4 Years Of Blogging!

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Last Thursday, a milestone slipped quietly by – the fourth anniversary of this blog!

In many ways it’s hard to believe it has been four years since I tentatively pressed “publish” on that first post and began to share my words.  In other ways I am amazed at all that God has done in just four years as there are so many ways he has used this journey to grow me and change me.

I am delighted to be able to mark this anniversary by sharing a guest post on Meghan Weyerbacher’s blog sharing four of the key lessons I’ve learned about blogging over the last few years.  I’d love it if you’d join me there to read more and also, fellow-bloggers, if you’d share some of the key lessons you have learned.

Thank you so much to each of you for walking with me on this journey!  Some of you are dear friends who have been with me since the start.  Others of you are newer, but still deeply valued.  I am grateful for you all and for your friendship and encouragement!

Click here to read my anniversary guest post.

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37 thoughts on “4 Years Of Blogging!

  1. Lesley, congratulations on four years of writing! Your words have often been such a blessing to my life. Each of your points are so well taken. Blogging has brought many surprises and opportunities to my life. For me, it has been most important to remember to write for an audience of One. May you continue to share words of truth and life!

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  2. 4 years! Wow! Thank you for sharing what you’ve learned. It’s been a mere 2 years for me, but I’m experiencing the truth of the wisdom you’ve gleaned. The one I struggle with the most is the first one – keep writing. I’ve “cheated” this year and featured many guests on my blog, which has given me a writing break. But I know I need to push myself to keep writing. I recently committed to be a guest writer for a different ministry, largely in an effort to do just that.

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  3. I commented over on Meghan’s site, but my comments haven’t been going through in some places lately. Just wanted to let you know I loved this post, and each of your posts. You write with a beautiful authenticity, friend.

    I’ve been blogging six-some years, and I agree with you…there’s great encouragement in community. Joining link ups has been amazing for me, as it’s opened the doors to meeting so many amazing people. 😉

    One tip I would share is to remember that I’m blogging for the Lord. Each post is from Him. So I try to remember to pray that He’ll use each post to reach the people He knows need to read it . . . whether it’s one person or 100.

    Great post, Lesley!

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    1. Thanks, Jeanne! I have loved getting to know you over the past few years, and your words always bless me. I agree, keeping our focus on God and trusting him to use our words is so important.

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  4. Happy anniversary, Lesley! I couldn’t agree more with your wonderful lessons. I’m really working on the first one right now. I seem to take incredibly long breaks far too often. I’m actually just now returning from a 7-month break! Crazy. When I get out of the habit of writing for that long, it can be hard to restart. I really want to work on consistency over the next few months! Thanks so much for sharing your lessons learned. I think this month is my 5 or 6 year anniversary. I guess I should know which one. I’ll have to research that ;).

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    1. Thanks, Candace! And happy blog anniversary to you too whether it’s 5 or 6!
      Breaks are definitely important from time to time, but I imagine it is hard to get back into the routine after such a long break. Look forward to reading some of your words!

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  5. Congratulations, Lesley! I have often been blessed by your authenticity and insight. I always feel less alone when I read your posts. I can especially identify with your #4 lesson, particularly the second paragraph. Something I need to remind myself of often! Isaiah 55:11 has also come to mind, so thank you for the needed reminder. I often find that during the process of writing a post, God leads me deeper into His truths and encourages me, also by a caring blogging community. I set out to encourage and often get encouraged myself. 🙂 Love and blessings for many more years of blogging!

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    1. Thanks, Trudy! I am so glad we’ve connected and I have loved getting to know you!
      I agree, I often find God teaching me a lot as I write posts. I’m glad you’ve found the community to be such a blessing too. Love and hugs to you!

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  6. Congratulations, Lesley! So much of what you shared in your post resonated closely with what I have experienced and believe about blogging. It’s been a joy to see your influence expand over the last few years. I love that blogging has increased your confidence in your every day life too … that the transparency you display here has filtered into your real-life relationships. You have really encouraged my heart today as I think about my own five-year blogging anniversary in a few weeks. 🙂

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    1. Thanks, Lois! I’m glad this has encouraged you. Your words always encourage me too, and I’m glad we’ve connected. Look forward to celebrating your five year anniversary with you!

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  7. Congrats on your anniversary. 4 years really is a long time in the blogging world. I agree with all of your lessons but I have also found in my own blogging journey how much closer it has brought me to the Lord. Leaning on him for strength and courage to write and then publish has brought a closer walk with Him. Also realizing after a year of chasing my own tail that this blog is ultimately His to do as He wills, and my prayer moving from send followers to let them see more of you and less of me. Thanks for sharing.

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  8. I’d like to think that you and I are somehow related, distant cousins since my dad grew up in Scotland.

    He would have loved that I have an online friend from his beloved home country.

    I’m so grateful to do life with you, Lesley.

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    1. Thanks, Linda! Yes, that would be lovely to think that we are somehow related! I’m glad we are sisters in Christ anyway and that the Scottish connection reminds you of your dad. I’m grateful for your friendship!

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  9. Happy Four Years! Your four key lessons had me nodding my head in agreement. I believe connection is crucial. My numbers will never be big but the community I have developed more than makes up for that. Keep writing, my friend! I love your words.

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  10. Congratulations on four years of blogging, Lesley! Great lessons you’ve shared, especially the last one. And likely the most important. God will take our words where they’re needed and He’s watching over us as we write and connect so that we’ll have whatever is needed to keep our blogging active.

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