I’ve been blogging for a year now, and I’m incredibly grateful that God used me to start this ministry. From the beginning, I wanted to be able to lead people in the right direction. I never want blood to be on my hands for the people that are reading from this blog. I am amazed at the impact that this blog is making on you all! You all inspire me to keep writing even when I have those low moments like I have nothing to offer. The enemy is always trying to knock me off track because he sees the way people are encouraged and getting a different perspective of who Jesus Christ is through me. Continue to keep me in your prayers lovely people!
This idea was planted in my heart in September 2017. Before the blog, I was praying to create a YouTube channel for Jesus. I was going to talk about whatever Jesus put on my heart and also show the life of a Christian college student. God lead me to blog instead of that. I remember looking up ‘how to be a blogger’ or ‘Steps to become a blogger.’ At the end of 2017, I learned about blogging presentation which means how important a layout should be to a viewer. I learned about buying domains and what is the best site to use for blogging.
Around December 2017, I went home for winter break and just started writing about my experiences as a Christian from insecurities as a dark skin girl to knowing your worth. I was telling people I want to be a blogger and some people were like cool, okay. Nobody understood how great this was going to be for the world, but me. I had faith that this was what God wanted me to do. I knew it was going to be meaningful for the public, but I didn’t even imagine how significant it would be.
I remember January 2018; I was setting up the blog and paying for my domain ‘chellewetalk’ because I was thinking ahead of it as being a business one day. I was extremely excited to post, but I knew it wasn’t the time. I prayed to God about what day should I start? He said “February 16th.” I had a hard time getting readers even though I announced to my family on Facebook that I was a blogger! Everybody was saying “oh that’s great! I’m proud of you.” I was ready to see views shoot up from my family reading, but not many family members supported the blog as I thought. I had to get my posts out there to other people, so I was typing up how to get people to read on Google. I started seeing ‘join blogging groups on Facebook,’ and I would join a lot watching my numbers going up and getting comments. I was so happy!
I was pretty consistent for a while, and I was in my junior year of college. Then financial income got to my head, and I was trying to get paid for blogging. I kept praying to God on how I could be paid for blogging. God just kept saying “it’s coming.” My impatient self was saying “well when? I need money.” I learned that this blog is not about the money, but it’s about the souls behind the screen. I wrote consistently until June and July 2018. I fell out of love with blogging. I wasn’t getting paid, and I was exhausted from posting two days out of the week.
Financial income came up again in my conversation with Jesus in August. God asked me “how do you expect me to give you a financial income when you aren’t being consistent with what I’ve told you to do?” Oooo He was right as usual! I started blogging again consistently, and while watching my pastor one day, I remember the Lord saying “ You see how pastors preach every Sunday? They don’t stop just because of money. That’s how you should be with your blog.” Wheww yes Jesus! I hear you. It motivated me to change the way I wrote. I started reading the Bible more, and when I would get revelations from scripture, I wanted to share. I didn’t want to only write about my experiences, but listen to God and write for us to become closer to God through His Word.
You read my blog post learning more, and I learn more too because I’m writing from God’s Word and His mouth. Growing in Christ is all I want us to do together! Jesus is so great, and He deserves our praises. He deserves our love towards Him! He deserves it all!
Blogging for Jesus is an honor because I’m helping God’s people come to Him and rearranging their mindsets. God is allowing me to bring fresh topics to the blog and writing about things we don’t talk about. I’m incredibly grateful that He chose me. Sometimes I say, “wow out of all the people in the world, and you chose me to write for You??” Thank You, Jesus, for this platform! Thank you all for reading, sharing, and talking about my blog to others.
I rarely get comments on here which don’t bother me anymore. I’m thankful for the way God uses people to DM me on social media or send me a text about the way my blog post has inspired them or encouraged them to become better for Christ! It means a lot because it shows me that I am doing what God has called me to do. Reaching souls all over the world makes me elated. Wow, if this is the first year of Chelle Talks and it’s reached over 6,000 views, I can’t even imagine how much it’s going to impact people years from now. I love you all! Keep me in your prayers to stay consistent and to always listen to God’s voice as I write content. I’m always praying for you. Thank you for rocking with Chelle Talks for a year! This is only the beginning!
Quick Recap of what I’ve learned about blogging in a year:
- Blogging isn’t as easy as it looks. It takes much time to create high quality through writing, images, and thumbnails.
- Views don’t come overnight for everybody. You might get two views when you start, but your writing impacts those two viewers.
- Consistency is key. If you stop being consistent, people don’t know if you are serious about what you are putting out there.
- Please always read about how to perfect your craft. You’ll never be perfect, but you want to be knowledgeable about what you are doing.
- Financial income doesn’t come quickly, especially when you’re a Christian blogger and praying to God about your decisions. Maybe you’re not making money now because God sees how money can quickly wreck you. Wait on His timing. I’m not making financial income, but I’m sure I’ll get there. You will too if that’s what you desire.
- Blogging domain is important. If you’re trying to make your blog a business one day, pay for your domain. Don’t be cheap. You can’t make money with URLs like noname.wordpress.com in your name. WordPress or any blogging site still owns your domain that way, and they can wipe your blog off if they want to.
Okay, lovely people, I just wanted to share the idea behind this blog and thank you all for your support. Have a great weekend!
Question: What more do you want to learn about Jesus from here? How can I help you desire a profound love for Jesus?