Sometimes, blogging (or writing in general) can be a bit discouraging.
I write…and nothing.
And then I look around on the internet, and it seems like everyone else is succeeding at this writing thing.
Have you ever felt this way?
Honestly, I’ve wondered lately if I should continue my efforts. I felt that surely this was a confirmation that I am most assuredly not a writer, that I should just get back to my regular work.
This morning, though, I got a bit of encouragement in my mailbox, and I realized that although notoriety may not come from my efforts, my only responsibility is to stay faithful, serving God and others.
That loud and clamoring voice in my mind said in response, however, “Maybe this really isn’t what you’re meant to do, though? Perhaps you are just a bad writer.”
I listened to it, for awhile.
Logging in to check another blog this evening, I was surprised by several responses to a post.
Shocked even. People are reading what I write?
One person commented, “Me too!” She had had similar experiences to what I had described in the post and seemed to feel a sort of validation of her own experiences after reading my blog.
Holley Gerth writes in her upcoming book, You’re Already Amazing LifeGrowth Guide: Embracing Who You Are, Becoming All God Created You to Be:
“We are closest to and most like Jesus when we are fully being who he created us to be.”
If one person reads and is encouraged by my writing, then that’s enough.
Popularity doesn’t matter, but being faithful to God does. And maybe that’s all I need to be concerned about at the moment.