Confession From A Blog User

I have a confession to make.  It means swallowing my pride.  Admitting a short coming in my life is not fun to do.  Here goes.

It dawned on me a few days ago, that I have wronged you, the reader, considerably.  I began this blog in 2009 to encourage and inspire women, young and older alike, on their life's journey. I wanted to inspire you, to encourage you, to challenge you, and to teach you.

Because of the circumstances I have lived in for over two years now, I have failed to do what God called me to do in starting this blog.

Many days, I chose not to write because I had nothing encouraging to say.  There is nothing wrong with that.  What is wrong is what I began to do next.

I wrote for comments and encouragement from you.  

I tried to build my blog to get more views.  To get more comments.

  To feel more liked.  And to feel affirmed. 

By you.

I leaned too heavily upon your response and let it dictate how, when, and what I wrote. 

If I got several comments, I would feel good and write more posts.  If I heard nothing, I wrote nothing.

My face book statuses became those 
seeking encouragement rather than giving it.

For this, I must apologize.  Not because I needed encouragement, but because I used this blog to attain the praise and affirmation, my heart longed for.

I have read of other bloggers who have done this before and then read their closing post.  They chose to close down their blog.  This is not the direction I will take.

I have rededicated this blog to the Lord.  

He will grow it as He sees fit and as I grow in Him.  I will not post articles nor face book statuses seeking encouragement and approval.

I will begin again.  It's a regrouping kind of thing, I guess.  My assessment of priorities within this blog have been updated, revamped.

God has given me some specific promises recently and hopefully I will be able to share them with you in the near future.  Please forgive my selfishness as I strive to be more like my Lord and Savior.

Thank you for sticking with me during this difficult time.  I appreciate each one of you and wish I could give all you ladies a big hug!

Come back soon for more encouragement and inspiration for your journey on the new and improved For Journey's Sake, only with the same old look.  For the time being.

Have a blessed day!
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Terran said...

We are all women of God. If we cannot rely on one another for support and affirmation, then none of us belong here. I never felt put upon by supporting you!

Niki French said...

I cannot thank you enough for being honest and graciously letting me know! I am humbled.

Rashel said...

Amen Terran. As a blogger myself, I totally understand where you coming from though :)

Love you,

Niki French said...

Rashel, You have shared with me some of your blogging struggles. It can be tough to not let it bog you down. I love blogging, but I don't ever want it to hinder me from being exactly who God wants me to be. Love ya!

The Mama Behind the Story said...

I SOOOOOOO love your heart, Niki. :) Your blog is a blessing. :)

Tina at said...

I appreciate your openness and vulnerability here. It is inspiring! Came by to thank you for stopping by my blog and am leaving inspired! Blessings to you!

Niki French said...

Thank you, Ladies! :)

Kristy H said...

I totally understand, my friend. I think all bloggers come to this point... more than once.

Keep up the good work and never let reaching a goal (success) become THE goal. Press on!

Love ya,