1 Year – Looking Back

Hello to all of our followers and random passer-by-ers (probably not a word, but school is out right now, so can we let it slide?)! January 1, 2015 marks the 1 year anniversary of starting FWIA. Our mission was simple: to encourage and help Christian teens in their walk with Christ. Not only has God done that through us, but He has also helped many adults and non-Christians as well! We did not know quite what to expect when we, 3 ordinary teenagers, began this ministry a year ago as some sort of hobby. But with the grace of God and the awesomeness of our viewers, our expectations were definitely surpassed and we can not thank you enough! The purpose of this post is to basically reminisce in the good times and see just how far we have come in the past year.

To begin, let’s draw attention to my first post ever, “Is Jesus There?” I’m allowed to make fun of this post because it is mine, but it looks pretty terrible. Here’s the cover photo for it:

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That was long before I started actually editing the pictures… Anyway, that post is blunt, quick to the point, and written pretty horribly. But it has a point: Call on Jesus. When all else fails, when you’re at the end of your road, when everything has gone wrong, call on Jesus.

Now let’s look at one of my most recent posts, “Who are You?” I love this post because I was feeling so inspired during the moment. Anyway, take a look at this (pretty awesome) cover for it:

WhoAreYouThis post was written 9 months later and you can tell the difference (well, I can, but never mind…). It has a lot cooler cover photo and a slightly coincidental name. It’s a lot better in the way that it was written and such, but it poses a great question: Who Are You? What are you trusting in? Who are you found in? At Found Who I Am, we have found who we are. We are found in Christ and it is a great thing.

The reason I bring these two posts into this one is for a very simple reason: don’t judge a book by its cover. Don’t judge a blog by how it starts out. Looking back, we did a pretty bad job at writing. We got better, but it would have been easy to quit if nobody visited the blog in the first place. You guys stuck with us, kept reading, and now we are here. I know that we did some pretty horrible posts, but thank you for sticking with us. It means a lot.

Now on the lighter side of things, I’d like to brag on my fellow writers for a change with some interesting statistics:

  • – In only one year of posting, people just like you have visited our site over 2,100 times.
  • – In only one year of posting, Christopher was the most active blogger with 73 posts.
  • – In only one year of posting, Wyatt placed #1 in 5 different Friday Roundups with his post “Underestimated Underdogs”
  • – In only one year of posting, our website has been visited in 22 different countries. Most views came from the United States, New Zealand, and Canada.
  • – In only one year of posting, we managed to reach 200 posts exactly.
  • – In only one year of posting, Tuesday was the most active day, with 43 total posts being posted on that day.
  • – In only one year of posting, Josh Duggar was gracious enough to give us an exclusive sit-down interview.
  • – In only one year of posting, 221 different photos were uploaded, which averages out to about 4 pictures a week.
  • – Our longest posting streak of the year came from April 14-22, where we managed to post for 9 days straight.
  • – In only one year of posting, you and others commented 26 times!
  • – Our most viewed post was “Make me broken” by Christopher. It was seen 162 times.
  • – In only one year of posting, with your help, we acquired a total of 108 followers.

We are excited to see what God is doing through us and we pray that He is blessing you as well!

Happy New Year!

~ Collin

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Howdy! I’m Collin, 16 years old, and a homeschooled junior. I play the piano, ukulele, and many sports. I’m far from perfect, and that’s why I love to share (through this blog) what God is showing me in His word. Although I have many favorite Bible verses, if I had to choose one it would be Romans 12:12, Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.” I believe that prayer is the most powerful tool we are given as Christians and it should not be taken for granted. Toodles!