Lots of subscribers, likes, stars, comments, reblogs, and social media sharing … yes, that may be a desire and in certainly some cases the heart’s desire … but in many cases, pursuing those statistics can simply be desires of the blogger’s ego and pride … what I might call the ‘look at me’ attitude … and believe me I am guilty and intimately familiar with that attitude.
Now there are certainly exceptions to that viewpoint … when a portion of those statistics lead to genuine connection and engagement with other people … that is something to be truly treasured. And through the years the Lord has indeed blessed me with a dozen or so of those type relationships. I have shared a face-to-face meal with a fellow blogger who was traveling through Georgia. I connected with a soldier who was serving in Afghanistan and later honored me by asking me to edit his first book transcript. I have made connections with people going through the same struggles with their prodigal. I have connected with folks struggling with the same medical challenges. I have connected with people of like mind and spirit regarding religion, faith and spirituality. Hey, I have even reconnected with friends that time and/or miles had separated me from. Realized engaged connections are indeed a blessing.
Or what about those moments, when a reader half way around the world is blown away by the timing of your post and how it specifically speaks to them in the midst of their circumstances right now … only God … only God … only God … but how amazing to realize He has worked through you to touch someone else.
As a Christian blogger, are there some special encounters with your readers you would like to share?
But let’s be honest … those encounters amount to but a small percentage of all the people (and search engines) that view your pages. In 2014, I published 122 posts (a little low by my standards), my blog was viewed 13,025 times by people living in 143 different countries (and that doesn’t count the views via e-mail subscriptions, WP Reader, or the leave-no-footprint surfers) resulting in about 190 comments (excluding my replies).
So for me, a very conservation estimate might be 13-15,000 views last year with no feedback whatsoever … what is truly the heart’s desire of a Christian blogger for those folks?
Perhaps in some small way, God is working through us to accomplish the following …
“This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come. Matthew 24:14 (NASB)
Or maybe in the truth we write, we are showing the love of God …
Little children, let us not love with word or with tongue, but in deed and truth. 1 John 3:18 (NASB)
And certainly we hope that God is sending His word out through us …
So will My word be which goes forth from My mouth; It will not return to Me empty, Without accomplishing what I desire, And without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it. Isaiah 55:11 (NASB)
Because remember the word of God is not simply words like you might find in a novel or a history book … the word of God is living and active …
For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. Hebrews 4:12 (NASB)
As a Christian blogger, what is the desire of your heart for what you write and who might read it?
And maybe … just maybe … the greatest work God is doing through the posts we write … is actually IN us. There is so much the Holy Spirit teaches and reveals to us in the midst of our writing experience … so much more than we can ever share in a simple post.
Thanks for reading … thanks for writing … thanks for connecting … thanks for engaging!
Abide IN Christ Jesus, His love and His words my friends … abide!