Laura Frantz is a Christ-following wife, mother of boys, and an author of The Frontiersman's Daughter and Courting Morrow Little. She maintains a blog with ponderings and devotional thoughts at Laura Frantz's blog.
Laura Frantz's Interview
1. Thank you so much for being here. Could you tell us a little about how you got started blogging?
Actually, I began blogging because I’d heard it was one of the things an author should do. Not a very sound motivation, huh? And I knew it was another venue to improve my writing. For two years or so it seemed the only one who visited my blog was my mother, only she couldn’t figure out how to leave comments, so I felt I was writing for myself. Imagine my delight when someone finally showed up!
2. What is your purpose in blogging?
Currently I blog to connect with readers and other writers. I miss my blog buddies when I’m offline. Truly! And I learn so much from other blogs. It’s kind of an ongoing education into the hearts and minds of fellow bloggers. I also think blogging can be a ministry. I try to edify and encourage others through posting 3-4 times a week about personal, spiritual, and writing issues.
3. What are your favorite parts of blogging?
Receiving reader comments. Having readers tell you that something you’ve posted was just right for them that particular day. Also, I love when readers on my blog become friends and chat back and forth in encouraging ways. It’s so neat watching people interact and tell how fellow bloggers comments bless them.
4. Do you have a story about how you have gained encouragement while blogging?
I am always surprised when someone bookmarks my blog as a favorite or makes it their homepage. Occasionally I’ll stumble across a blogger who mentions my blog. Recently another blogger mentioned that my blog readers are a wonderful bunch and that they seem to have a knack for connecting. Of course I agreed!
5. Can you share with us any special features you have on your blog and why you decided to offer them?
Since I’m an author, I try to make Christian fiction a vital part of my blog and host frequent giveaways. Also, I try to be transparent and write about my daily life, not just my writing life. People long to connect with each other as people, not just writers. They need to see that you’re a real person first, a seeker/believer, and not just someone who writes books.
6. Is there anything you’ve learned along the way about your relationship with God while blogging?
That any gifts we’re given we’re not given for ourselves. We need to share what God is doing in our lives because His grace and the amazing ways he works should be foremost in our lives and used to encourage others. We can’t live in isolation, though I sometimes want to maintain that “author mystique.” Blogging takes me out of my comfort zone but I feel I’m being obedient to keep doing it so long as readers keep reading and the Spirit leads.
7. Can you share any Scriptures that have encouraged you in your writing?
Oh, there are so many wonderful ones! I keep a small spiral of index cards by my desk. Here are just a few favorites~
Not that we are adequate in ourselves to consider anything as coming from ourselves, but our adequacy is from God. ~2 Corinthians 3:5
I will sing to the Lord, because He has dealt bountifully with me. ~Psalm 13:6
Therefore…be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord. ~1 Corinthians 15:58
The fear of the Lord is instruction for wisdom, and before honor comes humility. Proverbs 15:33
I thank Jesus Christ our Lord, who has given me strength, that he considered me faithful, appointing me to His service. ~1 Timothy 1:12
8. Can you recommend ways that we as bloggers can minister to our readers?
I think the most important thing is that we dedicate our blogs to the Lord’s use and pray for wisdom and guidance before we post anything. Some bloggers take prayer requests from readers and commit to praying for them. Some have an “open mic” day where they let their readers ask them questions about what is foremost on their minds and hearts. Really, the sky is the limit where the Lord is concerned.
9. Is there anything else you would like to share?
Just that it’s a privilege to have you ask me to be a part of your wonderful blog, Julia. May we continue to have the heart-attitude that sees blogging as a ministry and to love others through the written word. Thanks so much!