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Looking Back on One Year of Blogging
One year ago, I revamped my website, repurposed my blog, and went to a self hosted site in order to concentrate my efforts as a blogger. In a way, I felt like that process was my graduation from recreational blogging to a more professional attempt.
That first month, I had 1,656 visitors stop by mattham.com. The following month, I saw nearly 6,000 visitors. In my mind, I was headed toward blogging superstardom. However, I saw those numbers plummet in May.
Over the next twelve months, these seasons of highs and lows continued. It was a constant struggle as I felt the urge to use my site statistics as a metric of my impact—a way to rate my success and validate my reasons for writing.
It’s almost as if the event revealed certain selfish motives and I responded with more authentic writing. My own words gave me a way to process the things in my life that challenged me and they brought perspective that enriched my experience. In turn, those same words brought life and hope to others.
The peaks and valleys continued, but their impact diminished. In hindsight, I was more fulfilled.
I was at peace with why I was writing.
In hindsight, this process was not only helpful, but necessary. It freed me. From there, I launched my podcast which I had held off on because I thought it would conflict with my blogging schedule.
I’m so glad I stopped believing that lie. My podcast has not only helped my blog, it has helped me engage with a variety of different people that might not otherwise take the time to read a blog post.
In addition, the freedom from the numbers helped me launch my book long before many experts would say it’s time. In turn, we’ve sold over 1,000 copies in just two months of being self published.
When I turned around in February of this year, more than 22,798 visitors had stopped by mattham.com.
Gratitude and You
I am beyond grateful for anyone who reads the words that I write, moreover, anyone who takes the time to share it with others. The stories that have emerged continue to amaze me.
I receive correspondence daily from people who say that the Redefine Rich message (my book, this blog, and my podcast) is impacting them in very specific ways–helping this gain perspective in their own lives.
It is encouraging them to live richly.
In all of this, I’m reminded: in order to reach 20,000, you have to start with one.
I share all of this with you because none of it would have happened if I quit. The one staple over the past twelve months has been that I have continued to be persistent with what I feel like God has called me to do.
I have kept praying for direction from God.
I have kept seeking wisdom.
I have kept writing.
Wherever you are and whatever gifts and talents you have, I would challenge you to do the same. Don’t let yourself be swayed by the distractions, rather, stay focused and stay persistent. I promise you that amazing things will happen when you do.
What is it that you feel like God has called you to do?
What passions move your heart?
Your rich life awaits.
What are you waiting for?
As always, if I can help you in any way, don’t hesitate to ask.
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About the Author
Matt Ham is dedicated to guiding others toward rich living. His own experiences have led him to the understanding and freedom of a rich life, and through his RICH Principles he helps folks uncover true richness, identifying real treasure and discovering true joy and contentment.
You can order a limited hardback version of the book at www.redefinerich.com
To contact Matt, visit www.mattham.com/speaking