200 Followers | The Journey So Far

Early July, 2017, I reached 100 followers.

September 7th, 2017 – I’ve reached 200 followers.

Wow!

During this time, I’ve met more bloggers, and strengthened new friendships with bloggers. One of them, I’d like to give a spotlight.

I’ve been encouraging my friend Grace to become a blogger, and share her insights with the world. Grace, finally, decided to push herself out of her comfort zone, and she made a blog. Showers of Grace, Grace’s blog will talk about mental illness, motherhood, and much more with the occasional rant.

She already has her first post up, I Want To Leave My Husband please check her out, and give her support.

The day I received 200 followers was the day Grace posted her first post. She was my 199th follower, and she’s such a blessing to have as a friend.

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Reminder Of What I Started

The night before reaching 200, I stayed up and talked to God. I knew I was drawing closer to my next milestone. It made me think about a lot of things.

I started this blog, while I work on writing my story. To reach people, to challenge myself, to have a portfolio, and above all else, give glory to God. As I asked Him for guidance, someone followed my blog, and commented that they needed to read what I posted, it helped me.

The timing of all it all, I believe, was God giving me encouragement that I was on the right path.

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What I’ve Experienced

This was the first time I experienced misunderstanding and somewhat negative responses. This is by no means a constant occurrence, but since it happened, I thought I would talk about it, and share.

It really wasn’t bad. Misunderstanding tended to come from an assumption, whether from not being familiar with my blog (I mean no one is when you first start to follow, that’s understandable) or not knowing how I plan to write.

Therefore, all I had to do was be open. I can’t change anyone’s mind of course, but I definitely can do my part on clearing up anything that may have been confusing.

More positively, I’ve received more awards from bloggers, and that has been really encouraging. It’s nice to receive, and it makes me happy to be able to give back recognition for others.

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What I’ve Started

I started two series during this time.

Bible Summary – Covering books of the Bible. I’m close to completing the book of Numbers currently.

Dream Experiences–  I started this series earlier, but I wasn’t consistent with it at all in the beginning. If I have open days (ones without a post) that’s when I post these. I’ve talked about my end of time dreams and introduced the dark one character.

Similar to Dream Experiences, on Fridays I’ve decided to post some stronger pieces if I feel like it and/or have an open Friday. These pieces are more convicting or somewhat touchy issues Christians don’t talk about. Such as, How To Become The Head Of The Household | Wife Submissiveness

I also updated some pages on the main page, including Readers Around The World .

I updated the look for the blog several weeks ago, (click the main page to see it), and I added a banner for my posts.

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What I’ve Learned

Consistency is important, and I’ve been able to stay consistent (for the most part). But I also have been working on turning posts into drafts if I know the schedule post won’t be done. I’ve not perfected this technique. 

My blog does well with multiple posts throughout the week, and that’s why I challenge myself for both consistency and interesting series/ideas for posts. I work on making sure I write down ideas immediately.

Even if you don’t have time to consecutively read everyone’s posts in Reader daily, definitely read the ones that catch your eye. Leave comments, not only on the blogger’s posts but also under comments you agree with, have something to add to.

I’ve learned I’m a better writer than what I thought, and it’s okay to be confident.

Not cocky, but confident. 🙂

Thanks for the journey so far!!


What would you like to see on this blog? 

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Want to read more of my writing? Head over to my second blog, Peeking Beneath

41 thoughts on “200 Followers | The Journey So Far

    1. Thank you! Congrats on your blog’s growth! Might as well say it now 🙂 You have to find a feel both for yourself and interacting with others. For me, I had to journey into the community. Meet new bloggers who shared what I wrote about. Comment and get my name out there, while all the while being blessed by others. Don’t be afraid to write what God puts on your heart. Those posts have gotten some of the highest views for me. His will is always right. 🙂 May God continue to guide you!!

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  1. I just wanted to say Congratulations on 200 followers. God will continue to use your blog to reach and impact others. I especially like reading your Bible Summary Series and how God has greatly impacted your life and in conjunction what you write on your blog. Keep on Writing. Never Stop.

    For me, I would like to see a couple posts that deal with the temptation and how to avoid it abd some posts that talk about having a relationship with God and what He has called us to do (that is something I have trouble with).

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    1. I have some posts that talk about temptation, when I am at a computer I’ll post another reply with the links 🙂 Thank you for the suggestions! Definitely stuff I want to talk about!!! 🙂

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    2. Okay, finally interwebs are working for me.

      This post touches on the beginning of temptation, though not the topic. Somethings take time. Scripture says God will help us endure temptation. We need to understand time is a huge part of moving forward with Christ, both in overcoming temptation, and to find our gifts/answers from Christ. You can read this post here https://nobledevotionblog.wordpress.com/2017/02/09/tired-of-feeling-unheard-and-unanswered-from-god/

      This post talks about Christ becoming tainted for us, touching on the fact that He was tempted. Scriptures say God won’t have us be tempted beyond what is common to man. https://nobledevotionblog.wordpress.com/2016/10/05/tainted-purity/

      This post covers temptation as the topic. It isn’t a sin to be tempted it’s the choice we make. Understanding what we allow to be part of our life is important. This post you can read here https://nobledevotionblog.wordpress.com/2017/02/15/giving-up-sin-when-its-hard/

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    3. Oops, didn’t mean to hit send, not done yet. 🙂

      The next post covering temptation, again not the topic itself, is this https://nobledevotionblog.wordpress.com/2017/02/23/is-god-mad-at-me/ we have to really consider what kind of life with Christ we are living.

      Here also is a post about the things in our life we need to consider. When we let our wants override our relationship with Christ it stops us from moving forward. There may be things we need to give up before God can push us forward. You can read this post here https://nobledevotionblog.wordpress.com/2017/05/18/i-love-god-but-when-torn-between-right-and-wrong/

      This post https://nobledevotionblog.wordpress.com/2017/05/25/the-lords-prayer-is-a-multitude-of-sermons/ covers an in depth look at the Lord’s prayer. I was inspired by the phrase, “And lead us not into temptation.” All pieces of this prayer are important work together in a strong relationship and prayer with Christ.

      Yesterday’s post about Dip Your Toes Into Soft Darkness also talks about how we desensitize ourselves slowly into sin and eventually are pulled in.

      I think with the various posts I’ve done a lot of different aspects of temptation are talked about :), however, I haven’t fully touched on your question about “avoiding” temptation. To avoid temptation indicates to avoid sins one would struggle with. Temptation isn’t a sin, but it’s a struggle to choose sin and doing what Christ would want us to. I hope these posts help, and I will work on a post covering this direction of your question. 🙂

      As for more posts on gifts, that is definitely something to consider. I could break up invdivdual posts on each gift (and do a little bit of research to make sure I cover all the gift description scriptures.) Thank you for your input! 🙂 I really appreciate it, and I hope I found some posts you haven’t read yet.

      If you are ever looking for a particular topic/word go to my main page here https://nobledevotionblog.wordpress.com/ and in the search box (on the right side, right under the Follow Blog Via Email part) type out the word you would like to find posts on.

      I am less than 40 posts to reaching 200 posts on here, and even I have trouble going through everything and remembering haha…(I really need to make a list of topics I’ve covered…I’m going to take my own advice 🙂 haha)

      I hope that helps!!! : D

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      1. I checked it out earlier and followed. I did not realize that she has updated, so I’ll definitely be catching up with her blog this weekend.

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  2. You are so awesome, T.R.! Congratulations! If anyone deserves those awards and 200 followers, it’s you! You have touched my life on many occasions. I am so glad that you now have a platform to reach out to others in the way you have me. 🙂 Congratulations again on 200 followers! Here’s to 200 more!

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  3. Great job on getting 200 followers. Your posts bring me encouragement and oftentimes remind me of why I am doing my blog in the first place. I thank God that you are able to impact so many people.

    One question I do have that pertains to blogging is: How to continue a conversation on your blog?

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    1. Thank you.

      Well, I guess it depends on what kind of conversation. To make others feel involved sometimes I give life updates. This encourages others to share. Comment on other blogs. And having thought provoking posts. As well as the questions on the bottom. When I had a smaller number of followers I didn’t have as many people commenting. That’s ok. It’s good to get your name out there by reaching out and not giving up. 🙂 If you are asking something specific let me know. Hope that helps!

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    1. You’ll find what works for you and your audience 🙂 be willing enough to admit what doesn’t work, and willing to always push yourself as a writer. 🙂 I still struggle some days, but I’ve grown a lot, and growth is key. 🙂

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