My Promise

I read a lot of blogs. A lot. Did you know that there are some awesome bloggers in this world? Some are big bloggers. Some are small bloggers. And there is a difference. It seems to me that the small/medium-sized bloggers are more personal. They take the time to comment on other blogs, visit those who visit them, and simply share some bloggy love. You know, all the things those big bloggers tell you to do in order to be successful. Apparently, they forgot the bloggy love in their quest for 5000 followers.

Well here’s the thing. I am on a journey to grow right now. Every single day more people are following spotLIGHT316 – either by email or Facebook. But I hope you are not following for the wrong reasons. Please don’t follow solely for the chance to win a free copy of a book that costs a whole $5. If you want it, I will send you the link. Really. Please don’t follow if you really don’t like what I write. I’m not offended. And please, for the love of all things good, don’t follow if you have no intentions of reading. You see, this is my ministry. I want people to read my blog…and follow Jesus. Don’t follow me. It isn’t about me…and I’m okay with that!

I think some {certainly not all} of those big bloggers may have forgotten what it was like to be little. Maybe they forgot their focus? Perhaps they don’t care like they used to? Maybe they are motivated by the financial gain? I don’t know…it’s none of my business really. It’s quite possible that they think they are doing everything right based on their numbers…and they may be. But to me, it isn’t about numbers at all. It is about glorifying the one who gave me the words to write in the first place. I am successful if I have blessed someone, challenged someone, encouraged someone…spotLIGHT316 was born out of the desire to use my gifts to demonstrate God’s love. My deepest desire is to see others grow in their relationship with Christ. With that said, today I am sharing the Top 10 Promises I Make to You – my readers – as we grow together.

  1. My tagline says, “Casual Conversations about Everyday Life” and that is exactly what you will get. My writing style is casual and conversational. I was never a very good formal writer!
  2. You won’t find a lot of fluff on my blog. If you take the time to read a post, I don’t want you to be disappointed (and if you are…let me know!).
  3. I read and respond to every comment and email and I will continue to do so. That is the “conversation” part…if you take the time to make a comment (and I hope you will), you deserve a reply.
  4. I will visit your blog. I’m all about sharing the love. If you take the time to come to my little spot in the blog-o-sphere, I will surely take the time to visit yours. I plan time into my schedule specifically to peruse all you great bloggers. That is exactly how I have established many good bloggy friendships and I expect to continue that trend.
  5. My posts will have purpose. I won’t bore you with something I threw together just to get a post out there. If I don’t have something worthy to say, I simply won’t post. If it isn’t worth doing with excellence, it isn’t worth doing, right?
  6. I like to share when I read posts that challenge me. In fact, I plan on sharing more regularly, like this!
  7. I will always keep it simple. I am not a terribly deep thinker…I’m a blogger who will help you stick to the basics!
  8. I like to engage {see #3} so you will see me link up and visit…and soon you will be able to link up right here too! There are lots of opportunities to share great posts with others and I think we all need to help each other out. Will you join in?
  9. I welcome guest bloggers. Interested? Contact me.
  10. I will always Keep it Real…What you “see” is what you get. I won’t sugarcoat anything to make me look good (in fact, I often look bad).

Friends, I don’t do this to make money. I’m not signing any book deals. I’m not turning down offers to be on tv. And my schedule isn’t so full that I can’t give someone time. Or tips. Or encouragement.  So whether there are 100 people reading or 1000 people reading, I will not compromise who I am and what God intends for this little blog. As you read, I hope you will envision me, with messy hair, no make-up, and a Pepsi sitting across from you at the kitchen table. Let’s journey this road of life together, okay?

What do you envision for your blog?


  1. Great post Deanna :)

    I really try to stay connected with readers who comment and/or tweet with me. My goal is not to be a big blogger, my goal is to be a good blogger, to use social media as a way to connect with other sister in Christ – and to minister in His name, which is what we are all called to do.

  2. I’ve really enjoyed your blog since I recently stumbled on it. I’d love for my blog to grow some more, but while some have swelling numbers and thousands of comments, I just don’t think that’s the future for The Domestic Fringe. I’d like it to be though. ;-)


  3. I read your promises and thought, “I’m pretty sure some of my blogs are fluff…but if they make us laugh, then they are probably worth writing.”
    A constant dilemma. Good to evaluate. Thanks for the challenge.

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