2012 was my 6th year of blogging at GraceDigest.com. It has been the busiest year by far. I learned last night that almost 89,000 people from 127 countries and all the U.S. states took a look at a post here in the past 12 months. Each of those visitors viewed more than one post. I credit the traffic count in large part to the crazy popularity of the Duck Commander, Phil Robertson, and the success of the hit TV show Duck Dynasty. I have written about them three times and reblogged another. The numbers shot up as a result. My goal when I started this blog, and now, is not to see how many readers I can get, but it is affirming to have so many. Even without the bump from the DC content, the numbers of people who read what I write has been astonishing.
The heart and soul of Grace Digest is Bible teaching, it’s about making the person of Jesus Christ known and publishing his accomplishments for sinners. Over these years I have received comments from readers, emails, Facebook messages, and comments in person saying that something I wrote here was helpful. It is a fair question to ask “Why the world needs another “Christian blog” when there are already thousands of very good ones out there?” I don’t have an answer except that my writing has been well received. It is something I enjoy doing, there can’t be too much promotion of Jesus and his saving work, so I continue.
The future? I have decided to not write articles here that are not Christian, Bible, related posts. Politics, social commentary, and other topics that interest me will be published on another blog, “bloghead” which is at RoyceOgle.com. I don’t have an agenda other than to share what is important to me. People either read or they don’t. People either agree or disagree or are neutral. Some people comment but most don’t.
I would study the Bible and try to walk with God, and write about that experience if no one read a line. I enjoy writing, in fact I love the discipline of expressing my thoughts in this way. So, since I’m doing it anyway, if one person considers the claims of Jesus, if one follower of Jesus is helped and encouraged it’s a bonus.
I deeply appreciate the kind comments and encouragement from so many personal friends and from readers. I look forward with optimism to 2013 and beyond. The darker the night the brighter a small light shines and even the smallest light expels some darkness, so I write.