Oftentimes people make an assessment of their personal lives or businesses during the beginning of a New Year similarly bloggers may make an assessment of their posting stats. Looking back at an overview can reveal growth, strengths, and weaknesses, or aid in discerning if headed toward the intended goal.
A little history: When I started my blog, in April 2020, it was in obedience to the Holy Spirit’s directive to write. Following the death of my husband, years prior, I believe God told me to write my story. I had never formally written anything. Yet, as a teen, I remember having some sort of desire to write. Maybe it was sparked by positive remarks, from teachers, on the margins of high school papers. Kudos to teachers who affirm gifts in their students! Unfortunately, few of those occurred because my primary objective in high school was not academia it was to get out. I found school boring unless it involved art. Ha, how little I knew back then—writing is a creative art involving spelling, grammar, linguistics, etc. If I could do a repeat, I think I would pay better attention.
Growth success: In 2022, I submitted a few writings for possible publication in a print 365-day devotional book. I was honored to have one selected that is being published in April this year. Shortly after signing that first contract, I signed another similar type that will be published in March 2024. When each book becomes available, I will share the detailed news.
My writing year in review: Those that write on a routine schedule know the time involved to do so. I became aware the more I write, the more I read. Both take time and I had several events in 2022 that required devoted hours of time outside writing such as a secondary seasonal job. It became obvious there was an imbalance in my life. I struggled and wrestled with the fact I was unable to keep the pace of a weekly post.
Assessing realignment: When life gets out of alignment, like a car, we get pulled off course. I began blogging for the glory of God and obedience to Him. I asked myself, “if I force something to merely meet an arbitrary deadline, is that for God’s glory or Manette’s?” In the review of my stats, I’m surprised at what touches and engages people. The surprise is due to the truth Isaiah declared:
“For My thoughts are not your thoughts,
Nor are your ways My ways,” says the LORD.
“For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
So are My ways higher than your ways,
And My thoughts than your thoughts”
(Isaiah 55:8-9, NKJV).
Gratitude and future: I’m grateful for God’s invitation, to each of us, to join Him in the abundant life described in the full chapter of Isaiah 55. I’m thankful that He is wiser than me. I appreciate you readers yet I must guard myself against writing for the accolades of man rather than God. That being said, my posts will be less frequent as I regain life equilibrium. How frequent is yet to be determined by the One in charge it may be biweekly [every two weeks] or monthly.
The concluding stats: I’m linking three posts with their ranking explanation and title. Clicking on a link will take you directly to that specific post.
All-time highest views: “Fork in the Road”
This is a post about choices and decisions.
Most views in 2022: “Blackout Forgiveness”
Despite the title, this post is about forgiveness. I share a creative form of poetry that generated further healing for me.
Most likes in 2022: “Real Freedom”
This is a post about true freedom and liberty through the forgiveness of sins. Readers engaged by clicking a star most on this post.
Dear Father God, I trust You to guide and direct the topics and frequency I write. LORD, You are wise and Your ways are higher. Thus, You will take the Good News of the gospel of Christ to people everywhere by means of Your power, not mine. Let Your name be praised, Your will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven. Amen.
I am a follower of Jesus Christ, grandmother, great-grandmother, foster care parent, and trauma survivor. I enjoy sipping tea, writing devotionals, prayers, short stories, and unburdening my heart to the Lord. Check the About page if you want to read more of my story.
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