Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Not Just a Numbers Game

About 3-4 weeks ago, I started to get really down on myself.  You know how the devil loves to instill doubt, fear, and worry.  At that point, I had been blogging for about 6 weeks, and I was seeing steady growth in regards to the numbers (i.e. page views, followers, etc).  Then, I don't know what happened, but the numbers fell off significantly, and I started to beat myself up, thought about changing my path, and doubted if I was really supposed to be doing this.

Just when I was about to make a drastic decision, I had an old acquaintance contact me on FB.  She let me know that that was her first time visiting my blog, and one little sentence struck her so, and whatever it was, it made her sit back and ponder her behavior, and she decided to make a positive change in her life.  She encouraged me to keep doing what I'm doing, and said that I never know who I could help as a result.  Then God spoke to me, and reminded me why I blog.

I do this for the one, which is the only number that matters!  If only one person benefits from my writing which can be typo laden, have disheveled thoughts all over the place, and sometimes not even have a clear purpose...then I'm happy.  I remember the dream that the Lord put on the inside of me since I was 11-years-old and I believe that He is going to manifest that dream ten-fold.

How do you measure success on your blog and/or in your career?


  1. That is a good question! We measure success if we can inspire people to try new things and maybe get a few laughs out of people. We are normal everyday girls (mother/daughter)who really just started blogging as a way to connect with each other and to learn to shop our closets a little more. So really, it doesn't matter how many followers or what the stats say. As long as we do it together!

    Like you said, even if one person benefits, then you have been successful!


  2. Heather, I love the way you and your daughter work together to do the blog. I can only pray that I have that kind of relationship and opportunity to work with my son and any future kids. I really would like to turn this blog into a writing career.

  3. Ha! That is so true! I'm not sure who I inspire if anyone. Right now, I only write for myself...but I do hope that I touch others. Don't do it for the numbers....I think if you continue, the numbers will grow with time. I read another girl's blog that said she went from 14 to 88 within a year. Give it a year and see how different your mind will be then. I may need you to remind me of this same thing sometime though. ;-)

  4. LOL! I will be here to remind you of this. I was seriously considering relaxing the blog schedule to 3 days/week versus 5, so that I could have time to do other things (i.e. write query letters to editors, market my blog, clean my house for goodness sakes, pray, etc)

  5. Hello TiAnna. Just came across your blog. Thanks for this post. I've been blogging for over a year and still have these moments, but not as often. The devil will try to get you to look at appearances. I've noticed when I can't see something working on the outside, that's when God is doing major construction work on the inside. Behind the scenes stuff is happening because it always happens in the spirit first. (This is for me, too! Lol.) BTW, I'm in the clean my house phase too.

    Stay encouraged and keep writing!

  6. Dr. Michelle, you are so write! LOL! You stay encouraged too.


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