I will be honest here. We all have our reasons for blogging... stretching our neck out and making an extension of ourselves be very public. It's risky, rewarding, sometimes worrisome business; of course, so is LIFE.
I do tell more about my reasons and my early journey, here >> https://grandmamarymartha.blogspot.com/search?q=Blog=journey
but in this post, I am going to talk very bluntly about numbers and emotions specifically.
I am a nobody blogger, like most of the rest of everybody, just a creative willing soul who decided to try, and who learned and grew. I remember when it was a big deal if I got 36 page views in a day.... then 100 page-views a day and then finally 300 page-views in a day. I have seen 300ish views in a month (and lower) and I have seen 1000 views in a month, and even 3,000 views a month or two way back.
I have checked statistics daily and I have gone months with out checking statistics. I have worked HARD to see views rise, and I have worked not at all extra, besides writing and sharing on facebook.
But all the while, as a Christian blogger, I desired to keep my Lord first. I desired to bring glory and honor to Him, and to be used for kingdom influence.
What made the difference in my numbers? It was not money spent on plug-ins or any buy in or opt-in to lure subscribers. I just did not do that. (Some would say, that my numbers show it too!)
My highest numbers were when I was doing the most work through Christian bloggers support groups. Daily participating in as many share and support threads as I could, and I was FAITHful. I read and commented on more than the minimum, and I enjoyed it!! I shared when asked, or when I really felt a connection to the writing.
I developed several new places to share my work, and others'. Many people prefer Pinterest and other forms of social media. I created and enjoyed administrating and promoting community in geographic or interest specific facebook groups both closed and open and public.
Through all, I made connections and friends, real friends. Now, here>> >All about My Blog Journey<< I tell more about this, but I will explain, "friends" because as I revealed more of my heart and soul in my blog, I had people in my local community and church reach out to me AFTER reading my blog. Real community and connections were born and grew.
How can you put a price on that?
How can you put a price on being there to give ONE person positive, hope, good brain food to hold on to for the day?
Let us never be so self absorbed, or distracted by the enemy, that we think it is not worth our time to WRITE, if that is what God called us to do.
Do it as your joyful offering unto Him, and then work to promote as you have time, but
MINISTRY as He opens doors,
and don't forget to love and appreciate yourself. Remember God does. You are precious to Him and He sees your heart, knows your heart, and appreciates your offerings and efforts to honor and glorify Him.
Raw and real, I acknowledge that this blogging, writing business can be emotional busy-ness, but I urge you to fiercely and courageously hang on to your vision. Do not stop expressing your heart for Christ, and stepping out in faith, offering your encouragement and support to others.
If you make a difference in one life a day, or 100, it is worth the effort and the emotion. The preciousness of our target audience, makes your work valid, not the numbers. Remember the preciousness of this audience (souls) far exceeds diamonds. You have a light to shine. If this is your way to shine light, then do it with determination and courage!!
Provide voice, influence, shine and polish to do His work. Be joyful in your offerings, and do not stop.
Questions or comments? I would love to hear from you in a note below. God bless you in your journey!