My One Year Blogiversary!

About a year ago, I decided that I’d had enough of bad news. Not like news-worthy bad news, just bad news like:

  • sorry, you didn’t get the job
  • nice book proposal, but we can’t publish it because you are not famous
  • no, we don’t want to run that article

and so on. Minor bad news, news that’s only bad for writers who have this nagging urge to have someone read what they have written.

And then, I realized that I was six or twelve years behind the times.

{this is actually more than 2 years ago, but it captures an essential writing mama setup: the coffee, the haggard face, the child in the lap.}

I realized, I can make my own good news.

And so this blog was born. I’ve tried to post something–even if only an image or a list–every day, and doing so has been more helpful than I thought possible. Knowing that someone would be reading (even if only my mom and my husband) kept me writing, and doing it every day, well, kept me doing it every day. Regularly. Which makes writing easier. I’ve never been one to consistently keep much of a journal, bit knowing that, say, Nancy V. would be reading? That kept me writing.

There’s one other thing: blogging can be an exercise in paying attention. It makes me ask, as I go around living and breathing and reading and eating:

  • what is interesting/beautiful/ugly/strange about this?

and in asking questions

  • why does this book/object/article/idea call forth such a strong response from me?

and even in something like empathy

  • how might other people hear/interpret this? will it make sense? will it encourage people? what will it do?

So I have to say, friends, that I am grateful for your gentle readership. Thank you for your comments and your emails–I read and treasure each one.

Having the chance to write–and to be read–every day!–has become good news enough for me.

If you enjoy RachelMarieStone.com, would you consider sharing it–or your favorite posts–with a friend or “liking” Rachel Stone-Eat With Joy on Facebook?

8 thoughts on “My One Year Blogiversary!

  1. “blogging can be an exercise in paying attention” What a great piece of insight, Rachel.

    Glad I could be here to help celebrate the first blogiversary!

    Tim

  2. Congrats on your blogiversary! I’ve been very impressed with your ability to post so frequently. Your family definitely aren’t the only ones reading!

  3. Congratulations! I’m looking forward to more great blog-posts to come. Blessings to you!

  4. Congratulations Rachel ! I have been enjoying all of the interesting topics that you have been putting on here, its the highlite of my evenings. I trust you will never run out of ideas because you are one young women who is interested in many things,plus you are involved in doing them. Your family are the lucky ones who get to eat those beautiful dishes that you post on here. Keep up the good work.

    Nancy

  5. Happy Blogiversary, Rachel! I have been so blessed by reading your blog. Obviously, I enjoy keeping up with you personally, but I have been challenged and encouraged and rebuked (in a good way!) by your posts. I am grateful for the spiritual exercise and for your ever-practical suggestions on how to better serve God and those around me. Blessings on a new year of writing for you!

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