My name is Jeremy Myers, and this is one of several blogs I publish.
Why Grace Blogger Began
In the course of writing my other blogs, I met many great people online, many of whom wanted to start their own blogs. Occasionally, they would send me emails about how I did something on my blog, or what they needed to do to get their blog going.
I love helping people with their blogs, but I soon found that I was spending more time helping people on their blogs than I was spending on my own blogs. Also, many of the questions I was getting asked were similar to ones I had already answered for other people.
So I tried to back away from helping as much by directing these online friends of mine to other sites which offered help to new bloggers. And while many of them are very helpful, I heard back from some of these blogging friends that they couldn’t understand the instructions on these other blogs, and that my help was better because I always included lots of screen shots in my guides.
After you hear something like this several times, you get the hint that there is a need in the blogging world for a helpful, step-by-step guide to blogging with lots of screen shots. And so Grace Blogger was born.
Here are a few principles that guide this blog:
Free Blogging is the Goal
I believe that blogging should be fun and free.
I hate it when I go to a blogging guide, and they say that I can get the same look or feel of their blog by purchasing this book, or buying access to that forum.
“Grace” is a free gift, so at Grace Blogger, I want to make everything free. I don’t plan on selling ebooks, add-ons, premium access sites, or fancy software. I also want to show you how you can blog for free, and eventually, even make some money from blogging.
Of course, not everything to blogging is free. While there are ways to get started for free, to get the most out of blogging, you eventually have to pay for hosting and maybe a WordPress theme. Other than that, you shouldn’t have to pay for anything.
There will be times on this site when I recommend things that cost money, but I will always try to offer a free alternative if one is available.
All Blog Changes are Documented
I believe that a blogging guide should show how they do EVERYTHING.
I hate it when I go to a blogging guide, and I see something cool that I want to copy. So I search through their posts and blog archives, and nowhere do I see how they did it. It’s like their little “secret” which they are not sharing with the rest of the world.
So at Grace Blogger, I will not make a major change to the blog without documenting it through screen shots and step-by-step guides. That way, if you see something on this blog and want to know how I did it, all you have to do is find the blog post where I explain it. If you see something on my blog and cannot find the guide, post a comment on this page or send me an email asking how I did it, and I will either direct you to the post, or apologize for my oversight and create a blog post about it.
Blogging Guides are Image Heavy
I believe that images make better guides than words.
I hate it when I go to a blogging guide, and there are pages upon pages of text on how to do something, most of which is helpful, but some of it very confusing. I always find myself thinking, “A screen shot would be helpful right now.”
At Grace Blogger, I try to include lots and lots of images in all my posts. Of course, as websites and blogging software become more advanced, some of these images will become obsolete or out of date, in which case, I will often update the post with new images, or just create a new post. Yes, this is a lot of work, but you are worth it!
Post a comment below or send me an email if you find the following:
- A post that is out of date
- A guide that has an explanation, but the images are inadequate
- An image that is not helpful
Blogging is the New Marketplace
I believe that the worldwide emerging economy will include a focus on blogging and online presence.
I hate it when I go to a business, church, or ministry website and they don’t have a blog. A blog helps reveal the heart and soul of any organization. It shows what they are thinking, how they are moving, what they are doing in light of current trends.
You might have guessed that with a name like “Grace Blogger” I am a Christian. But I’m not “that” kind of Christian (If you wonder what that means, you will probably have to read my Till He Comes blog). In the Scriptures, we see Jesus, Paul, and other great leaders entering the world and going where the people are to live life with them. Churches, ministries, and non-profit organizations that will survive the next fifty years must do the same. At Grace Blogger, I want to help Christians, churches, and ministries enter the blogging world.
We can no longer hole up in our comfortable pews on Sunday morning and think that good preaching, pretty Powerpoints, and quality music is going to attract people to our message. There is nothing attractive about this. It is selfish and arrogant.
Instead, we must go to the people, and blogging is one way of doing this. Jesus, Paul, and Peter taught, laughed, and worked in the marketplace of their day. The blogging world is one of the marketplaces of our day where we who follow Jesus can bring light and life to others.
So that is a little about this blog. If you have questions, or want to make a comment, here are a few ways of contacting me:
- Leave a comment on any post! I try to respond to pretty much every comment.
- Send me an email. I get lots of emails, but I will try to respond to yours.
- Follow me on Twitter. I generally follow back!
- Friend me on Facebook. I generally will Friend you back.
- Make sure you subscribe to the RSS feed so you don’t miss a single post.
See you online!