I started my blog just a few months ago. I can easily get caught up in analytics. My traffic isn’t always where I want it to be. It is easy to start wondering if I should continue blogging. I start to think that maybe my blog isn’t making a difference. Are people actually reading what I write? Do they even like it? It is just one of thousands, and can I really be saying something that several other writers haven’t already expressed in better words?
Then, I remember why I first started blogging. I felt called to write about certain topics to spark thought and discussion. I wanted to analyze traditions and values in society and to think about how to approach them as a Christian. I enjoy asking why we act in certain ways. Do we blindly follow tradition? Are there perspectives we are ignoring because we believe our own are being ignored? Are we actually being close-minded when we believe we are being open-minded? (I would say that often, the answer is yes.) Exactly what does it mean to be open-minded, and is it always a good thing? These are questions I wanted to consider through a Christian lens, and I hoped to see more conversations about these topics happening.
In the early stages of my blog, I read an article called A Call for Plodding Bloggers by Tim Challies. Reading the article encouraged me to continue writing even when I felt discouraged by my blog’s traffic. The purpose of my writing isn’t about gaining a huge following. It is about providing encouraging words that inspire thought and discussion.
God has a plan for my blog, and I am here to follow His plan, not to give Him mine. Even if only a few people read my posts, He may have called me to write specifically to reach those people. As long as He gives me ideas and a passion for writing, I should continue to write to accomplish His purposes. That’s not to say I shouldn’t try to increase my following or page views, but I need to make sure I continually pause to make sure my goals are aligning with what God called me to do with my blog.