It's official. The month of June marks my one year blogging anniversary. To be honest, I've enjoyed every minute: the friends I've made, the lessons I've learned, and yes, even the pressure to post regularly. It's given me a creative outlet and the inspiration to dream big. And I've been encouraged so much by each and every one of you who have stopped by. I've been humbled by those who have offered up prayers on behalf of me and my family and been privileged to pray for many of you.
From the first entry I posted a year ago, to today's post, blogging has opened up the world of writing to me in a way that I couldn't have imagined. There's so much to gain from the friendships established with other writers, beyond the obvious camaraderie. Valuable information about every genre imaginable. Tips for those times when the words just aren't flowing. Links to classes that will further writing skills. Insight about agents and publishing houses. And it's been remarkable to find numerous 'kindred spirits,' (to borrow a term from Anne of Green Gables), out there in the vast domain of the blogosphere.
Over the past year, I've had the opportunity to take a couple of on-line classes. They were offered by WIES Workshops and taught by Jeanette Hanscome. I was challenged to know my audience, write about what I know, and research possible publishers for my article/devotional. Good stuff! I found it to be a big step from writing my article to sending it to a publisher for consideration. An article was published, a devotional was rejected. All part of this game of writing. I've learned the importance of building an on-line presence through social networks like Facebook and Twitter. I've also learned the importance of utilizing my time wisely and not allowing these networks to take priority over my writing. Balance is key!
The bottom line? Writing is hard work. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise. But the rewards are well worth the effort. Whether you're just looking for a creative outlet, or desire to be a published author, blogging can be a valuable tool to get you to your destination!
As I look forward to another year of blogging, my desire is to write devotionals that point others to my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. "Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith;" (Hebrews 12:2a; KJV).
It's your turn: What keeps you blogging? If you don't blog, how do you choose what blogs to read? I'd love to hear from you!