Reflections And Celebrations From A First Year Blogger
1 year ago today I launched Thank Goodness It’s Recess.
I had no idea what to expect from my first year blogging, and I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out!
Thanks to you, readers, for being a part of this new adventure and for caring enough to read, support, and share my content.
In celebration of this milestone, I’d love to share with you 6 blessings from my first year blogging.
I hope you’re encouraged, but more than that, if there’s a dream you’ve been chasing, I hope this inspires you to keep going!
What Are Some Positives From Your First Year As A Blogger?
Connection is powerful.
One of the neatest things for me this past year blogging has been connecting with people from all walks of life!
I’ve been able to connect with:
- Other bloggers
- Friends and family
- People from past seasons of my life (even middle school!) that I’d previously lost touch with
- Other women writers
I would have never imagined that publishing content about faith, teaching, infertility, and parenting could open up conversations with other women and rekindle old friendships.
Something that I’ve learned through blogging? There is power in connection and in being vulnerable and authentic.
Another huge blessing from my first year blogging has been the affirmation from others.
I’ve loved writing since I was very young. Language arts was usually one of my favorite subjects in school, and in college I preferred essay tests over multiple choice.
I feel that I’ve always been able to communicate well and express myself better through written words.
In my school years, there were a couple of teachers who made a point to let me know they thought I had a gift for writing.
Thanks to Mrs. Leake and Mrs. Smeltzer for encouraging me to pursue writing!
All that to say, it’s one thing to love writing and think you’re good at it, but a completely different thing to put your content out there for the online masses.
Part of blogging is battling the self-doubt that can plague your mind and hitting publish anyways!
Blogging has been affirming for me because friends, family, and complete strangers have shared how the articles resonated with them, encouraged them, and were just what they needed to hear at that particular time.
Those kinds of comments have been life to me this past year!
The affirmations from other people all year have been so much more valuable than any money I could ever make from the blog.
I want to help and encourage as many women as possible, and I believe that God has equipped me to do that through the avenue of writing.
One of the topics that is deeply personal to me is infertility.
Infertility has hands down drummed up the most interesting conversations and comments.
There are so many women and couples who are affected by infertility, and hearing the various responses from people has confirmed the necessity for more content.
What I’ve discovered through blogging is that in sharing your own story and choosing to be vulnerable, you’re more relatable. The message resonates with others who have gone through similar struggles. People can read your message and think, This is exactly how I feel!
It is my heart with each blog post I write to encourage, challenge and inspire women in whatever season of life they’re in.
And ultimately, my desire is to point women to Jesus as the source of their greatest hope.
I’m thankful for the platform of blogging to be able to share truth and light with others.
Knowing that people are being encouraged by the blog continues to inspire me to keep writing!
Another blessing from my first year blogging is getting to check something off my bucket list.
Blogging had been in the conversation for awhile, but I never had the gumption to do it.
I like to call myself a “professional starter,” meaning I’m great at coming up with goals and ideas, but when there are hurdles to overcome I bail.
I have my sweet husband Jesh to thank for getting this blog thing going. He pushed me all the way!
When you start blogging, you quickly realize that you need some kind of publishing schedule. If you decide on every other week, then stick with it!
For the most part, I published 2 posts every month.
There were some weeks where I knew the self-imposed deadline was coming up and I didn’t know what to write about! AAAAHHHHHHH!
Inevitably the idea would eventually come and God would lead me in my writing.
Working through those challenges and writer’s blocks has shown me that I don’t have to be a professional starter forever, I can be a finisher too!
Blogging = Bucket List item done!!!
Blogging has almost been therapeutic for me.
Sometimes as moms we can get caught in the mantra of I’m just a Mom. Let’s face it, the kids and everything that comes with it can feel all-consuming.
For me, blogging has been a wonderful creative outlet.
As a mom to a 7 year-old who is also homeschooled, I spend LOTS of time with my daughter.
I’m extremely grateful for this time with Addie, but I’ve found that channeling some of my time and energy into blogging has been very healthy for me.
I’ve been able to exercise a different part of my brain aside from the mom part. The mom part is WONDERFUL, but it’s also great to have other outlets too. It helps to prevent burnout.
Blogging has helped me remember that there are other facets to me outside of being Addie’s mom, and it’s important to give time to those things too!
Who knew that blogging could be such a healthy, life-giving outlet?
As I’ve reflected on this past year, another huge blessing from blogging has been other doors opening in writing.
I didn’t realize when I started blogging that there were so many opportunities for writers!
Here are a few awesome doors that have opened this year:
- This fall I have the privilege of contributing to a 30 day devotional all about God’s faithfulness. I am honored to be one of the 30 women contributing a piece of my testimony to this fantastic resource! It will be available for purchase in September!
- I also discovered some great places to submit my writing, one of them being Focus on the Family. I was so encouraged that they picked one of my pieces to publish in their upcoming issue.
- Throughout this year I’ve had the opportunity to be a guest blogger on several amazing blogs. The process of connecting with these fabulous writers coupled with their belief in my writing as a new blogger, has been a huge confidence booster during my first year blogging.
I believe that these open doors are just the tip of the iceberg, and as long as I continue to faithfully keep writing, the Lord will open more doors.
All glory to God for these new opportunities He’s put before me. I know they are only here because of His kindness to me!
That’s A Wrap!
I still can’t believe it’s been a full year of blogging. In hindsight, it totally flew by.
Praise God from whom all blessings flow for these past 12 months of blogging!
No matter where this blogging journey takes me, I just want to be willing to speak truth and light into other people’s lives.
I can’t wait to see how this next year unfolds.
Lots of love to each of you!
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.” ~Romans 15:13