At the beginning of 2016, a resolution that God put on my heart was to stop checking my blog stats. When I first started blogging, I never checked my stats because I didn’t know that was an option! I didn’t start blogging as a way to make money. I started blogging to give myself an outlet and to try to encourage fellow mamas. I wrote for myself: whatever I was passionate about or felt God put on my heart to share.
When I discovered the stats, it served as a big encouragement. People were reading my content! And not just people that I knew, or even just people from the US; my site has been viewed by people in different countries. Wow! How awesome!
But then I began obsessing over the numbers. If a post that I really loved didn’t do so well, I felt discouraged rather than proud of what I had created. My husband would try to encourage me by telling me that if God used something that I wrote to help 1 person, then that was successful. I knew in my heart that he was right, but it was hard to tell my mind that when the numbers were telling me I was failing.
So I stopped looking at the numbers.
I promised God that I would not check my stats for the rest of the year. I would write for myself again, simply for the pleasure of putting out material that I could be proud of. If God saw fit to grow my blog, He wouldn’t need my help. I was free to tell my story as it happened, with no insecurities about how many views each post got.
After ringing in 2017, I opened up my stats to see how I did. I was hoping to see a small increase in views from last year, but had made the decision to be content with wherever the numbers stood because I was proud of what I had written over the year. My total views had increased by 325% from last year!
Ask, and it will be given to you…
See if I don’t open up the floodgates upon you…
God is so very good, friends.
All of the colored parts of the map are places where someone viewed my website. This is such a huge encouragement! I know some of this is spam, but I choose to believe that the majority of it is real. Each view represents a real person who read something that I wrote. God has taken my tiny, insignificant, one in a trillion mommy blog and literally allowed it to spread around the world. It surely wasn’t by my power; I don’t know anything about internet marketing or professional blogging. Most days I’m lucky if I get into real clothes. I am a hot mess and have no idea what I’m doing in any facet of life. I’m just sharing my story as I’m living it and letting God do the rest.
I am so excited to see what adventures this year has in store for me and my family. It is my honor to share my chaos with you all and watch God use this hot mess that is my life to encourage other people. Thank you for coming with me on my journey. Please continue to read. Please comment so I can get to know you. Please share so others might also be encouraged.
To celebrate another year of blogging, I have put together the top 10 posts of 2016.
Cheers to another year, friends!