Celebrating One Year
Time to celebrate a journey that began with feeble steps, weak knees, and cry to the Lord sort of like Moses, “I don’t think I can do this..” But the Lord said, “Follow me and trust me.” So here I am one year later, amazed at all I have learned and the many online friendships that have resulted from accepting this challenge.
First of all, I knew nothing about blogging or how to set up a blog. All I knew was that I wanted to write Christian inspirational articles for women. As far as the technical side goes–I would not have made it through the first few rough months without my oldest son’s innate knowledge of computers. Fortunately, he was working right beside me on his computer, and after I whined for awhile, he’d slide his chair over, make me move, sweep his magic fingers across the keyboard, and say, “There.” I never did figure out what he did. I just knew I got the result I wanted. And who cared about the techy stuff anyway? Wrong!
In the Spring of last year, I took a Blogging Workshop, “31 Days to Build a Better Blog” focused around and E book by Darren Rowse. High Calling Blogs and Our Church.com combined to offer the workshop. I wrote more during that time than I think I did in my whole writing career. It was a great experience with a lot of interaction among the participants. Some of us still follow each others’ blogs and have developed genuine friendships.
Since then, I’ve learned about blog hopping, memes, how chopping off parts of a picture is as an art form in photography, (from my dear friend Claire Burge), how to change headers (which I still have to do), how to allow people to contact me, and a whole host of other techniques peculiar to the blogging world. Most importantly, I’ve grown in my faith through writers like Ann Voskamp, Laura Bogess, Jennifer Dukes Lee, Michelle De Rusha, Bonnie Gray of Faith Barista, Lori and AmyDeanne from the Internet Cafe, Holly Gerth, Lisa Jo and all the staff of (in Courage). If you have not paid a visit to these lovely blog homes, please do. You will be blessed.
More of my story lies behind that link in the first paragraph, next to Moses.
Hope this blog has blessed you and ministered to you.
Drop me a comment and let me know what you liked best from the posts, what ministered most, and what other topics you would like to see me cover. Thank you, all, for making this a ONEderful year.
“Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, ‘This is the way; walk in it.'” Isaiah 30:21 NIV
Congratulations on your one year blogiversary! I’m so glad you joined in to offer encouragement. You are a woman after my own heart as I believe that is so important and needed. We can share our voices of love.
I”ve been blogging for about four years now. At times, it’s been very steady but lately after returning to work fulltime I’ve had less time. However, I recognize and love many of the women you mentioned. Bonnie of Faith Barista is a sweetheart, isn’t she?
I read Darren Rwose’s book too. HOo wonderful that there was a workshop for you to attend and learn. so glad you joined our blogging community and I hope to get to know you better. You write beautifully!
Blessings and love,
Happy blog-iversary! My favorite thing is about your blog is YOU! I’m so thankful to have “met” you!
Although I don’t make it by to comment very often (please forgive me), I look forward to receiving your posts in my inbox and read each one.
Have a blessed day!
How exciting! Congrats on a years worth of blogging. I recently started bloggin I think Im going inot my forth month. Oh me Oh my so much to learn. I didnt know they offered blogging classes. Boy Id lvoe to take that one. Well Im looking forward to this jounrey not really sure exactly what brought me to thins but here I am an sharing my daily jounrey with complete strangers but trusting my Lord.
I am excited to come adn visit yoru blog more.
Congratulations! You have a beautiful blog!
God bless you!
Much love Anna
HUGE ConGrats! Janis ~
an amazing journey this blogging & you’ve increased as you’ve persevered ~ well done!
a pleasure to have met you !
thx for taking tea with me today @FHC and taking time for chat!
i’m honoured to be invited and entered in the so worthwhile giveaway you’re offering!
thank you Janis!