Losing My "Following"

You may have noticed my conspicuous absence at Real Life lately. (thank you for noticing, Jo-Lynne!) I’ve been meaning to write a post about why I haven’t been writing posts, but I haven’t found the time or energy!

There are several practical reasons, but it really all boils down to the Lord, of course. My local website is taking off like crazy, and I’ve been running 50 miles an hour trying to keep up! I feel that this local project will take me into a full time career in the next few years, when Little Pea goes to school.

I haven’t been doing a great job keeping up with my job at home, and my anxiety has sometimes gotten the better of me. So I began asking God what I should do.

I’ve always been the type of person that doesn’t do anything half-way. When I started blogging, I went full speed ahead, building the blog, trying to do a good job, in keeping with what the Lord was calling me to. Then there was the part of me that wants to be “in the club.” Blogging has such a comraderie, which I love. But in the back of my mind, is the thought that if I slow down, I’ll be forgotten. Since I haven’t had time to visit my precious bloggy friends, lately, I felt like I shouldn’t expect them to visit me, either.

As that thought was being uncovered, it revealed that my motives may not be purely to do what God calls me. (Shocking, I know!) I talked to God, when I felt like he was calling me to slow down on Real Life, and concentrate on other things. I said, “Lord, I’ve worked so hard to have a platform for you, and if I leave it, I’ll lose my “following.” That’s when the Lord replied loud and clear!

He said, “You don’t have a following… I do!” It knocked my ego down a few hundred notches, and reminded me that anything good that I do, is only because of Him. He reminded me of Lisa, who was searching a recipe when she came across Real Life, and was inspired to start her blog, Stop and Smell the Chocolates. She is really amazing! I thought about Melanie Dobson, who searched for tanning lotion reviews, and gave me the incredible opportunity to read her life-changing book, The Black Cloister. Anyway, my point is that I did not bring these beautiful women to my blog, God did. He has always brought exactly the person who needed to read my posts, and He will continue to do so, whether I post once a day or once a month.

So all that to say that I’m having to step back a little. But please don’t forget me! I have a few review obligations, and a lot to say! But I’m going to stop doing this in my own strength, and wait for God to direct me- take care of my family and myself. I’ll still be around, even if not as often!

PS, Carey, I know you’re saying, “It’s about time.” Somehow I know you’ve been praying.

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About Sarah Pinnix

I'm a mom, blogger, vlogger, libertarian. I love Jesus, and my husband, too. Social Media Strategist for a Non-Profit (All statements here are solely my own)

Comments

  1. Amen, Miss Sarah! 😉 I’ve pulled back on my posting too — and haven’t been commenting on blogs as much either. I figure anyone who is interested will stick around. Just wanted to take a minute to pop over and say that I’m a Real Life fan for life! 😉

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  2. Lisa @ Stop and Smell the Chocolates says:

    You will never be forgotten by me, Sarah! I consider you a friend even though we’ve never met! Thank you so much for all of your inspiration and sharing fun times, too.

    I’m so happy to be part of the blogging community, but I am still working on finding that balance and want to honor God and not neglect my family.

    I 100% support your decision because I know that you are following what God is calling you to do. That is why you are an inspiration – not because of how often you post or what clubs you have joined. Thank you for the example you are setting for the rest of us.

    Will be praying for you and stopping by whenever you do post! 🙂

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  3. Hey, Sarah!
    1.) They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength!
    2.) Here’s an idea: Whenever you have something to say, blog it, and then go on.
    3.) Take a look at what Libby Dole is telling her colleagues in Congress. Now there’s something to write about. And since I mentioned it, I just have to say, for Libby: You go, girl!
    4.) And that’s what I say to you too. You go, girl! And you will set the godly example for your three princesses, as well as for the rest of us who are paying attention.
    5.) Be still and know that God is God. Then, when he shows you something, tell it.
    C

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  4. Lift Up Your Hearts says:

    I’ll enjoy hearing from you as often or as rarely as you post!

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  5. I’m a fan too! Love ya!

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  6. You’re in my Google Reader, I can’t forget about you!

    Take your time, do what you have to do, post when you can. We’ll be here 🙂

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  7. Musings of a Housewife says:

    Glad to know you’re okay! 🙂

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  8. Janel@Dandelion Dayz says:

    Wow, you could have just been in my mind and written that!

    I have been feeling so similar lately and this was just a great way to come to terms with it.

    I will enjoy reading whenever you post! Thanks Sarah.

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  9. Gathered Chick says:

    Sarah,
    I’ve loved reading your blog. It is everything I hope my own blog to be someday. Thanks for reminding us that we can’t lose our blog-following, since it’s the Lord’s anyway.
    What is your local website, if I might ask?
    Blessings!
    ~Heidi

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  10. We won’t forget the connection we have made with you, and will certainly not abandon our friends. I have enjoyed every post, and will be checking in on you. Blessings.

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  11. Deb - Mom of 3 Girls says:

    Hi Sarah! I’m glad to hear that the local website is doing well, even if it means you won’t be posting here as often. I will be here whenever you are! 🙂

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  12. Great post! I’ve been trying to figure out where blogging fits for the past few months as well, and what kinds of activity the Lord really is wanting in my life. If I post all the things I think are useful, I don’t have time to run around and read blogs and comment and participate.

    Then the question, if I were to have a full-time career, would I want it to be tied to a computer?

    Perhaps we should all pray for one another. 😉

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  13. R.L.Scovens says:

    I’ve enjoyed running across your blog. I’d love to talk to you more about something you mentioned in this post, but I couldn’t find an email address for you.

    I’m glad that God is doing things in your life. He’s great, isn’t He?!

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  14. You rock girl, I love you! You are a great encouragement to me to continue to seek God’s will in the things I do.

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  15. i like to stop by and read your blog from time to time 🙂

    swing by my blog and read about the Ture Woman Manifesto…

    In Him
    Rebecca

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