I’m glad Google Friends Connect is gone because, if I’m being honest, I was using it to measure my success as a blogger. And unfortunately, I was using it to measure the success of other blogs too.
Can you relate?
When we check out a new blog, how often do we scroll down the page to see the GFC number and decide whether its worth our time to stick around and read or not? And we each have our own scale of success. Some feel you’re a worthwhile read if you have over 100 followers. Some won’t stop by again unless you have several hundred followers. And others will only leave a comment, come for a second visit or even read an entire post if you have over 1000 followers.
Some of us honestly don’t look at the numbers. That’s where I want to be.
A few years ago I attended a Christian writing conference here in Canada. I found the whole thing pretty discouraging as a new writer. The stats on the possibilities of really making it as a writer seemed bleak. But then I attended a breakout session about blogging and the speaker was happy, humble and spoke a message full of hope.
Full of Jesus.
She said that she deliberately chose not have a count of her followers on her blog. She said when she wrote it really was for just one person. She quoted Jesus talking about the greatest and the least and reminded us that whatever we do for the least of these, we do for Him.
The day I met Ann, I walked up to her with tears in my eyes and thanked her for being the only person all weekend long, to speak Jesus. To speak hope.
So I’m glad I don’t have that little “success-tracker” haunting my page anymore. And I’m not going to tell you all the ways you can add to my numbers again. I don’t want just another number.
I want a connection. I want friendship. I want community.
And if you want that too, I hope you’ll come again. I hope you’ll feel free to share your thoughts and your heart.
And more than anything, I hope you’ll know I’d still write this even if it was just for you.
To say thank you for being apart of my journey, I’m offering 20% off for all pre-orders of Dream Big made before March 6th.
Linking with Heather