Today, I'll start with a bible verse:
“I am the true vine, and my Father is the vine grower. He takes away every branch in me that does not bear fruit, and everyone that does he prunes so that it bears more fruit." -- John 15: 1-2
Last August, I did an experiment of posting everyday on the blog. I had two purposes of doing so: First, to increase the readers of my website little by little and, second, to force myself to research and write every single day. I'm not a very disciplined person when I don't have deadlines.
But after more than three months of experimentation, here are the results:
1. Readers grew little by little
Yes, every time I found something interesting around the world or around the web and wrote about it, people came to visit the website. Well, they still didn't come in droves, but they came bit by bit, one by one, little by little.
2. However, I could not sustain the growth
Readers came...and went. Some days, I inspired them, but on most days, I didn't. Some stayed for a while longer, but eventually, they also got a bit tired of me "inspiring" or "motivating" them.
Feelings of inspiration and motivation are still just "feelings" or emotions. After a while, the "magic" of getting inspired or motivated fades. People need more than "motivation." More about this later.
Two Important Lessons Learned
Despite the results of my experimentation, I'd still like to call it a success because I learned a lot from it:
1. Pruning is painful, but necessary
Removing a part of your life is very painful. Imagine letting go of a hobby or something you're so used to doing or having.
It may be your bad habits, negative people in your life, dwelling in failures, procrastination, vices, or your pride. But what's more difficult to let go are the "good" things in your life like your family, your friends, your job, or your business that leads to mediocre results, mediocre relationships, and a mediocre life.
Remember that God doesn't want you to just bear fruit. He wants you to have abundance. That's why He prunes you.
In my case, posting daily on my blog led to having daily readers. But, the number of readers is mediocre because, on most days, I post mediocre stuff on the blog as well. Only once in a while do I get to post something "great" on the blog.
One reason: I spend most of my time and energy creating mediocre but daily content, than awesome, amazing, and original weekly content.
As days went by, it became more difficult for me to let go of writing everyday. It became harder to give up on the daily readers of my blog despite how mediocre in number they are. After all, mediocre was still better than nothing.
But, I realized, and God made me realize, that I cannot settle for just mediocre results. Otherwise, my blog won't grow as much as I want it to be. I need to let go of writing everyday so I could bear more fruit by writing better content for the blog every week.
Again, making this decision was very difficult. But, if it will lead to more fruits for you and for me in the future, then I've made the right decision.
2. People Want More than Motivation and Inspiration
More than getting inspired or motivated to live the lives they want and make a difference, I learned that what my readers want is to learn exactly "how" they can do so.
More than motivation and inspiration, what people want is usefulness. (This is also a tip to all the aspiring bloggers out there.)
Don't get me wrong. I really believe motivation and inspiration are very important to get you started. But, it's also important for you to know what to start and how to start.
That's why Charging the Lines will now focus on how its readers can live the lives they want and make a difference. Of course, from time to time, I'll still write about motivation and inspiration. After all, when achieving great things in your life, you will experience some ups and downs. But, I'll focus more on usefulness.
Always keep usefulness in mind when you're trying to achieve great things in your life. In order to get people to join your revolution and to make your conquest grow, always answer the question, "What's in it for them?"
A Big Thanks to You
If you've been following the blog, especially my daily posts, thank you so much! It really means a lot to me. Every time I felt down or felt like giving up, I would look at the number of readers of my blog and thank God for the people who visited it. You are one of them. You lifted me up whenever I felt like giving up.
Thank you so much from the bottom of my heart.
But, I'll be pruning this branch (posting everyday) in order to bear more fruit, to give you even better content, and to help you even more in living the life you want. The best is yet to come, so stay tuned and stay connected.
Now that "mediocre" posts are out of the way, what can you expect from the blog?
First of all, my blog will no longer be for everyone. It will be for World Changers who want to achieve great things in their lives and in the lives of others. If you're content on living an "okay" life, this blog is not for you. And I respect that.
Second, I will still focus on helping you live the life you want and make a difference in the world, but in greater detail.
Third, I will follow a posting schedule... again:
Every Tuesday, I will be posting specific and practical strategies to help you live the life you want and make a difference.
Every other Thursday, I will be posting inspiring stories of and interviews with other World Changers who are already living the lives they want and making a difference in the world at the same time.
Every Monday, I will share the word of God as the fulfillment of my mission to spread it. God's word will also inspire and motivate you to achieve greater things in your life as God has originally planned for you.
The Best is Yet to Come
That's it. I have so many projects lined up for the rest of the year until next year. They're so many that I don't even know where to start!
Again, I want to thank you for always visiting the blog. I really appreciate all the support. It's only going to get better from here. And the good news is, tomorrow's Sunday! We'll start making things even better tomorrow!
Stay tuned because the best is yet to come. Keep changing the world!
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