Friends, I’d like to ask you a question today: Why do you blog?
Not “why do people in general blog” or “why do you think you should blog”, but why do YOU, really?
Each of us started with something in mind when we first took that deep breath and nervously hit ‘publish‘. Was it merely a way to share photos of baby’s adorable toothless grin with faraway relatives? A love of words and stories that needed an outlet? The need to earn extra income to support your family? A desire to connect with others?
Whatever your reason, you made the commitment to put yourself out there, and that’s no small accomplishment. But somewhere along the way, it’s easy to get caught up in the game. You know, the one where that cunning little voice whispers “bigger is better” and “numbers are important” and “you have to keep up!” You’re stressed out, checking stats every hour, snapping at your kids and cursing under your breath wondering which link-up you’ve forgotten.
Before you realize it, you’ve tied your sense of worth to your notoriety (or lack thereof).
Not that I would know about any of that. Ahem.
As one recovering comparison-junkie to another, I sympathize. It’s tempting to believe success lies in your number of followers, comments, sponsors or re-tweets. If your blog is any good, it will grow. Right?
Maybe — or maybe not.
As Christians, we believe God has a plan for our lives. Are you ready to consider that His plan might look different than you thought? Friends, I want to encourage you that you just might be called to be small. On purpose. For your blessing and His glory.
God can do amazing things through your small blog that might never happen at a bigger blog.
Your intimate platform can allow you to connect personally with your readers, build real relationships and touch hearts in ways no overflowing comment box ever could. Your blog’s compact size can be the very thing that makes you approachable. Some of your readers may even become real-life friends. (I can tell you from experience, it’s true!)
I’ve had the amazing privilege to petition the throne of God on behalf of my readers, interceding for them personally in the presence of our Abba Father. This isn’t small, friends, it’s HUGE.
As you prayerfully consider His plan for your blog (and your life), I hope you’ll remember this: No amount of fame or accolade will truly satisfy until you grasp the truth that you are Christ’s beloved. Your worth lies in His unending love for you, not in your stats or followers. You were bought with the shed blood of Christ, adopted into His family, and He has a plan for you.
It’s taken me a while to get to this point, but I honestly don’t want to be a mega-blogger anymore. I love the interaction and connection I have with my readers. I love recognizing the names and avatars that pop up in my comment box, and knowing the stories that accompany so many of the faces. I have a busy life and a family that needs my attention. (And honestly? Who can keep up with 200+ comments on a post anyway?)
Sweet sisters, don’t shortchange yourself by chasing someone else’s version of success. Give your blog over to Him and enjoy the bountiful blessings God has planned for you.
So, tell me, friends — why do YOU blog?
Jana Driggers is an ordinary woman grateful for the extraordinary grace of her Heavenly Father. She loves discovering God’s grace in the everyday mess and longs for a quiet moment to sit at Jesus’ feet. You can usually find her in the carpool lane, singing loudly and embarrassing her kids. Jana writes about faith, family, and encouragement for the journey at Grace for My Mess, and is a contributor to Sisters In Bloom.