I wanted to wrap up my 31 days of online ministry series with the bottom line:
There is no such thing as a small blog.
Even though stat counters, RSS readers, comments and links can be a good indicator of how well you are following the techniques and skills necessary to grow your blog they still lack in comparison to one major detail…the person behind the number.
Don’t ever let anyone tell you that you have a small blog. Whether Jesus was speaking to a crowd of 700, the group of His 12 disciples, or only Peter, it didn’t change His message; it didn’t change His heart to reach them. Remember, He said He would leave the flock to go after the one (Luke 15:3-7). What truly matters is the relationships. And it may not even be that you have a blog for their benefit. It could be for you.
Quite often, I receive emails from women telling me how something I’ve written has helped them or given them a different perspective on something that they once looked at negatively. On those days I thank God and remember that this is why I blog. This is why I keep blogging. This is why only one number matters to me.
Then there are other days when I get out of my comfort zone and write a post like this: My Life: Without the Mask.
I almost unpublished that post. I felt like I was being to negative or not encouraging enough. I felt like it wasn’t the right thing to post. Who wants to read the blog of someone who is focusing on what isn’t good, right? But then I left it. I decided to be transparent. I did that because if you and I lived down the road from each other and visited often then sooner or later you would see that I don’t always have great days or weeks. I wanted you to see the real me when things aren’t great so that you can see the real me when I am overcoming it. And it was on that day that I realized something new.
Sometimes the “one” I blog for is me.
I received so much encouragement from all of my online friends and even some who had never been to my blog before that day. And on the day after, while I was waiting for my husband to return home from a week long emergency trip to California, I was clearing out some room for a relative who was going to be staying with us. It was a stressful day. I was purging things by the car full. I was worried about my husband and our family member being on the road for three days straight. I was worried about lots of things. And if I may say so myself I was throwing a pity party in my own mind wondering how in the world all of these things could be happening to us in such a short time. Then the door bell rang. A skinny little delivery man handed me a beautiful bouquet of flowers: bright yellow ones with a lemon in the bottom of the vase. They were from my blog friend, Janet.
I don’t know about you but I consider my online friends “real” friends. Friends support each other; encourage each other; and they listen to the voice of God and send yellow flowers with a lemon in the vase even if they don’t understand why.
Yellow: It is bright and reflects light. It is the color of friendship.
Lemons: Even when things are sour you can make something sweet out of it.
Turn lemons into lemonade. That’s what I did. That was the message I received from God through my friend, Janet. On days like that I thank God and remember that this is why I blog. This is why I keep blogging. This is why only one number matters to me.
If only one person ever read my blog it still wouldn’t be small. God does big things. If you have purpose in your posts then you are already a success. Blog for one.
I have come to know and love so many of you. I want to start naming and linking to people but I fear that I might accidentally leave one person out and that would make me sad. You all make a difference in my life. I appreciate you all. We do this for each other. I love you all!
Find the rest of the series here: 31 Days to Online Ministry