Are there blog demons? Any time something bad happens, some people call it evil. Many times it is resistance to what may become a critical piece in the giant puzzle called life. I call it resistance. Though this week almost made me believe in blog demons.
This week was important for me. I changed the name of my url, pointed other urls I have to the new url, hosted my first guest post and ran a marathon.
Wait, no, I didn’t do that. Just seeing if you’re still with me or just skimming.
I was excited to learn the change on my blog would be easy and would take 1-3 hours to complete. I designed the new header for the website and put it up and then switched over the url with the help of a nice support person.
Early Monday morning I had a post going out so I wanted everything to be ready. I set up my post in my email service, reducing the size of my header and went to bed.
It was if someone sent out an all points bulletin on my blog and blog posts. Everything seemed to go wrong.
The next morning, my website was wonky. I quickly emailed the web person who works on things for me. With a full scheduled day, she graciously agreed to look at in the afternoon.
I also discovered that one of the urls I pointed to my web service was not pointing correctly. It was a setter, not a pointer, apparently.
In the meantime, I got an email about the post I sent through my email service looking strange. It worked on my computer so I ignored it.
The next day was my first guest post so I worked on getting it set up. Even though the post showed in my dashboard where I edit and the teaser showed up on the front page, the post did not show on the jump page.
Several frantic emails to my web person and she assured me she would tackle my problems, which seemed to be legion as there were several other minor problems that needed to be fixed.
She got my guest post working. I scheduled in the email program. There were still some problems, but I was first on her list the next day.
What’s going on here, I thought? Isn’t God behind this project? If so why all the problems?
On Tuesday, my guest post went live and my email went out. Immediately, I got several messages saying the email wasn’t readable.
I figured out my problem with the email posts and sent out the email again with an apology. Humble pie a la mode.
Then, I heard from my guest poster that he could not moderate the discussion or comments on the site. I finally realized I had to make him a moderator on my discussion plugin.
I sighed and the thought occurred to me, did the devil do this? Does he have blog demons?
We joke about the devil’s power a lot. I do think he enjoys throwing monkey wrenches in any works destined towards God’s purpose.
I’m not sure he caused all my many blog problems, but if he did I know this, what he meant for evil, God turned to good.
“We are assured and know that God being a partner in our labor all things work together and are fitting into a plan for good to and for those who love God and are called according to His purpose and design.” Romans 8:28 (Amplified)
God has a purpose for what I’m doing even if it’s just setting the stage for His show. Because of that, there will be resistance from the devil, the universe or even myself. If I persist through it, there will be victory on the other side.
If I stop, the purpose stops. Most of the time the resistance is not coming from God but He uses it to help refine what I’m doing, teach me lessons I can use later when it is even more important and lay a foundation for what is to come.
Through all my ups and downs this week, I learned quite a bit.
- I now know quite a bit about hosting a guest post.
- I learned there are things I can do on my own and things I can’t.
- I know I have the best web person this side of heaven who makes time for me when I need her. More importantly, I know to trust someone else who has much more expertise in an area than I do. (It’s true I tend to do it all.)
- I learned I have loyal subscribers who stay with me and let me know when things are messing up. And I know if something messes up, it’s not the end of the world.
I followed Seth Godin’s advice this week. I practiced in public and I lived despite the blog demons.
When do you experience resistance?