As a Christian Lifestyle blogger, it can get difficult to have a good amount of people follow your blog. You may find yourself frustrated and doubt if blogging is really your calling.
As a Christian, we shouldn’t have to worry about those things but we can’t forget that we’re all human. Worry, anxiety, doubt, and everything else come inside us humans.
I did doubt about blogging many times. I did doubt whether or not this was a calling from God. Then one story made me realize that in time the people will come; that story is the story of how Jesus fed 5,000 people with just 5 loaves of bread and 2 fish.
When we blog, we hope that it does these 2 things:
- Finds a solution to a pain point in their lives
- Reaches other readers
It can be difficult to accomplish both of these at the same time. We don’t see anything being shared, liked, commented, etc. Instead, we doubt and lose hope of our blog. Us losing hope is like the people who came to Jesus and asked him if they shall send the people away so they can get something to eat.
Over 5000 people, all followers, came to see Jesus. When evening came, these people ask Jesus what they should do with all these people. They were all hungry. Jesus said, “Give them something to eat” (Matthew 14:16). The people responded that they only have 5 loaves and 2 fish.
Jesus replied, “Bring them here to me” (Matthew 14:18). He took the 5 loaves and 2 fish, looked up to heaven, and bless them. Out of 5 loaves and 2 fish, more was reproduced. So much was given that there were 12 baskets of leftovers!
How amazing is that? Out of the very little they had, Jesus was able to feed them all and still have leftover!.
The same concept can go into blogging if you will do just one thing: Give your blog to Him.
Let Him bring you the followers. It doesn’t matter if you only have a few posts up and a few followers to start with. He will bring them to you if you just submit it all to Him.
But, here’s one thing I noticed about Jesus that maybe we need to start doing.
When Jesus had stepped foot onto the land, He saw the massive amount of people before Him and felt compassion for them. (Mark 6:34).
Some of us, when we start blogging we try to relate our personal lifestyle with every blog post. Yes, that is okay but, sometimes we need to take ourselves out the picture and have compassion for our readers. What is it in your blogging are you going to give them? They are hungry for something to read! If you want your blog to grow and have a good amount of followers, you need to have compassion for your readers. They want to come back to your blog because there is something that you offer them. Something that can solve an immediate problem in their lives!
There was something that hit me when I had doubted my calling to blog. Randomly looking on Pinterest, I found this great post by Alison Tiemeyer and she says this:
It’s never time to give up because this thing you’re doing is so much bigger than you. In fact, it’s never been about you.
It’s about Jesus in you.
When it comes to blogging, it’s not about us, the people, it’s not about any of that. It’s about Jesus in us. It’s about what He can do in us and how our blogging is not for our purpose but, for His.
So don’t worry about the followers. Don’t worry about how many likes, shares, etc. Don’t worry about any of that. If you submit to God, your blog will grow.
I hope this post alleviates the worry of a number of followers to obtain. It can get frustrating but, have faith. Believe that God will bring you the people. Remember, it’s about Jesus in us.
Worried about starting a blog, read this post 4 Encouraging Reasons to Start a Blog!