6 Blessings From My First Year Blogging

by | Aug 5, 2021

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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
  • Moms

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. 

I remember thinking, Will people like what I have to say? Is this stuff going to resonate with other women? What if nobody wants to read my articles? 

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. 

Encouraging Others

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! 

Bucket List

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!!!

Creative Outlet

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? 

Open Doors

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

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  1. Irene

    I am also blogging for a year. Good idea for this post, I need to make something similar but only for myself.

    • Lisa

      Congrats on your first year of blogging! It’s nice to look back and see all the amazing benefits. =)

  2. Genesis

    Blogging truly does have so many fulfilling things that come from it. Congratulations on making it through your first year! That’s an exciting milestone!

    • Lisa

      Thanks Genesis for your kind words!

  3. Jenny

    Beautifully written, Lisa! Exciting to learn about FoF accepting your writing, too. Congrats!

    • Lisa

      Thank you so much Jenny!

  4. Joanna

    Congratulations on this milestone! Sounds like you really hit it with the blog. So many positive outcomes. Here is to many more fruitful years!

    • Lisa

      Thank you so much for your kind words of encouragement!

  5. Becca

    Congratulations on your first year blogging! So glad to hear you’ve had a wonderful experience!

    • Lisa

      Thanks Becca! It’s been better than I ever thought it could be!

  6. Pastor Natalie

    Congratulations! This is a great post. Thank you for sharing this milestone in blogging.

    Pastor Natalie

    • Lisa

      Thanks Natalie! I appreciate your encouragement. Blogging has been such a wonderful new adventure in my life.

  7. ‘Derah

    Congratulations on this huge milestone!!! I can imagine it hasn’t been an easy journey but you made it. Cheers to many more years with greater blessings.

    • Lisa

      Thanks Derah! I hope that I blog for many more years to come.

  8. Tami

    Wow, congrats on 1 year of blogging! Blogging definitely has so many positive benefits in your life and I’m so glad you were able to stick with it for a year already. 🙂 It sounds like it’s been awesome for you!

    • Lisa

      Thanks Tami! I’ve heard before that making it through your first year and not giving up is an accomplishment in itself. I’m thankful for this milestone and for the blessings that have come from it. Thanks for your encouragement!

  9. Kaybee Lives

    So exciting to see you get to one year! Congratulations! I am just launching and excited to hear what you have learned from this year!

    • Lisa

      Thanks Kaybee! It’s awesome that you’re just launching your blog. Blessings to you on this new adventure. I hope you love it!

  10. Carrie Pankratz

    I have loved following your blog and am excited to see what this next year will bring for you! Also… I can’t wait to get my hands on that devotional!

    • Lisa

      Thanks Carrie! I have appreciated your encouragement throughout this journey. One day I hope we can meet in person and laugh and share all about God’s faithfulness. I love reading your blog!

  11. Melisa

    I am so blessed to have you in my life. I am excited to share this with my kids as well. God bless you for all that you do for others. I would not have made it through so very dark times had you not been there for me. Thank you.

    • Lisa

      Thanks Melisa! Your encouragement has meant so much to me this year!

  12. Nadia | Mom's Daily Diary

    This is so inspiring! Congratulations on your first blog anniversary! I wish you many successful years ahead.

    • Lisa

      Thanks Nadia! I hope I keep blogging for many more years!

  13. Marie

    Congrats on your one year of blogging! That’s so exciting and sounds like you’ve had a lot of success! I celebrated my one year blogging anniversary a couple months ago! I can relate to so much of this post. Blogging has been such a blessing in my life! I look forward to reading more of your posts! Thanks for sharing!

    • Lisa

      You’re welcome Marie! Thank you for your encouragement!

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