Dear Blogger… What You’re Doing Really Does MATTER!

Dear Blogger,

What you are doing really DOES matter!

You likely started out, like I did, with such high hopes.

You thought this would be an amazing, easy, and very rewarding way to impact the lives of others.

Blogging can be a lot of hard work! Bloggers can grow weary. Here is hope and inspiration to let you know that your blogs do matter. What you are doing does make a difference!

So, you set up your site, made it look as beautiful, and started writing great words of wisdom, instruction, and affirmation.

You’ve probably been blogging now for at least a few months… if not longer.

You’ve done the work.

You’ve put in the time.

You’ve researched.

You’ve observed the analytics.

You’ve taken various classes and training modules.

You’ve learned to create images.

You’ve connected and linked and commented like crazy.

You’ve added to your social media platforms.

Then, several times a week — you write a heartfelt post, edit it, add great images, link, share, comment, link again, share again, pray, and hope that this latest masterpiece of yours will have great success.

~ Sometimes our posts do fabulously well.

~ Sometimes they don’t.

And, when they “bomb” or when they just don’t meet up to our expectations – we can lose heart.

We can grow weary in the work of blogging.

And, so, this post is for you, my blogging friend… to encourage you to keep on going.

Keep on sharing your gift of words with the world!

What you are doing DOES matter!

Here’s why:

1) You are a bright LIGHT in a dark world!

We live in a very dark world—filled with hurt, anger, pain, and much emptiness.

It’s possible that your post will be the very tool that God will use to “lighten” someone’s world today.

I know your posts have brightened my day many times. God has used your words to poignantly touch my heart on more than one occasion. And, He will use you again and again.

Keep posting!

You will brighten someone else’s world a little bit today!

2. You are a hope-filled VOICE that can be heard in places where no other encouraging voices can be heard!

Our words go out all over the world!

I was just looking at my numbers today, and I noticed that my posts are going across the globe.

These were my top countries today:

  1. US
  2. Canada
  3. UK
  4. Germany
  5. India 
  6. South Africa
  7. Australia
  8. Philippines
  9. Nigeria
  10. Netherlands

Have you looked at yours lately??

It’s like taking daily mission trips all over the world!

We can reach people without taking the shots, without the long plane ride, and without all of the cost and the trouble.

What a gift!

Keep putting the HOPE out there!

You are a missionary voice to even the most remote places on the planet!

3. Behind every single number of every single analytic is a PERSON in need of hope!

Last year… I spoke to about 15 groups of women around the Mid-South area. Overall, I think I spoke to about 1,000-1,200 women. It was an amazing year.

However, a friend pointed out – I can reach many more people (much more quickly) through the words on my blog!

Daily, I can speak to men, women, college students, and teens all over the place. I don’t have to be invited to speak. I don’t have to travel. I just have to type and post!

You can too!

You can literally reach hundreds or even thousands of people through your website and your online presence!

This is amazing!

Keep writing!

Your words are reaching so many people!

4. For every one (1) person that comes back to thank you, there are TEN (10) who could have!

Although you may only get 2-3 comments back on some of the posts that you write, you could have received 20-30.

You could have even gotten 200-300 comments if folks would take a moment to thank you!

Even Jesus wasn’t properly thanked for His earthly ministry.

Remember the 10 lepers?

As Jesus continued on toward Jerusalem, he reached the border between Galilee and Samaria. As he entered a village there, ten men with leprosy stood at a distance, crying out, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!”

He looked at them and said, “Go show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed of their leprosy.

 One of them, when he saw that he was healed, came back to Jesus, shouting, “Praise God!” He fell to the ground at Jesus’ feet, thanking him for what he had done. This man was a Samaritan.

 Jesus asked, “Didn’t I heal ten men? Where are the other nine? Has no one returned to give glory to God except this foreigner?” 

And Jesus said to the man, “Stand up and go. Your faith has healed you.” (Luke 17:11-19)

Only one healed man came back to thank Jesus–although all 10 were healed!

Just because you do not hear from people… it doesn’t mean people aren’t hearing you!

Even if you only hear one good word from one person—keep posting!

For everyone you hear from, 10 others are being blessed!

5. You are a great ENCOURAGEMENT to your blogging friends!

It’s hard work!

It takes time!

Your faithfulness inspires your blogging friends!

Your life refreshes others!

“The generous will prosper; those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed.” (Proverbs 11:25)

Blogging can be a lot of hard work! Bloggers can grow weary. Here is hope and inspiration to let you know that your blogs do matter. What you are doing does make a difference!

You never know how your post may inspire the heart of one of your blogging brothers or sisters.

Keep on putting your stuff out there!

Your words may be JUST what someone needs to read today!

6. You are doing the WORK OF THE LORD and making an impact on the world around you! (You are just doing it more quietly!)

It’s a quiet ministry.

It’s an unheralded ministry.

It’s a ministry where you work hard and spend a great deal of time by yourself.

It’s not showy or flashy.

However, you and I are making a difference in the lives of those around us every single day.

The discouraged can be encouraged.

The disheartened can be heartened.

The lost can be saved.

The drifting can come home.

The hopeless can find hope.

The empty can be filled.

The tired can be invigorated.

The sad can be cheered up.

With a few quiet key strokes, we can do this ministry!

It’s quite biblical, you know:

“Do all you can […and to aspire] to live a peaceful life. ·

Take care of [Attend to; Mind] your own business, and do your own work [work with your hands] as we have already told [instructed; commanded] you.

 If you do, then you will win the respect of [or live a respectable/proper life before] unbelievers [outsiders], and you will not have to depend on others for what you need.”  (1 Thessalonians 4:11-12, EXB)

Keep quietly giving of your time. God sees.

Others are watching.

You are winning some unbelievers by your efforts.

And, your reward in heaven is going to be amazing!


And, so my friend, my letter is coming to a close.

May I just remind you that you are greatly appreciated?

Even if no one else bothers to thank you today, I’d like to!

Thank you for giving of yourself.

Your life greatly ministers to mine and to so many other lives. 

Your blog does matter to me and to a host of other people. 

You are making a difference… even if you don’t feel like you are.

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34 thoughts on “Dear Blogger… What You’re Doing Really Does MATTER!

  1. There you go again, encouraging folks! You do it well and I am so proud of you and your ministry. You have kept on with this ministry and you are making a difference in so many lives. IT DOES MATTER! Thanks again for your encouraging spirit and for sharing these uplifting words!

  2. Oh, Melanie. Thank you so much for writing these words. It can seem like a lonely road in our chair behind the screen. But you are right – we have the opportunity to impact hearts & lives for something so much greater than ourselves! What an honor & a joy!
    Thanks for being a constant encouragement. You are so dear to me. <3

    1. Thank you, Alison!
      It is a lonely road that we walk sometimes. But, oh, what an adventure and what opportunity we have!
      You are doing great things! Keep going strong!
      Love you much~
      Melanie

  3. How did you know I needed this today? Never mind. I know how you knew. What a wonderful God we serve! Blessing us to bless each other, and wow, you blessed me today! Hugs to you my friend!

    1. Yes. The Spirit has a way of putting messages on our hearts on just the right day!
      And, He is a great God!
      So glad you were encouraged! You refresh so many others. I pray that today you will be greatly refreshed!!

  4. Melanie, you are such a beautiful gift from God. Thank you for these words. They were a great reminder of the “why” behind the work I do- and they were so very encouraging. God bless you, <3

    1. Thank you, sweet friend!
      It is a crazy ministry that we are involved in! Sometimes, it’s good to be reminded of why we do what we do.
      I pray that you will be encouraged and refreshed today!

  5. Melanie, you are such a sweet encourager! I am praising God for your gift of encouragement! Thank you for not hiding your light behind a bush:) I needed this today and God knew that! Thank you my friend!

  6. Wow! What an inspiring encourager you are Melanie! You definitely continue to perfect this spiritual gift. Thank you for writing this. It was such a blessing as I read it this morning. I love the verse in Proverbs and all your points were inspiring. I am thankful for the opportunity that God has given me and whether it be 1 or 100 people reached for Christ via a post, I want to do my best in what I feel He has called me to do. Have a blessed week my friend!

    1. Thanks, Horace!
      You encourage me today!
      And, don’t you love that verse in Proverbs!
      It is a blessing to be able to minister to folks – no matter how many!
      Keep going strong!
      You are doing great things for the Kingdom!

  7. This was such a wonderful and well-timed encouragement! This blogging thing can be hard and lonely and so often we (I) start to question if it’s all worth it. Great reminders of all the ways we are making a difference. Thank you!

  8. Yes, there are many days I think we bloggers want to throw in the towel and find something else to do with our time and talents. Sometimes it is just writer’s block or putting to much in comparing ourselves with others. Your words are like an ointment on a wound. Always makes one feel better. Can’t wait to see how you encourage in the I AM woman series. Blessings sweet friend!

    1. Yep. We all have those days, don’t we!
      I do pray that God will take these simple words and encourage many today! He is so good to do that!
      And, I’m so looking forward to your series!
      I’m already praying and thinking on my post!
      Blessings to you~

  9. Beautiful encouragement, here, Melanie. Thank you so much. This is a much needed word of encouragement for many writers, I know. It is a lonely road, and one that sometimes our friends and family don’t really understand. (I’m blessed to have a husband who encourages my writing.) Sharing on FB tomorrow morning!

    1. Thanks, Betsy!
      I’m so glad you were encouraged. It is sometimes a lonely road that we walk.
      I pray that God will continue to uplift you through the words of your family, your husband, and your blogging friends!
      And, I have one of those affirming husbands as well! What a gift they are!
      Thanks for sharing the post. I am praying it will encourage many bloggers!
      Blessings,
      Melanie

  10. Thank you for the encouragement – an encouragement I didn’t know I needed till I sit here teary!! I’m reminded to focus on God’s standard for success – relationship and obedience. To him! Not to man – and certainly not to man made blogging success!

    1. So glad you were encouraged, Belinda!
      It is a deeply personal and very giving ministry that we are involved in! And, we do have to rely on our relationship with Him, don’t we!
      Thank you for being a voice of affirmation to so many others!
      You are a blessing~

  11. It’s fun to see all my buddies here being encouraged – same as me! Thanks so much for ministering to my heart today, friend. The leper parallel really helps! You’re right – not everyone (in fact, almost no one) takes the time to write a comment or even click “like”, but we are reaching more than we know and more importantly, we are remaining faithful. It is a lonely business tho and our families don’t quite understand or know what it is that we really do!

    Thanks for the encouragement today!

  12. Melanie, what a beautiful, encouraging post. I have certainly walked that path of discouragement over the lack of engagement with posts in the past. It was not until I set my heart and mind on the fact that I really write for an audience of One ~~ the One who called me to this writing. If I please Him, no one else should matter. He will use my posts, books, and words to bless those who He knows need to be blessed. I know your post blessed many today, just as it blessed and encouraged me. Thank you, friend.

    1. What a great perspective, Leah!
      We do write for an audience of One – don’t we.
      And, if we can keep that in mind – we will do great!
      Thanks for sharing a great word today.
      Sure do appreciate you~

  13. Melanie, you have any incredible gift for speaking life and encouraging so well. Thank you for this timely word and for honoring God with your gifts. You are truly a blessing. <3

  14. Thank-you for the encouragement! I’ve been needing these words. Praise God. Those verses from Thessalonians have been much on my mind recently and I just bought a print last week that says Live a Quiet Life & Work With Your Hands.

    I’m so glad you took the time to comment on a post of mine this morning, which in turn led me here! 🙂

    Blessings on your week!

    1. Hey Deborah,
      So glad that God used these words to encourage your heart! I have been praying that He would put this post in the right places to affirm the right people!
      And, I pray that He will continue to bless you, strengthen you, and give you joy as you minister to others!
      Glad to connect with you.
      I hope you have a blessed day~
      Melanie

  15. Melanie, thank you so much for your words of encouragement! They have definitely refreshed me on this rainy Monday morning. Much passionate writing on my computer . . . compelled to pour my life out. Knowing it’s absolutely what God wants of me, yet craving attention, and interaction from others on the thoughts and words. Thank you so much for the lovely and timely reminder “He who refreshes others will himself be refreshed.” Feel like I have a bit more spring in my step after reading this. 🙂

    1. Hey Joy,
      Thanks so much for stopping by to let me know you were encouraged! I’m so glad to hear it!
      I pray that God will continue to refresh and affirm you as you share His loves with others!
      You have encouraged me by stopping by!
      Glad to connect with you~
      Melanie

  16. Thank YOU SO MUCH! I needed this reminder, after 5 years of very little growth (but many personal behind the scenes thanks) I wonder if what I am doing matters. If it is worth the endless, paycheck free days…if I should be doing something else. But this, this work? It matters to me

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