4.20.2013

I Never Meant To Be A ...Blogger!

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I confess to the fact that I am a recovering social media ignoramus. Just four short years ago I could not define what the word blog meant. I had a vague idea that it was for computer people. Other than that, I would have to Google it to tell you. Not sure I was as enamored in those days with Google as I am today either. It wasn't until 2009 that I got onto Facebook, when a friend sent me pictures in an e-mail and the only way I could view them was to have an account. Thus began my service to the Dark Lord of Social Media. It was in 2011 when I pushed "publish" on my e-blogger account for the first time with no other expectation than the feeling of gleeful victory knowing I had just done something life-changing, if only to and for myself. I felt the God prompt and it was enough to find a way. I was content with the releasing of words, blissfully ignorant of the new world I would soon discover that was so much more than my initial push button perception. 

I remember walking into a library running into a friend from our former church, who looked at me as if I had snakes in my hair when I explained I wanted to attend a smaller, local church. He informed me that these were "global" times. Times of a global network, Internet access- a brave new world of connections and connecting. I blinked, doe-eyed, feeling stupid and small. We didn't even have cable.

I realize now he was actually right. It was shortly thereafter I realized how much truth there was in what he was trying to communicate to me. We moved at the end of 2008 and found ourselves plugged in, cabled up, screened out and and suddenly there were new opportunities and new challenges facing our family. Battling the giants of 24 Hour cable access, Internet surfing, and eventually Tweeter, Tumbler and Pinterest, we fought the good fight as all families do. Or intend to do. Eventually we succumbed and retreated into our individual realms of screendom. Every room seemed to have a screen vying for the attention of each family member. Anyway, I digress.


The fact is, I never really meant to be a ...blogger. I mean, I just kind of stumbled upon it. (No, not that kind!) But needless to say, here I am. A blogger. How in God's green acre did this happen? 
Seriously His ways are not our ways. 

How did you become a blogger?



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8 comments:

  1. An acute flare of a chronic illness that left me housebound prompted my husband to "gently nudge" me past my hesitation into the blogging world. It has been a blessing beyond all expectation.

    Blessings on your walk with the Lord, online and off. May you grow by leaps and bounds in knowing Him through your writing and online interactions.

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  2. I started blogging because I was told at a writer's conference that I could never have a book contract without many (many!) followers - which meant blogging. And while I gave up my book dream (for now) it helps me process what God's trying to tell me, helps me minister to others, and periodically helps me make a dollar by having something published. Thanks for asking!
    Barb Winters :-)

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  3. So glad you do blog, your blogging blesses me.

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  4. And I am so so glad you stumbled into this crazy place. I love the way we get to meet new friends in such a huge arena of possibilities! It really makes no sense. Does it? That just because we set up a blog and let it flow out into the never-ending abyss of millions of other blogs, that good one-on-one friendship could emerge!! Crazy!! But true!
    Love you Dawn

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  5. And I am so thankful you are here! My Pastor encouraged me to begin blogging, and I am so grateful that he did!

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  6. I loved reading your story and I'm glad you are a blogger. I started blogging in 2007. I was working with my husband in a tech start up and he wanted me to research social media and blogging. I've continued every since and my blog has evolved much during that time. I love having a voice.

    Blessings and love,
    Debbie

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  7. Hi Dawn, I'm stopping by from the Blogging Planner Facebook Page. I think there are quite a few people that "stumbled" into blogging. I started my site when my husband's job took us on the road full-time (talk about unexpected), as a way to stay sane and keep in touch with family and friends'. Here I am nearly four years later, completely hooked. Happy Blogging!

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