Guess what, readers? This is my fiftieth post here on A Heart For My Shepherd! Of course, to any of you blogging veterans out there, fifty may not seem like much of a landmark, but I’m pretty impressed with it, so bear with me as I celebrate my little milestone. 🙂
I definitely wasn’t thinking this far ahead when I started out on this blogging adventure. I still remember my first post. I had so much to say… and the funny thing is, I still do! For some reason I began with the fear that I would eventually run out of things to talk about. Silly me didn’t realize that when you’re talking about the Lord and the things that He does in your life, there really is no end in sight.
So here I am! Fifty posts to my name. What can I do to make this landmark extra special? One of my blogging buddies recently celebrated her twenty-fifth post by listing twenty-five lessons that she has learned through blogging so far. That’s a great idea, but – honestly – I cringe at the idea of coming up with a fifty-item list. I wouldn’t want to bore you all with such a monstrous thing anyway.
But the truth is, I have learned some interesting things about blogging and it only seems right to share them with you (just not fifty of them at once).
So here goes:
1). Blogging is fun. Profound, right? Well, even if it is lacking a little in depth, it’s still true and it still manages to surprise me on a regular basis. Honestly, I didn’t begin blogging for the fun of it, I started because I had something to say, but the longer I post the more excited I become and I cannot deny that I enjoy it immensely.
2). Balancing humor and seriousness isn’t always easy. Ugggh! It drives me crazy, really. As much as I love the depth that my posts usually have, I also love humor and I wish it was easier to slide in a few comments to make you chuckle; sadly, it isn’t often that I find the space to do that.
3). The more you blog, the more you’ll want to. That’s how I feel, at least. My mind keeps playing with the idea of starting a second blog, and then the logical side of me steps in and says, “What are you thinking, Rachel?! You barely have enough time on your hands to write one blog, let alone two!” but still I dream on. Maybe one day, when I have all the time in the world to sit and write to my heart’s content…. ha! Yeah right…
4). Readers are important. Yes, you are! While I don’t need millions upon millions of people coming to my blog (not that I’d complain about that or anything…), it’s comforting to have a few regulars. After all, it’s nice to know I’m not talking to the walls here… 😉 But most importantly, I’m thankful for the opportunity to encourage you all.
5). Some people blog about the strangest things… in my opinion. I mean, who am I to tell you what you can or can’t say on your own blog? Still, I have to wonder about some bloggers. It’s like those Facebook statuses that give way more information than you wanted to know or the ones that are clearly meant for only one person… then again, perhaps that’s something I’ll learn to see past as I dig deeper into this strange, new “world.” Maybe.
6). Never leave home without a pen and paper. In fact, never do anything without these. There’s no telling when a blog post idea will pop into your head. Don’t tell yourself you’ll remember it… chances are you’ll end up at the keyboard with a blank look on your face as you rack your brain for that brilliant thought. This goes for any form of writing, really. Trust me. This is the voice of experience talking.
7). Family members don’t always understand your blogging habits. “…And then there’s Rachel with her blog.” says my mother. “She blogs constantly.” Of course she says that figuratively; I mean, I couldn’t literally blog constantly, now could I? However, I must admit that even if I’m not actually blogging, you can bet I’m writing a post in my mind. I must also add that my mom does support my blogging, even if she doesn’t always understand my constant need to write. 🙂
8). Some people lack an appreciation for lengthy posts. In other words, I talk too much. I’ve even been asked for spark notes of a post before. Yes, you read that right – spark notes! So what did I do? I added pictures! It kinda breaks it up a little and makes it look more interesting… I hope. After all, there’s not much hope that I’ll stop talking any time soon. 😉
9). Redesigning my blog is just too much fun! It’s true. It wouldn’t matter if I had the absolute best blog design in the whole blogging kingdom, I’d still be tempted to redesign it on a regular basis. I can only keep it the same way for so long. So beware to those of you who aren’t fond of change, because – like Facebook – I’m constantly making adjustments.
10. Blog post ideas come from the strangest of places. My family has gotten pretty familiar with my sudden bursts of, “I could write a blog post about that!” Even so, I sometimes find them giving me strange looks. Probably because I was wrist deep in a sink full of soapy, dish water when I made that exclamation. Or watching one of my brothers devour a towering plate of pancakes. Or drinking a glass of ice-cold tea. Or sorting through the mess in my closet. To state it simply, there’s no telling when an idea will come to me or what will spark that idea and transform it into a glowing flame.
Well there ya go! Ten is a good, round number to trail off at. Leave a comment below and help me celebrate my fiftieth post! Thank you all for reading!