- Process through thoughts and struggles about worship.
- Glorify God.
- Find and connect with others who could relate to what I had to say.
The processing that has occurred has been wonderful. It’s helped put pieces together in my mind. I believe God has been glorified in (most of) my writing. I’ve also connected with several readers.
Success! Or… it should be.
Unfortunately, I get caught up in the all-consuming world of blog stats. Recently, I received no comments on a post. ZERO. That is utter blog FAILURE. Immediately, my mind began to race with what I had done wrong. The subject I wrote about wasn’t that good. The title was poor and didn’t draw readers in.
These things aren’t bad, and I should consider them to become a better writer. However, I lost sight of the main reason I write and blog:
to glorify God and offer up my meager words to Him.
How can we stay focused on the important part of blogging and writing and not get swept away in stats?
It’s sad how surprised I always am at how well this works. And how little I will actually do it. Ask God for help in letting go of your stat obsession. Ask for help in refocusing your writing goals. Repent of focusing on the wrong thing. Leave your blog with Him and let Him handle it.
Stop looking at blog stats
This one is real simple. If you know you’re going to obsess over it, just don’t do it. Or at least take a break from it.
Don’t compare your blog to others
I am so guilty of this. I look with envy at blogs that receive hundreds of comments a day and see that as the end goal to aspire to. Comparing will never help. Hundreds of comments may not be where God wants to take my blog. My end goal may be something completely different.
Be thankful for the readers you do have
Even if it’s only your mom and your best friend, thank God for them. I have a handful of faithful readers, and I’m thankful for the connection and conversation that happens with them. I have found encouragement through them and I pray that they do as well.
I’m afraid there will always be a battle with blog stats. It’s hard to break the addiction. I constantly remind myself of my initial blogging goals. Those goals have happened. I believe anything after that is extra blessings God is heaping on me. And I refuse to let blog stats rob me of those blessings.
Question: Do you struggle with an addiction to blog stats? How do you rise above it?
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