Thank You 300,000 Times

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.

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.

66 thoughts on “Thank You 300,000 Times

  1. What a beautiful little nugget here that reminds us it’s not about us. Regardless of the numbers we see, God uses what He wants of our work for His purposes. Sometimes we get to see it.
    And clearly He is using yours. Congratulations on your milestone. Thank you so much for the reminder that even small numbers may be of great importance “behind the scenes.” 🙂

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  2. Stumbled across this on WordPress reader. Congratulations 😊 I have been blogging for over a month now and getting people to read my stuff is as hardwork as writing 😅 Nevertheless, I have been learning a lot too. Keep up the good work! More views to go 💕

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  3. Yay for little old ladies! I haven’t been blogging anywhere near as long as you, but in one of my more frustrated moments whilst in the midst of staring at a blank screen and willing words to come a neighbour knocked on my door with a book of poems he’d written and self-published. I took this as a sign to get over myself and get on with the hard business of writing! Congrats on your 300,000 time’s.

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  4. Please and thank you go a long way, eh?
    A bit of gratitude each and every day.
    Encourage the creativity to come and play
    Thank you for sharing the words you say.

    Peace to you and your family, Stephen. 😊


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