Sunday, February 23, 2014

T W E N T Y - T H R E E || The Joys of Blogging

Oh, blogging, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways... Really though, it would take several hands to count the reasons that I love blogging and the way it has blessed me. I have called Anchored in Love Divine home for two years now and it has become quite the retreat for me. I previously blogged at Yellow Shoes & Grace and prior to that you could find me at More than Canaries. However, Anchored has brought the most joy and has truly been a gift these past two years. For Day 23 of the #blogeverydayinFEB challenge, I'm sharing my three greatest joys of blogging. See below :)

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1.  Creative Outlet
My little corner of the internet has provided a much needed release over the years. It is a space where I can be raw and vulnerable, quirky and curious, all the while using the white space and blinking cursor to catch the thoughts that run a mile a minute through my mind. If I am sad, frustrated, excited, or simpler reflective, I can pop onto blogger and find a way to organize this white-water rapid-esque stream of consciousness. I can write, I can share inspiring pictures, and I can dabble in photoshop, giving friends new and old a glimpse into my life. For a journaler with little time to journal, it is a great time capsule and an easy way to reminisce, wandering into days gone by. I don't plan to leave it any time soon.

2. Cultivating Community
Some of best surprises of my time blogging have been the friendships that have blossomed. Parents caution you about talking to strangers via the internet, but this community is levels beyond anything I have ever experienced. When women (and men) share their lives so openly and invest in the lives of others in this way, a powerful impact is left. The people I have met and connected with through this blog have been a much needed source of encouragement and inspiration, and I am made better by knowing each of you!

3. Countless Opportunities
Blogging can be as simple or as complicated as you want it to be. If someone asks me why or how to blog, those are the first words from my lips. There are opportunities to face your fears and to put your heart-matters into words. There are opportunities to make friends and influence people. There are opportunities to connect with brands and organizations, rallying together to do good and to share experiences. What I love about blogging is that there is so much room for grace. It is easy to fall into the trap of comparison, but when I do I focus back in on the reason I began in the first place. To share my heart my way on  my time. It's that simple. Only complicate it if you want to, and don't feel like you have to because others are doing it. Take the opportunities that suit you; you don't have to suit up for battle to blog. Just be you. That's what we want to see :)

Why do you blog? How did you get started and what are some of your favorite parts of the process?

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6 comments:

  1. Love your desk and blogging set up , so pretty!

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    1. Oh I wish they were mine! Just a little dream of what it could be ;)

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  2. I love blogging because it allows me to do what I like most which is writing and also share my opinion. It becomes a powerful tool of influence too. Dropping in from CWB . Love the blog layout

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    1. Thanks, girl! And I agree! Great reasons to blog!

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  3. Such good thoughts! Blogging is such a beautiful way to express I think! I enjoy reading yours and think that you do a great job putting your heart into your words and being you.
    I look forward to following along more and making taking part in a blogging challenge in the future! :)
    http://lovelydoesit.com

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    1. Thanks, girl! We'll be glad to have ya!

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