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2011 was like making a fresh blogging start for me. In July, I celebrated five years of blogging with little fanfare. Is it a great accomplishment? I’m glad to have stuck by something for such a long time, but it’s certainly not earth-shattering. Just me, in my little corner or desk chair, click-clacking away about my life, my kids. Just words.
Somewhere in the collection of months that made up the year, however, I made a decision to stop caring about numbers. I rarely look at my traffic, stats, subscribers. I like to see what posts do well, but I try not to focus on that.
While I pursued some private advertising in the Spring, I decided to let it go. I was worrying a lot about making $15 here and there, feeling that somehow I needed money to defend my space of the universe here on this domain.
Yes, I still use affiliate links and have up Google ads. As a blogger, I think it would be stupid NOT to use these readily available moneymakers. But I’ve stopped worrying when it comes to blogging. I don’t worry about making money; I make enough freelancing. I don’t worry about stats. I don’t worry about writing with SEO or what will bring new readers or what I can link up to certain carnivals.
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I write what I want. I write what’s burning on my heart, for the most part. And personally, it’s created some of my favorite posts ever this year: heart-revealing thoughts. My comments are down. My traffic is down. But I am happy.
I hope by baring my soul a little, I will show other women that we don’t have to pretend to have it all together. We’re all struggling in one way or another, whether we want to talk about it or not. And if we are going to grow at Christians, as women, as friends … we need to let others see the dirty, deep-down places we want to ignore.
I hope you’ll travel with me into 2012 if you enjoy my writing and feel encouraged. I’d love to know about you, my reader, if you might take the time to leave me a little comment with your name and blog link, if you have one.