Give It Time

This post is part of my Write 31 Days Challenge series, based on results of the Online Christian Creative Survey.  Click here to see all posts in the series

One of the greatest misconceptions about blogging or any other form of online business or ministry is that success is easy and fast … one viral post and you zoom to the top of every list.  While that does happen very rarely (I’m looking at you, Candace Payne a.k.a. Chewbacca Mom!), for most people, success comes slowly.  It is the sum total of a lot of years of hard work and showing up.

That’s why I find the results for this question so interesting.

Instant success is extremely rare.  Keep showing up. Keep working hard.  Give your dream time to mature into the gift God intended for you.  That dip in the 6 month – 1 year range is very telling.  The excitement of starting something new has worn off but maybe you aren’t really seeing the huge success you expected.  It’s easier to quit before you are too invested.  It’s a super critical time in your journey … a time when you have to decide if pursuing this God-dream-thing is worth.  It’s a question only you can answer, but I urge you not to answer it alone, on a day when the words aren’t flowing and the tech gremlins are eating your lunch.

As we examine other questions from the survey, like those about income level, page views and email list size, we’ll compare those who have been blogging less than a year with those who have been blogging more than year.  You’ll see the impact of time … the value of continuing to work hard and show up.

Pro Tip

If you are in that 6 – 12 month period, don’t give up!  This is the perfect time to find a coach, accountability partner or mastermind group to help you make it to the next level.

If you are providing services, products or courses for the online Christian creative community, consider how you can specifically reach out to people in this critical stage of their journey.  There is a lot of information out there … much of it free … on how to get started, but what people really need is more support on how to keep going.

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