When I started blogging there wasn’t such a thing as social media.
Yes, I’m a dinosaur in blog years.
I’ve sort of “grown up” with blogging. I watched things change at the speed of the internet, and I’ve had to adjust how I do things to accommodate the ever-changing online world. In the process, it sucked the joy right out of it.
When I started blogging, no one had Pinterest-friendly images. When I started blogging, there was no right time of day to post to Facebook, Twitter, and Google+. When I started blogging no one was trying to be better at blogging than the next guy (or gal). Blogging was just writing, and most people happened upon your blog by accident. If they stayed, it was because of your content, not because you spoke the loudest or the longest or because you were seen in all the right social media platforms.
I’m not against change. And I’m definitely not against reaching out to people. But I am against knocking myself out to do so.
So, I am done with the rat race to be a top blogger.
Social media is a great tool, but I am no longer going to bend over backward so Facebook will see my posts (which means it can’t contain any links or say any words like “blog”, “giveaway”, or “post”.) I won’t be pinning my posts on Pinterest at the “right time” or begging Google to see my posts as important. I won’t be stalking all the blogging gurus trying to figure out all the latest tips and tricks to make my blog bigger and better.
I just don’t care any more.
I’m ready to get back to writing for MY audience, not searching for someone else’s. I’m ready to get back to the heart of blogging – sharing information meant to edify, encourage, endure. Sharing my heart with my faithful readers and those who happen upon Raising Arrows and stay because they find a home here.
You’ll still see me around social media, but it will be on MY time. And you can always get Raising Arrows in your inbox and read it on YOUR time.
God has some big things going on in our family, and I am excited to share the journey with you! I am so thankful He brought me to the understanding that knocking myself out to be a top blogger wasn’t a part of this journey.
For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ.