Learning To Be A Humble Blogger

Learning To Be A Humble Blogger

Hi there! I hope you’re having a beautiful weekend. ❤ This is a post idea that’s been on my mind for the past few days, and I’m thankful to be able to share it today.

Recently, I have been thinking about how I’ve been blogging this past month or so – from the basic schedule I had laid out for myself, to the topics that have been being covered in my posts. I came across something while analyzing my blogging habits that piqued my attention.

I have been taking the responses of others on my posts too personally.

I’m sure it’s no secret that I love getting to talk to other bloggers. I enjoy reading others’ posts, collaborating with bloggers, and having conversations with them on my own blog.

However, since late last summer, I have heavily tied my happiness with blogging to the response I get from others … and that has been my downfall more times than I can count.

I needed those comments – and it makes me sad to admit it.

There have been many highs and lows in how I feel about my blog, the content I create, and my interactions with the community. I’ll be satisfied by how a post does one day, then the next I’m absolutely in the dumps because of the lack of response. Instead of being happy with the posts I wrote, I’ve been blogging for a response.

In one way, I realize there’s nothing wrong with that. I aim for my posts to be inspiring, helpful, and enjoyable to read – I think we all want our blogs to be that way. But that wasn’t why I ever began blogging in the first place.

I blog because I love to write.

I have mentioned before that over the last seven years or so, I have been the owner of multiple blogs. None of them had more than five readers each – and while I had those blogs for me, I still longed to be able to connect with people. So, when Dreaming of Guatemala started being read by dozens of people a day, I didn’t know what to do with myself.

Popularity got to my head and altered my blogging focus.

While I may be considered by many to be a blogger who knows what she’s doing … I still have so much to learn emotionally about being a humble blogger. I never could have defined myself as such until now, and I’m even still a work-in-progress. But today I’d love to discuss everything that the Lord is teaching me through writing on this blog, because I’ve become aware of the fact that there are many. ❤

Blogging on here has helped me open up to people.

Writing posts helps me to express myself.

Blogging allows me to be even more creative.

Having a blog helps me not feel lonely.

Blogging reminds me that we are all human.

Writing honest posts helps me to connect with others.

Blogging is teaching me to be a humble writer.

I desire to be thankful in every way for the responses I receive from others on my posts. But from now on, I don’t want those comments (or lack thereof) to make me sad, or to make me feel like I did something wrong. The reason I’m blogging is to enjoy writing … and meet others along the way. Thank you so much for following along on this journey with me!

Let me know in the comments below:

What is blogging teaching YOU?

— Maggie

75 thoughts on “Learning To Be A Humble Blogger

  1. MAGGIE, YOU HIT ME DEEP!

    “Instead of being happy with the posts I wrote, I’ve been blogging for a response.”

    Talk about conviction!!! I … yeah…totally get this. I write the posts with a particular intention, but definitely get caught up in the numbers, the response, that connection with the community. Like if the numbers aren’t their “average” of what I get daily, it is the lack of comments on some posts/days.

    I was just telling Biblebloggergirl that I sometimes get caught up in finding validation in others’ approval.

    This post is SO going on the community spotlight for June on Inside Cup, and you know what, I think I’m going to post on the one I have for Peeking Beneath too because I know so many bloggers can relate to this.

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    1. I’m soooo glad you enjoyed this post! ❤ It deeply encouraged me to write, and I couldn't believe the response it got from others who have felt the same way I do.

      Aside from looking at the stats page and having fun seeing which posts were viewed, where the readers live all around the world, etc, the only aspect of numbers that I get caught up with is the comment count. Everyone has a comments per post average, and I'll feel really bad about a post if its response takes a while to reach that average. I HAVE to let my happiness with the post rest in my love for having written it and enjoyed covering that topic – not how others respond!

      I'm definitely guilty of that … especially on the posts I write about the Lord. They always get a smaller response, which is discouraging because I love hearing from people – but HE is the reason why I'm blogging!!! I want to share posts about Him even if only three people really enjoy them. ❤

      Awww girlie!! Thank you SO much! That's awesome – I really hope this post will help people ❤ I know it helped me! 🙂

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    1. ❤ It was definitely a post that I benefited from writing! It's my pleasure 🙂 Yeah, it's extremely easy to get caught up in blogging for that reason alone. It's wonderful when we can balance blogging for ourselves, and for a response! Oh sure! I'll do that right away. ❤

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  2. Great post Maggie. For the longest time I was down, on myself, because of the lack of “numbers” and comments.
    But then a comment did come, not from my blog site, that reminded me it’s not about numbers. It’s about doing what God calls me to do whether or not the numbers reflect the success or not. God know the success and that’s good enough for me.

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    1. Thank you, Stuart! 🙂 Yes, the numbers can definitely get discouraging. It is important to be reminded of why we began blogging in the first place! Amen to that!

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  3. This is such a great post. And I can relate to so many points in this: I too blog because I love to write, it’s a passion and I love to edit. I am a very visual person and I love being creative with any kind of content.

    Writing and posting on my blog brings me a personal sense of worth, pride and happiness that I cannot quite find in anything else.
    It taught me so much about myself, the way I think and how much I’m still holding back in my heart. It’s teaching me who I am.

    With the followers growing each month, I started to feel that pressure to do more, write more, post more and maybe find subjects that will resonate more with my audience. … and for a brief moment, it tainted the joy I feel about my blog.

    But at the end of the day, my blog is my home, mine. It’s a glimpse, a magical portal into my geeky world and a refuge for the people who cannot find their own light. I refuse to let others expectations or my own fears and insecurities change something that bring me so much joy.

    Blogging make me feel good, useful, humble and human.
    I’m so very grateful that they are people like you, who share their own journey, struggles and truth.

    All my love,

    Fantac from JGC Blog

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