There are many things that Christian bloggers need to know but there is one thing that I have learned that has really made the difference. Ironically, what I learned is not about what to do, but what not to do.
One of the most important things that Christian bloggers need to know is that you do not have to respond to everyone who comments on your posts, whether directly on your blog or on social media.
If you go back into the archives of my blog, you will see that my older posts have much more back and forth than my more recent posts. At first, I felt obligated to answer every comment. Those days are long gone.
I need to clarify that there are two types of people who comment.
There are trolls who comment just to make noise. They enjoy giving people a hard time and there is no changing their minds. These definitely need to be avoided. I have often just deleted their comments.
There are others who genuinely are interested in conversation. They have real questions and may disagree with you but want to debate in a respectful way.
You don’t have to spend a lot of time even with the second group. My policy is that I will clarify something from my post that was confusing but I let it go at that. I will thank people for their comments but I feel NO obligation to debate them.
This is something that is appropriate for all bloggers but is especially important for Christian bloggers. Religion is one of the most controversial topics and certain people love to argue about it.
If you have the time and the motivation to argue with people online, go for it. But if you are like me and are busy, it may be time to prioritize activities. Don’t get pulled in.
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