Okay, raise your hand if this has ever happened to you. God has given you the most amazing idea for a blog post. You poured your heart into your masterpiece, agonizing over every word and comma. You scoured the internet for just the right image to go with your inspired creation. It was perfect — your very best work.
Then a few days after it’s published, only two people have read it … and one of them is your mom (Thanks, Mom!).
Yea, me too. It’s happened to pretty much everybody. It can be so discouraging. You wonder why you even bother, and think about quitting. But here’s the thing. Even when nobody is reading, there are a lot of reasons to keep writing. Here are five of them.
#5. It’s the only way to get better. Really. You can read all the great writing books, go to the best writing conferences and take a hundred online writing courses. But none of those things will help if you don’t put them into practice. Like most things in life that need some improvement, there are no shortcuts or easy ways out. Continue to write and self-edit. Ask others to read and give you feedback. Great writing will attract great readers.
#4. It improves your website rankings. Those creepy crawler web-bot thingys like fresh content and will reward you for posting consistently.
#3. It helps you process life. Remember when you first started writing? It probably began as journaling as you worked over the thoughts in your head. Putting them on paper (or in pixels) puts things in perspective, clarifies your thoughts and give your feelings space to breathe. When writing begins to feel more like an obligation than a calling, it’s time to go back to basics, and just write what is on your heart.
#2. Your impact may be greater than you think. That one person who read your post (and maybe even your mom)? She was the exact person God had in mind when He inspired you with the post idea. God gave us a message, and asks us to share it in conversation with others. If your words make a difference in even one life, isn’t that worth it?
And the #1 reason you should keep writing even when nobody is reading?
Because God didn’t tell you to stop. I’m assuming God told you to start in the first place, right? If He did, He had a reason. And if He’s ever ready for you to stop, He’ll tell you. Until then, keep writing.
Let us not grow weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Galatians 6:9
What strategies do you use to keep writing when no one is reading?
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This week, I am linking up with Kelly Balarie’s #RaRaLinkup, Holly Barrett’s #TestimonyTuesday, Holley Gerth’s #CoffeeforyourHeart, Suzie Eller’s #LiveFreeThursday, Amy Schlichter’s #LookingUp, and Missional Women’s #FaithFilledFriday, with Kelly Balarie at #RaRaLinkup, with Holley Gerth at #CoffeeForYourHeart, with Natalie Venegas at Salt & Light, with Arabah Joy at Grace & Truth, with Susan B. Mead at #DanceWithJesus