3 Effective Lessons Blogging Has Taught Me This Year

Can you believe how quickly time flies by?

If we don’t actively take time to reflect and self-actualise our progress. The weeks can turn into months and then another year has past us by without much notice. What have you learned this last year? From your goals to your triumphs and questions inbetween? I have learned remarkably more than I anticipated through blogging these last 9 months. That I couldn’t skip the opportunity to share some of the insightful lessons and wonderful bloggers I have had the privilege of getting to know.

Lesson #1

I fine-tuned my blog to incorporate the little but big details that are needed in this huge field.

Did you know that over 4 million blog posts are published daily? In a world of diverse and interesting bloggers, with millions of types of content published each day. I somehow want to fall into the category of inspiring and motivating readers to live their best life in the centre of God’s will most of all.

Lesson #2

I met some amazing bloggers who all have a unique story of their own.

So I simply had to share and spread their enthusiasm and influence with you. Because daily I am reading what other bloggers write and sometimes I am blown away by the depth of their rich and encouraging posts.

Here are 9 lovely ladies and their Christian Blogs to definitely visit. In no particular order, they all have one common keyword – to inspire and encourage others!

Bible Verses For You

Meet Natalie who shares her personal journey to help others gain a personal relationship with God through Bible verses, prayer and Biblical resources.

Restor Amour

Meet Meghan who helps Christian couples repair and restore their marriages by using her own experiences from her marriage to inspire and encourage others who are struggling.

Uniquely You

Meet Michelle who helps women to find their purpose in Jesus Christ. To uplift, uphold and unite woman based on Jeremiah 29:11. Because God has a unique plan for your life.

Words That Inspire

Meet Chizoba who motivates, inspires, encourages and uplifts others by using the Word of God as a foundation.

All Round Jesus

Meet Betty who provides Bibilical teachings on faith and victorious Christian living for today’s Christian. In addition to providing encouragement through life’s challenges with practical tips for building a deeper relationship with God.

Intentional In Life

Meet Jessica who encourages and inspires Christian mums to connect with tools and resources that will help them live more intentionally in their daily life especially in the areas of faith, family and homeschooling.

Purposeful And Meaningful

Meet Ifeoma who writes for the Word hungry woman who wants indepth Bible studies and devotionals for every day real faith for real life issues.

My Life Nurse

Meet Lisa who inspires women to take care of themselves as they serve and take care of others.

Undoubted Grace

Meet Ashley who encourages working mums to embrace balanced living and cultivate calm through intentional self-care, productivity and spiritual growth.

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Lesson #3

I discovered how to tune up my mission statement and vision.

Because our mission statement and vision are two separate entities although they are interlinked. Reminding me why I am blogging in the first place. And what keeps driving me every day to write and build my blog. To impact every reader with each word.

  • Materially in 2020 – we may not have encountered as much progress as we anticipated. Perhaps you were hoping to achieve more net worth or have your income raised. I think 2020 has helped us to spend less and save more. Or it could be you planned to be in a different career. But with a pandemic that has gripped countries and sent sectors into partial or total lockdown, you have accrued unnecessary expenses instead.
  • What story of prosperity or lessons towards success can you share?
  • Spiritually in 2020 – as Christians the concept of church has shifted totally. But in this time, have you found a different way to get to know God despite the restrictions? Draw closer to Him, in tough and trying times, when it was difficult to meet up and pray with someone else?
  • What habits can you share that have helped you to grow and become more fulfilled in you calling?
  • Physically in 2020 – we could be one of two persons. Who embraced the extra time and pursued exercise, getting healthy and reached your goal of good physical shape. Or like me had a trying time when I couldn’t walk for 6 weeks and am now returning to the road of getting fit again. That doesn’t mean we should omit the habit of consuming nutritious foods or attempt to workout in the gym or at home. Or include physical activity around our work. Including adding plenty of rest, because you have to ensure that daily pressures you tackle with, do not turn into stress.
  • What tips can you share of how you are mindful not to allow the media to discourage and dishearten you?
  • Socially in 2020 – we have faced lockdowns, social distancing, and so many difficulties in relationships. We haven’t been able to meet with friends and those we love as often as we wanted to. And because of the anxieties around COVID19 anxiety has escalated in the normal activities we once knew as normal. Have you wondered if your relationship with your spouse, partner, family and friends could have been better than it actually is? I am reminded of the straining situations that many families are in that I might have taken for granted. Although we may not have been able to make many new friends or meet more people, there are visionary ways to connect with people online.
  • What are you grateful for that some families might not have had the freedom or advantage to know in this pandemic?

My aim is to persuade you to find a balance in your life for progressing and putting into place objectives to benefit you.

My challenge is to prompt you to think about how to do things better, by sharpening your focus and working more efficiently.

As we conclude, are you at an intersection in your life?

The one thing you can ask God for is wisdom and seek advice from those who are Godly and wiser. To work together in building your faith. To honour God means that you might lose friends. The cost might be high and the road might be difficult. But the wisest thing we can do is to trust God. Because from that decision He enables us to obtain the capacity to make skilful decisions we need at the right time for complex situations in our lives. By doing what is right and what God would approve of. And it all begins when we are willing to learn from every lesson with diligence, faith, humility, respect and faith in God.

Time is one thing we all don’t have enough of. But learning to decode our procrastination can help us break the loop to even one simple change like highlighting the biggest challenge you overcame in 2020. Or acknowledging who is important and needs to be in your life right now.

Share your thoughts….

How has your progress been in the last year? Are there areas you would like to work on more?

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29 Comments

  1. 15 October 2020 / 12:00 am

    2020 has definitely taught me a lot! Holding plans lightly and being willing to be creative have been key. Some goals have gone on hold completely, while new, unexpected opportunities have emerged. God is still at work, and He is always doing something good.

  2. 15 October 2020 / 10:17 am

    2020 is totally a different year. This pandemic left us nowhere but the good thing about this 2020 is that I started my blog. I got some me time during this quarantine as we are not going out much, staying at home only so I utilized my time. Your 1 year of blogging journey is a inspiration for me. Thanks for sharing!!

  3. 19 October 2020 / 6:40 pm

    I have learned a lot from blogging this past year as well. I’m a big planner and 2020 has taught me a lot about being flexible with my plans, however, I have also seen a lot of blessings come from being flexible. I’m glad you have been able to gain so much from this year. It is always wonderful to learn what other people have been learning!!

  4. 19 October 2020 / 7:16 pm

    Twitted the quote about not following your own plans and falling into someone else’s and guess what? They don’t really have a plan for you! Great job sharing other’s blogs that mean something to you. This is refreshing because it mirrors what I do with https://booksforbondinghearts.com/ in posting the blogs of wonderful authors, most from http://www.CaptureMeBooks.com, but some from other places. Equipping others and sharing the joy, right?

  5. 20 October 2020 / 6:00 am

    Loved hearing about all you have learned this year! Thanks again for featuring my website in the post! It has been great getting to know you these past few months!

  6. Ava
    Author
    20 October 2020 / 11:10 am

    Great to hear your ideas!

  7. Ava
    Author
    20 October 2020 / 11:11 am

    Thanks, l think we should always be positive as there is so much to learn even in adversity ๐Ÿ’Œ

  8. Ava
    Author
    20 October 2020 / 11:14 am

    Thanks Meghan, you’re so welcome, 2020 has been an amazing year to meet so many talented bloggers and l am privileged. Just wish there were more hours in the day ๐Ÿ˜โค

  9. Ava
    Author
    20 October 2020 / 11:15 am

    Thanks so much for sharing your website!

  10. 20 October 2020 / 6:44 pm

    With everything happening in 2020, this would be a great time to reflect and look at our lessons learned. I really like the things your learned. Thanks for sharing.

  11. Sheryl Mendoza
    21 October 2020 / 5:48 am

    Thank you for sharing what you have learned. It inspires and blesses us as well! God bless you!

  12. Ava
    Author
    21 October 2020 / 8:36 am

    Thanks for your feedback ๐Ÿ’ฏ

  13. Ava
    Author
    21 October 2020 / 8:36 am

    Thanks for your feedback ๐Ÿ’ฏ

  14. 21 October 2020 / 7:29 pm

    This year has been a challenging one for sure. But I love how you invite us to look at the ways we can grow through it all spiritually, emotionally, and physically. We can choose to use this season for good and you are doing just that!

  15. Teresa Hodge
    22 October 2020 / 6:54 pm

    This year has been long in one sense and short in another. Iโ€™ve learned to be more thankful and take fewer things for granted! And just to cling to God and His Word in the midst of uncertainty! Blessings!

  16. 22 October 2020 / 11:45 pm

    2020 started with a huge transition. My husband and I moved over 3,000 miles away from my home state Alaska to Texas. Then as a nation we all faced the pandemic. I learned to walk more freely in who I am in Christ Jesus. With churches being shutdown, God was truly gracious to me by making his presence more prevalent which I am HUGELY thankful because we are in a new place. I find your 3 lessons very insightful. Thank you!

  17. Ava
    Author
    23 October 2020 / 2:38 pm

    Thanks Collene๐ŸŽ€๐Ÿ’•

  18. Ava
    Author
    23 October 2020 / 2:39 pm

    Absolutely, thanks Teresa ๐ŸŽ€๐Ÿ’•

  19. Ava
    Author
    23 October 2020 / 2:39 pm

    So glad to hear, thanks for commenting Barbara ๐ŸŽ€๐Ÿ’•

  20. kariminter
    24 October 2020 / 9:55 pm

    Such a great post! I’ve learned so much during this year as well. When all your “normal” activities and practices are stripped from you, God definitely steps in and teaches you new things. Thanks for sharing and I LOVE how you highlighted other blogs as well!

  21. Ava
    Author
    25 October 2020 / 8:03 am

    So true God’s plans are so much more interesting. Thanks for your comment and I would love to do more posts with different Christian women blogs in different niches too!

  22. 26 October 2020 / 11:49 am

    Such a great post! Thank you for the really helpful list too! ๐Ÿ™‚

  23. 26 October 2020 / 12:13 pm

    This is so awesome! God has used this year to completely hone me and redirect my energies. Thank you also for your list of encouraging bloggers.

  24. Ava
    Author
    26 October 2020 / 1:59 pm

    That’s great Donna, l will be putting more lists of bloggers together as l think l have met some really awesome friends ๐Ÿ’ฏ

  25. Ava
    Author
    26 October 2020 / 2:00 pm

    Thanks for commenting Evangeline!

  26. 27 October 2020 / 3:02 am

    It has been quite a year! A hard one in so many ways. I appreciate your encouragement!

  27. Ava
    Author
    28 October 2020 / 8:37 am

    Thanks for your encouragement too Summer ๐Ÿ™

  28. 28 October 2020 / 2:11 pm

    2020 has been a difficult year! Thank you for your list of encouraging bloggers. I will check them all out!

  29. 28 October 2020 / 6:36 pm

    Thanks for sharing what you’ve learned. I love the quote on experience!

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