I have been blogging for almost 7 months. The time seems to have flown by!
When my husband and I started this blog, we really had no idea where it would lead us. We had no clue that we would meet people and actually obtain employment through the blog or social media of any style. This has really been a time of great enlightenment.
You may be asking what I mean by the word, enlightenment. What I have seen and experience in the blogging world has really opened my eyes to a few things!
- The “mega-bloggers” only get bigger and rarely look down. I feel like I can type this (no names mentioned in negative context) because the blogger that I’m referencing probably wouldn’t take the time of day to sniff at my post. During Blissdom time, I responded to a “mega-blogger” asking for other bloggers who were interested in joining a group. I DM’d her and explained that I was interested but was not at Blissdom. She DM’d back and requested my email address, saying that she would email me the specifics. Hmmm. Not even in my spam file! POINT #1 – No matter how big you are, you put your pants on the same way. If you say you are going to do something, do it! Quite a few of the “mega-bloggers” are actually businesses. If a major business didn’t follow through on their product claims, would you still purchase the product?
- There are many bloggers who are friendly and care. I had conversed quite frequently with Sarah over at Magical Days with the Mouse. She is a blogger who lives near Disneyland and goes to Disneyland quite often. When our family had the opportunity to make a quick trip to Disneyland, Sarah decided to meet up with us. I was a little nervous at first because really, we have no idea who is on the other side of the keyboard. We met up with Sarah, and she was such a friendly person! DS8 took to her right away and didn’t want to let go of her hand! DS8 gave her the ranking of his #2 favorite at Disneyland during that trip. That is really high praise because she was only second to the new Star Tours! Point #2 – Bloggers are real people! It might be a little out of your comfort zone to meet up with someone you met online, but you can get a good feeling of the person from their blog posts. We really enjoyed meeting Sarah and look forward to meeting others as time allows.
- Certain niche bloggers are very loyal to each other! Over the last few months, I have had the pleasure of conversing with several homeschooling, blogging, moms of special needs kids. Jennifer, Katey, Dawn, and Honey are a few that I have had conversations with by phone, email, blog comments, or Twitter. These are wonderful Christian bloggers who are really friendly and helpful! Actually, I have been working with Honey on my new business logo and business card design. She has really been able to lead me down the road to finding what will work. If you need any business design needs or a blog design, please contact Honey! Point #3 – We need to support each other! After reading Point #1, do you see the difference here? All of the bloggers that I mentioned in Points #2 and #3 have been blogging much longer than I have. These bloggers have shown me nothing but friendship and help when needed! Let’s be friendly to our fellow bloggers! When you see a blogger who is just starting and may need some comment love, leave a comment of encouragement. We all need a smile sometimes!
I admit that my mind is racing. I have lots on my mind, little to do, and lots of time to do it in. Wait! Stop! Reverse that! I have lots to do and little time to do it in. My trip with the kids is coming up soon, and I have lots to do before we leave.
I spent the day making pin trading books, and tomorrow evening will be spent making back packs. I cut out the material today, and it shouldn’t take too long to get the sewing done.
I’ve also been working on cutting down the amount of “stuff” on my iPhone. I’m not taking my laptop with, so I want the maximum amount of space available for pictures and videos. As I went item-by-item to decide what to keep, I contemplated my experience with some of the apps that use GPS to determine how far it is to the nearest churro cart or bathroom. Yes, I’ve even used some apps to see how far it is from my home to the nearest Disneyland churro cart, and it is much farther than I’d like!
Along with getting ready for our trip, DD11 and I are reading through the Bible in 90 days. As I was reading about David and Saul tonight, I started thinking and wondering about how it would have played out with our current technology. To start with, David wouldn’t have had to take food to his brothers to find out that Goliath was looking for someone to fight. I’m sure that several of Saul’s army would have been on Twitter very quickly. I can only imagine the tweet… “Super-tall enemy giant looking for a soldier to come fight him. Hurry!”
Yes. I can imagine David putting his iPhone in his pocket and rushing over to fight Goliath. Maybe, if his harp were broken, he would even have a harp app to play for Saul. But the main thing that I think would have changed things would have been the GPS. Think of all the times that David had to hide. He didn’t know exactly where Saul was. What if David had that iPhone, and Jonathan slipped him Saul’s MobileMe account name and password. David could pull up his “Find My iPhone” app, put in Saul’s information, and track his every movement. Could you imagine David saying to his men, “Men! Get further back in the cave! Here comes Saul!” Of course, we all know that Saul would have gotten David long before then because he would have had the phone company triangulate David’s position with cell towers.
Now, I’m not trying to be sacrilegious. The point is that God was (and is) always in control. David didn’t have GPS capabilities. He had God to tell him where to go and who would turn him in. In 1 Sam. 23:12, David asks the Lord if the men of Keilah will turn him over to Saul. The Lord replied that they would, so David and his men left and went wherever they could. Even though David had nothing, the Lord took care of him. He provided food, lodging, a weapon, and even wives for David. There were many times that Saul could have harmed David, but the Lord protected him and kept him safe. David didn’t need the “cool” gadgets of today because He had something much better!
I love looking at the night sky and am thrilled that I now live in an area that is dark enough to see the stars from my back deck! I remember being less fortunate when the last lunar eclipse occurred. My daughter begged me to let her stay up and watch the eclipse. The problem was that we had to drive several miles out of town to see it, so we piled in the van, just the two of us, and had a “Mommy and daughter” viewing. It was such a wonderful experience that she still talks about.
When my daughter found out that this eclipse was going to occur tonight, she was primed to stay up and watch it. I wasn’t so sure. It was cold and cloudy! So, I said that we would go out just before it started to see what we could see. The clouds were thin and moving fast. We could see glimpses of the moon, but only enough to tell that it was full. Both of my kids still said that they wanted to stay up, so I found a website showing the eclipse and took to Twitter to see what others were seeing. What did I find? Other homeschoolers doing the same thing. The camaraderie was palpable as we dealt with cold and clouds in several areas of North America. What a wonderful thing to see! I know that the homeschooling moms on Twitter kept me going when I felt that nothing could be seen through the clouds. What was the result? At just the right moment, the clouds disappeared, and the stars shone around the dark moon. It was truly a sight to behold and something that my kids will talk about for years to come!
Thanks to you all and to all a good night!