People love numbers.
$1,000 is better than $100. Right?
Maybe, but with $1,000 comes more choices to spend it on, and I would go as far as to say that most people would not be more charitable with it.
Luke 16:10 “One who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much, and one who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much”
Numbers can become obsessive. For the last few months I basically kept my facebook account active so I could push content to the most people. If I shared a link on FB, I would always get more traffic and page views. Then, I started questioning why that was even important.
I realized I was only sharing things so people would read them. That is silly.
I was also not consistent at all when I would share anything, and found myself falling into the flow of consumption rather than creation. But I kept my account for a least a month after realizing this because “I could share stuff with more people!” But, if I cannot be happy sharing content with a few people, then I will never be happy sharing my content with thousands.
At the end of the day the masses do not define me, and they do not define you either.
If I want to produce anything great, I know it is going to start with me being honest and sharing stuff whether anyone reads it or not.
Now that facebook is gone, I interact with fewer people, and my number of site views has dropped like flies….but. I have written more posts and been more honest in the last few days than I have all year. Numbers will not define the success of my sharing. I am cultivating real friendships, and the ones I have online are only being strengthened. I have so much more room in my brain to think and give attention to other people because I am no longer obsessed with obscure numbers and online stats.
Less can be more.
Number can be useful, but sometimes it is also useful to wipe the slate clean.