other. We are brothers and sisters in Christ after all.

Below I have several questions, pick one or more and answer them in the comments below. It never hurts to leave a link to your blog for those who are new to WordPress or blogs in general. If you don’t like these questions, no problem, just tell me a little bit about yourself!! So here we go:

1) Tell us about the day Jesus Christ came into your life?

2) What is one area you consider yourself an expert?

3) What was the best job you ever worked at?

4) What is your favorite article you have ever written? (Don’t forget to link it)

5) What are three words your best friends would use to describe you?

6) What is your favorite verse of scripture?

7) If you could share ONE Christian blog with the world, one that you found since you started your blog… which one would it be?

8) Name on person in your life who has influenced your walk with Christ the most.

9) Outside of the Bible, what is the most recent book you have read?

10) What is the funnest or weirdest thing about you, that very few people know?

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When Atheists Go Too Far

Since I started this blog, it was my intention to welcome the free flow of thoughts and ideas from all over the ideological spectrum. In fact, my plan was to avoid censorship and give people a platform to express themselves as they choose. I understand when I write about social issues like abortion, gay marriage, gun control and others my articles will illicit many different responses depending on the reader. Some positive, many negative.

What I did decide however, was to hold all comments in moderation so I could be aware of what people were planning to post on my site. As of 8:55 AM this morning I have never held or deleted a comment, they have all been posted… many of them containing direct insults towards me.

As of 8:56 AM however I have decided that there are certain people and certain comments I just do not want polluting my site. Not because they disagree with me, as I love a healthy debate more than anyone. But because I simply will not tolerate certain behaviors any longer.

This all started when I posted in the comments on an article about the TRUTH of Demonic activity and Demonic Possession in the world, and especially America today. Based on this comment an Atheist proclaimed I should never be allowed near children.

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Now let me state, it takes a lot to get under my skin, to get me angry. But this utter nonsense blasted right past that line in about 2 seconds. I have spent many years of my life protecting and guarding children. After I left the US Army I took care of special needs children at a state Hospital in Ohio for years, over the last six years I have led a safety team at my church, where my primary duty was to protect the greatest treasure any church has inside its walls… the children. Just last year I had to face off against a mentally-ill gunman outside my church, with a classroom of children inside. So I take GREAT EXCEPTION to these comments and will not allow that discourse on my site any longer.

You may have heard that atheists believe they have cornered the market on “being kind” to one another, and that the religious cause division and strife. In my experience it has been the exact opposite and RARELY have I met a vocal atheist that is anything close to “kind”. Most of them hold the religious in general and Christians in particular in contempt. They despise us as a whole and would prefer a world where we didn’t exist. They believe our thoughts and ideas should remain locked away.

Jesus said in Matthew 10:22 that we WILL be hated for His name’s sake. This is the reality we face as Christians throughout time and it is abundantly true today. As a Christian author and blogger I will continue to Stand on the side of truth, but what I will not do is tolerate hatred and ignorance in the one area I have full control… this website.

Stay Strong & Stand Tall

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For New Christian Bloggers – The First 90 Days

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Recently I read an article from T.R. Noble of Inside Cup, where she details how her blog grew and I found it very interesting and insightful. It got me thinking about all that has happened here on Stand Tall For Christ in the very short time this blog has been online. This post is directed towards New Christian Bloggers, to give you a short glimpse down the road ahead, and to myself so I can look back in the future and see how it all worked out.

When I first launched the blog it was January 17, 2018 and my plan was to get close to 10 articles on the site, before I actively began sharing it with anyone. Here is how the posting went by month to month…

  • January – 9 articles
  • February – 8
  • March – 2
  • April – 15
  • May – 31
  • June – 12 so far

At the end of January I began sharing about the blog with people I know, but didn’t really know anything about TAGS and CATEGORIES so I never really messed with them. Telling all of your friends at church about your blog, and none of them visit once – Priceless. Needless to say it didn’t take long to feel as though I was writing and writing but no one was ever going to find my blog let alone read it.

Now as you can see there was a major lag in activity early on, at the end of Feb thru Mar, and the reason? I was letting frustration defeat me as I struggled to break single digit followers and there were no comments or likes on anything.

What I was doing wrong

One day my wife asked me why I hadn’t written on my blog in a while and I explained, in my best WOE IS ME storytelling mode. It is quite embarrassing looking back LOL. My beautiful wife who is 8 years my junior is ALWAYS full of wisdom, God bless her.

She explained that she followed a Minimalist blog for a long time, and it started out very slowly but grew over time, and that blogging is hard long work that it takes time to develop. She said to lower my expectations and see where the blog is at in 2-3 years, and form a long term plan for growth.

Her talk made me see the two things that were getting in my way, first my pride…oh poor Keith no one is reading his articles. And second, my need to have everything right now, my incredible impatience (which appears in many areas of my life).

What Changed

So I immediately did two things… I changed my mindset to long term, focusing on building a blog that could grow as God desired and not me. Then I began writing and writing… but not just on my blog. What I discovered, and I am sure you already know, is that most of your time blogging will be spent on OTHER people’s blogs.

This is where people will get to know you, not just other bloggers, but their readers as well, so while I spend probably 4-5 hours a week writing for my own bog, I easily spend 2-3 times that commenting and interacting on other blogs.

Once I did those two things, starting back in April, things started to pick up as people began to like, comment and follow my blog. When I hit 50 Followers it was like… a massive milestone for me LOL. One day you and I will looking back on 5,000 followers and think…. remember back then?

You might ask, Keith – why are you concerned about a follower count? Just write for the Lord and be happy! You might be correct, maybe I shouldn’t be looking at that number, but darn it all I can’t help it… it’s right there!!! LOL. Plus at least I can look at it and see growth and this gives me encouragement.

My advice to you

  • Keep writing, if people find your blog, the more content the more likely they will be to revisit your writings.
  • Make use of Categories and Tags early on, and decide how you want to structure your site. This will help you get discovered through search engines more quickly.
  • Write about something that you have lived and experienced when you can, really connect with your audience by being authentic.
  • Comment on other blogs and connect with other bloggers (follow them). I never leave a comment like “great to meet you, nice blog, please visit mine“. How lame. Instead I read an article and give a thoughtful response, this blogger spent a good deal of time writing this article the least I can do is spend a little time writing a comment.
  • Visit blogs with counter-thoughts and ideas. This may seem weird to some, but I spend a lot of time on Atheist blogs, commenting on their articles. You know what’s interesting is some of them have come back to my blog and when they do, the conversations are LONG. Not always in a negative way, although sometimes that happens. Plus if I am just writing to Christians all day, how do I reach the lost? One word of caution, if you decide to venture out into the lands of Atheism, be prepared. You will be challenged greatly and need to know the reasons for your faith. Equip yourself.
  • Get comfy and buckle in for the long haul, blogging is not easy and takes a lot of time. If you desire, as I do, to blog full time – understand it will be a full time job… not some dream where you write three hours a week from a beach in Jamaica.
  • Have fun! You are serving the Lord, building the Kingdom… what greater joy can be found?

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Fellowship Friday #6 Have You Met These Christian Bloggers?

Welcome back to Fellowship Friday, a new weekly post on Stand Tall For Christ where I will share 4 Christian Bloggers with you I have met from around the world. It is my hope by doing this you will discover some of the amazing men and women doing the Lord’s work and spend time in fellowship with them. I want to encourage you to visit their blogs, follow their blogs, comment on their blogs, share their blogs and ultimately grow spiritually from the time you spend with them.

Here are this week’s bloggers:

Vanessa Samuel

Vanessa Samuel: “I love Jesus and want to live for Him, but I am flawed and make many mistakes. So many mistakes. But He is faithful and just, and will forgive me, when I confess it to Him. He’s working on getting me to obey right away. Our goal for our family is to become more like Him, and we can’t do it ourselves. We are learning about Him by studying Him and His word, by being involved with other godly people who help us along the way, and by worshipping with believers on a consistent basis.

Wintery Knight

Wintery Knight: “For now, I prefer to keep anonymous, although I may add additional details to this page later. My political views are a mixture of conservative and libertarian. I believe in free market capitalism and liberty, and especially in religious liberty.  I favor a strong defense abroad, “peace through strength”, as Reagan would have it. Theologically, I am a conservative evangelical Protestant Christian. I favor the old-earth (14 billion-year universe) perspective, and I am a firm supporter of intelligent design. Socially, I am pro-life, pro-chastity, pro-abstinence and pro-traditional-marriage.”

Christian Poetry by Deborah Ann

CHRISTian Poetry ~ By Deborah Ann: “I was born into the family of God when I was eleven years old and have rededicated my life almost every day since. I believe my walk with the Lord, is step-by-step, hour-by-hour, and sometimes minute-by-minute. Thank you for reading my poetry. I pray God will use it to speak to those who are in need of their words and pray that God will bless you and guide you into all of His truths.”

Planted by Living Water

Planted By Living Water: “The one part of my life that I am totally at peace with is my relationship with God through Jesus Christ.  He is the most important part of my life. The only part of this relationship that I would change would be to grow closer to Him and to love Him more and more.  Some people immediately think that I’m talking about religion here, but if they only knew my Best Friend, Jesus Christ, like I have had the privilege of coming to know Him, they would see how wonderful it is to be secure in the Arms of Someone who is always faithful, loving, and kind.”


Thank you for taking the time to check out these Christian authors, all doing Kingdom Work in the name of Jesus… AMEN! Check back here every Friday for another installment of Fellowship Friday with all new bloggers from around the world.

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Follower Appreciation Giveaway! You Could Win this Bible and Celebrate Recovery Devotional

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At the end of this month, June 2018 we will be giving away a prize package to one of our blog followers, as a special THANK YOU for your readership. If you have already followed this blog VIA the WordPress FOLLOW BUTTON on the right side of this page, ALL you have to do is LIKE this POST. Then you will be entered to win these cool prizes:

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Celebrate Recovery is not just a program but a means toward lasting life change, and the key to recovery is to keep the eight Christ-centered Life Principles alive. As readers engage with the devotions, they will discover the principles more firmly cemented in their daily thinking and actions, and will find ongoing support and hope for the road ahead. Each powerful devotion is a reminder of God’s goodness, grace, and redemption, and will be an inspiration to anyone struggling with old hurts, habits, and hang-ups. Start where you are. Begin today.  The  Celebrate Recovery Daily Devotional is 365 original brief readings, designed as a daily reinforcement and encouragement for millions who are on the road to recovery.

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Fellowship Friday #5 Have You Met These Christian Bloggers?

Welcome back to Fellowship Friday, a new weekly post on Stand Tall For Christ where I will share 4 Christian Bloggers with you I have met from around the world. It is my hope by doing this you will discover some of the amazing men and women doing the Lord’s work and spend time in fellowship with them. I want to encourage you to visit their blogs, follow their blogs, comment on their blogs, share their blogs and ultimately grow spiritually from the time you spend with them.

Here are this week’s bloggers:

Wisdom Treasures

Wisdom Treasures: “The internet is the most powerful tool today, every information you can think of can be found on it. Unfortunately, a large part of the content may not be friendly to the born-again Christian. Wisdom treasures is a Christian blog started by Nimuah Emmanuel Tarko to provide Christian content that can appeal to all thereby spreading the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Inside Cup

Inside Cup: “God has called me to be a writer since I was thirteen. I am answering His call by preparing myself and standing upon a foundation that is entirely made up of Him. My passion and care as a writer is toward the reader. The writing world is fascinating, but my focus is on how to talk to the reader as an individual. This is my goal as a vessel.”

Through Ink and Image

Through Ink and Image: “Without a doubt, the foundation for Through Ink and Image was set long before the blog began.  After personally battling cancer in 2007 and losing my Mom to ovarian cancer in 2008, I began chronicling my faith journey through art.”

Help Me Believe

Help Me Believe: “Questions about God, Jesus, and the Bible? You aren’t alone. In an age where 70% of teens walk away from their faith, Help Me Believe exists to strengthen the faith of the believer and answer the questions of the critic.”


Thank you for taking the time to check out these Christian authors, all doing Kingdom Work in the name of Jesus… AMEN! Check back here every Friday for another installment of Fellowship Friday with all new bloggers from around the world.

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Want to submit your blog to be featured in a future edition of Fellowship Friday? Or maybe you are familiar with a blog that deserves to get noticed? Send me the information below… I do not promise to feature every site I review… but I sure do love to meet new Christian bloggers..

 

Fellowship Friday #4 Have You Met These Christian Bloggers?

Welcome back to Fellowship Friday, a new weekly post on Stand Tall For Christ where I will share 4 Christian Bloggers with you I have met from around the world. It is my hope by doing this you will discover some of the amazing men and women doing the Lord’s work and spend time in fellowship with them. I want to encourage you to visit their blogs, follow their blogs, comment on their blogs, share their blogs and ultimately grow spiritually from the time you spend with them.

Here are this week’s bloggers:

Damien Parrott

Damien Parrott: Damien Parrott is a bestselling author and nationally recognized speaker. As the founder of Damien Parrott Ministries, his life-changing message of failure, redemption, and purpose has inspired hundreds of believers worldwide to live with courage so they can suceed in their walk with Christ.

the voice of one

The Voice of One: In the spirit of John the Baptist, Teague McKamey authors this blog. John saw himself as nothing but the voice of another.  He claimed no ministry, no purpose, no identity of his own.  He was the voice of Christ, declaring Christ. This is what Teague sets out to do… know Christ. His articles are helpful and insightful.

psssst god loves you

Psst.. God Loves You: Ileen Bocanegra is a Christian life coach and writer from Texas. She writes “My deepest prayer for today is that God will guide me to give you the words of encouragement and strength and to remind you of how much He loves you.  I pray your heart will be filled with peace, love and lots of laughter as you join me on this beautiful journey.”

 


Thank you for taking the time to check out these Christian authors, all doing Kingdom Work in the name of Jesus… AMEN! Check back here every Friday for another installment of Fellowship Friday with all new bloggers from around the world.

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Want to submit your blog to be featured in a future edition of Fellowship Friday? Or maybe you are familiar with a blog that deserves to get noticed? Send me the information below… I do not promise to feature every site I review… but I sure do love to meet new Christian bloggers..