I mentioned a couple of days ago there would be a surprise – yesterday. Yesterday, I had my hair done – it took hours, and then last evening, we visited, over dinner, with very dear friends. I couldn’t have asked for a better day, but at late hours last night, I looked at my computer, and thought “I said I’d sit and have coffee today sometime, but it better to wait until tomorrow. So here I am. I’m sorry I missed our time yesterday.
May I please tell you the special surprise anyway?
I was nominated for a Blogger Recognition Award! “Happy Little Housewife” recently began reading my blog, and she kindly nominated me. I am grateful, especially as her comment to me was “…(you don’t actually have to do anything the post says to do). I just wanted you to know that I appreciate your blog.” Thank you! I have truly enjoyed her blog as well, as it has helped me grow in organizing my home.
Below is the criteria for the award (things she kindly said I didn’t have to do):
- Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
- Write a post to show your award.
- Give a brief story of how your blog started.
- Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
- Select 15 other bloggers you want to give this award to.
- Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them & provide the link to the post you created.
How Did I Start Blogging?
I have always enjoyed writing, and have journaled privately on and off since I was about 20. When my heart gets clogged, and even I don’t understand me – writing helps untangle emotions. Writing brings perspective. And I’m grateful for this gift from God for me. Truly!
I had been told many years ago “You should write a book”, but had no clue about what I should write, nor how. About 2 years ago, I came to be home all day for the first time in years, and those comments came to the for-front of my memory, and they began to take on longing.
A friend had begun a blog about 6 months earlier, and she inspired me.
Soon, I began to look into how to do this thing! I had never heard of a widget, had no idea what a search engine was, didn’t understand Categories and Tags, and had no idea if anyone would want to read what I wrote anyway. Frightening!
Now, I look at my small readership, and marvel that sometimes they come from India, or Australia, or China, or….. and I think, “Thank you, Lord Jesus, that I can speak of your love, and the whole world can hear.” It amazes me.
Three Tips to New Bloggers: (Things I’m learning the hard way!)
- My readers need to see that before they become real to me, I’m willing to become real to them. I love Jesus, and more than anything I want others to see how beautiful and amazing he is; and that he can give anyone life, hope, and freedom. I can only do this effectively if I’m willing to share how he’s given me life, hope, and freedom. That’s hard, because it means that I must become more translucent – about the messes of my life. If I won’t, I do it at the expense of others thinking I have all the answers. Nothing then is shared, and I become “better than they”.
- I must write for them, not to them. I must write with their hearts in mind. Not with my desire to get my thoughts off my “pen” to a blank journal. I’m trying more to imagine my reader sitting right next to me at the table. How would I speak? What would I do? Do I want them to experience Christ’s compassion and love, or only hear about it? I must write as though I couldn’t speak, but wanted desperately for them to experience – through my words.
- In becoming real, I can’t do it at the expense of my family and loved ones – but in deference to them. I must protect my family and loved ones, while being real about me. They didn’t ask me to share their messes, so I must honor them even in sharing mine.
Finally, the following are blogs that I have discovered to be a blessing to me, in one way or another:
- Beauty Beyond Bones – She’s vibrant, speaks from the heart, and shares Jesus for today’s world beautifully!
- Teacups and Pearls – I like her recipes!
- Emma Plus Three – She is a young mom in the UK with a son with autism, who wants to be seen as a real person – someone with passions, thoughts, and dreams outside of being a “special needs mom”. I like her dream! Her blog is fun and holds variety.
- Nourishing Minimalism – I’m learning a lot about the joy of purging things I no longer really need in life.
- Tapestry Chronicles – Vanessa is the first blogger I became familiar with, and my inspiration for becoming a blogger. I love this woman – a dear friend, and sister in Jesus! She shares from the heart about herself, life, and her passions.
- Gray Clouds, Clear Skies – Peggy is an inspiration for me. She struggles with depression. She shares transparently. She loves Jesus, and it shows – giving hope in the middle.
- Let Us Live Like We Mean It – Timi has gone through some hard struggles in life, and it was in sharing some of them that I first “met” her. Her blog is varied, as her life is varied and full of adventure. She is an interesting lady!
- A Blog For Humans – Tom is a philosopher, and a true writer. His words make me think – and I like that.
- Turtle Moon Impressions – Blog. Janis is an artist, and a photographer. She takes her photography and turns it into textile art, and I love to view her gift in action.
Not every blog listed comes from the same worldview that I espouse. Nor would many of them agree with every word I write, but their writing and gifts have blessed me and I’m grateful God has brought them into my world.
And, Christine, thank you for the opportunity today to be blessed by you, and to try and be a blessing to those I’ve listed.