Thursday, October 16, 2008

happy blog-day!

Happy blog-day!

Twelve months ago I entered the mysterious world of blogging, and published my first post.

I'd never read a blog, and had little idea what they were, but I knew I wanted to do more writing, and encourage women in their Christian walk, and voila! one morning I woke up and the thought was there in my head: I'll start a blog.

One year and 390 posts later, I've discovered that blogging is completely absorbing (ask my friends and family), great practice for writing, a wonderful opportunity to reflect on life, a constant motivation to read good books and listen to talks, and a fantastic way for you and me to encourage each other in our Christian lives. Thanks to all who read or comment: I feel like I know you, and I hope you're getting to know me!

I'd like to follow Nicole's example, and invite all of you, especially those of you who read regularly, but who may not have commented yet, to add a comment to this post and say "hi"! It's absolutely fine if you want to keep reading anonymously. But if you'd like to leave a comment, just click on the "... comments" at the end of this post.

I'd love to hear from you on my bloggy birthday! :-)

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Sharon said...

Well, I am very happy to be the first to congratulate you. I have loved reading your blog, and been encouraged and challenged by your words on many occasions.
~ Sharon

Staci at Writing and Living said...

Happy Bloggy Birthday. I've just started reading, but I'll comment anyway.

Gordon Cheng said...

Yay Jean!

Thanks for ministering to us in this way.

Honoria said...

Happy Blog Birthday...!

So blessed to be one of the recipient of 390 encouragements.

jeanamarie said...

hello, happy blog birthday! You have a very encouraging blog - I am glad to have found it.

Nicole said...

When I first came across your blog (a little less than a year ago now), I thought 'here's a kindred spirit' - and I was right!

Thanks for being my 'blogging buddy'. and encouraging me with your well-chosen, wise words.

Bill Weber said...

Thanks, Jean. I learn a lot from your blog and find it helpful. Bill Weber

Lara said...

Congratulations on a year of blogging, Jean! I haven't been reading regularly for very long, but I love your blog. Thanks for sharing your life and your thoughts with us!


BGSydneyside said...

Hi Jean,
Happy Bloggy birthday!
Thanks for all your encouraging posts- they are very much appreciated!
love B

Anonymous said...

Dear Jean,

Warm congratulations and heartfelt thanks for your beautiful ministry of encouragement - to be a godly wife and mother and to keep one's mind active (or maybe, to be more accurate in my case, reactivate a mind that has been somewhat dormant these last few years!!) and keep one's soul nourished.

"We continually remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labour prompted by love and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ."
1 Thessalonians 1:3


robd said...

Hi Jean,
I think I found your blog via Gordon and am a regular lurker/reader. I've been challenged and encouraged by your words and give thanks to God for you and this ministry.


Liz said...

Happy Bloggy Birthday!

The Idle Introvert said...

Congratulations Jean! I have only began reading your blog in the past month or so and have really enjoyed your wisdom, thoughts and insight.

Here's to another year of happy blogging!

Sarah B said...

I'm no longer an anonymous reader, thanks for the great encouragement to fight the good fight.

Baddelim said...

You rock!

Love your work. Can't believe it is only a year. I always enjoy what you have to say. I like that it has such substance.

Happpy Birthday - wishing you many more to come.

love, Jennie

mattnbec said...

thanks for serving and encouraging us with the Word and seeking to apply it carefully. Happy blogoversary

Anonymous said...

You rock Jean....
...and so does your blog...

Thanks for being a Titus 2 woman.

Love Heather

Anonymous said...

Hi Jean,
I am a happy reader of your blog! Thanks for being a part of the lovely female blog community who have inspired me to be less self-serving in my posts and more encouraging.

Rebecca said...

Congratulations Jean!

I really enjoy your blog, especially recent posts advocating motherhood - yay! You have written many encourouging, inspiring and challenging posts, helping us readers to perservere and run good race towards the prize.


David McKay said...

Yours is a terrific blog.
I'm pleased Gordon directed us here.

Please keep writing, Jean.

Anonymous said...

happy blog day to you!
i'm newish here too and am very encouraged by your posts. (plus overwhelmed at the quality and quantity!)
thanks jean.

Anonymous said...

Hi Jean,
Happy blogging anniversary all the way from South Africa! I have only recently stumbled across your site via the Equip book club and am so thankful to God for your willingness to share your wealth of wisdom, please keep going!
To many more anniversaries, God willing.

Sandra J said...

Hi Jean, happy blogday. =)
It's been a blessing getting to know you better in person and through your blog this year!

Anonymous said...

Happy blog-day Jean - thanks for some thoughtful reads

Suesue said...

Happy bloggy birthday! Thank you for sharing your reflections - it's been a great delight reading your blog and being challenged by the practical issues you explore!


William said...

I have been a regular reader for awhile now, thank you for your many encouragement.


the simmos said...

Hi Jean, looks like you've done a good job of flushing us (previously) anonymous readers out of the cupboard ... including myself! mattnbec a few comments up suggested I stop by earlier this year and it's certainly been a helpful tip. God's used your blog to encourage me in serving him, and I pray that'll keep being the case for us readers and you, as you write it. Claire :)