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.
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.
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.”
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?
Don’t forget if you are a homeschooler teen or graduated from homeschooling let me know if you are interested in answering some questions for a potential post series.
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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