This question has actually been quite vexing for me. I’ve tried to kid myself many times and say that the statistics on this blog don’t really matter. That I simply have a passion to write and that though none go with me still I will, ah, blog. Well you remember the old song, “though none go with me, still I will follow”… that may be true with my blog, but it is a lonely and depressing journey.
I read an analogy recently somewhere that went like this: you wake up in the morning feeling great, full of confidence and absolutely certain that all of the hard work you’ve put into your diet is truly paying off. Then you step on the scale in the bathroom and to your surprise you see that you’ve actually gained 2 lbs. Instant deflation. Suddenly the sun stops shining, the birds stop chirping and your coworkers are wondering what they did to get you so upset.
Blog stats have that effect.
I have a pastor-friend who once told me that I would know if I was called to go into full-time ministry if I felt passionately that no other vocation in this world could satisfy. That’s kind of like blogging for me. It’s a personal journey to be sure. But if that’s all it is then I would keep a personal journal hidden in my desk. No, it’s more then that. It’s a kind of fellowship. Unorthodox fellowship maybe. But fellowship nonetheless.
And that’s where blog stats come in. Nobody wants to journey alone.
The question professional bloggers always remind us to ask ourselves is this: why did you start writing in the first place? My mission, my purpose for blogging has not changed. I want to challenge people to grow in their faith. It is a ministry, but there are many types of ministry. What I’ve always seen in church week after week my whole life are dwarfs. People who don’t care to be nurtured. People who don’t care to grow. People who don’t care to be challenged.
But imagine a baby who never challenges itself to take its first steps. The other day I watched an old video clip taken in 1977 (with an 8mm cam.) of my sister’s first steps. It was really cute, but it also looked really hard. Her knees were wobbling as she concentrated on each step until she found herself in her older brothers arms. Everyone cheered. But if she never did that, if she never exercised those muscles she wouldn’t be walking today. Her legs would be thin and weak and her life seriously lacking in quality. Sure she’d be alive, but would she be really living?
Many Christians may be “born”(-again), but my purpose here is to challenge us all to work our muscles, to press our assumptions and to strive for a deeper understanding of this Christian faith and of our God.
I haven’t forgotten that mission. But if I had only one visitor per day, would I keep doing it? That is a difficult question to answer.
So, do blog stats matter?