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  1. Oh Aprille, yes! I think every blogger has been there – after all, we blog because we want people to read!! I’ll share the technical/blogging side, as opposed to the spriritual/personal side of things, for a few things I’ve learnt along the way.

    When I started my new quilt blog, instead of focusing on the big picture and obsessing about the numbers, I focused on building content that people would want to come back to my blog for over and over again. I think it’s technically called “flagship content” – the stuff that readers love, Pin, share, use. For me, that means tutorials, tips and participating in community blog events like blog hops. It means making my blog easy to navigate, easy on the eyes.

    Focus on your writing. You have a beautiful blogging voice, great insights to share. Match that with good images that people can Pin and share, interacting with your readers and your blogging community, and learning about some of the technical side of things of blogging to help get your message out there. It takes time, it takes hard work, it takes passion and commitment and regularity.

    • Thanks for the advice. I love the writing aspect but much of my life is just not that pinnable – and I’m okay with that. I do what I can and try not to worry about the rest. :)

  2. jeanniere

    I have always been content to be a no-name peon mom. I believe today as I always have that being the best mom I can be is the highest calling in life. And though in the eyes of many I have fallen far short of success, I can say with confidence that I have done my best. And therefore I am content.

    Prov 31:28 Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.

  3. mustangsallypennylane

    Oh gosh, you read my mind/ described my life. I’m praying for you, and me, and all of us sisters with our eyes and hearts that get stuck in the wrong place. Definitely sharing this with my readers.

  4. I’m guilty of thinking about stats and growth more than I’d like, too. But, fortunately, I don’t have enough time to dwell on it too much (right now, at least!). My sisters and I just started our blog three months ago, and we hope to grow and make a name for ourselves, but I’m trying to be realistic about what we can take on right now and what will have to wait a few more months.

  5. It’s funny, I’ve been inspired recently to write a post about how I’ll never be one of those big-name mommy bloggers. And I’m ok with that. When I first started my blog, I had all these grandiose visions of bringing moms together, brokering peace in the Mommy Wars, getting everyone to love each other regardless of their parenting choices. And what did I do? I barely wrote anything for 6 months because my heart wasn’t in it. I wasn’t in a place to help others – I needed help myself. Once I realized that, and started writing about that, the posts started pouring out. Funny thing is, I really started to gain followers and get to know people that way, too. Keep using your honest voice and people will listen (read).

    • Thank you so much for your encouragement. You say it so well. Grand ambitions of wanting to help and influence people! And those ambitions are well and good but sometimes God wants us to take another path or simply wait while He works His plans in HIS time! So for now I will keep writing honestly, plainly (and sometimes painfully) about my needs and how much I need HIM and let Him take care of the numbers. (Easy to say, sometimes hard to do, but it’s my goal and intention.)

  6. Aprille, this post is so, so timely. I’ve been thinking about these things lately too, and ironically I just watched “Cars” earlier this week, so this is exactly what I needed to hear. Thank you for sharing your heart!

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