Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Business Plan (Relevant Recap ~ Part 1)....


I was SO honored to be able to attend the Relevant Conference this past weekend. It exceed my expectations in a big way. As the 1st Christian bloggers conference, I assumed that we would hear Biblically based speakers and enjoy fellowship with other sisters-in-Christ. That DID happen, however, I NEVER expected to be spiritually challenged in so many areas of my life other than blogging! We were challenged to be better wives and mothers, and reminded that any impact from our blogs will come from a close, intimate relationship with our Father.
I have never been to any other blogging conferences, but I would assume that their emphasis would be on "Growing your blog", "Increasing your readership", and "Building a business plan". My experience at Relevant, also gave me a "Business plan" that I want to share with you!
Here is the definition of a "Business plan" according to Wikipedia:


business plan is a formal statement of a set of business goals, the reasons why they are believed attainable, and the plan for reaching those goals. It may also contain background information about the organization or team attempting to reach those goals.


Business Plan for A Steady Rain

Purpose:
To document the outflow of the Lord's working and love in my life. I pray that others will be encouraged to recognize and appreciate His working in their lives as well! 

Matthew 5:16 ~ 
"In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven."


Goal:
To glorify the Lord in my entire life including my marriage, parenting, and ministry which will then spill over into my blog writing. 


Audience: 
While I LOVE the community of other bloggers, and appreciate your responses, my approval only comes from ONE person, Jesus Christ.
In the words of Sally Clarkson (one of the Relevant speakers):
"If you don't make God your audience, you'll never please anyone!"


Actions:
*PRAY!! I'm ashamed to say that I have not been consistent in prayer for my blog (and many other areas of my life). I need to develop this time with the Lord not only for requests and needs, but for HIS leading  and quiet guidance in my life. 
*Strive to deepen my relationship with my Jesus! 
*Devote time to family and my marriage FIRST! Blogging should come from an abundant life!

As you may know, I started A Steady Rain with the challenge to myself to write every day for 1 year! I am nearing the end of that year, and I will finish that goal, however I plan to make some changes after November 17. I'll make sure to write about the leading that God is giving me concerning my blog! 

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I still have much to share about the awesome weekend at Relevant. Here's what's coming for the rest of this week.....

Wednesday: My favorite Relevant Conference quotes!
Thursday: Relevant Conference pictures!!
Friday: Your turn...Friday Feedback time with the question, "What answers to prayer have you seen lately? I can't wait to read your posts, and hear how God has been working in your life recently!! 

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