How to Stay Humble While You Make a Name for Yourself

Whether you write for one or for thousands, you are making a name for yourself.

Part of the reason I blog – not the whole reason – is to build a platform that has my name attached to it.

You can stop reading if you think I’m selfish, egotistical, harsh or ‘in it’ for the wrong reason. But before you stop reading, please tell me that you aren’t blogging the least bit for the same reason.

As a blogger, writer, speaker, you are making a name for yourself. Sure, it's not the only reason you follow your passion, but it a reason none-the-less. So, how do you stay humble while building a platform and making a name for yourself? It's no easy road, but it is possible. Find out more - and get some encouragement from someone who gets it - here!

Yes, my blog exists because God placed a message on my heart. And yes, I write on my blog each week because God has given me the words. And yes, my ultimate purpose and my biggest goal for this place on the web is that God’s name would be louder than mine – proclaimed for the world to read and see.

I write all of that honestly, from the deepest parts of myself.

But in the midst of it all, I believe that God has given me this platform. He has given me the opportunity to make some money doing something I’m passionate about. He has provided opportunities to share my passion with others.

Because of this blog, my name is greater than it was a year ago. And prayerfully – with God’s blessing and sovereign guidance – my name and the legacy of it will continue to grow.

Whether you like it or not, your blog is attached to your name which is attached to your blog which is your platform. And I’m about to make a bold statement that might make some of you cringe:

It is okay to want your platform to grow. It is okay to desire a greater name.

There’s something else, though. Before you leave my blog and never come back, there is a piece to this greater name puzzle that must be in place – every day, with every word, with every action.

Along with your name, you are leaving a legacy.

You've been created to be significant.

Your legacy can be one of pride and arrogance, selfishness and personal gain. Or your legacy can be one of the gospel, of grace, of love, of kindness.

Your platform – your blog – is your legacy.

I said it’s okay to want your platform to grow. It’s okay to desire a greater name. Just know, my friend, that along with a greater name comes a larger legacy.

We are told to be in the world but not of the world. (1 John 2:15)
We are told to love the Lord and to love other people. (Matthew 22:37-39)
We are told to live upright and godly lives. (Titus 2:12)

I believe, totally and completely, that we can do all of those important things without becoming selfish, egotistical bloggers. We can do all of those things and more while also leaving a legacy of grace, truth, and gospel love.

How?

We abide in Christ, for without Him we can do nothing. (John 15:5)

Here’s the key: we can’t just say we’re abiding in Christ while also living for our platforms – our greater names.

We have to actually do the abiding – live the abiding – surrender to the abiding.

As a blogger, writer, speaker, you are making a name for yourself. Sure, it's not the only reason you follow your passion, but it a reason none-the-less. So, how do you stay humble while building a platform and making a name for yourself? It's no easy road, but it is possible. Find out more - and get some encouragement from someone who gets it - here!

I wrote this in my journal a few days ago: “I live in chaos and busyness because I constantly climb a ladder of trying to win, trying to make myself better, seeking approval. I say ‘yes’ because it’s an opportunity to prove myself. Lord, humble me. I only want to live for you, to bow with singleness of heart before the throne of grace, to live as a servant for your Good News.”

I don’t have this abiding thing figured out. But I’m trying. I’m working at it, because it’s important.

If I strive and climb the ladder to make my name great, I lose. There is nothing at the end of that ladder but brokenness and sinfulness and great disappointment.

My friends, when we abide in Christ, we quit striving on our own. When we climb, we climb toward Him.

When we abide in Christ, He shows us the way to a greater name full of gospel #legacy. Click To Tweet

When we abide in Christ, we give up making a greater name for ourselves and instead leave a legacy of divine purpose.

That’s why I long for my platform to grow. This is the reason I weekly come to this place and write at AlisonTiemeyer.com.

I don’t have it figured out. I don’t claim to have it figured out. Rather, I claim to walk alongside you, to grow in my ability to boldly abide, to learn about the impact of my legacy.

Blogging bud, it is okay to want your platform to grow. It is okay to desire a greater name.

It is okay when you’re constantly abiding, constantly learning how to abide. It is okay when you admit the selfishness, pride, and climbing toward vain greatness.

It is okay when you ask God to enter in and guide you into a legacy of gospel goodness, powerful truth, and humble love.

I’m walking along beside you.


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18 thoughts on “How to Stay Humble While You Make a Name for Yourself

  1. “Your legacy can be one of pride and arrogance, selfishness and personal gain. Or your legacy can be one of the gospel, of grace, of love, of kindness.” Amen, amen, amen, dear friend. Great post!

  2. Thank you, Alison for this very timely post! It is a great reminder for me that we live, breathe, and blog for an audience of One–but if a few thousand people follow our blog’s message, we can humbly and confidently say, “Follow me, as I follow Christ” (1 Cor 11:1). Thanks for sharing!

  3. Surrender to the abiding! Love that, Alison! Thank you for being a great legacy of grace and love and kindness. It’s such a joy and a huge blessing to walk beside you as a blogging bud!

  4. Thank you, Alison! I started a blog a few months ago, and after putting in a lot of hard hours to keep up with a post a week (on top of being a busy grad student), I had to step back for a while to make sure I wasn’t trying to pour out of an empty reserve. Your newsletter about struggling with pride also struck a chord, as I wrote about a similar topic earlier this week. Thank you for your encouragement.

  5. What a thoughtful and an encouraging word, Alison!
    I love this line, “It is okay when you ask God to enter in and guide you into a legacy of gospel goodness, powerful truth, and humble love.”
    Always blessed by you~

  6. This is so encouraging to me as a new blogger!! My blog goals are a little bipolar: one moment I’m feeling like “YES, one day I’m going to be the next Jen Hatmaker!” and the next I’m feeling guilty for even caring if anyone reads it. Because we shouldn’t be after fame, right? But I like how you put it — it’s about abiding in Christ and keeping your focus on him rather than on your own name. Thank you for sharing!

  7. This is a great post Alison! I was on Carmen’s (from married by his grace) Instagram page when I came across your post. I too have been fighting a battle with myself for a few weeks now wondering if I was selfish in wanting my blog to grow so I can make a name for myself. It’s amazing how we sometimes find the answers we’re looking where we least expect to. There is one thing I keep asking God to do in the midst of it all – keep me humble.

    Thanks for this post, God bless you.

    1. Amen, Marie. This is my prayer too! It is never about me – no matter how much I may or may not grow. It’s always for the King!

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