My 50th Post! –

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. πŸ™‚

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… πŸ˜‰ 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. πŸ™‚

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. πŸ˜‰

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!

Blessings,
RachelAllison

19 comments

  1. Chris says:

    Awesome! Good job on your achievement! I’m right behind you with 44 posts. You seem to put a lot of thought and work into your posts. I like the site redesign, it looks good. I haven’t been here in a while, so it’s all new to me. :p

    In reply…

    1) Yes it is! Writing is a fantastic way of expressing yourself and sometimes just playing with words. (2) I might be a bit too heavy on the humor side, but it can be difficult sometimes. (3) This is true, until you hit a non-writing-mood spree. (4) Readers are very nice… they show us who pays attention to what. (5) I’ll not comment on that one. (6) Personally, I use an iPod or laptop, but that might just be the geek in me. Maybe… (7) Yeah, in the words of my dad: “Stop writing nonsense and concentrate on your school!” Said in the most loving way possible, of course. (8) Isn’t it sad? People don’t care for books anymore, especially in the form of a blog post. (9) I have resisted the urge to redesign!! So far… I will eventually give in, though. (10) Coming from someone who writes about Pop Tarts, Socks, Food Theories, and Unicorns: Yes.

    Anyhow, congratulations! Good luck and God Bless in your future blogging endeavors!

    • Thank you! You gonna do anything special for your 50th? I debated it for a while and then finally gave in. lol πŸ™‚

      (2) too heavy on the humor? I don’t really think so. I find your blog very entertaining. πŸ˜‰ (3) Too true… I hate it when I don’t feel like writing. (6) paper and pen = any possible way to remind yourself of what you were thinking about. I personally use a pen and my hand more often than not, since I usually forget to bring along any paper. lol (8) it’s very sad, indeed… I don’t understand it. (9) Hmm… now you’ve got me thinking of designs that would fit your blog… (10) hahaha…

      Thanks for reading and commenting, Chris! πŸ™‚

  2. Ok, now I’m stoked! It never occurred to me that I would get to celebrate such milestones! I’m such a baby blogger and learning new things everyday! How exciting to have a little goal to push toward πŸ™‚ And how rewarding.
    I agree with so much of what you shared here.
    I love seeing that people are actually following my blog and reading daily! Readers are a blogger’s best friend.
    I also get concerned that I will run out of things to say and have nothing to post. However, I too have great ‘blog revelations’ at the strangest, most inconvenient times.
    Finally, I thought maybe it was against blogging ‘rules’ to change the style, so I’ve tried to avoid doing that, although I desperately want to! Some rearranging might be in my near future!
    Thanks again for sharing, Rachel Allison. I look forward to celebrating your 100th post with you!

    • I look forward to reading about your milestones in the future! πŸ™‚
      haha… if there is a blogging rule book that says you can’t change your style, I’ve broken it many times. Honestly, it’s your blog, so if you want to change it, I don’t see why you can’t. πŸ˜‰
      Thank you for reading and commenting, Stephanie! 100 seems so distant, but it’s a good goal and a milestone to look forward to!
      Blessings,
      RachelAllison

  3. Alison says:

    Congrats! And thanks for the link!

    You’re right; blog ideas come from the strangest places, but it’s always fun to see what they turn into once you hit “publish”. Keep ’em coming!

    • Thank you and you’re welcome! πŸ™‚

      It definitely is. That’s the plan! πŸ˜‰

      I look forward to celebrating your 50th post with you! Are you going to do anything special for that one?
      Blessings,
      RachelAllison

  4. Joy S. says:

    Awesome! Congratulations! Like Chris, I’m right behind you with 44 posts too. =)

    This was so much fun to read. I love what you say about lengthy posts and your exclamations of “I could write a blogpost about that!” Lol. I do that too – mostly in my mind, not our loud, but I totally get what you mean. πŸ˜‰ As for lengthy posts… I can’t stop talking either. I need pictures. The problem is, as a photographer/artist, I want my pictures to be originals by me as that only seems right – but what with a job and life, and soon enough, college, I just don’t have time to specifically take or draw pictures for a post a day. Which reminds me, where do you get your pictures? I’m always afraid I’m infringing on copyright laws and things if I get pictures from somewhere else.

    Anyway, I LOVE your blog, and I’m so thankful to have met you in the blogging world. =)

    Many blessings as you continue this crazy/fun/deep blogging journey. Here’s to fifties upon fifties of posts more! =)

    • Sweet! Got any plans for your fiftieth?

      I usually get my pictures online by googling whatever I want a picture of. I’m a photographer as well, but I really don’t have enough time to take pictures for every post. I won’t use the picture if it has any watermarks or copyright logos, though.

      Aww…. I’m thankful to have met you too! Thanks so much, Joy! Blessings to you as well(:

      • Joy S. says:

        I don’t know yet. Still considering plans. =)

        I should try that, just googling and keeping an eye out for watermarks and copyright logos. I’m paranoid about that sort of stuff. πŸ˜‰
        So cool to hear though you’re a photographer too! =)

        • Yeah, it took me a while to decide what I was going to do or if I was going to do anything.
          Yep! I love photography! I even thought about starting a photoblog, but I haven’t decided on that yet.

          • Joy S. says:

            Well, if you do, I would be thrilled to check it out. What kinds of photos do you usually take? I mostly do nature photography, scenery and close-ups. But really, anything will do if it’s caught my eye. =)
            I really want to take photos to go with my blogposts, to capture the awesomeness of God in as many ways as possible, not just through my words. But, ugh, time… Maybe one day.

            Ps. So glad to read in one of your LYWB comments you’re more at peace now than several weeks ago. This is good, and so encouraging.

          • I’ll definitely let you know if I do(:
            I do a lot of nature photography… that makes up most of my stuff. Like you said though, anything will do if it’s caught my eye. I also did both of my brother’s senior pictures, so I guess you could say I do that too. πŸ™‚

            Yes, I am. Thank you so much for all of your prayers. πŸ™‚

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