Tuesday, June 26, 2007

One Year of Blogging

…that he would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man…Ephesians 3:16

Out of curiosity, a little while ago I checked back to see how long it had been since I had become a blogger. Lo and behold, I saw that my very first blog post was made on Monday, June 26, 2006. Wow! It’s my blogging anniversary!! So, I’ve scrapped what I was about to do in order that I might celebrate the occasion. After all, various kinds of anniversaries, including birthdays, are the happier moments that we encounter on our earthly pilgrimage, right? The months of June and July bring several of these to our family, so this time period tends to be somewhat festive anyway. Well, now I can add yet another observance to the others.

My first post wasn’t made here at Blogger, BTW, because my initial effort was at a blog introduced by my business web server, Yahoo. It was a pretty pathetic technical situation there, so after about a month of stress I came here. That blog is still there, and I think they have it working better, but I only post now and then to let anyone who cares know where to find me. Now I have three active blogs as well as a Xanga, where I hang out with a bunch of young folks, including my fourteen year old daughter. It’s fun. I’ve enjoyed the whole thing from the beginning and I’m hooked. In fact, I have to be careful not to let it take up too much of my time.

In commemoration of this one year anniversary, I’ll list a few of the things that I like about blogging:

1. It’s a forum for talking about my family, especially our little Lena, and about the things of God. In fact, initially my primary topic was the anticipation of our first grandchild, while applying this great happening to the children’s catechism.

2. Now it’s become gratifying to write about so much more, so I changed my subtitle to what presently is. I know that most of you will agree that expressing ourselves about a variety of issues brings a lot of pleasure. It’s a release of sorts—if a hymn is on our hearts, we can lay it out for the world to see. It might be a poem, book review, puzzle, vacation photos, recipe, contest, and almost anything that is meaningful or fun.

3. It’s wonderful to have a place to engage in inspirational writings that others can read. And then, to peruse what fellow saints have written, words that often draw us upward to the Lord.

4. One of the sweetest blessings is the many folks (though I’ll probably never meet most of you face to face), that I have met online, exchanging our comments back and forth. It’s a real treat visiting other folks’ little corners of the web; each has its own personality and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed coming to see so many of you and love it that you come to see me!

All in all, it’s been a great experience this past year. It has been enriching and edifying and I’m thankful. I hope and pray that this is one activity on the web that God will continue to use to strengthen each and every one of us who are called by His name.

11 comments:

Daughter of the King said...

Congratulations...your blog is a blessing to me and many....

Deby

Beverly said...

Happy Blog-aversary Nanna!!!! I am SO thankful that you started blogging, because you got me started. :-)You are always a blessing in the things you write about. Love.

Lori said...

Happy Blog-o world Anniversary!! I'm honored to have had you comment and allow me to "check out" your site! I can't wait to meet you face to face, whether it is here on earth or in heaven!

Karolee said...

Congratulations on your first blog-aversary! May you have many more happy years of posting. :)

Blessings

Beka said...

Wow... one year already! Congratulations! Your blog is always a blessing and I am so thankful for this unique ministry that you have! And I would echo everything on your list of things you like about blogging.

Phoebe said...

Happy blogging anniversary! Thanks for faithfully checking in on me. Now you need to start a facebook.com acct. That's my favorite cyber hangout. Let me know if you sign up & I'll show you around. :D To answer your question, Jenna just turned 3, Julia's almost 6, Joanna's 7 1/2, & Jamila's 9 1/2.

Phoebe said...

a new term I just learned: "blog-aversary" -- cute!

Just Theresa said...

Congrats on your blog anniversary, I'm glad you stayed with it because your blog is a blessing to me. And if you had stopped blogging I never would have met you. Hugs from Texas

Elise said...

One year - wow! I'm so grateful to have *met* you this last year. You are sweet, simple (in the best way) and profound. Such a comfort to this sometimes harried mama you are, Maxine!
Blessings!

CONNIE'S THOUGHTS FROM THE HEART said...

Congratulations on you blog. You have been a special blessing to me and I want you to know that I am very glad you did that very first blog and have continued on. Thank you so very much. connie from Texas

Maxine said...

Thanks guys! I like all of you too!!!!