Haven’t I commanded you? Strength! Courage! Don’t be timid; don’t get discouraged. God, your God, is with you every step you take” (Joshua 1:9 MSG).
Like a lot of bloggers, I wonder if anyone reads my posts on my personal blog. Oh, I get plenty of spam comments, which I have to delete daily. But I hope that I make contact with “real live” people. Oh, I know I have some occasional readers–like my husband or my children (because I ask them regularly). And I do get some “likes” on my Facebook author page, and I have quite a few “friends” on my personal Facebook page. I even have a few connections on Twitter and LinkedIn.
But honestly, I get a little discouraged sometimes. And at one point, when I was frustrated with all the spammer on my blog, I just quit blogging for awhile.
Bad idea! When I finally called my website provider for some help with the spam, I mentioned my lack of “real live” comments to a guy named Andy on the other end of the line. After a slight pause, Andy asked, “Well, do you post more than once a month?”
“Well, uh … I kinda got discouraged.”
Andy didn’t respond to my whining.
“Oh, I know I need to post weekly. Actually, a few times a week would be best, right?”
Andy politely agreed. Then, he continued to ask me more diagnostic questions about my other website and blog problems. I appreciated Andy’s gracious professional courtesy. But I knew he had pointed me toward an important fact. I needed to step back into the muddy waters of the internet–just maybe I’d catch a few fish this time.
Splashing around on the net. Why do I let my technical difficulties and discouragement get me off-track on my journey as a writer?
I love what Joshua told the Israelites, right before they crossed over the Jordan to their promised land. They had become discouraged after forty years in the wilderness. They knew they had even more battles to fight in the promised land. But Joshua, their leader, encouraged them, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go” (Joshua 1:9 NIV).
Stepping into the water again. I’ve only been blogging a few years—not forty! And I know I don’t need to get discouraged just because of a few spammers and even fewer “real-live” comments. In fact, after my conversation with Andy, who works for my internet provider, my spam even decreased for awhile. I don’t know what he did, but I was grateful. Thanks, Andy!
So, whether or not I see “success” from my blog, I choose to go forward. What is “success” anyway? A few more readers or obedience to my “call” as a writer? By the way, if you ever want to contribute your “two cents” on my blog, I welcome your comments.
I’ve stepped into the “Jordan,” and I’m not looking back!
Can you relate to my discouragement? What scriptures promises have helped you when you’ve been down?