FracturedFaithBlog passed 300,000 views earlier this year and WordPress didn’t see fit to tell me. How rude of them! I only found out after accidentally stumbling across the statistic. That made it none the less surreal and difficult for me to digest. Not bad for a shy, awkward Northern Irish guy who decided to start writing and baring his soul four years ago on this little corner of the internet.
A lot has happened over those four years. There have been ups and downs. In that time I have written and published three books, posted over 1000 blogs and interacted with a squillion fellow bloggers. On the downside, there have been dry patches where I’ve struggled to string two words together. Days where I have felt utterly defunct, irrelevant and without hope. Ah, hope. What a slippery customer you are.
Writing is a fickle, unforgiving business. One day you can feel on cloud nine, all is going well and your head is buzzing with ideas and stories. On others you feel as flat as a pancake and dread the thought of approaching the keyboard. It’s at times like this that the support and encouragement of your readers pick you up, dusts you down and gives you the strength to keep going and find the next strand of coherent thought which you can then weave into being.
Yesterday, a lady approached me and offered such words of support. She told me she reads the blog every day, never comments, but just wanted me to know that she enjoys my work. It was a simple, yet incredibly kind, gesture. If only we could all set a few minutes aside each day to do the same. It doesn’t take much. I know I could do more to encourage others, don’t you? For that is the way to overcome the toxicity and spite of everyday life.