Throughout this blogging series, What to Expect in Blogging: The Early Years, we’ve covered plenty of topics. Chatting about everything from creating a vision for your blog, tips for increasing your blog traffic, how to make a pinnable image {and why it’s important}, 10 things bloggers shouldn’t do and 4 tips for writing irresistible blog post titles {plus many more topics!} has hopefully helped you think a little more about what you’re currently doing as a blogger and what direction you’d like to go in the future.

But there’s one more thing I want to share with you, possibly the most important truth to remember about your blog:

You can’t take it with you.

That’s right, friends. This “blogging thing”, whether it’s a hobby, part-time income or a full-time job, will not follow you into eternity. The money, fame and recognition you receive is temporary and can be taken from you at any moment. Anything we have gained as a result of blogging has been a blessing that we do not deserve. 

Is blogging hard work? Yes. Does it take effort? Yes. But each person’s blog will come out differently in the end. Some will make a ton of money, some will be able to pay the phone bill, and others will be there simply to minister without compensation.

Whatever you do makes a difference and it is all ordained by God in the way He chooses to bless your blog.

I hope that is an encouraging statement. The reason I write it is because oftentimes, we get so caught up in the technical aspects of blogging like making money and garnering “likes” and subscribers that we miss out on the only thing that really matters about our blogging: what difference it makes in the light of eternity. 

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Our blog should not be our legacy and we should often examine our real motives behind why we blog to keep ourselves accountable. This allows us to see blogging from an eternal perspective and even will tell us whether or not we should continue to do so. Our families should not be put in jeopardy for blogging. Our interaction with real life friends and family should not be replaced by online relationships or contacts.

And yet, I find this happening to myself often, giving preference where it should not be. It is an idol I must bring before the Lord each day, asking Him to destroy it and replace it with pure motives and the right priorities. My insufficient balancing act constantly brings me back to the cross, and that is exactly where I should be. 

So please remember, if you get nothing else from this series, that you can’t take your blog with you. And that’s okay. Work hard, hone your skills, ask God to show you what direction He wants your blog to go, but don’t hang on to it. Let go and let God, whatever that means for your particular situation.

“A man’s heart plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps.” Proverbs 16:9, NKJV

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Jenn

Blogger/ Owner at The Purposeful Mom
Hi, I'm Jenn! I'm an "unstuffy" pastor's wife and mom to four amazing and active children. My desire is to equip you with the resources, tools and encouragement you need to learn God’s Word and apply it to your life so you can teach the Word to your children in a way that has a lasting impact! I want to help you turn good ideas into good practices so that you feel confident, by the grace of God, in carrying out the many vocations you have been called to as a Christian woman. Read more on my about page!

5 Comments on The Most Important Thing to Remember About Your Blog

  1. Hmm… good perspective, but if we don’t view our blogs as part of our legacy, or part of our personal ministry, why are we doing it in the first place? I guess my definition of legacy, the eternal effects of my temporary actions, factors in here. To me, I hope the effects of my blogging (whatever they may be) is indeed what I’ll be taking with me, or rather, what I’m storing up. Thanks for a post that gets me thinking!

    • Hi Rachel! That line was actually in reference to a previous post in the series written by a guest poster about how she let her blog take over her life and placed more priority on it than her family. You should be able to click on the link in the post to read it if you want!

      And you’re right, your blog certainly does need to make a difference for eternity, in fact that’s one of the statements I make in the post ;) I think it’s all a balancing act, where our blog has value in what we are sharing with others and yet it shouldn’t be what we spend the most time on or believe is most important. I’m sure you would agree! Thanks for the comment, good for me to think about too!

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