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Are you a Christian Blogger who loves what they do and wants to make money from it, but you feel conflicted about whether monetizing your Christian blog is the right thing or not?
Well, I’ve struggled (and still struggle) with this conviction all the time!
I would beat myself down with questions like, is it right to ask to be paid for a devotional series?
Is it okay to use ads on my blog?
Is it okay for me to promote something that I’ll earn commission from?
This blog post is purely opinion-based and I hope my experiences aid you in deciding what you’d like to do.
Ask yourself: What is your why?
Are you writing solely for monetary gain or for a God-given purpose? If you’re writing expecting to get a pay day every time, you may not want to run a Christian Blog.
- Monetization can be super tricky, period.
- Pay outs aren’t reliable nor very big at first.
- Learning how to blog takes way more input in the beginning and you don’t see measurable success until later.
- Also, there’s a thin line between expanding the kingdom of heaven and exploiting it.
If you feel like you were called to write and want to add to your income so you can continue to do more with your blog and discipleship, I think that is perfectly fine!
If you have a deeper why than “I just want to make money blogging” then you’ll be successful at it!
It might sound cliché, but pray about it.
I always pray that God shows me my heart, and points me in the right direction with these things. As long as I’m not monetizing my blog to fulfill the fleshly desire of greed, I feel fine about it.
God knows the deepest and darkest corners of your heart. He knows your desires and motives behind everything you do.
Which reminds me to always check my heart before I do something.
I ask myself, “Okay Anna, what’s the real reason or motive behind this decision?”. I make sure I’m completely honest with myself first and then I pray & bring it to God.
Money isn’t the root of all evil, greed is.
I remember I was always afraid of getting caught up in the money aspect of blogging.
And at one point I did, and I completely lost sight of the mission of the blog.
Unfortunately, it’s insanely easy to get carried away by all of the “blogging gurus” out there telling you how you can make $1000 in a month blogging.
And that’s all I wanted to do.
I didn’t even know how I was going to spend it yet, I just wanted that first dollar to come in and claim it as my own.
Long story short, I was was so focused on trying to figure out how to make money, that I burned myself out and stopped writing for months.
But then, God called me back.
And after praying and confessing all my selfish desires, I asked God to replace them with His desires for me.
And with it, He gave me peace of mind knowing that whatever dollar I make isn’t mine to claim, it’s His, and it’s meant to sow back into building his kingdom.
So should you monetize your blog?
Well, it’s up to you! I think depending on where your heart and spiritual maturity level is, will ultimately determine your answer.
For me, money is just a tool to use to help me reach more people and inspire them to walk with Jesus through their everyday lives.
But remember, it took a lot of failure and self-introspection to get to that point. So don’t beat yourself up if you’re struggling with it. Just take your time and be honest with God and yourself.
I hope this post blessed you! I always want to give my readers real and authentic answers to your questions. If I make a dollar out of it great, and if I don’t, that’s fine too.
What matters is that you leave feeling better about whatever had you stuck.
Alright ladies! That’s all for now, hope to see you soon!