Early July, 2017, I reached 100 followers.
September 7th, 2017 – I’ve reached 200 followers.
During this time, I’ve met more bloggers, and strengthened new friendships with bloggers. One of them, I’d like to give a spotlight.
I’ve been encouraging my friend Grace to become a blogger, and share her insights with the world. Grace, finally, decided to push herself out of her comfort zone, and she made a blog. Showers of Grace, Grace’s blog will talk about mental illness, motherhood, and much more with the occasional rant.
She already has her first post up, I Want To Leave My Husband please check her out, and give her support.
The day I received 200 followers was the day Grace posted her first post. She was my 199th follower, and she’s such a blessing to have as a friend.
Reminder Of What I Started
The night before reaching 200, I stayed up and talked to God. I knew I was drawing closer to my next milestone. It made me think about a lot of things.
I started this blog, while I work on writing my story. To reach people, to challenge myself, to have a portfolio, and above all else, give glory to God. As I asked Him for guidance, someone followed my blog, and commented that they needed to read what I posted, it helped me.
The timing of all it all, I believe, was God giving me encouragement that I was on the right path.
What I’ve Experienced
This was the first time I experienced misunderstanding and somewhat negative responses. This is by no means a constant occurrence, but since it happened, I thought I would talk about it, and share.
It really wasn’t bad. Misunderstanding tended to come from an assumption, whether from not being familiar with my blog (I mean no one is when you first start to follow, that’s understandable) or not knowing how I plan to write.
Therefore, all I had to do was be open. I can’t change anyone’s mind of course, but I definitely can do my part on clearing up anything that may have been confusing.
More positively, I’ve received more awards from bloggers, and that has been really encouraging. It’s nice to receive, and it makes me happy to be able to give back recognition for others.
What I’ve Started
I started two series during this time.
Bible Summary – Covering books of the Bible. I’m close to completing the book of Numbers currently.
Dream Experiences– I started this series earlier, but I wasn’t consistent with it at all in the beginning. If I have open days (ones without a post) that’s when I post these. I’ve talked about my end of time dreams and introduced the dark one character.
Similar to Dream Experiences, on Fridays I’ve decided to post some stronger pieces if I feel like it and/or have an open Friday. These pieces are more convicting or somewhat touchy issues Christians don’t talk about. Such as, How To Become The Head Of The Household | Wife Submissiveness
I updated the look for the blog several weeks ago, (click the main page to see it), and I added a banner for my posts.
What I’ve Learned
Consistency is important, and I’ve been able to stay consistent (for the most part). But I also have been working on turning posts into drafts if I know the schedule post won’t be done. I’ve not perfected this technique.
My blog does well with multiple posts throughout the week, and that’s why I challenge myself for both consistency and interesting series/ideas for posts. I work on making sure I write down ideas immediately.
Even if you don’t have time to consecutively read everyone’s posts in Reader daily, definitely read the ones that catch your eye. Leave comments, not only on the blogger’s posts but also under comments you agree with, have something to add to.
I’ve learned I’m a better writer than what I thought, and it’s okay to be confident.
Not cocky, but confident. 🙂
Thanks for the journey so far!!
What would you like to see on this blog?
Want to read more of my writing? Head over to my second blog, Peeking Beneath