WordPress sent me a little message this evening, letting me know that I’d been blogging here for a year now. I had blogged for a few years before on Blogger, but switched over because WordPress would give me the chance to run a more professional, clean blog. It’s crazy to think that I’ve been blogging here for a year, and I’m so thankful for all of the people I’ve met through this little blog. In a year, I’ve gotten over two hundred followers, over 7 thousand views from people all over the world, all the way from places like Estonia, Australia, India, Singapore, Germany, the United Kingdom, and more. I’ve met quite a few people whom I’ve been very blessed to have been able to come in contact with, and I cherish all of the thought provoking and wonderful conversations I’ve had because of this blog. I’ve received some hateful comments, I’ve debated many people, and I know because of those people, the good and the bad, I’ve been pushed further into the arms of Christ and been led to study the Bible more. Because of this blog, I’ve gotten to know my Savior better. This blog has been an outreach, and I am so blessed by every single one of you that come along and read. Even if you don’t comment or like the posts, I appreciate you. I appreciate the fact that you take time out of your day to read my posts. The thought that so many people have read what I’ve written amazes me. I had someone message me the other day, saying that her and her mother never miss a post, that this blog’s name is a popular thing around their house, and oh my goodness. I just can’t even wrap my head around that.
So thank you. Thank you all for reading, for supporting me, for giving me a reason to keep writing, for inspiring me.
I want to talk a little bit about the impact that this blog and other blogs have made on me, and how social media changed my life positively. Social media is bashed a lot by people, people see this generation and they realize how addicted we are to social media. They see the negative sides of it (and yes, there’s a ton of negatives here.) and they want to judge every part of social media. But as you all know, I’m very passionate about social media and what I believe it could be for every single Christian out there with access to a computer, smartphone or tablet. Y’all probably remember this post that I wrote last month about what a great tool social media can be, and I still firmly believe that this is a tool that could be great and impact thousands of people around the world, but most of us aren’t using it. Blogging is something great. I’ve been blogging since I was about twelve, it started off as a homeschooling project, I got tired of it, then started up again after stumbling across a few blogs that I loved and that inspired me majorly. Blogs like Fresh Modesty, Boyer Family Singers, Calico Sisters and plenty more. Through blogging, I’ve met a lot of absolutely amazing young women (and some men!) who have similar convictions and morals as myself, who live their lives to the glory of the Lord, and they use social media as the wonderful tool that it is. Because of blogging, I’ve been able to be a much larger witness than I would’ve ever been. Blogging has given me the courage to witness out in the world when I’m face to face with someone that I know doesn’t belong to Christ. Blogging has lit a fire in my soul, because through blogging, I’ve met lost people, I’ve seen the need for Christ around the world, and once I started writing about Him, I couldn’t stop.
I’ve encouraged people to create a blog and write down their thoughts on our Savior, share sermon notes, do Bible Studies with people, and I’ve seen what an impact it’s made on not only myself, but on other people. Writing is a great thing, especially if it’s used for God’s glory.
So, here’s to a year of serious blogging, of writing posts 100% for Christ and dedicated to Him. Here’s to many more, and hopefully this year I’ll meet even more people and do even more than I did the previous year.