Since I’ve started this here blog of mine, a exactly one year ago today, I’ve received so much feedback and so much support. It’s been humbling and so gratifying. Posts that I’ve written where I let myself be vulnerable were tough, but when I get an email saying that someone needed to read that because they, too, are experiencing something similar, it makes it all worth the while.
But I’ve gotten some resistance too. People close to me questioning why I would put something like that on my blog (this post particularly but other too). Why would I want the whole world knowing my personal business. And those questions are completely valid. I am usually a very private person, so starting a blog where I share my heart and soul seems contradicting to many. And maybe it is. Or maybe I’ve changed. Or maybe, just maybe, the world is changing and I’ve chosen these medium as a way to communicate and connect.
Never have I used this blog to gain sympathy or attention – and I never will. But I also believe in being real. I believe that in life you get the good, the bad, the happy, the sad, the easy and the hard and if I portrayed my life to be roses and fairytales every single day, well then where would my authenticity be? And I think it’s important for those who question to know that – no. I do not post all of my problems or bad days, or husband arguments, or lazy habits on here. And I will not start doing that either. I try to find a balance. A balance between saying what is real and truthful at the risk of becoming vulnerable, but also sharing things that encourage others. Because that is why I started this blog. I started this blog as a safe place. A safe place for me to write and share and hopefully encourage just one person in wherever they are in their walk of life. I know a lot of people don’t understand or even agree with why I blog. I know my sweet old-fashioned mama will never completely understand our generation’s fascination with the internet and all its modes of communication. But that’s OK. Just know that what I post on here is real and it’s my heart. If you think I share too much or too little, sorry. I share nothing that makes me or my husband feel uncomfortable. I try to use discretion when posting about friends and family. And if anything I do share on here encourages one person, then it’s all worth it to me.
I truly believe that the Lord does not give you more than you can handle, and if someone is feeling buried by life and is able to read a little encouragement from me – then I’ve accomplished my blogging purpose. So friends – on my blog’s first birthday – I want to say thank you. Thank you for all of the support and comments and emails over the past year. I have “met” some amazing women through this blog of mine and if I had it all to do it over again, I wouldn’t change a thing.