Saturday, May 19, 2007

First Year

It’s been a year since I started blogging. Technically it was Wednesday, May 16th but if you read my last post you would understand why I was preoccupied. I’ve learned so much in the last year about myself and about people in general.

When I first started writing I wasn’t sure I would have anything interesting to talk about. I was encouraged by my husband to try. At the time I was complaining that I was a blog widow. I thought maybe he was trying to distract me, but I do believe the tables have turned. I was a real novice and was grateful for all the help he gave me in the beginning. I thought it amusing when I found myself helping others in their blog efforts.

I’ve met many new blog friends from around this country and the world. Many of them have such unique ways of sharing their lives. Some are very funny, some are serious, some have theme blogs, and some share their faith. It has been encouraging to see how much people are the same. We all go through trials, struggles, joys and love the best that we can. There are so many people willing to share honestly about themselves in a way that I believe help others.

I love to read other people’s comments but not only on my blog. I found that there are many people out there with the gift of encouragement. They bless others with their words, especially when they are going through a hard time. They share in other people’s joys and bless them when good things happen.

I love how many people from our church started to blog in the past year. It is so interesting to see how much their personalities transform so well into the written word. I can sometimes hear them speak when reading their posts.

Personally it’s been a growth experience in many ways. I’ve learned so much about myself. I’ve grown in my writing. I’ve made new friends from around the world. I’ve loved expressing myself in this creative format.

I thank all of you who read my posts – those of you that I know and those I’ve never met personally. I thank you for your kind words of encouragement. I thank you for sharing yourselves with me.

© Nadine Z. 2007

24 comments:

PromiseKeepersDaughter said...

Happy 1 year blogavirsary! I'm glad I have met you too!
I love your blog. I think you have a signature strength of encouraging others.(Even when you don't even realize you are) ;O)

Erin said...

Happy 1 year! I'm so glad I came across your blog. You have been an inspiration to me and I love how you share your faith and you encourage others! Thank you for your kind words that you always seem to have an abundance of when you comment and for sharing God's love.

palmtreefanatic said...

Happy Blogaversary!!!!
you are very encouraging yourself! You are such a wonderful person!
Blessings!

yerdoingitwrong said...

Happy Blogaversary! I'm proud to be a reader. Keep up the good work!!

Happy weekend, girl.

Demara said...

Thank-you Nadine for sharing yourself with me!!! And for adding your profile photo! The butterfly just seemed so impersonal and I didn't know if you were really a real person or not, to be honest! haha so thanks!!!

Mrs.Martin said...

One year is quite a mile stone in the blog world. And I enjoy your sweet and encouraging words, in your intelligent way Nadine.

Two Write Hands said...

Congratulations! You know, my husband introduced me to blogging too. He often teases me because I'm way more involved in it now than he ever cares to be. :) Keep writing!

Jill Norwood said...

Happy 1 year! I just really enjoy reading your blog each day and am so glad you decided to join the bloggety world one year ago! Blessings to you sweet lady!

yours truly B said...

It is the world who should be thanking you. You have a talent to put words in ways I would not have thought of. The gift of encouragement and hope and it is plain to see that God is working in you and through you. congrats on the 1 year and Bless you
Billie

Kelly Parra said...

Happy Anniversary, Nadine! Yes, you meet some wonderful people on-line. It's really been a great connection with me too. :) :)

Sandy said...

Yay to ONE YEAR. And all the good stuff ahead with your gifted writing.
We'll stay tuned ......
Sandy

Shionge said...

Happy Blog Anniversary Nadine :D

It works both ways and this is the best way to embrace friendship as well as culture of other countries.

Tom Zawacki said...

One year and counting... getting better all the time!

Z

Louise said...

CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR 1 YEAR!!
That is so awesome, I love to read your blog and I love the comments that you leave on my blog. Thanks for being such an encourager!!
GOD BLESS!

Kim said...

Happy Blogaversary! You do a great job with your blog, and I know many people enjoy reading it. I'm so glad no one was hurt with all the car problems...holy cow!

I tagged you for a fun meme.

Tammy said...

Congratulations, Nadine! :D
It's coming up on a year since I started blogging, too...actually it all ready been a year, but at first I kept it private, for friends and family only...than I took a deep breath and went "public" the end of May last year!

I've just found you recently, but am so glad I did...you've been a blessing! :)

Amanda said...

Happy Blogging Anniversary! I have only been blogging for a few months but I am loving it. Not only am I "meeting" people from all over but I am able to share my life in my unique way to friends and family. I tell my husband that I find blogging healing and a great venting tool also! I always enjoy reading your entries and I believe you are a great encourager to others. God Bless

Art said...

No, Thank You! And happy blogiversary!

Cheri said...

Happy 1st blogging anniversary.
I'm new to your site, but I've enjoyed reading it.

chelle said...

Happy One Year! The community of blogging is amazing!

Dedee said...

Happy one year. Thanks for all the times I've come here and been forced to re-evaluate myself a little. I'm glad I came.

P.S. I'm glad you and your family are safe and happy!

pinks & Blues girls said...

Happy anniversary! And thank YOU for sharing your experiences with us! You have such insightful and enlightening words each and every time you post.

We celebrate your special day!

Jane, Pinks & Blues Girls

Trina said...

Blogging has made me look at myself so differently too. Its been a joy to me and its made me stop and appreciate moments more. Im glad Ive found your blog. You are an encourager for sure!

eph2810 said...

I am glad that the Lord has crossed our paths :)

I have to say that the blogging community has changed the past two years since I have been blogging. Many are sharing their faith - which I think it is awesome.

Blessings to you and yours.