My Blog’s Progress | How My Blog Grew In 2017

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.

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January 2017

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.

Related Post: For Annabelle | The Christmas Branches

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.

January 2017-

51 views. 

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February 2017

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 | Tired Of Feeling Unanswered From God 

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.

February 2017-

5 Posts

Long-Term Series Added- Dream Experiences

67 views. 

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March 2017 

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.

Post | “Gratify Me” & Scratch Mark | Dream Experience (2)

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.

March 2017-

5 Posts

Short-Term Series Added- How To Study The Bible 

105 Views.

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April 2017 

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:

Post | Where Is God’s Temple | Believer 101

April 2017-

Posts 12

Long-Term Series- Song Sundays, Believer 101 

Views 123

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May 2017

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.

Post | Are You Sure This Is What You Believe? | Questioning My Faith

A Favorite Post | Hidden Messages Of The Lord’s Prayer

I could see growth, and I could see the community.

May 2017-

Posts 24

Short-Term Series- Toxic Church Experience 

Long-Term Series- Midweek Inspiration 

Views 484

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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.

Post | God Will Use My Brokenness | Life Update

Post | Prayer Left Me Exhausted But Relieved | My Life Update

Post | Being Humbled To My Knees | Life Update

Post | God Has Answered Us | Life Update

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.

June 2017 

30 posts

1,085 views

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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.

Post | 100 Followers | What I’ve Learned As A Blogger

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.

Post | Lift Up Your Hands Like Moses & Win The Battle

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 🙂

Post | Why Am I Writing A Christian Fantasy Book Series ?

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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?

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52 thoughts on “My Blog’s Progress | How My Blog Grew In 2017

  1. It’s been beautiful to see your progress . You have a beautiful spirit that conveys well in written form. Thank you for sharing your skills and insight to help others spiritually and with their blogs. May you see God’s hand even more clearly this year than ever before! Happy New Year!

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    1. Thank you so much for this prayer, this is what I desire. For me to see His hand, but for others also to see His hand. I want Him to be so big and clear no one can deny Someone who isn’t human is at work, and it is God of Jesus Christ ❤

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  2. Wow. You’ve had such an amazing and struggling journey since 2016 and God has used every step to make you better.

    The goals for my writing in 2018 is to be more intentional with my writing; meaning I want to write posts that not only reflect what I am feeling in the moment but also what God has called me to write about.

    I also want to renew and restore my prayer life and spiritual life meaning I want to focus more on God and less on what kinds of posts make me comfortable. I want to renew my relationship with God and be a light to the world.

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    1. I hear you! Some of the most powerful posts I’ve written were ones God convicted me in or pricked my spirit as I wrote the post, like the post on Temptation | Believer 101. When you write what you know will help others and that is of God you will feel Him throughout the post. He’s provided paragraphs and explanations for me, I never thought of before. I too, want to dig deeper in my writing
      and definitely work on consistent prayer and praise for Him. 🙂 Tomorrow, I have the post for the monthly scripture I will be meditating on, and I’m going to add a song with it. I think you’ll like the scripture and song. 🙂

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      1. Great explanation T.R. Noble. I liked when you said, “When you write what you know will help others and that is of Gof you will feel Him throughout the post.”

        Also, thanks for the heads-up in regards to your monthly scripture that you and I should be meditating on as Christians.

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      2. Oh, and ironically, I looked at the comments I wrote you in August for the 100 Followers posts. I haven’t forgotten about the post on talents/gifts, and I feel like it will be one I cover this month. I could be wrong depending on where God leads me, but I feel like I’m at the right place to cover the post. I wanted to make sure that post got proper attention and scripture research. 🙂

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      3. It’s ironic becuase I as well was looking at the older post in August when I first started blogging. However, whatever God wants you to do; trust Him first and if He wants you to do the post on talents/gifts then go ahead.

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  3. I am thankful to God that in May God led you to reach out to other bloggers. I am thankful that he led you to reach out to me, for you have been a blessing from God in my life. I always enjoy hearing from you. You encourage me in my walk of faith, and you help to strengthen my heart and my faith. And, you challenge me, too, which is good. 🙂 God’s blessings to you in this new year. Your friend and sister in Christ – Sue Love

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    1. Thank you so much, Sue!! I’m glad I am going to do all of those things for you, and I’m glad Christ is behind everything ❤ Praise God for always being with us! May He encourage and strengthen you this new year 🙂 ❤

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  4. Congratulations, T.R.! God has truly blessed your faithfulness! You absolutely trust Him and your humility, transparency and heart for others is incredibly inspiring! Thank you for reaching out to me, my dear friend! I’m looking forward to seeing how God will magnify your outreach in 2018! Love and Hugs! ❤

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    1. Thank you so much!!! I didn’t ever think God would use me in outreach, at least not in this way, but He has. There are so many forms of outreach and ministry we can be a part of. I didn’t give Him enough credit ❤ I can't wait to see what He will do against my nerves and fears. I can't wait to strengthen the friendships I've made on here.

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  5. It’s so amazing what God has done with your blog! I can’t wait to read more of your posts in the new year 🙂
    My goal for writing this year is to stay consistent and that it’ll touch someones heart or be the right thing for someone this year.

    -Rebekah ❤

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  6. Congrats on your personal growth as a blogger and what God is showing you through your writing Tracey Reckmarket! I look forward to reading your stuff over this next year.

    My writing goals are to pay no attention to numbers, to focus on sharing what is on my heart/what I feel God wants me to share and to be as honest as I can. I really want to grow and learn as much as I can in this area of my life.

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    1. Amen! I feel like, since I want to become a Christian author, numbers can be used to show progress. They can be used as a testament to what God is doing, and should God allow, help me get through the doors I need to. But the numbers themselves aren’t enough, it is the amazing people who represent them. I’m so happy to have gotten to know many. ❤

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  7. Reading your post has made me not give hope about my blog. When I made my blog I did it with the mindset that it was God who wanted me to write. As it happened to you happened to me I was not consistent when I first started the blog but now I’m picking up and I’m seeing an increase in views and followers not much but enough to keep me going forward. It seems as if 2018 will be the year that God has destined for all of us; to spread the gospel in every corner of the earth. God bless.

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    1. ❤ Last year when I worked on the schedule and being more consistent, as well as reach out to the community, God revealed to me not to focus on numbers. This is when I had about 30 followers. A good day was 20 views. We know from scripture many will fall, but it is the few who won't. Even in small numbers of views or followers you may be reaching the few, the elect, people who may not have met Christ but will, people who aren't where they need to be in their walk, but are guided and encouraged by your words. We don't know what God has in store, and I had to tell myself, "Who am I to determine what happens? If I want to write for God, then I need to write for Him first." I work on asking for God to keep me humble and to keep focused on individuals. I would love for Him to help my writing create finances at some point for my family, and to help me become a Christian author. But I now believe that is all part of something much bigger, and I am reminded I am nothing without Him, it doesn't matter what views or followers say about me. Keep your focus on Him. Keep your heart's desire on Him. He will absolutely come through, and you will see Him. ❤ God be with you, my sister in Christ!

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      1. Thanks and that’s is what I keep telling myself; he will find a way for the people that need the word to read it. Just have to keep my faith in him and let him guide every step of the way. God be with you!! Shalom.

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  8. Great article and insights, thank you. This is the struggle I see with many bloggers… who is reading this post? Is anyone out there? out there? out there? as the voice in my head echoes into the distance. Will I ever be able to write full time? Will I ever get more than just my mom and wife following my blog LOLOL

    God loves to build patience in me, so blogging may be the perfect vehicle.

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    1. Agreed!! God has taught me to focus on Him, that was the first lesson, and He taught me consistency. Once those two were in motion, He helped me and encouraged me to reach out to others. I know, at least for me, I needed that time to grow before I got a bigger community. He knows what He is doing. Praise God!

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