I started my blog in 2014 but I was hit and miss – some months not posting at all and never any consistency to my posts until the past few months.
Throughout my life I have loved to write. I was a guest columnist for the local newspaper a few years ago and I also submitted a few articles in contests where I either won or was given honorary mention. As a pastor’s wife I also wrote curriculum for Sunday School classes and children’s’ programs.
For years I have kept a journal writing about local events, family outings and life experiences. When I had cancer I found writing really was a blessing.
So in 2014 I started a blog. In my description of the purpose of my blog I wrote:
Stories of a lifetime to make you laugh, cry and hopefully walk away encouraged!
That was my purpose. I never wanted my blog to be so popular I could attract sponsors. I certainly applaud those who have been able to do that. But at my age I just truly wanted to write to make others laugh, cry, be challenged or encouraged.
I kept starting and stopping on the blog because I thought
Who do I think I am that my writing would be of benefit to others?
Of course, by not being consistent I did not attract too many followers. But moving to another state last fall seemed to shake me out of my lethargy – not only in writing but in other areas of my life where I seemed to have lost my enthusiasm. It has done the same for my husband as he has returned to his love of painting.
As I have been more consistent I have gained more followers. Still, I look at some of the blogs that I love and recommend and see the followers they have and I begin to wonder again.
Why am I doing this? Do I really think I am helping anyone?
But every time I think I will stop blogging I get a comment from someone saying how much my post made them laugh and gave them a good day. Or, how it encouraged them and was just what they needed.
So I ask myself again.
Why am I doing this? Am I just wanting to collect a lot of followers? To consider myself a big success in the blogging world?
Do I really just want to encourage someone, make someone laugh?
Is it all that important that I reach thousands – or that I help two or three?
So I have decided to continue and to be more consistent in my posts. And whether my followers grow or not, I will take joy in knowing I have helped someone.