Heard today that the Pyromaniac blog has closed down. Read the last post here! Phillip Johnson has decided instead to pursue a “group blog” (nevermind how that sounds) of the same nature as Pyro, but one that will take less stress and pressure off himself. It’s here.
It’s interesting to me to consider that the popularity of your blog might actually force you to consider not doing one…
There’s no money in the small fries, that’s for sure. I’ve NEVER gotten a tip in the “Tip Trough” from anyone, so I’m certainly doing this from a labor of love and self-discipline.
However, some of Phillip’s thoughts in his last blog entry cause me to ponder. Do I have an “exit strategy?” Should I? What would I do if my blog was receiving the amount of traffic (18,000 hits per day) that his was? How would that affect my writing and posting?
When I began last September, my blog was receiving about 20 hits a day. Six months later, it receives more than 80 a day. Ooooooo. I’ve never considered projecting how many readers I would have in a year’s time. I just started blogging.
I unashamedly will confess that I DO want more influence. I want more readers. I don’t think I’m wonderful (well, semi-wonderful), and I’m under no illusions of grandeur, but I confess that I want a LOT of people to be influenced positively by my thoughts, my joy for life, my hope, and my heart. I say that because in all earnestness I try to pin my very being upon the reality of Jesus Christ and his amazing love. More blog readers for me will hopefully and humbly translate into more praise for Him. And He alone deserves it!
When I was serving as the Director of the Baptist Collegiate Ministry at UAM, we created a mission statement for our campus ministry that I so deeply internalized, that it became my own:
“To glorify God as life’s ultimate joy.”
With every fiber of my being and fabric of my soul, I am totally committed to the joy and hope found in a love relationship with Jesus Christ. I’m not talking about empty, frustratingly-routine, Bible-belt religion or church attendance. I’m talking about full-throttled, kingdom-building, sacrifice-enabling, soul-enriching, trial-bearing, people-serving, and Christ-besotted love of God. Reckless endangerment of one’s self to truly become all you were created to be by an intentional, passionate Creator.
I have been forever and finally transformed by His grace. Blogging is one way that I can influence others to investigate and integrate the teachings of Christ with their own lives.
So… for you 80 out there… this blog is open for business! (and if you’re from England or out of the states and arebeing a lurker, I’d love to hear how you found this blog and what you think!)