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The Right Way To Look At Stats | Christian Blogger

After writing the post Impacting One Person So They Can Impact Many I’ve been encouraged to focus on ways I can see an impact.

Recently… I’ve been thinking about the impacts I don’t see.

And this is where stats come in.

Some Christian bloggers are completely detached from stats, which is wonderful, but most are not. There are a couple of problems stats can present.

  • We base our value of writing on stats. 
  • Numbers can become an idol. 
  • We may cater to numbers instead of writing what God wants us to. 
  • We forget numbers do not represent impact, only views/comments.

This is the truth of what it means to be a follower of Christ.

We can be the most successive blogger and God will not be pleased with us. However, we could have a very small influence in the world, and God would be pleased with us. 

This is not to confuse anyone thinking that our works save us. However, there are consequences for what we do. We either honor God with our actions or do not. Blogging is no exception.

What we devote our lives to, our priorities will shine through. Yes, the world has an equation for what is a success, but that does not mean it is equal in God’s eyes.

Being aware of this, I was looking at my monthly stats and suddenly had the idea. “What if the months with fewer stats happened to have more impact?”

  • What if someone was encouraged to follow Christ because of a post?
  • What if someone was encouraged to write a post and that post they wrote, because of mine, inspired others to go to Christ?
  •  What if someone was encouraged by something they read of mine and acted on it to draw closer to the Lord?

Shouldn’t all of these reasons be my main focus when I’m looking at numbers?

And for the most part, I’ll never know. It’s not about me knowing, but about me putting hope and prayer in every post I write for the Lord and His people. It stops me thinking of myself in selfish ways, and it also prevents self-destruction.

I hope next time you struggle with stats, this can be an encouragement to you. 🙂

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20 thoughts on “The Right Way To Look At Stats | Christian Blogger

  1. Good point that numbers don’t equate to impact! When it comes to stats, I remember a couple things–1, the parables in Luke about caring for the one as much as the whole group, and 2, each individual view and like is from some human being out there in the world who chose to read what I had to say out of everything on the internet.

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      1. You’re so right that is one or two people were convicted by our posts to go out of the way to show someone extra kindness, hold their tongue longer before jumping into gossip, pick up their Bibles again, anything…knowing that would mean more than all the likes or views!

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      2. Right, what a blessing to impact someone like that and we may never know ❤ I've found great comfort in that and will work at with every post believing even the one will be helped or affected positively by a post. 🙂

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  2. When it comes to stats, it doesn’t bother me otherwise it would interfere with my blogging or I would’ve given up on blogging years ago! 😄

    Anyways, wonderful reminder, T.R.!

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  3. I’ve been contemplating the value of stats as a Christian blogger too. Timely post. I recently posted what I thought was a fair critique of Church attendance and it received a lot of views but few likes. I had to decide what was valuable to me: sharing Biblical truths or softening the message and getting likes.

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    1. I know what that is like and I’m come to be grateful even if people don’t like it at least they read it (and perhaps being blessed from a possible negativity in the comments) It also does not mean people do not “not” like the post. Some people are very shy, including giving out likes. I didn’t know this until I became good friends with someone who struggles with this. I’m glad this post was timely and spoke to you.

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  4. “We forget numbers do not represent impact, only views/comments.”
    Yes! I’ve actually had the privilege of knowing this to be true. A few of my loyal readers have been significantly impacted by my blog and though that number is small, it is still super encouraging to hear that my words are, in fact, making a difference. Faithfulness to the Lord is key.

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