Mike Leake wrote an excellent post on how to encourage a blogger. He says:
Faithful Blogging is hard work. I suppose about any goober could install Windows Live Writer and link it to a blogging platform like Blogger or WordPress and then set to typing up whatever random thing comes into his/her mind. But Christ-honoring mostly-daily blogging is hard work.
Blogging can be difficult and painful. Comments can be nasty. Words can be misunderstood. Articles that you worked your tail off on will usually disappear somewhere in Al Gore’s basement where he houses that computer that runs the entire internet.
Bloggers can get discouraged.
Therefore, I thought I would let you know 3 ways to encourage a blogger…read the rest of his post here.
To build on Mike’s post, I though I’d share three ways for a blogger to thank his or her spouse for freeing them to write. You see, blogging can be discouraging, and who gets to hear it…the spouse. Not only that but bloggers can be a little bit of a diva. Spouses know this especially on the days where the phone notifications are going crazy because of @M’s and RT’s. It takes a special person to love a blogger! In turn that special person deserves some special love.
Here are three ways for the blogger to thank his or her spouse:
1. Put you electronic devices in a drawer for a whole day – Perhaps Saturday or Sunday! Most bloggers have the commitment and skill to draft multiple posts and schedule them. Moonlight bloggers like myself find this to be more of a challenge. However, to give your spouse some extra loving, pick a day a week where everything is pre-scheduled, automated, and out of sight.
2. Write an endearing story about your family and your spouse! And do it when everyone else is writing about Lance Armstrong, Louie Giglio…et al. Sacrifice a post of what is hot for what is really hot – your spouse! The world has enough clichéd posts on the hot topic. Perhaps the world needs more of a window into your life. Besides, it will bring traffic from the people you want the most validation from, not power bloggers, but your spouse. I love it most when my wife reads my blog, and she’d rather read a story about our kids or our marriage than anything else. True, others may surf right past your post’s title in their RSS feed, but take the hit and not live for hits.
3. Give gifts! Everyone likes an unexpected gift for an unexpected reason. What better excuse to give your spouse a gift then to show appreciation for them letting you take time and money to blog. You can even come up with a creative way to figure out how much to spend. I’m not one of these, but some of us in the blogging world actually receive income from their blog. Dedicate an ad to your spouse for a week or a month and take the revenue to get her a special gift. Or do what I do, and just go buy your spouse a little something to say thank you. They deserve our thanks!
Be chill bloggers and keep blogging!