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
From My Heart to Yours,
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