Did You Miss These Top 10 Blogs from 2017?

If you are like me and like to browse Top 10 lists, here are the top 10 blogs from 2017 on my website. I don’t include blogs written from earlier years in the top 10, but I will put links to the top 3 at the bottom of the blog if you are curious.

For newbies to my site, I write and podcast about topics that will encourage, equip, and compel you to live a life on mission. Categories include Foster Care/Adoption, Local and International Missions, Discipleship, and Lifestyle.

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Top 10 Blog Posts in 2016

If you have been following me for very long or know us personally, you know that 2016 has been a busy year for us. We bought a new home last December and moved into it in January. I was still rehabbing from my ankle surgery. Danielle had “minor” surgery in May. I began working on my new book—Foster and Adoptive Parenting: Authentic Stories that Will Inspire and Encourage Parenting with Connection, and our son began Kindergarten.

A photo by Ben White. unsplash.com/photos/4K2lIP0zc_k

Needless to say our year sped by in a blur. But I know it’s important for me to take some time and look back over this past year to see what worked and what didn’t. One easy thing for me to do is find out what blog posts did well.

The nerd in me comes out as I enjoy looking at these stats. I usually can gleam a few things by doing this simple exercise.

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What Really Keeps You from Writing that Book?

I have mentioned before that since becoming a writer (did I just call myself a writer?) several people have commented on how they have always wanted to write a book. “I have a story to tell!” “I really think what I have been through can help others.” “I have half of a manuscript written!”

Usually the next thing that they say is something about how they will never write it or they don’t have the time, or they don’t know how to get started.

I understand. It is hard. It does take time. It is challenging to know how to begin.

But isn’t anything that is worth doing hard, takes time and challenging? Of course it is!

Will anyone want to read what I write?

Some will. Some won’t. And that’s ok!

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Who Else Wants to Write in 2014?

I am taking a 31-day challenge this month. A writer/blogger that I follow (Jeff Goins) challenged us to write 500 words each day for 31 days. Exactly the challenge I need to begin 2014.

I began 2013 knowing hardly anything about blogging or writing. I finished the year having written over 120 blog posts and a published book. Yeah, I am a little bit proud of that accomplishment.

But, I recognize that I have a ton to learn when it comes to writing. A common question I get from experienced writers and bloggers is, “who is your audience?”

I decided early on that my blog would consist of topics related to missional lifestyle. I threw in the occasional blog post about my personal life or writing, but most were about what I think missional lifestyle is about.

Nothing wrong with a “random thoughts about life” blog. In fact, these can be fun to read. But, I want to find an audience or tribe that is passionate about the things that matter most to me.

That includes topics like orphan care, international missions and missional living.

At the end of 2013, I decided to add three more categories or topics that I think are important to missional living:

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How I Decide What to Write in a Blog

Writer’s block can face anyone who writes. Over this year of blogging, I developed a process (thanks to people like Michael Hyatt, Jeff Goins, and the staff at Copyblogger) that helps me.

 

 

When I began blogging, I often struggled with what to write. I still do sometimes. I remind myself that one of the reasons that I am blogging is to learn how to write. Yep, I write to write.

Some people who I read seem to have a natural ability. Stories fall out of them like water from a fountain. Not me. Maybe occasionally but not often.

I need a process to help me along the way. Here is what I do now:

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A Few Things I Have Learned from 100 Blog Posts

Yes. This is my 100th blog post! Pretty amazing since this time last year I didn’t even have a Facebook page.

I admit—I am proud of myself. Writing my 100th blog post means that I have stuck with it for several months. I started out posting three blogs a week. Now I post twice a week with an occasional mini-post.

I have learned several things about blogging, writing, and designing a website through this experience. For fun, I thought I would share a few.

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