Elimination/Distraction



Here's a thought: My time with God in the word, in prayer, and in community is worth losing some followers on my online platforms. Because it is during these moments, these means of grace, which enable me to be in a position to receive and then I have something of true value to share with others. Then more connections happen.

I just want to share from the overflow, like it used to be.

This thought has been gripping me since we launched Victapolis: that to write/blog and be active in social media is a means of building God's kingdom, rather than building MY kingdom of followers. My pursuit of blogging growth, if I'm not careful, can dry me up spiritually. At the outset, I could have easily said that the numbers don't define me. But the more I get steeped into how most of the blogosphere is now, the more the numbers do matter and I feel the urge to do whatever it takes to get those numbers.

This is about a change in perspective.




I want to consistently share not solely on the basis of "what works" for a post to be viral or for any potential gain I might get. But to share because I have genuinely received and the well is full to the brim that I can't help but spill. Because now I just feel exhausted and blogging is not as fun anymore. I know I'm not the first and only one to feel this way.

Some individuals may be specifically and legitimately called to more aggressive means of growing a blog or increasing the number of social media followers, largely because they are gifted strategists and it suits their personality. But knowing myself truly impacts the way I view, and thus use, my online platforms so I'm beginning to realize that I'm not that kind of blogger after all.

I never was when I started in 2009.

Blogging is multi-layered and each layer requires a certain amount of attention for it to function well with the whole. I don't think I can handle the stress of design, editorial calendar, scheduling, the way that others do it but I am work it out using something more organic.

Something more true to who I am and profoundly shaped by being a follower of Jesus Christ. Something that fits my personality, and this is probably where I would agree with most of the people who say that you really have to know what your blog's mission is.

What is more important is WHO you are that directs what you share with the world. Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks (or the fingers type and press publish).

Does that mean those who cop to writing posts that tend to get the most traffic are being untrue to themselves? By no means. By definition, a blogger is a person and thus the blog is an extension of who that person is--we learn a good deal about this person's values, presuppositions, interests, etc.--but we should never judge any blogger for how they use their blog.

A person can always write something that resonates with both himself/herself and others, that's why certain kinds of posts "work." What I'm saying is that I've come to the conclusion that perhaps, again, I'm not the kind of blogger who would devote countless hours to make sure my blog is reeling in cash.

And so I have adapted the social media tips, the editorial calendar, and things to remember before hitting publish. But I now refuse to stress out over them.

Going back to my first statement above, I came to a screeching halt when I realized that some of the things I've been doing for this blog has been more for my glory than His. I guess this post is just my way of liberating myself to write and blog

in a way that reflects who I am in Christ
in a way that proclaims Christ
in a way that suits my personality
in a way that shares life with others 
in a way that connects with you

flowing from the overflow

of my relationship with the Father
of His everyday grace in the most mundane parts
of my life that I disclose here.

I'll still pursue growth but not in the way that I'm seeing it now. I'd be lying if I say that I'm not looking at monetizing this blog or that I would love for the readership to grow, but really, these things now seem to me more a by-product than my actual goal. My time with the Lord is not worth cutting short just so that I could post, tweet, share just one more time.

So let's come full circle. In order for this blog to be a place where we can thrive together, my time with God in the word, in prayer, and in community is worth losing some followers on my online platforms. Because it is during these moments, these means of grace, which enable me to be in a position to receive and then I have something of true value to share with others.

With you.

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