So much has changed since I launched Wunms with this post. We have a different logo, a different theme, different content, but most importantly we’re still here. I really thank God for giving me this platform to share my thoughts and experiences with you guys. It has helped my personal growth in more ways than you probably know.
On June 15th, this blog turned two years old! So today I’m going to tell you what the past two years of blogging have been like for me, including some notable achievements and the lessons I’ve learned.
Christian bloggers have to put in waaaaay more work to get noticed
If I’m being brutally honest, the past two years of blogging have shown me why a lot of self-professed Christians don’t “brand” themselves as Christians online. It’s not trendy and it’s much harder to get noticed. It’s as if the moment you explicitly say you’re a Christian on the internet, a few things are likely to happen… to name a few:
(a) Some people will write you off as boring or “religious” because of the stigma attached to being a Christian in 2018
(b) Some people will hold you to impossibly high standards, because you’re a Christian so you must be perfect (!)
(c) Some people will assume that you’re judging them for choosing a lifestyle different to yours
Added to these misconceptions… I’ve observed that it’s also a bit more complicated to work with mainstream brands. I’ve had to turn down potential opportunities and I’ve been passed up for others because to be frank, I’m not willing to sell out. Firstly, I created this blog to glorify God and secondly, I owe it to us all not to dilute the Word of God to make it more marketable and easier to swallow. So if I find myself creating content which does the opposite of these two purposes (e.g. promoting immodesty through the clothes I’m wearing/advertising), or if you have to look toooooo hard to see the “Christ” in my content (e.g. because the brand I’m working with doesn’t want to be affiliated with Christianity, so I don’t include my regular concluding Bible verse), then something has clearly gone wrong! I really want to show that you can do big things without selling out and losing who you are.
But let’s not focus on the negatives. I still absolutely love blogging and I’m never going to stop talking about Jesus lol. The key point here is that, yes, some people will sleep on me but some people will be truly changed forever by my content. I constantly remind myself that whilst it may take me longer to grow this community and my blog readership; to work with certain brands; to “blow”… there is a time for everything and you can’t rush God’s perfect will. We should learn to enjoy whichever “season” we’re in, because it won’t last forever.
This thing right here is a ministry!
The next big lesson I’ve learned over the last two years is how much my blog serves people. Over time, through your engagement, encouragement and comments, God has shown me that despite my sporadic posting schedule and lack of creativity and motivation sometimes, this blog is my ministry and I can’t ignore it. Here’s just a snapshot of some of the love I receive from you guys:
I sincerely appreciate every single person that has ever taken the time to leave me a comment. Positive or critical, I’m celebrating it all today!
Look at all the cool things we’ve achieved:
This year I’ve become less attached to obsessively monitoring my statistics (to protect my own sanity!), but as I was reflecting on the last two years, I had to put things into perspective. Wunms has amassed over 30,000 views, over 17,000 of you have visited the site and I’ve published 82 blog posts.
We’re an “award nominated” blog; a Feedspot Top 30 Christian lifestyle blog; we’ve worked with some really cool brands and attended fun events like #BlogConLDN & Lizzie Loves’ Social Media Workshop. If that wasn’t enough, we rank on Page 1 of Google UK for major keywords like “Christian lifestyle blogger”, “Christian lifestyle blog”, “Christian blogger UK”, “Christian fashion blog” etc. It’s so crazy! (For those of you that know a thing or two about the stress of search engine optimisation or how hard it is to rank organically i.e. without paying Google to advertise your website, you’ll understand why my organic rankings are so crazy to me).
I don’t say all this to brag, this isn’t a competition for me. I say all this to show you that God is MOVING! He’s really done so much for this blog and when I think about the little effort I’ve contributed in comparison to our success, it’s absolutely mindblowing. It’s not like I haven’t put in hours of work, of course I have, but my point is that it’s not by my own strength that we’ve been able to come this far. And I’m super excited for the second half of 2018 because I know that we have so much further to go!
“In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps.” – Proverbs 16:9
I have found so many amazing bloggers and content creators to share with you
Since I started Wunms I’ve come across some inspirational bloggers who have taught me so much and continue to inspire me to keep blogging. There’s way too many to list them all but check out these guys:
Kachee Tee – Motherhood, lifestyle, career, relationships blogger
Finally Fiona – Wife life, goals and purpose, lifestyle, haircare blogger
Attics by Chinju – Relationships, beauty, lifestyle blogger
Saabirah L – Mental health, black empowerment, haircare blogger
Kemi (Skylish) – Fashion and lifestyle blogger
Man Like Mike – Design, photography and video
Jade Darmawangsa – Entrepreneurship vlogger, social media marketing
I actually really enjoyed writing today’s post. It’s given me a much needed opportunity to just sit back and marvel at how much God has done in two years. I needed this booster, some of you may have noticed that I’ve been absent from my blog for a few months now (mostly due to changing jobs and wedding planning, more to come on that soon). But regardless of how “big” (or not) my influence is, one thing I’ve learned for sure is that God’s influence is limitless and I’m so ready to continue being a vessel for Him. I’m so glad I started this thing.
For anyone reading this who is on the cusp of starting something up but you’re scared of how you’ll be received… this is your sign to do it! And for anyone who has started something but hasn’t seen the results or numbers they were perhaps expecting… this is your sign not to quit before your appointed time. I said it before, I’ll keep saying it, there really is a time for everything.
Now over to you. What are your favourite types of blog posts from me? I’m always in search of content ideas so please leave your feedback and suggestions in the comment section below. Thanks guys and happy blog anniversary/birthday to us!
God bless you!
“All of this is for your benefit. And as God’s grace reaches more and more people, there will be great thanksgiving, and God will receive more and more glory.” – 2 Corinthians 4:15