Keys to Consistency

Make Up Your Mind

You don't skimp on preparing for Sunday's sermon because you know how important and valuable and necessary it is. And you'll never be consistent at blogging unless you apply a similar value to your website and blog content. 

Before watching the tutorial on how to blog on PastorBlogs, take a moment to read these tips and get ready to finally be consistent!

Discipline trumps Creativity

Waiting for inspiration to arrive is a sure way to kill your blog before it gets started. Your decision to be disciplined enough to sit down at your desk and knock out a blog will drive creativity instead of letting its present absence drive you. 

Blogging Refuels You

There's no need to worry about if you'll have something to write about next month. You know when you're writing a sermon and it just keeps flowing like a well? The more you write, the more ideas you have. Producing consistent content doesn't deplete your well, it constantly replenishes it with fresh stuff!

Get Organized

Put your calendar and to-do list to work. Most of us don't have blogging on our radar because we aren't consistent in time management as a whole. 

Schedule it

What gets scheduled gets done. Make a commitment not just in your mind, but on your calendar. Add a writing block and knock it out. If you're a monthly blogger, write every month. If you're a weekly blogger, never miss a week. 

Brainstorm Always

The key to getting good ideas for your blog is to write down a ton of ideas and then get rid of all the bad ones. Make list in your moleskin, in Evernote, or an ideas to-do list. Many don't blog because they can't think of what to write, but if you make a habit ideating you'll always have a well to draw from.

Break It Up

Treat your blog like a sermon series and break it up. Your super long blog could (probably) easily be three concise, focused blogs.  Instead of giving all three points, make each point its own blog and give just a little more time to it. 

Goals Matter

You set goals for your church, ministry and life right? Why don't you apply that to your website and blog? Set goals to get up a little earlier two days a week and blog. Set goals to reach a certain number of visitors or grow your emailing list. And then work to achieve those goals.

Helpful Usually Wins

Think of the blogs your read. Chances are they are helping you. Make it a goal to not focus on being profound or going viral, but instead to be really helpful to your target audience. I love helping leaders become effective disciple makers, and I've learned my best posts are usually the ones touching on this passion of helping pastors and leaders like you.

Overcome Insecurity

Often the root of "I don't know what to write about" is actually "I don't think what I write about is valuable to others." You have to understand that God gave you a voice, and it's up to you to use it! You wouldn't be where you are if you didn't have something to say that could help people be more like Jesus.

Expand the Medium

If you're a church leader chances are you do your fair share of speaking/teaching/preaching. PastorBlogs easily handles more than just written blog posts. Add an episode from your podcast (heck, start a podcast!), make a video for YouTube, share a sermon snippet and write a synopsis of it. 

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Adding your Blog Posts

Now it's time to learn about the "meat and potatoes" of PastorBlogs. In this step you'll learn the different blogging capabilities that we have and get started on your own content. You'll also connect your website to a email provider such as Mailchimp to capture emails from visitors.

Blog Overview

In this tutorial I walk you through managing your blog content, creating a new blog, and selecting the content types (video, article, podcast code, or audio) that will change how your blog shows on the website.

Changing your blog's sidebar

Change out the pictures and learn how to add paid ads and such to your blog's global sidebar. 

Importing Your current blogs

If you already have another blog built on WordPress you can import your current posts directly into PastorBlogs. 

Sidenote: If you have a blog that isn't on WordPress, let us know and we'll see if we can import them for you. 

As always, if you hit a snag, let us know! 

Connecting to a Newsletter

You can connect your site to an email provider like Mailchimp to build your audience. Please note, this does not set up an RSS feed so that people automatically get new posts. This just connects our form to your audience list.

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