Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Is it that I kind of feel small and insignificant on blogs with large followings? Yes.
Is it that I feel my blog won't be read by others on that blog because there are already so many "followers" ? Yes.
Is it because I like to cheer on those who have small beginnings. YES! UNEQUIVOCALLY, YES!
As one who has known the solitude of not having a cheerleader in my corner, I seek to champion others. I seek to be a source of encouragement to others, rather than seeking a blog "following". And I know that is a no-no in the blogging world.
You cannot escape the finding of blogs that offer tools and tips to gain large followings for your own blog. I came across two new ones this morning. I huff and click out of them. It's all about numbers to a majority of bloggers, because their blog is used as a marketing tool - a way to advertise the books they authored or their speaking circuit or even as a way to brand their company, ministry, or personal lives. There is nothing wrong with that. It's just not my reason for writing.
I'm not looking to brand or market. I'm not seeking a "following". I'm looking to bless others via a gift God has bestowed upon me. an encouraging word is a natural outflow of the Spirit of God within me. If you would like to read about the birth of an encouraging word, click on the Small Beginnings Page at the top of the blog.
I posted on Tell Me a Story this morning. First, I examined my heart-motive for doing so. There are so m a n y blogger "linkskies" - link to this one and to that one, on any day of the week. There is nothing wrong with this either. It's just not me. So, I had to ask myself before attaching my blog to Tell Me a Story, Why am I doing this; what is my motive?
I believe it's because my true-life stories are worth telling. Jesus has done so much in my life that want Him to be glorified. Hopefully, it's life-lessons that someone can use to their benefit.
I am blessed by my small "circle of sharing" bloggers. I'm blessed if one word of what I write and publish on this blog touches someone's heart, brings alive a deep Truth of God's Word, causes one to praise God for what He has done in my life, or causes one to reflect on Jesus Christ because of something I wrote, thus building their faith.
an encouraging word was birthed by The Holy Spirit and I pray I will always be led by The Spirit of God in what I write. I take my blogger's "voice" seriously - as an extension of God's voice to encourage, inspire, build hope, and grow faith.
Have a purposeful day!
Because of Him and Unto Him,