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The 10 Commandments of a True Writer-blogger

A writer is a person who writes and a blogger is a person who blogs. Therefore, a writer who blogs is a writer-blogger. Hehehe. . . loving this revelation I got from the Bible.

The 10 Commandments of a True Writer-blogger

I can't say I am a blogger without saying I am a writer. I am a writer who has a blog. So I am wearing the cap of a writer-blogger. *grins*

There are bloggers and there are true bloggers. A true blogger is one who blogs from the heart. A true blogger is one who blogs based on who s/he is, whom s/he believes and what s/he does.

I was inspired by the Ten Commandments in the Bible. So this is what I will do; first, I will state God's commandments. Second, I will state the inspired commandment alongside each of them. Then, I will give a commentary on them. The updated commandments for Writer-bloggers have been tagged "WB" and my commentary are highlighted in italics.

Here we go. . .

#1: Thou shalt have no other gods before me
WB:  Write to glorify God
Commentary: The most important thing about being a writer-blogger is to know that it's all about God and for God. If you are not writing (and blogging) to glorify God, then you are glorifying the devil. You can't serve two masters. It's in the Bible!

#2: Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image
WB: Declare your identity
Commentary: Are you a Christian or an atheist? Let your readers know. Take a stand for what you believe in. Don't be like; "I belong to everybody but I am for nobody!"

#3: Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord in vain
WB: Maximize the opportunity
Comment: Blogging gives you the platform to express yourself. Do not abuse it. Use it for good. Add value to your readers. Let them feel good on your blog. Give them something to better their lives. Make your readers' day!

#4: Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy
WB: Create time for yourself.
Commentary:  Now I have an excuse when I don't post for a week. Lol. You need time to recharge. Spend time alone. Take care of you. It's not compulsory to be online at every minute of the day and everyday of the week. But if you can, not bad.

#5: Honour thy father and thy mother
WB:  Respect your parents, elders, and leaders.
Commentary: The update is just enough. There is nothing more to add. Or what do you think? 

#6: Thou shalt not kill
WB: Do not murder others with words.
Commentary: Someone said if you don't have anything nice to say, say nothing. You should not dampen another's spirit. Use positive words to inspire, to help, and to love. Let your words bring life!

#7: Thou shalt not commit adultery
WB: Do not stray away from your passion.
Commentary: Be committed and dedicated. Don't forget why you started. Stay within the boundaries of your purpose. Don't leave without an excuse and don't come back without an apology. Be loyal!

#8: Thou shalt not steal
WB: Do not plagiarize
Commentary: Plagiarism! You already know how much I detest this act. This is the worst sin any blogger can commit. Be you. Be original. When you use an idea or work that's not yours, acknowledge the originator of the idea or work. It's as simple as that!

#9: Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour
WB: Do not be a "Bad-belle"
Commentary: Lmho! Who knows the English word for that? Do not be a hater. Don't harbour bad thoughts. Support your fellow bloggers. And pray for them. Be a sweetheart!

#10: Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's house.
WB: Do not be jealous of the success of another writer-blogger.
Commentary: Every writer prays for more readers and every blogger prays for more traffic. Sometimes it might look like no one cares about your blog. Do not compete. Do not compare your blog with other blogs. Focus on being and giving your best. Be grateful for where you are and what you have already. You are doing well!

I like to think God takes pleasure in my writing. I'm highly privileged to have received this commandments directly from His word. It feels great to literally be a pencil in God's hands. :)

*whispers* Ever wondered why we have more females on the blogosphere? Here is why. . .
"The Lord gave the command, and many women carried the news." - Psalms 68:11
We have to take writing (and blogging) as a form of worship, a ministry, a calling - a call to serve.

May God give us the grace and strength to be true and faithful in our calling in Jesus' name. Amen.

Happy New Week, sweethearts!

Written by Nwamaka Ajaegbu 
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Email: amakamedia@yahoo.com

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