3 Lessons Learned From My First Six Months of Blogging

This week marks half a year since I started this blog. Thinking back over this time period, I can clearly identify three lessons that I learned from my first six months of blogging and would like to share them with you in hope that they will aid you in your own blogging journey.

I believe these will be applicable to you even if you are not a blogger, so I invite you to read on :-).

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1. Set priorities

I struggled so much in those early blogging days with whether I’d done the right thing by starting the blog, or whether I should have stuck with devoting my time and efforts solely to my family.

Blogging has taken a lot more time than I imagined it would, and juggling this task with family life has at times been a real challenge. However, I have had the guidance of God’s Word, my husband, and precious friends to remind me of what my real priorities are:

i.     Spending time with God in His Word daily

ii.    My husband

iii.     My children

iv.     My home

v.     Serving others

vi.    Whatever I have time to do after all of the above are   invested in and 

 nurtured – in this case, blogging.

I have not always adhered to these perfectly. It’s a continual learning curve, but through adding blogging to my life, I have really been forced to constantly assess my priorities and make sure that they are in line with God’s Word (Colossians 3:2).

2. You Can’t Pour Out If You’re Not Being Filled

Of myself, I have nothing to give. Honestly, I am a sinful, selfish, warped individual. I know that this is not exactly the kind of person you’d want to subscribe to read, and you’d be right not to!

BUT GOD….

God, by His infinite power, grace, kindness, and love, pours His Word into my heart and soul as I study and apply it, and I pray that it is His Spirit that rolls off the words of this blog on your screen, into your mind and heart…

If I do not spend time with Him, at His beautiful feet (Luke 10:39), then I don’t dare come near my computer and endeavor to feed you my own words – that come from my own deceitful and conceited heart. God’s eternal truths are all that are worth passing on to you. Those are the truths that are going to challenge, change and transform you.

3. Be Open To Learning

I honestly had no idea how much I would need to learn when I entered this sphere on the internet. The technical stuff is literally endless. New and improved versions of plugins, themes, social media, and strategies are being introduced at record breaking speed out there. And keeping up with it all can truly be overwhelming. Having a patient attitude to learning can greatly alleviate the frustrations and fears of all that comes at you as you blog.

But there is another kind of learning that I have done. One that is infinitely more important than techy talk will ever be; I have learned from you who read my humble words.

I have taken in the humility of the mother who has shared her painful story of miscarriage.

I have absorbed the wisdom of those who have taught me of their motherhood experiences.

I have learned to meekly respond to those who have maliciously attacked me for standing up for righteousness (James 3:13).

I have learned to forgive when hackers have taken over this private space.

I have learned so much over these past short months from others, and how to respond in love and kindness, as my Lord would have done. And these are lessons that I am so thankful that God has seen fit to teach me while doing something I love – from the comfort of my own home, as I tend to my beloved family.

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An Academy Award Speech of Thanks :-)

I can’t end this post without expressing how thankful I am. I honestly so much appreciate you. Yes, you. Reading these words right now. Thank you for stopping by and reading this far, my friend!

I am also so blessed (understatement!) by the people who have chosen to subscribe and not “follow me” (as blogging jargon goes), but rather follow the convictions, challenges, and encouragement that I pray God uses me to share. A big thank you for reading, commenting, caring, encouraging, and being such an incredible blessing to me and other readers in this community!

What did you learn in your first few months of blogging that can help the rest of us newbies? Comment below.

Last, but not least, I would like to invite you to subscribe to Women Abiding and to receive the FREE eBook that I created just for you :-)

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If you have missed any of the posts that are on this little space called Women Abiding, I hope you will benefit by spotting them below, reading them, and walking with me to encourage one another in God and His Word:

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90 Responses to 3 Lessons Learned From My First Six Months of Blogging

  1. Kim says:

    Found you via Finding Heaven.
    I smiled as I read your post, as you pretty much described my first year. Thankfully, I was never hacked, nor was I attacked personally. You have really captured the high learning curve of being a beginning blogger. If I knew what I know now about blogging, especially the tech end, I wonder if that would have dissuaded me from becoming a blogger. :-)

    I think my most important lesson was finding on my niche, which included being comfortable sharing my faith. It is like finding that perfectly fitting pair of pants, as opposed to wearing something fashionable but ill-fitting.

    • womenabiding says:

      Yes, Kim! The tech end is pretty much endless :-) But worth it! And I guess once you know how to do something (even if it drives you crazy to learn it), you just know it and reuse it over and over… So things do get a little easier, thankfully! I really liked your example of finding your niche. I’m still working on that one… I blog about quite a broad range of topics – anything from marriage to parenting to prayer, and I think with time, I’ll probably hone my niche to be more specific. So glad you shared your experience with me! Blessings…

  2. Sandy Cooper says:

    First, I am thoroughly impressed with everything you’ve incorporated into just THIS post that have taken me years to learn (like the pinnable imagaes, the tweetable statements, the free e-book pop up, etc) It’s clear that you’ve spent a lot of time doing your homework on the technical side of things.

    I’ve been blogging for over 5 years, and I would say a few important things I’ve learned are to 1) write from those deep places and be transparent with your struggles. People really do like to be affirmed in their own struggles and know that someone is making it through. It gives them hope! 2) Use humor whenever you can. Maybe it’s just me, but I love reading blogs that make me laugh, even in the midst of a serious post. You don’t have to be a stand up comic, but humor goes a long way in my book. 3) Take a break when you feel burned out. I’ve done it many times–surprisingly, the world carried on just fine without my posts for a period of time. :)

    Glad I stopped by–saw your link at Jen’s place.
    Sandy

    • womenabiding says:

      Thanks so much, Sandy… There is nothing new under the sun, and I’ve just emulated what I’ve liked on other blogs :-) I absolutely LOVED your three take-aways from blogging. After I published this post, a miriad of other lessons came to my mind. For example that I’ve had to learn to be consistent and trustworthy, which has been a moral that has subsequently seeped into my offline life, too. I know that ideas will keep popping up, but I would totally add all of yours to my list :-) Blessings to you, Sandy! You are welcome around here any time! xxx

  3. April says:

    I am a new blogger as well… only 4 1/2 months in, and I have learned so much — many of the same things you have pointed out here. I also am learning, albeit slowly, that we all have a voice, and God can use each of us if we let him. It can often feel daunting jumping into blog world — especially as a Christian/devotional blogger. There are so many others writing beautiful reflections of God’s word and grace and love, I often find myself asking “What can I possibly contribute to the conversation? What can God say through me that isn’t being said through someone already?” But I’m learning that while our messages may be similar, God uses our lives, our experiences, our struggles and our triumphs to take his Word, take his message of hope and salvation to someone who needs to hear it. We may never know the one person we’ve touched with our blogs who dares not comment. The fact that we have the opportunity for this ministry and fellowship is amazing, and I am so thankful for all the wonderful people my blog has connected me to, and I pray that God continues to bless me with amazing friendships on this crazy adventure of blogging!

    So glad I visited you from Titus 2 :)

    • womenabiding says:

      Welcome to Blogville, April! I, too, have wrestled with why the world out there needs another blog, one more email to read, an extra voice amidst the millions… But, no one can say what you do, just so… you are the only unique “you” and God wants to use you powerfully in the lives of those whom He leads to your space. I so much agree with you that it is incredible that we can minister to others from right where we are, in life, and geographically… It’s a real blessing to make wonderful friends through blogging, too! I’m so glad you stopped by and shared what you did… May He continue to bless you on your journey, dear one xx

  4. Marty says:

    It can be so tempting to pay way more attention to your stats…how many visitors or comments…to measure your success. The instant gratification and pats on the back feel good but can lead to a false sense of accomplishment and achievement. And that in turn can mess up what you mentioned in number and your priorities can get all out of whack.
    Recognizing the dangers of the online world are important because it helps us use this tool in a godly way that will glorify Him.
    I was surprised to realize that your so new to blogging. You do a fabulous job!

    • womenabiding says:

      Guilty as charged, Marty. It’s taken me a long time to take my eyes off of my stats, and be satisfied and content with the approval of my audience of One – and I still have a way to go… Thank you for your encouragement. I am so thankful for you, my sister… xx

  5. Nancy says:

    “Of myself, I have nothing to give. Honestly, I am a sinful, selfish, warped individual. I know that this is not exactly the kind of person you’d want to subscribe to read, and you’d be right not to!”…. Thank you so much for this. This is exactly how I feel sometimes when I think of being a good example for others to come to know God. I need to pray more and speak less… Thank you and God Bless!!

  6. momstheword says:

    I have been blogging for about four years now and am STILL learning stuff! You are blessed to be on wordpress already, I would love to transfer over to it but can’t afford to pay someone to do it and I am afraid to do it myself, lol!

    For quite awhile I practically gave up blogging and would only post once a week. Occasionally I would take two weeks off and once I took a couple of months off. Now I am blogging five days a week but I have had to scale back on my blog reading and commenting. It’s a trade off.

    I love the friendships and relationships I’ve found through blogging, but I just can’t visit 30 blogs a day and leave comments like I used to, lol! I recently added the ability to reply on my blog to people who take the time to comment. That way I can still respond to them if I don’t have time to hop over and pay them a visit.

    Where did you get that first picture that you used to put your graphic on? Do you have a certain website that you use for your pictures? Seems like so many of those stock photo sites are just too expensive for me but I’d love to have better photos available to use on my blog.

    • womenabiding says:

      Hey sweet, faithful friend. It’s such a joy to have you commenting on my blog on almost every post. You’re amazing!!!

      I get my pictures from Photopin.com. The good thing about that site is that it gives you the correct credit code to place under the photo to give legal credit to the owner of the rights. And it’s freeeeee :-)

      Blessings to you, and thank you for sharing about your blogging journey! xxx

  7. I loved this post, Tahila. I want to know how you learned so much so fast?! I love the *look* of your blog (it is peaceful) and the *tone* of your blog (it reflects Christ) but I thought you were waay ahead of me in terms of blogging for years (LOL) and here you are the newbie and I am the “oldie” (in more ways than one, sigh) and I should be teaching you, but it is the other way around. So, here I am finding a whole lot to smile about in finding how fast you learned the techy stuff!! Wow!!

  8. Excellent tips! I have been blogging for 3 yrs. now and I wish I would have known about blogging groups where you can ask for and receive help with all the questions we bloggers have. My one tip: find your tribe! They will help you! Stopping by to say Hi from Tackle it Tuesday link up at 5 mins. for Mom. Have a great day.

  9. Rachael says:

    We must have started our blogs at about the same time! I have not even thought about lessons learned. I guess I have learned how to balance the control that this blog can have over me and the control I want to have over it. Some days I spend more time on it and other days I have to keep my lap top closed and know that it is okay. Blessings to you as you continue on! Love, Rachael @ Inking the Heart

  10. Ruth Hill says:

    This was this ideal post for me to find. I have been blogging for about three years, and God was certainly blessing. Then last Wednesday, google deleted my site. They may never restore it, but I have a new site, and I plan to never go back to google. So what I learned is that if you want to blog just for fun, blogger is fine. If you actually want to make money and truly make a difference, go with self-hosted wordpress. You won’t be sorry!
    I found you via Inspire Me Monday.
    Take a look at my new site!

    • womenabiding says:

      Oh, Ruth! That’s awful! I’m so terribly sorry to hear of this ordeal. I can only imagine how devastating this must have been for you! I’m amazed at your courage to start again, and that you are taking so much from this experience, and being so positive about it! Good for you! God bless you and thank you for being such an inspiration!

  11. First of all…CONGRATULATIONS!!

    And then, thank you for sharing some of your lessons – much the same as I’m learning too. I especially appreciated your 2nd one as it’s easy to become so poured out that it’s time for a refill! I’m finding that as well. May The Lord continue to bless your wonderful ministry here! You are certainly a blessing to me.

    • womenabiding says:

      Thank you, Lisa! You are a joy to me in so many ways! And I STILL feel honoured that you read my words and take the time to comment. You’re a legend! :-) Love love love xxx

  12. Sara Wells says:

    Great post! I’m also a new blogger, and I think the biggest lesson I’ve learned is to set realistic goals. I work full time and blog – and at first I would beat myself up if I didn’t get a post out every other day. Now I am learning to pat myself on the back for updating my blog with quality content on a regular basis. It may not be as often as I had imagined when I started, but it’s consistent, and I’m still managing my other responsibilities. As a new blogger – you really can’t be too hard on yourself.

    • womenabiding says:

      Wow, Sara.. You’re a busy, and clearly very capable, woman! Consistency is key in my opinion, and builds trust. So proud of you for your impressive endeavours!

  13. Penny Lane says:

    Thanks for sharing. We’re in our second month of blogging (my sister, Mustang Sally, and I write SistersRaisingSisters.com) and this is great advice for us. It’s been such a fun adventure so far, but most days seems like somewhat of a daunting task of things to do and learn. We appreciate all your experience!

    • womenabiding says:

      How exciting, Penny! You are still in the early days, but things will get easier, I promise! Soon you’ll be at the stage where you can focus more on your writing than figuring out the techy stuff. Keep at it! You’re doing GREAT! :-)

  14. Barbie says:

    I love your blog and cannot believe you are still relatively new to blogging. I’ve been blogging nearly five years now and I still have so much to learn. I do struggle with balance, but I am finding that it’s okay to lay back, not be pressured to write a post, and not worry about page views. I always strive to be as transparent as possible, sharing the bad and ugly in my life right along with the good. I work hard at building community through visiting other blogs and commenting. It takes time, but it’s so worth it!

    • womenabiding says:

      You’re a pro in my books, Barbie! I have always thought that your blog looks so “pro” and I love the way you are so real with your readers! Truly inspiring… and yes, all worth the effort! Great attitude… Blessings…

  15. I have been blogging for six months too and echo all that you have written here. It’s so easy to let it spiral out of control and crowd out other important parts of our life. Setting priorities is a must. I love the way you talk about being filled in order to give as well.

    I’ve also learnt that you can never stop learning – just when I think I’ve got everything pretty much sussed I discover a whole new area to learn.

    Linked here from We are That Family. Bless you in your ministry.

  16. ~Lisi P says:

    Hi, stopping by from DYWW link up. Great details provided regarding what you’ve learned. I’ve learned the same. You’re right about the ever-changing world of blogging, the Internet, and what we can use to get what God has put on our hearts out there. Your post reminds me that there’s more room for me to learn and to grow with my blog.

    Also, I’ve learned, to do what God has put on my heart to do & to use the gift that He’s given me. There’s no need to be like another’s blog, words, or actions—God’s path for each of us is different & we are all trying to reach someone with words of faith & encouragement.

    One thing I know I’m still working on is not feeling guilty about posting something every day; although I want to work more on this, there are times when this just won’t happen :)

    Blessings!

    • womenabiding says:

      Yes! Individuality is wonderful. No two blogs are alike, and that is part of the beauty of blogging. Your uniqueness shines, and it’s so exciting to get to know so many personalities through blogs. I certainly wouldn’t expect any blogger to post every single day. I think you’ve got a realistic view that it’s not very realistic :-) Do as much as you can without pushing yourself too hard… just enjoy the ride :-) God bless you Lisi!

  17. Hi! I found this on Messy Marriage!
    Thank so much for sharing! I’ve been blogging for 11 days and am having to remind myself that “God’s Will be done.” Whether one person or forty people read a post, hopefully I have touched a live in a positive way. I am having to remind myself of my priorities regularly!

    • womenabiding says:

      Wow! Welcome to blogging, Andrea! We all have to start somewhere, and really, starting is the hardest part!!! Linking up at different linky parties is a great way to get yourself exposed! See how much wisdom you’ve already got!!! Well done, and keep going! I’m here for you if you need help or advice (with my little 6 month old experience, that is :-))

  18. Wanda says:

    I think the greatest lesson I learned to coincides with your number 2. When I haven’t been soaking in God’s presence I find the words dry up. I’ve also learned to relax more and how to find a better balance between life and blogging.

  19. Ruth Hill says:

    It is only by the grace of God that I can continue to go on and keep my attitude right. Thank you so much for your kind words.

  20. Jenny says:

    I’m learning so much thank you! Praise the Lord theres hope! Im still trying to figure everythng out? The tech part, how to express myself, like marty said not to focus on the stats! :/ ugh! Lol indeed my audience of One is all and sufficient. Remembering priorities is very helpful..especially when baby Jasmin wants allll my atttention and exhaustion starts kicking in, yikes! New blogger and new mommy! Thanks again :)

    • womenabiding says:

      Amen, Jenny! I take my hat off to you precious one! You have your hands full, but you know your priorities! So proud of you, sis! Keep up the fantastic work – offline and online too! xxx

  21. Beth says:

    I think my first year was like Kim’s above. I was blogging at another blog–more of a general focus on all things spiritual. But then I felt God move me to focus in on marriage–particularly “messy” marriage. That’s when I made the move to start another blog–“Messy Marriage.” For a while, I tried to keep both going, but eventually surrendered to the more passionate pursuit of all things messy. :)

    I, too, have struggled with the priorities and time commitment part, Tehila. It’s still an ongoing battle to organize my time and not waste a minute of it. I’m constantly reevaluating what I should be investing more time into and what I should give up.

    I think I also learned (not in my first year) to not compare my progress or popularity by what “appears” to be going on with other blogs. God has taught me to keep my eyes on Him when I feel like I’m sinking down into the depths of comparison.

    Thanks for your vulnerable sharing, my friend. I didn’t know you’d only been blogging for 6 months. I’m impressed by all you’ve accomplished in those short 6 months! Great job, girlfriend!

    • womenabiding says:

      Oh you sweet thing!!!! Thank you so much for sharing so openly about your blogging journey. I loved reading every word of it! Comparing is definitely a no-no… I’m not sure I’ve been guilty of that one quite yet… I’m just so busy selfishly being busy and focusing on my own li’l space here, I don’t really have the brain space to go the envy route :-) But! What I do do is more covet big blogs… blogs that have “made” it, that have tens of thousands of subscribers… I actually can’t relate to those blogs or bloggers in a sense, but on the other hand, wonder if I’ll ever get there myself. The truth is though, that that should not be the goal of any Christian blogger. Our goal should be to glorify our Maker, and that should suffice! That’s one thing I have to contend with and remember on a daily basis! Loved having you share your wisdom here my darling!

  22. Lori Hatcher says:

    More than anything else, Tahila, I’ve learned that God won’t send it past you until He’s poured it through you. I also must be careful that I go into my quiet time to truly meet with God, not just get something from Him that I can blog about. I’m visiting for the first time from Hungry for God . . . Starving for Time, and glad I did :)

    • womenabiding says:

      Good point! I think once you’re a blogger, every little event in life is often seen through “blogging eyes”… someone says something and you think, “Wow, that would make a great blog post!” You are in your quiet time, reading the Word, and you think, “This is definitely blogging material!” So absolutely! Focusing solely on God is certainly the right thing to do, without necessarily just doing it for the sake of having something to blog about. Great point!

  23. Michelle says:

    I agree with Sandy, whole-heartedly! I began blogging by accident and it took me years to learn much of what you’ve summed up in one blog post. Very informative and inspiring! My biggest lesson has been the power of community and connecting with supportive bloggers. It truly makes a difference.

    • womenabiding says:

      It sure does, Michelle! I’ve really loved making new friends, giving and receiving encouragement and support! I’m right there with you on that! Thanks for stopping by, lovely one!

  24. Mia says:

    This is my tenth month of blogging and I agree wholeheartedly that it is hard work. As I suffer from Fm/CFS and both my sons have left home for university, I have lots of time when I am house-, bed- or couch bound. So to me blogging is a wonderful way to stay in contact with all you nice girls out there. I honestly believe that I have to be so very discerning when I write about our Lord, so I do a lot of research before I write about something controversial! But this discernment is not from myself, but from our Pappa God.
    Blessings from Emily’s.
    Mia

    • womenabiding says:

      Hi Mia! I am soooo impressed with you! Even though you have been on the blogosphere for a relatively short time, I see you around *everywhere* which means you must be doing something right! Thank you for your excellent advice. I have taken it into my heart! Blessings to you xxx

  25. Joan says:

    Ahhhh! Just wait until your second 6 months! One of the best things I’ve learned through blogging is to be “real” with posts. When I’ve written articles that are empty and or only scratch the surface, they don’t have the same impact as those that are truly written from the heart. Those articles have really helped me to connect with some awesome readers out in blog-world!

    Blessings to you as you continue to blog!

    In Him, Joan

    • womenabiding says:

      Great advice, Joan! It’s tempting to just throw something out there, especially when time is such a rare commodity. Your advice has really challenged me! Thank you so much :-).

  26. Sherry says:

    I have been blogging since 2005, although I have not been very serious about it at times. One thing that is very, very important is not to rely on one’s own abilities, work, etc. as much as to seek the favor of the Lord–no use building with wood, hay and stubble! There are blogs that don’t include all of the latest bells and whistles, yet they are reaching a large audience for the glory of God! It is all about His leading, and, quite frankly, for some of us it just may be a matter of timing; perhaps God wants some of us to concentrate on real life, while others may be in a season where they have more time and energy for encouraging others.

    Also, I had to learn that I don’t need to be “fair” with those that are on the attack–some ladies seem to handle this sort of thing and even invite it, but I have decided to create a place of safety for the ladies who come to me for encouragement, so I delete antagonistic vitriol mercilessly!

    I have 15 children of my own, but 8 are grown, and my youngest is almost 4–this is my time to finally get serious!

    • womenabiding says:

      I love that, Sherry! ” No use building with wood, hay and stubble!!!” A real word to me! And what you shared about making your blog a safe place to be is so helpful! I was attacked on Facebook actually. I do always want to challenge my readers, but there’s a difference between challenging them and provoking them…

      Wow! 15 children! How wonderful!!!!!!!!

      With love xx

  27. Kathleen says:

    Wonderful tips for us bloggers. Thank you for sharing :) Have a fabulous day!

  28. Hi Tehila,
    What an inspiring post. Blogging really is a challenge in and of itself. It can be quite rewarding as well. Congratulations on hanging in there for the last year. That’s quite a milestone.
    Thank you for linking up with us on the Thumping Thursdays Blog Hop.

    Sincerely,
    Karina
    http://www.momintheusa.net

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  30. You have learned FAST and have a lovely blog, Tahila!!

  31. hsmominmo says:

    Hello! I’ve just found your blog via Hearts for Home BlogHop. You’ve summed up the most important points of being a mommy blogger so very nicely. I’m your newest subscriber and looking forward to reading more of what you’ve written!

  32. Debbie says:

    Thank you for posting this! I have been blogging for about a month and a half. At times I am overwhelmed with the learning of it all, most especially the technical set up parts…but I am hopeful that will get easier with time. I appreciate your insight and that you shared it so I could learn from you. I am visiting through FringeGirl.

    • womenabiding says:

      Debbie, you are doing SO well!!! Your blog is absolutely beautiful, and you will get through this initial learning curve, even though it may not feel like it now! Feel free to contact me any time, I’d love to help you if I can. Blessings! xx

  33. Jann Olson says:

    Really great advice. I agree, family comes before blogging. I am still learning everyday and God always influences me. Can’t imagine what life would be like without his guidance. Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

  34. AnnMarie says:

    Stopping by from Let’s Get Social Sunday and enjoyed your post! I too struggled with the time involved in blogging and my Etsy shop but have found a routine that works for now. I have subscribed to your blog and looking forward to future posts!

    • womenabiding says:

      I almost envy you, AnnMarie! I am still trying to find a routine that would work on a consistent basis! SO excited that you’ll be around here more :-) Welcome, welcome, welcome with open arms!!! xxx

  35. Adrienne says:

    Love those priorities! Years ago I read A Woman After God’s Own Heart, by Elizabeth George. I learned so much of what God has for me as a wife, mother, and woman. I learned those same priorities from reading that book, and they changed my life. I was just talking to a friend about getting the book out and refreshing my knowledge of this list, as things seem so hectic lately. Now, here I am getting another nudge from your blog post. Thanks for that!

  36. Congratulations on your 6 months! I have learned a lot over the years of blogging. One of the most important things I have learned is you are always representing God to others. Proof read, proof read, proof read! Grammar and spelling mistakes are minor compared to saying something that can be misunderstood or worse, something that is snide or said in anger. I have tried to keep this in mind over the years and it has helped me in my relationships on the internet. Good luck on your coming years of blogging.

    Lynn

    • womenabiding says:

      I LOVE this, Lynn! We have such a responsibility before God and will need to one day give an account for every word spoken (and published!). Thank you so much for your invaluable input!

  37. momstheword says:

    Awww, thanks for your sweet comment! Thanks for the info. I popped over there and did a search for a picture I was interested in but only found stuff I had to buy. I’ll have to check the other pictures in the photo a bit further down to find the free stuff maybe.

    I used to use freedigitalphotos.net and they are free too (if you give photo credit) so maybe I need to look into them again! You can also write graphics on their images and use them on facebook too (with a photo credit in the comment0

    • womenabiding says:

      The techy stuff can all be quite overwhelming… feel free to ask me stuff, and I’ll help if I can. You seem like you’re doing great though! Blessings…

  38. Monica says:

    Pinned this to my blogging board and I totally agree. :-) Thanks for linking up at Family Fun Friday. Sincerely,
    Monica
    http://happyandblessedhome.com

  39. Kasey says:

    You have done amazingly well in such a short time! You have much to offer and I am blessed to be able to learn from you. Thank you for linking up each week…it is always a blessing to see your posts!

    • womenabiding says:

      Thank you, Kasey, for your encouragement! I love your blog too, and through your recommendation, had a session with June Fuentes too! So I really appreciate you! God bless you, my lovely sister!

  40. I have to agree with you on all points. We’ve been blogging for about the same amount of time. And I’m learning that I really need to prioritize because blogging could be time consuming. Thanks for sharing and linking up at Home Educator Mom.

    • womenabiding says:

      I think that if I would have known up front how much time blogging would take, I may never have started it! :-) It’s such a blessing though, and I’m truly enjoying the journey so much more than I expected to. God bless you, Betty!

  41. momstheword says:

    Thanks for answering my question! Wow, it always blows me away how many comments you always get on your blog posts! Everyone wants to talk to you! :) Thanks so much for linking up to the “Making Your Home Sing Monday” linky party today!

  42. Happy 6 months! What wise lessons you have learned and shared!! Thank you for linking this up. This is something that every blogger needs to hear!

  43. Rachel says:

    I just found your blog via Gracelaced and wanted to pop in to say Happy 6 month Blogiversary! :) The biggest lesson to me in my 4 yr. blogging journey has been the fact that I’m writing to an audience of 1! The ONE who truly matters. It can get so easy to become jealous and discouraged at those who are having seeming “blogging success” in comparison to my tiny blog. When I focus on using my writing to glorify Him, the numbers don’t seem to matter as much!
    Excited to get to know you better (community is another of my favorite things I’ve gain through blogging)!! Have a great weekend!

    • womenabiding says:

      I LOVE/adore/appreciate/admire this comment of yours, Rachel! Thank you so much… I am going to be reading it often when I’m feeling like I am falling into the trap you mentioned… xx

  44. ~Lisi says:

    Thank you so much! Blessings :)

  45. Elena says:

    What a great post! And those are some wonderful lessons you’ve learned and I appreciate you sharing them :o) Thanks also for linking up to The PINcentive Blog Hop and I hope you’re having a wonderful Wednesday!

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