Notoriety enters a room and swallows the applause of adoring masses. It rarely notices its reflection of pride in the mirror hanging on the wall. Nor does it see the faces of jealousy in the crowds behind it. It gets so caught up in the praise of man, it confuses it with selfworth and personal value. When the applause dies down, when the lights dim, when adoring fans walk away, or get distracted by another, notoriety may find itself looking into a mirror reflecting back shadows of distorted importance.
I was reading a post a few days back. Evidently, the author had popularity and notoriety on his mind. He couldn't sleep so out of curiosity he decided to go check the statistics on Technorati of various blogs in blogland. He wondered why Technorati rated one blog above another and how they came to their conclusions. He listed a group of folks he thought germane to his post and gave their ratings with Technorati. When I saw my name grouped with another I had to chuckle. I can't remember the numbers offhand. It's been a few days since I read it.
I know a little bit about Technorati's ratings and how it all comes together. I checked into it when I started my blog in 2006. Didn't really understand it all then. Know a lot more about it today. For me, the only reason it is of value is if one wants to develop a strong powerful voice in their respective focus group of readers, or because they want to make money from their blog. Technorati can give you an analysis of how you are rank with a competitor based on their standards of block popularity monitoring. Checking on your stats is interesting on occasion--competition is fun. But in the end, I think comparing oneself to others breeds a bit of jealousy. Notoriety does that at times. Especially if a person isn't liked by a certain other person or group. It gnaws at one's core to think someone they find arrogant, appalling, brash, or controversial, could be influential in forming ideas and views. Pity the jealous among us.
I must admit that I would like to be a force of influence within our community of faith. Not to boast a high ranking. Not so much to make money, though that would be nice. I want to help folks to know Jesus. Admittedly, I sometimes get carried away and rant and ramble about some goofy political issue. Or I may vent my thoughts on the perils and evils of blogging. But for the most part, I want to share my Lord and how He gives me strength, peace and hope. In a world dominated by entities and personalities which seek to destroy the things I count dear, I strive to stir up hearts and minds to grow in Christ. I long to manifest His Spirit to the world by encouraging others, having patience, showing kindness, goodness and love.
It's not always easy. I'm not always successful. Sometimes I get so lazy I don't care. Yet, I know this is a calling for me. It is a ministry I love...especially since my health keeps me from doing other things I once did. So, whether I rank high with Technorati or people "like" me with Facebook, click Follow, subscribe to my feed, or I have any commenters, I will still keep on writing...at least for Today. selahV