Dear Thin-Skinned Blogger,

December 3, 2014 by


The life of a blogger is a delicate balance.

When we see our blogs as a ministry, we must have a level of transparency necessary to reach our readers.

If they don’t know our hearts, our struggles, our fears, and our faith, how can we encourage them in their walks?

If we don’t share our burdens, how can we demonstrate how God has worked in our lives?

If we don’t let them see who we are, how can they possibly relate to us?

So we walk a thin line between sharing our stories and guarding private information.

Today, I am honored to be sharing this post at Cornerstone Confessions where Kathy blogs about family life, homeschooling, recipes, and more. Her blog has been a blessing to me as she seeks “to live for Jesus in the everyday.” To check out her inspirational blog and continue reading Dear Thin-Skinned Blogger, click here

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35 Responses to Dear Thin-Skinned Blogger,

  1. Kristin Hill Taylor

    Such a balance as a blogger! I’ve been thinking about that myself lately. Heading over to read your post. Thanks for linking up at #ThreeWordWednesday.

  2. Tara

    Oh Heather! I went over to the other blog and read the whole post. Such truth to these words…words that we all need to hear. My fave line is this one: “Because for as many times as our words are misunderstood, they are cherished. For as many times as we are hurt by the comments, we are a blessing to our readers, and they become a blessing to us.” I need to remember that. And I must write! 🙂

    • Heather

      Thank you, Tara, for your encouraging words. I am so happy that you were blessed by reading this. Yes, keep writing – for the edification of your readers and for His glory – keep writing! Blessings.

  3. Sarah Ann (@faithalongway)


    This really hit home with me! I read it first on Cornerstone Confession and saw it again on Mom’s Morning Coffee, knowing I needed to tell you how much this helped me! I’ve only been blogging for six months, and it’s so frustrating at time. Thanks for the reminder that if God calls to write, then we need to write for Him alone, not for man! Thanks for blessing my heart!

    • Heather

      I’m so glad you were blessed by this, Sarah Ann, and I can’t believe you have only been blogging 6 months! (So have I, by the way). Thanks for taking the time to read and to leave me some encouragement. Blessings to you and yours.

  4. Amanda Huffman

    I have realized that sometimes I end up writing some very personal struggles. I often get the best response when my raw emotions are out there. It is great to encourage others, but sometimes it is a little scary to hit post.

    • Heather

      Very true, Amanda. We do reach people best with our raw emotions exposed, but we hit that publish button with racing hearts and sweaty hands. Thanks for reading!

    • Heather

      I do, too! Often when I am writing to encourage others in their faith, it is because I need the reminder, too. Thanks so much for reading.

    • Heather

      So do I! I often write to encourage others, but also as a reminder that I need in my life. I love that about being a blogger (and writer). Thanks for hosting. Blessings to you and yours.

    • Heather

      I agree completely, Steve. I tell my kids all the time that if just one person comes to Christ through my blog, it will have been completely worth it. Thanks so much for reading and for taking the time to share your thoughts.

  5. Deborah

    Love how you encourage us to pray before hitting that “publish” button. I have learned to make it a rule as a blogger to have my posts done ahead of time so that I do have time to pray before they are published.
    Thank you for sharing your wisdom and encouragement.

  6. jesthepilgrim

    Just visited Kathy’s blog… Great post Heather and well said!!! I think that during certain times of the month, we are even more susceptible to doubt what we are doing and writing… Thank you for the encouragement!

    • Heather

      That’s a very good point, Jes! Thanks so much for reading and for taking the time to share your thoughts with us. I really appreciate it. Blessings.

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  9. Stacy Duncan

    Wow thank you SO much for sharing this with me! I really needed to hear this! So often I’m afraid to lay my heart on the line.. but you are very right, if we don’t share our stories, then we can’t share our testimonies! I appreciate it so very much!

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