When I recently registered this account, my intent was to find a place to share with others as I study. While I do neither masterfully, I love to read and write about God and His Word. I should say, reading is my passion and writing helps me retain what I’ve read. As I gingerly stampeded into the world of blogging, I was soon confronted with reality. There are real people out there who are at least clicking on my posts.
WordPress does a great job of monitoring and measuring the activity of their bloggers’ work. A quick visit to the Dashboard and Stats page reveals a ton of information to digest. As my first month as a blogger passed by, a slow but steady increase in visits took place. When the “one-hundredth hit milestone” was reached (not that long ago, by the way), I considered throwing a party.
Human nature, however, can never be content. Other than a couple of personal friends, there was no evidence that anyone was reading my blogs. The statistics by WordPress tallies visits, but cannot ensure the visitor lingers long enough to read the post. I’m sure that my mindset at this point would have attracted responses to question my motives for writing; but hey, I’m human.
Then it happened! I opened my email one morning to find the words, “someone liked your post.” I immediately began searching for an affordable publisher to put my first book into print. “Look out Mark Twain, here I come”
Little did I know how much this one response would change my entire outlook on the purpose of blogging. I followed the link from my email to the blog-site of my “liker.” At the site, I was introduced to true skillful writing. His site is now a favorite place of mine each morning to spend time reading before facing the duties of the day. One particular post majestically puts the purpose of blogging into perspective. Here is the link to that particular post and his site can be found on my blogroll (Wordsmith’s Desk).
My intent is now to write with purpose, as though every word published could impact a life somewhere. Only our Lord can determine what is produced by the activities we involve ourselves in, no matter how insignificant we see them, but His Word is clear.
“Whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus…” Colossians 3: 17