The Lonely Furrow

Blogging, and writing in general, can be a thankless task. Believe me, I know. You pour your heart and soul into your words only to be greeted with apathy and indifference. Us writers plough a lonely furrow at times. We don’t necessarily do it for the recognition, but it is reassuring to know our work is being read and appreciated. It encourages us to keep going, to pick up our pens, open our laptops and go again.

Yesterday, passed 10,000 monthly views for the first time in its 26 month history. Hannah’s post, ‘Not All Heroes Wear Capes,’ also set a record for most post views in a day – a whopping 204, which made a 15 year old girl very happy. We also continue to receive (mostly) positive feedback about the content and quality of the blog. It’s not all about the numbers, I know, but they are evidence that our core message is being heard.

That message? Hope. Plain and simple. The belief that your circumstances, no matter how dire, can change if you persevere and have faith that better times are ahead. So, keep writing, keep hitting publish, don’t listen to the voice in your head telling you it’s pointless, that you’re useless and nobody cares. Take comfort from our story. You need not plough a lonely furrow, for we are a community that cares.

Published by Fractured Faith Blog

We are Stephen and Fionnuala and this is our story. We live in Northern Ireland, have been married for 17 years and have three kids - Adam, Hannah and Rebecca. We hope that our story will inspire and encourage others. We have walked a rocky road yet here we are today, together and stronger than ever. We are far from perfect and our faith has been battered and bruised. But an untested faith is a pointless faith. Just as a fractured faith is better than none at all. We hope you enjoy the blog.

29 thoughts on “The Lonely Furrow

  1. Congrats on hitting such significant milestones! I love it that your family is involved and sharing in your passion to create meaningful content for a world of readers. Great job, Mr. Black. Please continue to enlighten, entertain and uplift those of us who find your work worthy of our time and attention. Well done.


  2. Congratulations on making a mark and especially for your daughter to be recognized! I truly appreciate your progress as inspiration for my own work. I understand, sometimes a post goes unnoticed, and it was one that means something to you. But in the whole of it, the vibration of your love sets a tone. Thank you.


  3. I needed those words of encouragement today. We are packing to move one last time, I hope. What a chore! Douglas is being transferred and we close on our house tomorrow and the new house on August 9. I haven’t had time to write and felt like because I average less than 30 views or likes most days that I am not missed. I will start again when we move into the hotel for nearly two weeks. You are right, as it is not for the numbers. Yet, it matters, you know?


  4. This is so true. I had been feeling a bit low and unimportant while handling my blog and I just needed this type of encouraging. Thanks for sharing this and boosting my morale!
    Keep it going:)


  5. Thanks for sharing your story. I very recently wrote something similar in a post titled ‘a short hiatus’. And thanks for reading my story from time to time. I have made an assumption (dangerous I know) that when I see a view from the emerald isle there’s a better than not chance it’s from Fractured Faith. Keep up the good work.


  6. To me, if my content benefits just one person, I’m happy.

    It’s easy to get despondent because of the competition for attention nowadays, but if we nurture our sincerity – and keep doing what we’re doing for the right reasons, hopefully we can take a higher road.

    Thanks for the encouragement.

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  7. We as readers don’t always get the chance to be up to date on the latest blog. I know myself, I love to read it but I may read the last dozen or so in one hit. Don’t let the real time numbers skew your view. Your blog is not only great but also greatly appreciated.


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