5 Reasons Not To Throw In The Blogging Towel

It seems like everybody in the world has a blog these days.

There is so much chatter out there about homeschool and crafts and recipes and God and social media and the list goes on and on. If you’ve been at this thing we call blogging for any length of time you might be tempted to throw in the blogging towel.

Here’s the thing, you might feel like a little fish in a very big pond but there are huge numbers of people in the world who don’t blog and are looking for information, just like the kind you write about.

Surprised?

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My blogging friends and I were talking about this recently. I have over 700 friends on Facebook.  I would say that maybe one-seventh of those know what I do, that I even write a blog, and about half of those have ever visited, let alone read my content.

That’s kind of depressing really. But I also know that I have a whole bevy of readers that I’ve never met and with whom I come into contact with through comments. I love those interactions.  It tells me that people are reading what I have to say and actually want to talk about it. Don’t you love a good comment?

Let me tell you a story.

I have had at least one blog up and running for the past seven years. That’s like two thousand five hundred days (2500 for you visual learners).  I’ve written well over 500 posts in my career on everything from loving Jesus to making a tufted valance to BBQ lentils. At certain points I’ve run up to 5 blogs at a time.

Oh the madness!

There have been times when the feedback was really lean. I’ve actually gone whole years with only a handful of comments. Yes, in 365 days I could count the interactions on my hands. Six, seven, four, I don’t even think you could call that a trickle, especially because half of them were from my mom. Gotta love your mom for support!

But I kept writing. I kept blogging. I kept churning out posts and learning the craft until I found a good fit and formula for me and today I would consider myself a success. A small success but a success none the less.

There are many many writers and artists and musicians who spent their lives creating, to no avail. They slogged through with just minimal success only to be “discovered” after years and years of work and gone on to sell millions of books or fetch millions for a work at auction. What did they all have in common? They kept at it. Their inner drive and passion would never let them do anything less.

I heard an interview recently with Baz Luhrmann, the director of the movie “The Great Gatsby”. He said that in the first week of the new movie being out, more copies of Fizgerald’s book sold than during his entire lifetime. In one week F. Scott Fitzgerald’s writing found a new audience in a whole new generation of readers.

Jen Hatmaker is a popular author right now with her book “7.” Did you know that she’s written nine other books? Nine. That’s a lot of writing before finding widespread success.

Do you know how old Harland “The Colonel” Sanders was when he launched his restaurant chain?  65.  He built his KFC empire after retirement.  If you’ve never read his story you should, it’s fascinating.

So, what does this mean for you?

It means that if you are standing along side the blogging road and there is not a reader in sight and it’s getting dark and you haven’t had a comment in six months – KEEP GOING!

You have a unique story and a unique perspective and you have things to say that ONLY YOU CAN SAY. I can’t say them. Your sister can’t say them. No one but you can say them. And there is someone out there who needs to hear them. Right now!

You are NOT that chick from “1000 Gifts”, what’s her name? Yeah her, and God didn’t create you to be her. He created you to be [Insert Your Name Here.]

“But…….” you say.

I don’t want to hear it. If it’s a passion and you can’t help but write, keep doing it.

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1.  You have something to say.

You wouldn’t have started a blog and gone through all the trouble to figure out how to post and how to put social media buttons in your sidebar if you didn’t have something to say. You know that you have a message that needs to get out there. So? What’s the problem? Say it.

2.  Someone else needs your perspective.

Like I said before, only you can say what you need to say. It’s your voice and no one else’s. There is at least one, and maybe hundreds, of readers out there who need to hear your perspective and learn from  your unique story. That right there should be enough for you to keep going. It might take some effort on your part to get your story into the right hands, but keep telling it. It matters.

3.  God has some work to do through you.

Think about this for a minute. Jesus, the Son of God, was born as a man. Why? Did he need to go through life and be a success and make his parents proud and feel good about himself? Uh, no. God wanted to use Him to save the entire world. Dude!

God is not going to use you to save the entire world. But He might just have some people that He wants to change, for eternity, and you are His vessel to do that and blogging is the method. Dude!

No pressure but good luck quitting now.

4.  There is room for every voice.

The world is a mighty big place and there is room for every voice. Don’t have a freak out, but I am not a huge fan of some of the most popular books out there right now. However, I’ve read some blogger’s, who I might add are tiny potatoes (because they are not even small they’re just plain tiny) and I love their voices. I love their writing style and they way they speak to my heart. I have been way more moved by some little bloggers than I have by some of the most popular authors/bloggers out there.

Remember, the first rule of the play ground is, not everyone likes everyone else. And that’s ok.  But if there are no choices, if you up and quit and I never get a chance to read you, well that’s not good for anyone.

It doesn’t matter what you write about. I don’t read a lot of blogs about knitting. But a lot of people do. If that’s what you write about – keep going! Somebody needs to hear you. And there is definitely room for your voice.

5.  Success doesn’t happen overnight.

I read the Allume blog often. One of the things that is difficult to read is a post from a guest writer about how they got 5000 subscribers in one week and build a huge platform in 3 days and have 2 million twitter followers (oh wait, that’s Ashton Kutcher, scratch that). You know what I mean, right? It’s kind of depressing. I’m happy for these bloggers, I truly am, but they bum me out a little because I know, better than anyone, that success doesn’t happen overnight.

Remember, I’ve been blogging for 7 years. I have nothing close to 5000 subscribers. But I’m successful.

Building an audience takes time. Your most loyal readers will be the ones who trust you. They learn to trust you over time, over a long period of reading your writing and hearing your heart and realizing that you are safe. Relish that. It makes for much stronger relationships than with someone who only joined because you gave them something for free.

{Don’t get me wrong, I believe in freebies, but I’d rather have a super loyal follower who reads my posts and comments consitently than someone who downloads my freebie and then never comes back.}

Beverly Cleary is a beloved writer. Ramona and Beezus are like our first friends right? Cleary started writing books in 1950. She won her first award in 1975. You do the math. Success doesn’t happen overnight.

All this to say, keep going my blogging friend. Keep writing. Share your voice, your heart and your life with others. It might seem really hard right now but keep going. We need to hear you.

You can do this!

 

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  • http://www.stopandsmellthechocolates.com/ Lisa@StopandSmelltheChocolates

    Love this post!! Thank you for the much-needed encouragement. You’re awesome & I’m so glad I got to meet you last year {which would never have happened if not for blogging}!! Hugs!

    • http://www.debistangeland.com/ Debi Stangeland

      Lisa! I am so thankful too. I love to read about your goings ons and keep up with your family. Thank you for stopping by today!

  • Chris Malkemes

    I appreciate you sharing this with us. I am so encouraged. Thank you

    • http://www.debistangeland.com/ Debi Stangeland

      Oh Chris I am so glad. You can do it girl! Thank you for stopping by. It’s nice to meet you!

  • http://www.amylearns.com/ Amy Tilson

    Wow! This is the unabridged version of our chat. Love your humor! So.. keep writing, huh? ;)

    • http://www.debistangeland.com/ Debi Stangeland

      Uh, yeah. That would probably be good. Listen, you don’t have to write every day or even every week. Your voice is exclusively yours and you know when to share it and when not to. Keep doing your thing girl. You have gifts and talents that we are all benefitting from. Thank you for your hard work and for being available and such a servant. ROCK on!!

  • Cherie

    Such an encouraging word. Thanks for sharing.

    • http://www.debistangeland.com/ Debi Stangeland

      Glad to hear you were encouraged Cherie. Keep writing. You can do it, for sure. May the Lord give you strength as you share. Thank you for stopping by today.

  • Amy Elgin

    I needed to hear this, thank you!

    • http://www.debistangeland.com/ Debi Stangeland

      Oh Amy, I’m so glad you found it and were able to read it. Keep writing girl. Keep sharing your voice. The world needs to hear what you have to say. ROCK on!! Thanks for stopping by.

  • Aileen_A

    The 3rd reason is what I like the most. There is power in words and since I am not a gifted speaker, writing is the next best thing. :-)

    • http://www.debistangeland.com/ Debi Stangeland

      That is awesome Aileen! Keep doing your thing and sharing your voice. Let the Lord use you, because He will, for sure. Thanks for reading today.

  • http://sukofamily.org/ Caleb

    I like your 5 reasons Debbie. For me I keep blogging because it disciplines me to think about the world around me and to study God’s Word. A lot of what I post are things that come out my ministry, church and preaching. Blogging forces me to write it in a way that is clear, concise and understandable to a broad audience. I like that!

    • http://www.debistangeland.com/ Debi Stangeland

      Thanks Caleb. I actually like that you blog because I like that you have embraced technology as a way to share God’s Word. You share in ways that really are clear and understandable, and that makes a huge difference in a world that is full of misinformation and mumbo jumbo. Keep it up brother!!!

  • Beth

    Debi, I’m, so glad you stopped by my place and led me back to your place. There was so much encouragement in this single post. THANK YOU!

    • http://www.debistangeland.com/ Debi Stangeland

      Oh Beth, I’m so glad you popped over. Thank you for stopping by and leaving me a little comment love. You go girl!!! ROCK on!

      You can read more in this series here: http://debistangeland.com/blog/category/blogging/

  • roxymjones@gmail.com

    Hello, I love your heart, that your reaching those that want to cry, because there is ony a few comments or a very few readers. But your encouragement was huge because we write because God put it into us. We are ALL important and we all have a testimony and a sweet corner somewhere. For we are our brothers keeper. Thanks so much I loved this and needed this!
    Precept upon precept, Line upon line..
    Blessings, Roxy

    • http://www.debistangeland.com/ Debi Stangeland

      Thank you so much for taking the time to read today and for your kind words. We really do have something to share, each of us!

      You can read more in this series here: http://debistangeland.com/blog/category/blogging/

  • Helen Tisdale

    Wow! If you didn’t have a Rhema Word for all of us today! Thankyou Debi! What an encouragement at whatever level we may be! Can’t thankyou enough for your honesty, & boldness!

  • KristinHillTaylor

    I appreciate you shedding light on it being good to have different voices and many blogs because I do sometimes feel like my is drowning below the bigger ones. Thank you for these reminders.

    • http://www.debistangeland.com/ Debi Stangeland

      I know the feeling sister. I do indeed. But keep doing what you are doing because your voice is critical to someone who really needs to hear it. Thanks for the comment love today.

      You can read more in this series here: http://debistangeland.com/blog/category/blogging/

  • http://livinglifetruth.blogspot.com/ Amy at {Life to the Full}

    Thank you for sharing this encouragement! I’m new to the blogging world and, even as a newbie, it’s been tempting to throw in the towel. My blog isn’t exactly “rich in comments” and it makes me wonder who cares to read what I have to say! But you make very good points on why I SHOULD keep blogging. And, besides, writing is fun and I love reading other people’s blogs :)

    I found your post on the Teach Me Tuesdays link-up!

    • http://www.debistangeland.com/ Debi Stangeland

      Hey Amy, welcome! Thank you so much for stopping by today. I’ve been right where you are, for sure. But keep going. You can do it. Somebody out there needs to hear it. Plus if you like it, well hey, that’s a win-win. Nice to meet you!

      You can read more in this series here: http://debistangeland.com/blog/category/blogging/

  • Kelly

    Great, true, encouraging words, Debi! I’ve been blogging for just about 2 years now, and I’m just coming to a place where I feel good about where things are. Not because I have many followers, but because I’ve gained some much deeper relationships from putting myself out there through my writing. I’ve learned the “rules” of blogging, stressed over how to make them happen, and am now happy to just be me in the blogosphere. I may not follow most of the rules, but I’m still growing as a person and in my relationship with God. And THAT is what is important to me!

    • http://www.debistangeland.com/ Debi Stangeland

      Kelly,

      I love your perspective. What you say is so true – you have to find what’s important to you and then blog in such a way that it makes you happy. You can’t compare yourself to anyone else because no one else is like you. Thanks so much for your insight. I appreciate your kind words.

      You can read more in this series here: http://debistangeland.com/blog/category/blogging/

  • Ceil

    Hi Debi! I am coming over from Winsome Wednesdays.

    I like your perspective, and the fact that you remained true to yourself through all the lean times. It is hard sometimes to keep going, but with people like you who offer their encouragement, it makes it a lot easier to keep going. We all have something of value to give, because we all have the presence of God in us.

    Nice to meet you today!
    Ceil

    • http://www.debistangeland.com/ Debi Stangeland

      Hey Ceil,
      Thanks for your kind and wise words. It’s true – we all have something of value to give. Isn’t that cool?

      You can read more in this series here: http://debistangeland.com/blog/category/blogging/

  • lorihatcher

    Thanks for the encouragement today, Debi. You’ve spoken truth. I’m encouraged that when I write for the Lord, I am confident that he reads every post, and sometimes even comments :) Blessings to you this good day!

    • http://www.debistangeland.com/ Debi Stangeland

      Great way to think about this Lori. I love it. Thanks for stopping by and giving this post a read. Welcome.

      You can read more in this series here: http://debistangeland.com/blog/category/blogging/

  • Ann Marie Pike

    Visiting you from Deep Roots at home. I’m new to blogging. You gave good advice. thanks :)

    • http://www.debistangeland.com/ Debi Stangeland

      Thanks for stopping by Ann Marie. Happy blogging!!!

  • Linda

    I needed to read this post today. Thank you! I’ve been mulling over what my blog wants to be when it grows up, and I realize I’ve tried to much to become what/who others are. Gotta be me! Thanks for the encouragement (visiting via Encourage One Another)

    • http://www.debistangeland.com/ Debi Stangeland

      Oh Linda, I am so glad you came over. Yay for being yourself. You go girl! Be encouraged. You are AWESOME!!!

  • http://www.emilythomaswrites.com/ Emily

    Thank you, Debi for referring me to this post. It is so helpful. Look forward to some solid writing time tomorrow to work on my blog planning kit! So nice to “meet” you! :)