End of Year Summary
Mark 16:15 – He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.
Every year I am amazed by the statistic of this blog. Thousands of people each year visit here and it makes its way into so many different countries. This year alone my blog has been to 72 different countries, over 36% of the world! Since I started writing this about 5 years ago, it has been read in over 107 countries, 55% of the world!
I am absolutely amazed that anyone would want to read this site.
Galatians 6:9 – And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.
When I started 5 years ago, I really thought that only a handful of people would want to read this, and for a while I was right. I had just started getting involved in social media and had a few people following across all social media sites.
Since then, I’ve learned from my beautiful wife, Mimi, how to manage my social media presence. I keep my Facebook more private at only 323 followers. Twitter has just shy of 2,000. With LinkedIn I am pushing 4,100.
Bottom line, I live in the public eye. And I like it. Just ask Mimi, she would say that I feed off of it.
I don’t bring this all up to show how great my numbers are. Am I proud of them? Of course. But I realize that they can go away just as quickly as they came.
I bring this up because it teaches me two very important things:
- People are hungry to find the Word of God.
Next to those who subscribe to the site, the top way that people come to this blog is through online searches. Even after almost 5 years, my number one searched post is “Spiritual Farting.” Almost every day someone searches for that on Google or Yahoo and finds this site.
But regardless of how people are finding this site, it has become an important part in many peoples’ weekly reading.
Colossians 2:2-3 – My purpose is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.
- This has shows amazing opportunity for the church!
There are thousands of pastors who blog. Many of them post very rarely while others post frequently. I try to post weekly. The more a pastor posts, the more followers they will most likely have. With only 45 posts this year I have reached thousands of people.
Granted, not all pastors are good at writing. And many pastors simply don’t have the time to write one. But I believe that if a church enlists one of their members or staff to write a blog for the church, it will help to build up that church.
As the church turns more and more away from bricks and mortar and into a clicks and engagement strategy, online posting will be very important.
Most churches use Facebook. Some utilize Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and YouTube. In the grand scheme of things, very few blog or post snippets of their sermons on any sites where people could read them.
I believe that if we started to incorporate more of a teaching mentality to our social media as the church, then we would start to see people get more involved in understanding the Christian faith.
Many churches use social media to put memes of platitudes, announcements of weddings or funerals, and the occasional prayer request.
But there is very little teaching going on.
If we could take this opportunity to teach rather than tickle the ears of people, we might see a lot more growth and discipleship going on.
So, tell me, what are YOU going to post about?
If you would like to guest post on this site, leave a comment with your email address and I will reach out to you and see if our beliefs would be compatible for doing a guest post.
I look forward to hearing from you all!
Philippians 4:8 – Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.
Hi Fred! I enjoyed your “End of Year summary” post, and also had to follow your link back to your “Spiritual Farting” post, to which I agree entirely.
I am just now in the process of starting my own blog site, along with multiple supporting social media venues, so your current blog was timed perfectly for me. I may be interested in being a “guest” blogger sometime this coming year, if you would be willing. As soon as I saw that idea, the first thought I had was about Romans 7 and Paul’s struggle with sin, and also Romans 8, especially verses 35-39, because I have come across many believers, both old and new, that have fears or doubts about the surety and permanence of God’s saving grace.
These could be 2 or more blog posts that may help people with understanding their own struggles and how they are not alone, and how His saving grace can not be stolen away by anything in Heaven or earth.
Thanks for all that you do, and I am grateful that the Lord blessed you with Mimi, as well.
Your brother in Christ, Randy
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