Dear Bloggers Everywhere,
Can we just take a pause and have ourselves a real moment? If you let it, social media can eat you alive, can’t it?! I mean, that whole temptation for higher traffic and bigger numbers can be really consuming! And what about those people that unfollow you…for no reason?! What’s that about?
Don’t even get me started!
Throughout this past year, I wanted those “numbers” so badly. I put in consistent hours, and I strove hard to make an income. Yet, despite all of the work and high quality posts I felt I was putting out,
No. One. Noticed.
Pinterest has been my only social media account that I’ve felt consistently good about, in terms of numbers, but even that has been a source of frustration. Next to none of it has translated into the traffic that all those blog posts out there had promised it would.
Anyone else feel my pain?
Fast forward some, and you’ll find a once inspired blogger now completely burnt out.
One look at my blog feed, and you’ll see that I’ve only written two posts since June (not counting this one). Once again, I was close to shutting it all down. My Tailwind account was collecting dust, and I was wondering more and more why I was paying for something that was doing me no good. I was just a click away from Tailwind deactivation, but I just couldn’t.
Remembering the Call
In that moment, I remembered why I published this blog in the first place. It wasn’t about the numbers. It wasn’t about the income I hoped would come (though I’m not denying I’d love that). It was about responding to the call of Christ. Whether His call is intended for just one person, or for thousands, or strictly for my own heart connection with Jesus, it cannot be denied that I have heard that heart call, and it cannot and should not ever be ignored.
So, there I sat, cursor hovering over that Tailwind deactivation button, but instead of clicking, I quietly prayed. Instead of unsubscribing, I scheduled more pins.
In obedience, I find myself back here. Writing. Connecting with Christ, and connecting, hopefully, with some of you.
A New Approach
I’ve since hidden key social media apps a layer or so deeper into my phone.Numbers just can't ever be why or how I do this blog. Click To Tweet
I’m learning that God doesn’t have to show me why He wants me to continue. The important part is that I am obedient. The important part is that I just keep going until He points me in a new direction.
Is Your Own Path Still Clear?
Maybe you’ve found yourself on a similar path. One that had started out with clearly defined intentions, but somehow, the lines have blurred along the way.
Are you still writing for the reasons you felt you were called to? Or have distractions led you from the path you know God planted you on?
If you’re feeling discouraged by your blog’s progress today, why not take a minute to remember why you started it all in the first place? I have a feeling that your original inspiration was drawn from something deeper than numbers, and it will be that very thing that draws you back in…that gives you the inspiration to continue on.
The quest for numbers will never inspire your best blog pieces.
Reboot. Recharge. Rediscover.
Why not turn off all those other misleading distractions, if only for a little while, and tap back into the roots that caused you to create your own little space on the web in the first place?!
That’s what I’ve been doing now for the last 6 months or so, and I couldn’t be any more grateful that I did.
But What About the Traffic?!
Sure, I didn’t get a bump in my blog traffic, but you know, I also didn’t experience a lag in it either. And my social media accounts? I wound up posting when I felt like posting and following people out of a genuine interest in what they were delivering, and my numbers have doubled. No, that wasn’t my goal, and I’m not saying that every person’s experience will be the same, but what I am saying is that it’s okay to take a break for a little while. It’s okay to refresh and recharge and remember what brought you here in the first place! Your blog and your social media accounts will honestly be the better for it!
What’s Your Story?
So, what about you? What have been some of the ebbs and flows of your blogging journey? Have you ever lost your stride? What did you do to regain your footing? I’d love to hear about the road you’ve traveled.
As for me, it’s just really, really great to finally be back again!