OH LOOK TODAY IS MY LIL BLOG’S FIRST BIRTHDAY.
Not like I’m excited or anything.
Exactly one year ago I published my first post on this blog… and now my tiny little sprout has grown up into a nice big plant and it has a Facebook page and everything.
And because I didn’t think ahead and do something fun for this, we’re just going to celebrate with candles and chocolate chip muffins and then have a fun Q&A at the end! Sound good?
Why did I decide to start a blog?
Honestly, it was kind of a random decision. I thought, “you know, I have lots of thoughts and opinions and ideas and I’d like to put them on the internet.” So I made a blog.
So I had a few random posts, and then I discovered NaPoWriMo, and that was so much fun (even though I did it in May… hahaha…)
And then Bible Bee happened, and I kinda found a niche in writing about what I was learning in my study (along with more poetry and stuff)
When I started, I didn’t have a clearly defined vision of where I wanted to go with this blog… and although I do now, it’s still highly eclectic.
Basically, I believe that theology and art should go together. Like it shouldn’t be abnormal for someone (read: me) to write both fiction and nonfiction, or post lots of poetry and stories, along with lots of articles about Christian living and the Bible.
So I’ve decided to embrace the eclectivity (is that a word?) and just go with it. And it’s been awesome.
The Things I’ve Learned
(That sounds super dramatic)
Honestly, when I started blogging, I didn’t think it was going to be a huge deal. My thought process was, “Yeah, I’ll just post the random stuff I write, and people will hopefully like it.”
But wow, I’ve come a ways since then.
First of all, I wanted to write a book (first it was fiction, then it was nonfiction), and there’s the harsh reality that if you want to get published, you have to build a platform. So I had to take blogging (and social media) more seriously after that.
But secondly (and more importantly), I had to learn how to post consistently. And that’s grown my writing SO much.
And I feel like over this past year, through blogging and other stuff, I’ve not only grown as a writer but as a person. I’ve learned a lot about what it’s going to mean to try and be an author, and it feels like my dreams have exploded into a startling color and clarity.
It’s not all wonderful. Honestly, trying to build a platform and get published has its own set of pitfalls, mainly pride, which is glaringly obvious and kind of hard to avoid. But that doesn’t mean you don’t keep doing it. I was talking about this with a friend the other night, about that tension of knowing God has given you a message to share, but also knowing that you might use that to pursue your own glory instead of His. You just have to stay in His word and keep praying for His grace.
With that said, here are some of the best posts and most important things that happened this past year.
I did NaPoWriMo, and never mind that it was in May, it was such a great experience (although please disregard the awkwardness of my first few posts >.<)
Bible Bee happened, and I did a blog series inspired by it.
We went to Bible Bee Nationals (and it was awesome).
And one of the most important things, I got very involved with The Rebelution. This is such a great website, and I’m honored to be able to publish and edit for it.
Also, more recently, Song Beyond Silence got a Facebook page! (my little blog is so grown up, it has Facebook now)
Well, NaPoWriMo is happening again, and I’m super excited. It led to all sorts of good poetry last year, so hopefully that will be the case again? I definitely plan to share some on here!
The Fringe of Eternity Project is in progress. The main thing is just that I have no idea how to format this for Kindle, so that should be fun. xD (also I really need to write an intro).
I’ll be pretty busy this entire summer and fall, with online classes and Bible Bee and writing a book, but I should still be blogging. We’ll see just exactly where it goes, but I don’t plan on going away anytime soon!
Now let’s do a fun thing. Ask any question you want in the comments – it can be about me, my writing, life in general, existential inquiries… anything, as long as it’s not super weird. And then tell me what was the most important thing that happened to you this past year!