Today is the 1st birthday of my blog. Yea! I made it to a milestone marker and I’m proud of myself. Many bloggers start and stop within a few months but I’ve been pretty consistent, posting an average of 3 new posts a week.
Like anyone who writes on a public blog, I wanted people to read what I was writing and initially I was obsessed with checking my blog analytics and stats and creating an online presence. It didn’t take too long for me to realize I didn’t have time to do everything I’m supposed to do to grow my blog readership and I gave up. Not writing, but gave up trying to write for the people and instead I write what God puts on my heart.
Not since my first post, The Appointed Time, have I written about why I write. Mostly, my posts are a reflection of what I’m working through in the moment. I’m an external processor so blogging is a great outlet.
Psalms for Sundays, a weekly post, is a side-step from my normal writing style. I started writing them about the same time as I started blogging. It’s an exercise in intimacy with the Father. When I write, I close my eyes and type or I am describing visions I’ve had while in worship. Sometimes, when I’m writing, I feel as if my heart might actually burst. His heart and my heart beat together to make an incredible rhythm; the frequency of the beats overwhelm my spirit. The writing is not excellent but it’s authentic.
It’s not a surprise Americans make up the bulk of my readers; most of them are in California. Canadians are 2nd and Russians are 3rd ranked, although the majority of Russians who find themselves on my blog are actually searching, “XXX”; for that reason, Psalms for Sunday - XXX is one of the Top 10 viewed posts for the past year.
The tweet that received the most clicks to link was for Messy Church; every time I tweeted the link for the post, it receive more than 75% clicks to link. I was grieved by the massive response to Messy Church post – too many church goers can relate and that’s a terrible indictment of the church. However, one of my favourite posts, Isn’t She Lovely, offers a response to how we should respond to messy church situations.
Strange how my favourite posts are not even listed in the Top 10 posts, but here’s a list of my Top 10 posts (not listed in any particular order):
- 5 Ways my Dad Taught Me About my Father
- A Child – No More, No Less
- I Am What is Right with the World
- Why Heaven Isn’t for You
- Hold On for the Blessing
- Psalms for Sunday, XVII
- If You Want Fire, Burn the Cross You Still Carry
- Garden Party with the King
- Love, Actually
- Lies Christians Believe #4
Through my blog, I’ve met some great people who encourage me and give me things to think about. I’m grateful to the Lord for the journey; the blog is going strong, and I’ll continue to write as long as the Lord gives me words to say.
Thanks for being part of the journey. Be blessed.