January 19, 2012 1 Comment
Today is an exciting day for me. Three years ago, January 19 fell on a Monday. It was Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. The next day was the Presidential Inauguration. As you can see, a lot of historic things were going on around that time.
It was also a day where I decided to start a new venture. After really enjoying my college years of blogging on the one-time coolest kid in school, MySpace, I found out that starting a “big boy” blog can be tough. People don’t comment as much. People don’t see what you wrote as often without steady promotion. This, along with some serious writer’s block, discouraged me into closing the doors of several blogs.
But I knew I wasn’t finished writing online. Every time I saw one of my friends had a new blog, it made me miss having my own hunk of space on the Internet.
I began 2009 with a goal in mind to do one thing new every day. I’m honestly not sure how far along I got on that goal, but some cool things did happen that year–I gave Twitter a second chance; I got interactive with Scripture reading on YouVersion; I got back into the awesome life-changing experience that is small group Bible study; and I also started this blog.
Although there have bee large gaps between postings at times, I have enjoyed being able to come here and write what I’m feeling. And knowing I’d probably just start another blog if I shut this one down over being in a dry season, I decided to keep it going!
It is truly great to see people come and comment, follow this blog, and have my friends write about and like posts on Facebook, as well as give me some retweet love. It’s very encouraging.
I’ve been able to do some great things on here, too. Highlights include my first book giveaway (ever!) with Granger Community Church’s Communications Director and author of Less Clutter. Less Noise: Beyond Bulletins, Brochures and Bake Sales, Kem Meyer! Not to mention my second book giveaway with pastor/author/my small group leader, Gene Jennings for his book Laughing with Sarah (see outtakes here).
My goal for this blog has remained the same, and that is, in addition for the random stuff that pops out of my head, to bring forth inspiration, thought and further action. To that extent, it’s been great to share what God has put on my heart, my reflections of what I’ve experienced, and ways people can get involved in changing the world.
Thank you for letting this be a place you’ve visited over the past three years. I look forward to continue sharing things that I hope serve as motivation.
P.S. If you’re thinking about starting/shutting down a blog of your own, I hope this serves as a nudge to keep at it. Your thoughts can and will impact somebody.