I am sharing this not to show numbers (once the blog starts to grow as you see, there won’t be many numbers I’m going to share), but to show growth, to encourage any of you who are struggling with smaller blogs, those of you who doubt yourself, and those who want hope.
Above all, I want to give glory to God because He has gotten me through one of the most stressful years of my life. I also have enjoyed looking at the blog, posts, and series I worked on and just seeing how far I’ve come.
Glory be to Him.
I wrote six posts this month, which was a lot for the blog at this time. The previous month in December 2016 I had only written 1 post. A Christmas story for my friend’s baby daughter.
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The first post of 2017 was a reflection poem. The goal for this year was to increase my writing for my blogs. To become more consistent as a writer. I started part 2 of my Layers of Prayer series, a series I started the past summer of the previous year.
I saw a little bit of increase in views. December 2016 I had 26 views.
I started my Dream Experiences series.
This month I wrote a set of posts that I really enjoyed that connected together. These posts were covering the desire to wanting to get closer to God, but what happens when we do not put in the effort, and feel at loss. I realized for some of my posts there were other connecting questions people may face and have, and I knew I needed to cover these questions as well. The posts related to these topics were the following:
Post | Giving Up Sin When It’s Hard
Post | Is God Mad At Me?
Post | Can I Gain God’s Love?
I really enjoyed writing these posts, and these ones were one of my first more thought-provoking posts in a consistent pattern. This is, in fact, what inspired Thursday’s posts becoming more in-depth.
I wrote five posts for the month of February.
Long-Term Series Added- Dream Experiences
Starting the month off with one of the most intimate stories of my entire life. The time I felt I heard God speak to me. What sparked my push for wanting to write for God, and the time I went through depression.
March was a month I was focused on reaching out to the believer. Continuing and completing the Layers of Prayers series with parts 3 and 4. I also felt the immediate push to start pushing believers to understand it IS possible to read the Bible, and it IS possible to UNDERSTAND THE BIBLE.
This led to the series How To Study The Bible. I completed parts. 1 and 2. I was struggling with the fact the posts were in-depth and deep, but I wasn’t really getting any connections from commenters or other bloggers. I reminded myself God has a plan and a purpose for all things, and right now He is teaching me to write even if people aren’t always listening.
It is the few who do hear that matter.
Every individual counts.
Short-Term Series Added- How To Study The Bible
April I pushed myself further. I sat down on the ground with a blank whiteboard. I prayed and talked to God about writing more, helping others, and giving glory to Him.
Writing the days of the week on the board, I came up with a schedule for Inside Cup.
I completed the series How To Study The Bible.
I started what many of my readers are now familiar with the series called, Song Sunday.
I also decided in answering questions believers, especially new believers had, which is what inspired my Believer 101 series.
One powerful post I enjoyed writing was:
Long-Term Series- Song Sundays, Believer 101
May I knew I had to reach out to the community of other bloggers. I needed to follow bloggers who wrote about Christ, encouragement, and positivity. I needed to reach out to them in comments and encourage others.
When this happened I started to realize God had a community ready to welcome me, and give me amazing new friends who inspired me, and encouraged me to keep writing. I had so many doubts about myself and my writing till God showed me this was all His purpose. I am on the right path.
Steadily I started writing more personal posts as well. Sharing how I was misunderstood when I was young. I shared how people struggle understanding why I don’t drink. Starting up the series My Toxic Church Experience, and sharing how I never knew how hard it was to find a church till I was looking.
A Favorite Post | Hidden Messages Of The Lord’s Prayer
I could see growth, and I could see the community.
Short-Term Series- Toxic Church Experience
Long-Term Series- Midweek Inspiration
June 2017 (One Year Anniversary For Blog)
One of the most stressful months of my entire life. I decided to give the issues to God in faith and trust while trembling in fear. I wanted to have the problems become testimonies, and I wanted to share with people the almighty power of Him. But I didn’t have answers just a faith mingled fear. I wrote through the fear.
God answered every single prayer.
My hope and prayer to be able to write through fear and uncertainty, and see God’s hand came true. When people talk about faith, and should anyone question mine, I could point to these times of my own uncertainty and the throwing up of my hands. God still had me, even then. I didn’t know what He had planned, but I worked on trusting Him.
I received my first blogger award and later accepted my second. I also completed finishing the last few posts of my Toxic Church Experience.
A Favorite Post | We Are Judas’ Kiss When We Fall In Sin
I became engaged with more bloggers and did my best to talk to others. God used so many of you wonderful bloggers as blessings to me during that time especially, thank you.
Through all of this, God used one of the most stressful times to speak to me, to love me deeply, and to guide me through harsh waters. I was beyond shocked to see a skyrocket jump in views. I felt God’s hand all over it because when I saw darkness, He saw growth.
July 2017 – December 2017
From this point forward I am not really going to share numbers or separate months. Since June, this blog reached over 1,000 views, something I at one time never thought possible.
Also, I never thought I would have over 100 followers because for several months I had under 30. But in the beginning of July, I reached 100+ followers, and it was incredible.
July I started the series Bible Summary. This is an ongoing series encouraging others that we can read the Bible. I think the previous months’ posts of How To Study The Bible may have been indicators God wanted me to speak on this before I knew it.
During my birthday week in August I reflected a lot about how far this blog has come, and I made goals to work on pushing myself to talk about issues and topics believers need to know and discuss.
I continue to do my best and currently work on giving myself breaks as well as find a schedule and take extra time to get posts written ahead.
I’m working on finding time to work on writing my book 🙂
I am getting closer to 500 followers, and I did not think I would have that many at the beginning of 2017. This year has taught me a lot. I couldn’t have gotten this far without getting to know the community and those who support me. I couldn’t have gotten this far if I had given up on my writing.
Above all, I could not have gotten this far without God, His guidance, and His hand being with me all the way.
Your writing journey will be different than mine because we all have different journies and walks with Christ. Some writers take off within days or weeks, others take time. One of the most important things, however, is our growth during that time.
Do we stumble or walk forward?
Don’t give up! Grow in the downpours!
Happy New Year!!!
What are your goals for your writing?