Thanks For Reading

Derek Ouellette —  April 19, 2010

When I began blogging it was because I was frustrated with having to “get” everyone else but if I suggested an alternative perspective they would “get” upset. So blogging became my outlet with the high hopes that people would read and be influenced by my opinion.

To that end stats became very important. Getting on a routine, becoming “professional” and so on. Low stats meant I was not influencing others, high stats meant I was influencing others. The real killer is when hours are spent working on what I might think would be a great post to discover only a dozen or two people even visit the site to read it; of those 24 people only three or so stay for any longer then 10 seconds, and of those three only one might leave a comment.

What happened is that instead of writing with the hopes that I would influence others with some godly insight or other, I began (ironically) to write to get those stats up. Things became backwards.

Paul said in all things he learned to be content. I have changed my focus on blogging (and with it, my motives). In stead of being discontent because of the audience I don’t have, I have decided to be thrilled and thankful for the audience I do have!

Thanks for reading.

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  • Craig L. Adams

    You’re welcome. Keep writing good stuff. :-)

  • Jose HC

    It’s always fun and interesting to drop by.
    Press on!
    .-= Jose HC´s last blog ..Surrendering… =-.

  • danny

    I think everyone who has blogged has gone through this at some point, although unlike you I’ve never put the time in to become good. I say: write what’s on your mind and what will serve the church, and try to do it well. Let the numbers worry about themselves.
    .-= danny´s last blog ..The Two Cities of Revelation =-.

  • Harry Heimann

    keep on writing. Some of us are reading and appreciating your writings.

  • Derek Ouellette

    At the risk of redundancy, “thanks to all”.

    Danny, I have read so many reports of how the usual lifespan of a new blog is 3-4 months before people get depressed (or something or other) and usually give them up. I’m hit that mark (started up around December 2009) and understand that sensation.

    Thanks for the encouragement.
    .-= Derek Ouellette´s last blog ..Thinking about God’s Righteousness =-.