5 Things To Focus On Instead Of Stats | Christian Blogger

After covering 5 Things We Need To Stop Doing To Other Bloggers I want to have something a little more positive and helpful.

Many of my Christian Blogging posts have discussed in one or more ways the desire to be noticed. People focusing on followers, daily views, and more. It’s obvious we should not be focused on these things as a follower of Christ, but knowing this does not always stop us from being consumed.

We are told…

(NIV) Romans 12:02, “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–His good, pleasing and perfect will.”

The world focuses on numbers.

We need to be focused first on God, and then His people. When we are, our blog will naturally reflect this as well. So today, let’s focus on 5 things instead of stats.

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1. The Individual- I’ve read how people feel upset when they are a commenter on a blog and the blogger talks about not getting comments. It’s really easy for us to be consumed with numbers. The problem is we forget the individuals that make up the numbers. When we write we need to focus on who we are talking to. It may be a body of people but it is all comprised of individuals. We need to focus on their faces. Their souls.

2. Purpose- If we are a Christian Blogger then we better make sure the reason we are blogging, to begin with, starts with Christ. If we are called to reach others through writing, we are called for just that. We are not called to focus on numbers. Let God do it. It is easy for us to not only let our stats become an idol but our gifts as well. Are we letting our blogging or writing become an idol?

3. Blog For Him– It took me quite a while for me to grow as a blogger. When I first started out, before I even had 10 followers, when I got excited about 5 or 12 views a day. I remember being told in my heart, “Remember what that feels like. Don’t take it for granted.”  Growing numbers and comments often becomes a curse instead of a blessing if we allow it. We become fixated on the wrong things. Maybe we are right now.

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When I started out, I knew God wanted me to share the messages with others. But I didn’t realize how blogging would become something I could do, not only for Him but WITH Him. I had a lot of conversations with God, and He taught me so much. Recalling the days I was just writing for Him. When I felt silence all around me, and He is right there saying, “Keep going, they need it.” He made it worth it. Still does. Keep Him in the center.

4. No Responses Does NOT Mean No Impact– I think it’s easy to get tripped up about lack of comments or no comments at all. We don’t know how others are responding. I’m going to share with you what someone told me that changed my perspective on this and humbled me.

There was a blogger I would notice on some blogs who would leave comments. It was not until the fall or so when I received a very honest comment from her. She explained she had been reading my blog for a few months but was always shy about reaching out. It takes a lot of courage for her to comment.

I had revealed to her a couple months back that certain topics of posts I speak on I’m nervous about because not everyone talks about that stuff. She told me, “Well, that was one of the reasons why I like your blog so much. It was what first attracted me to your blog.”

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When she started reading my posts, I didn’t know. But was an impact made? Absolutely. Trust that God will reach the people and speak to them in the way He wants, whether we know about it or not. 

5. What Does God Want You To Focus On-We must be accountable to what we are focusing on. We must turn to God and ask Him to convict us of anything that is not of Him. Focusing on numbers, letting numbers speak for us, that is not Him. Numbers can be useful, and they have a place. But we must make sure we are not making an idol out of them and losing focus. We need to look at our heart and be honest. We need to be willing to admit the issues we have. If we need to take a break from focusing on the numbers, we may have to fast from blogging or anything else we have made an idol and are serving.

(NIV) Mark 4:19, “But the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things come in and choke the word, making it unfruitful.”

Did you have to take a break away from blogging because it was becoming an idol?

Have you struggled with stats before?

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I’m grateful for those who have suggested people they know, but I’m asking for direct ties, no middleman involved, if possible. That will help me receive answers more swiftly. Thank you!  

Monthly Scripture, (NIV) John 16:33, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

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37 thoughts on “5 Things To Focus On Instead Of Stats | Christian Blogger

  1. Great post. We have to remember as Christian Bloggers who/what we are writing for; which is to bring Glory to God. The Lord told me before I started my blog to not be cautious and to just start. He told me He would make provision for my vision. That took the pressure off of me to attempt reaching the multitude in my own strength. I could find peace in the fact that if I am obedient to his direction that he would grow what He planted in me. I remind myself of that every time I find myself looking at my number of followers. Blessings to you, T.R.Noble.

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  2. Every time I read your posts it becomes like a breath of fresh air – I am in that place where I really need to think where I’ve placed my writing in my life.
    You are truly making a difference. I really enjoy what you write. You have become an inspiration to me. Thank you for all that you write!

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    1. Wow, thank you so much for your encouraging words! That is such a blessing to me that what God inspires me to write can inspire others. It is really important to consider where our writing is and what we can do with it. May God guide you!


  3. “The world focuses on numbers”, what a true statement. Sadly, this mentality has leaked into the church too. I try to stick to quality over quantity. Of course we want to reach people but getting to their heart and not seeing them as a “number” should be the goal. There are hearts behind these screens 🙂

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  4. Wow! I feel like this is so relatable yet nobody really talks about it. It’s so true that no results doesn’t mean no impact. Sometimes even I put a lot of effort into writing something and it doesn’t perform as well as I hoped and I think that happens to literally all of us! It’s so important to remember why we started. I’m glad you wrote this. I think these are also reasons to encourage one another. Love you!!

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    1. No one does talk about it. Either people talk about how to get numbers or people talk about how numbers do not bother them, which is great it just doesn’t help those who do struggle. I really feel God wants me to talk about stuff not everyone does and I feel your comment validates this.:)
      Amen, we need to encourage each other.

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      1. Yes! I feel like some people who write about how numbers don’t bother them may not be 100% sincere. I think it’s awesome if you don’t, but I think the majority of us want to not care about the numbers but can’t help it at times. It’s totally okay to own up to being human and that numbers can be discouraging. That’s why this is so important to talk about.

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  5. Great post. I’m dyslexic and losing focus is easy for me to do (just in life in general), LOL. Anyway, when I ask Him what He wants me to focus on, things become clearer. I find my blog posts become more focused too. Thanks again for “the 5 Things To Focus On Instead Of Stats.”

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  6. Thank you for sharing this reminder! It has almost been a year since I started blogging and sometimes, when my new post is not getting some attention, I somehow feel bad. And I learned that if there’s one person who have read and was blessed, I’m already fine with it. But really, the ultimate purpose should not to make us known, but make Jesus known. And now, I write what’s one my heart, so show how God has been faithful, regardless if people would see it or not. And that alone just brings me peace.

    God bless you!

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    1. Amen, Hanna! It can be hard and God directed me with the same thing. I think we use lack of stats as validation on our writing and what we are sharing. But God has shown me, after my blog grew I would reshape an old post and people responded. God will direct people when He wants them to come and, at least for me, I had to grow first. God be with you!!!

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  7. In the middle of last year i became very discouraged. I’d hit a low on views; I felt that the hours I was putting into my blog were being wasted. I confided in my Mom about my frustration (I’m 50 years old and I still ask my Mom for advice!). She reminded me that only a few months earlier I had told her that I felt called to do the blog. With a renewed focus I continued blogging. and then one day I started getting views and followers. But, like you said, we can’t focus on the numbers, just on doing what God wants us to do.

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    1. Stats can be helpful but I know the feeling of when we take out too much out of them and not enough from our Lord. We need wisdom of others and moms are perfect people to turn to! Glad you got this reminder from her!

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  8. Woah! Thank you for reminding me of the value of each individual reader. That is something I think I’ve rather swiftly forgotten after the first couple months of blogging. It is so easy to get off-track. My heart sure is prone to wander.
    The sole objective of my blog must become (and remain as) this: to worship the Lord and direct praise to His Name.

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  9. impact is the unseen real reason to blog.
    When I started my blogs I thought it was to make an impact in “the world”…then in the “WordPress world”…now hopefully to a couple people…or even just one. I really thought that this was my forum. NOT that God called me to WordPress but just that I too could make it my own. But, I also share most of my posts on a health and wellness site that I am a member of. THAT is where I get most of my feedback, ironically– I get the most feedback there from Christians and it is the Christian posts I most feared sharing on there. Yet, God will use what and who how HE wants for His purposes where He needs them. God constantly reminds me — HIS will not my will be done.
    Great post to back up what God is doing in my life.

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