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How to Evaluate Content Creation to Reduce Platform Tension

When I started Rise Up Writers, I wanted to help writers, authors, speakers, bloggers (Christian Communicators) who deal with the tension of building a platform.

I see you. I relate to you, because I am much like you.

You feel that nudge in your spirit that makes it hard to gain followers as a follower of Christ. You want to honor Him and you want to do the creative work you’re bursting with. As you proceed, something stirs inside of you and causes anxiety, but you’re not sure what it is.

As a result, many Christian Communicators do a few things.

  • Rebel: refuse to do platform or care about how they use it
  • Give in: follow the teachings of every expert and do all they can to master the art of gain
  • Give out: get overwhelmed and burn out
  • Stay stuck: make little progress, too afraid to try, too afraid to not try

I believe we can do the hard work required to build a platform without it being all about us. I also believe that doing the work can fuel personal and spiritual growth within us that impacts the world around us. There are several facets to this and I (Jolene Underwood) hope to explore more with you in the coming months.

In order to reduce negative platform tension we need to recognize what causes it. At the root of much of this tension are some of the following.

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Unhealthy Tension Producers

Unhealthy beliefs about who we are, who others are, and who God is. These beliefs cause us to doubt what we have to offer, assume what others need without listening and asking questions. It also leads us to believe things like God is not big enough to handle the outcome of what we offer or He’s a judgmental tyrant who only gives blessings when we do things perfectly right.

Unhealed hurts that fuel fear, doubt, bitterness, and envy. These include real and perceived experiences that caused pain. They’re unhealed wounds that impact what we believe about ourselves, God, and others.

Unconfessed sins laying like pesky, thorny burrs in our heart. We sense conviction from God that something isn’t right, but we’re afraid to vulnerably bare our sin before the Lord and let Him deal with it so we can live free. We keep it buried and limit the amount of exposure it gets.

Unexpressed emotions that keep us putting on a brave encourager face all the time. We don’t allow ourselves to express anger or sadness over experiences of loss and/or rejection. We struggle to fully enjoy good things that come out of using our gifts for God.

Unknown futures that aren’t in our control. When we don’t know what to expect or how to get from A to B while avoiding all potential pitfalls, we cling to self-determined outcomes based on pride or fear.

When things are hidden, it’s hard to proclaim light.

Note: there are also healthy causes of tension. More about these in future articles. 

Reducing Tension

To reduce the tension we feel, we need to do the work.

Soul work and writing work has a huge impact on our ability to serve others well. What we feel and think today can change over time as we continue to lean into God for His work in us and as we persevered in the journey of writing.

How we respond to what we think and feel, reveals inconsistencies. Making room for the Holy Spirit to speak reveals comfort, care, and conviction.

Soul work and writing often go hand in hand, even for those who write fiction.

If you’re interested in soul work, consider Unleash: Heart & Soul Care Sheets

The Question That Prompted Content Creation Evaluation

When Do We Use the Hashtag #RiseUpWriters?

A few years ago I was asked this question. I did a periscope video to reply. (Remember Periscope anyone? Have you used it?) The question came from a member because I suggested using this hashtag, #RiseUpWriters, on social media.

BTW, I still would love people to use it so we can connect with one another, encourage one another, and engage with each other. We’re rising up collectively!

At the time, I offered three reflection questions to help members decide what to share. We could ask these of ourselves when considering if our content is in line with the mission of #RiseUpWriters.

Rise Up Writers Vision: We seek to know God more so that we can rest in being known by Him in order to make Him and His truths known.

Three Questions To Ask

 

    1. Am I honoring (God, self, and others)?
      If so, I am not devaluing myself. I am not putting others in a bad light. I seek to know God more so I am reflecting His image to others the best I know how in this moment.
    1. Am I stewarding my words well?
      Am I working on the craft of writing? Developing how I share words and connect with readers? Am I honoring God through my words (regardless of whether my words are directly about God or out of the overflow of my life)? Am I growing as a writer and a steward of the words God provides?
    1. Am I reflecting the image of Christ in me?
      God has given us each strengths and weaknesses, unique stories, and unique ways of displaying the attributes of God to others.

I’ve continued to wrestle with answers that would be helpful. Recently,  a community member asked,

Do you all have a list of questions you ask yourself as you’re preparing a blog post? i.e Who is my target audience? What’s the takeaway?

In response, I created a download I started over a year ago, however, it deals with content after it’s been written. I hope to create a pre-content question list as well. If you’ve used some simple guidelines before or after creating content, please let me know.

Post Content Questions for Reflection and Growth

This download will help you evaluate the content you create. As you consider these questions, you will be doing soul work and improving your writing craft.

To get the best use out of this free download, I suggest you:

  • Print it and put it near your workspace for awhile.
  • Comb through the questions and highlight what stands out to you. Some of these may come natural to you or you’ve already been working on them. Others may need work or you’ve never considered it. Perhaps, these prompts will lead you to take action on steps that help you improve your craft or connection with readers.
  • Choose an area to focus on. If it feels overwhelming, just choose one question or concept for growth today. You can add more later.

By evaluating the content we create, we learn to serve well and reduce the tension Christian Communicators feel about platform.

If this download is helpful, would you let me know?
Got other ideas or other content suggestions?
Feel free to email Jolene Underwood.

Click on the image below for your free download.

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