Many bloggers struggle with a constant need for more followers. In fact, from what I hear, followers are the magical solution to blogging success! There are lists of simple tips to expand your group of readers and many people agree that without followers, blogging is useless. (Never realized you were so important, huh?) And so, in the end, writers end up catering their every word to the reader’s desires (or at least to what they imagine their reader’s desires to be). But this begs the question, can you ever have enough followers? Could this desired accumulation of devoted fans ever be accomplished or is it simply a farfetched, unachievable goal? More importantly, what is the purpose behind this goal in the first place?
Of course, you probably know that motive is really what I’d like to focus on here. What is the reasoning hidden behind this blog? What is it that keeps me writing?
In the post titled, My Shepherd, I established my reason behind the name of my blog and the purpose of it.
“I strive to let my life reflect His love and mercy. I know that without His righteousness, I am worthless. Without His mercy, I am lost. Without His help, I am helpless. Without my Shepherd, I am nothing.”
You see, this blog is simply a response to the goodness of my Savior. But perhaps you’re wondering why exactly I’m writing this particular post. After all, I’ve already established the motive behind my blog in a previous entry.
It’s All Too Easy To Get Sidetracked –
Well, I’m writing this because it’s all too easy to get sidetracked; because I can say again and again that I’m writing for the Lord and then turn around and fret over a low day of stats or comments that are few and far between. Because you see, followers really are important. If nobody reads the things that I write here, then it seems to me this is wasted energy. But then again, what if only one person gets something out of this response to my Savior’s goodness? And what if one life is touched by the love that God has given me, not only for Him, but for putting my thoughts out in written word (because the truth of the matter is, I love writing!). And you know, I do have readers and I am so thankful for each and every one of you. So in the end, it’s my own desire for the spotlight that feeds this “need” for more and more followers.
Never Change –
On top of this, when I allow my focus to rest completely on gaining readership, I may just begin to adapt my message to one that will draw more people. But the message that I carry is one that cannot be changed. And so, I never want to change what I write in order to attract more people to this blog.
I’m Just Gonna Keep Writing –
With all of this in mind, if the Lord chooses to make this place a popular haven for Christians to rest and find spiritual food, then praise be to Him! In the mean time, I’m just gonna keep writing, because He’s given me ever so much to say and an incredible love for saying it!
“But my eyes are upon You, oh God the Lord…” -Psalm 141:8
Questions To Ponder –
And so, dear reader, are you serving God in response to what He has already done for you or are your motives founded in a desire for the spotlight? Can you honestly give glory to God for the things you have accomplished? Do you rejoice to have reached one person with a life changing message or do you believe that your work only “counts” in the case of large numbers? Is it time for you to amend you motive and re-direct your reasoning?