Wednesday, June 13, 2007

My Blogging Story Since Inquiring Minds Want to Know My Blogging Story, I thought I'd oblige. Actually, they wanna know yours too . . . so join in by answering these questions and leaving your linky-da-link-link here. How did you start blogging? I've had a website since 1999, and I would have loved to have started way back then if I'd known about it then. In 2003, I found Blogger, but didn't quite get the concept, so I started an online database of stories from Taiwan that were totally static--not interactive at all. In 2005, I started to use MSN spaces since I used MSN messenger quite a bit back then. The biggest problem I've had with blogging is "who is my audience?". Using MSN spaces answered that question for me since most of my MSN buddies were students. So, I started by writing to my students. Then some how one day, I stumbled upon a blog written by about 5 stay-at-home moms. Then clickty click click . . . I found my way to Two Talent Living (now known as A Gracious Home) and Always Thirsty (now closed). As I clicked and surfed my way through bloggy world, I instantly found that there was a possible audience out there other than my students. And, it excited me. So, I opened up a typepad account and haven't looked back since. Did you intend to be a blog w/a following? If so, how did you go about it? "A following"?? No. "Readers?" Yes. I didn't really "go about it." I like being a small blog with a smaller readership. I do think participating in carnivals and being an active commenter on other blogs helps create e-relationships which can boost readership What do you hope to achieve or accomplish with your blog? Have you been successful? If not, do you have a plan to achieve those goals? Mostly I was and still am interested in writing for my friends and family back in America, as well as for other Christians who are interested in knowing what life is like for a single, missionary gal living in Taiwan. I would like draw attention to missions in general and ministry in Taiwan in particular. I want to showcase for others what life is like for me here in Taiwan. I want to bring glory to God by writing about what he is doing in and through me as I live here in Taiwan. I hope I've been successful. I know there are times my blog has gotten "fluffy" or has lacked driven purpose, but I do have a few changes in mind to help that. Has the focus of your blog changed since you started blogging? How? Not really. The only thing I can think of is that I've gotten less personal/intimate in some ways. What do you know now that you wish you'd known when you started? I wish I had thought through some of the privacy issues. My website was with my full name, so...
The Beauty of Truth The beauty of truth is that it sets us free. "You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free." (John 8:32). I know . . . I've experienced this truth--that the truth sets us free--several times. As a kid, lying was probably the sin I struggled with most. I didn't lie straight out, I stretched the truth or made up my own "stretched facts." I blurred the lines between reality and my imagination. But, still it was lying. I distinctly remember one day--maybe in third or fourth grade--sitting in the cafeteria and telling one of my stretched stories. I remember being so convicted. I realized that I couldn't keep all the details of all my stretched stories straight. It was liberating to discover that if I told the truth and only the truth, I didn't have to worry about keeping anything straight. In college, I sinned and then was convicted by the Holy Spirit; I struggled for an entire summer with the guilt of not confessing it. The moment I went to the person I had sinned against and confessed, the moment I told her the truth, I was able to breathe freely again. A few years ago, I suffered from depression. Part of it was hormonal, and while hormonally imbalanced, it was easy for me to believe "warpy thoughts." So, part of getting out of the deep dark pit of depression was washing away the lies I had been believing with Scripture. I remember one of my friends telling me: "no wonder your depressed, anyone who believes that would be depressed." Her speaking truth to me and encouraging me to feed on Scripture again, helped set me free from the chains of depression. Satan is the father of lies, and shoots flaming darts at us. "He was a murderer from the beginning, and has nothing to do with the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies" (John 8:44). He loves to keep us bound and imprisoned. Oh, but our Heavenly Father delights in truth in his inward being (Psalm 51:6). And it is Him who sets us free. His truth sets us free. What a glorious thing to delight in! Truth . . what a very beautiful thing indeed! This post was submitted to the Carnival of Beauty sponsored by following an unknown path. This week the theme is The Beauty of Truth and is hosted by Bethany at Picturesque Life. Join us next week for The Beauty of Babies--right here on my blog.

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