Chili’s Blog asked us to share why we blog.
I don’t do very many memes or contests here. I do think this is a good exercise for me to concentrate on why I blog so I’m participating.
How did you start blogging?
I started this blog last August. At that time, I was still feeling very overwhelmed. I needed to record all the ways God was moving and working in our lives through this trial.
I needed to see it by writing these posts and re-reading journals and notes. I also had a desire to “remember the ancient landmarks”. I didn’t want to someday move into “happily ever after” without having this all recorded.
My about page explains some of this as well.
Did you intend to be a blog w/a following? If so, how did you go about it?
No I didn’t intend that.
What do you hope to achieve or accomplish with your blog? Have you been successful? If not, do you have a plan to achieve those goals?
I truly only wanted to record the works of God in our life. I hoped somehow to encourage other women that are facing the trial that I am living through.
My only goal is to obey God by seeking him about what to share and how to share it. I truly see A Dusty Frame as a ministry.
I’m blown away by those who share with me how God is using the things I write. I am blown away by the support and encouragement I have received from each of you.
I am surprised at the number of people that read here.
I am not aiming to be any sort of blogging success. I am however so thrilled that God has provided opportunities for this blog to be a little better known. When I get nominated for blogging awards or mentioned on your blogs (WordPress has a handy little tool that shows me who posted a link to me in a post. I so enjoy reading what you’ve written.) I thank God that he is furthering this blog.
He has shown me repeatedly that this blog is his and I pray that I will serve him through it.
Has the focus of your blog changed since you started blogging? How?
I don’t think so.
What do you know now that you wish you’d known when you started?
I have come to know how very loving and supportive God’s people are. I didn’t set out to GET support here but to give it. If I had known it when I started this blog, I’d have probably not been so afraid to write “my husband is in prison” when I first started blogging.
I remember setting this up and feeling very vulnerable and feeling like I wanted to delete the blog.
Do you make money with your blog?
At this time I do not do anything to make money here. God has enabled people to send me gifts from time to time.
At some point in the future, I may consider adding tasteful ads. This is an area I am seeking the Lord on.
Does your immediate or extended family know about your blog? If so, do they read it? If not, why?
My sister reads and comments here often. I have talked about this blog with family members. Those that don’t read don’t “get” blogging.
Some dear people at church read here. I’ve been thankful that they do because I think it gives them a much truer picture of who I really am and what I’m REALLY going through.
Sometimes I think people see me at church and since I’m not blubbering/whining/begging/falling apart, they forget how awful this is for the three of us.
What two pieces of advice would you give to a new blogger?
I don’t know!
I will just say that I pray about what God wants me to post. Today, I wrote a lengthy list of topics I haven’t blogged about yet. I prayed and asked God to show me what to blog and he brought all of these to my mind.
I also prayed about the name of the blog and the Lord brought my theme verse to mind.
So I guess prayer is my tip.
Thanks for reading!