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How my Blog Has Changed in Two Years





It’s been just over 2 years now since I began my little opinionated blog and I have to tell you, I never thought I’d actually be making some moola on the side from my hobby, but I am! Doing what I love to do, and making a little extra cash is something I will never hate!

How my Blog Has Changed in 2 Years

However, I never started blogging to make money. This blog actually started out with the intention of me venting my frustrations and criticizing things I didn’t necessarily agree with. Sounds kind of harsh right? I mean, I do give my opinion still and love sharing my thoughts on a subject, but I re-read some of my first posts and WOWZA, I was not the nicest person in those posts (still working on updating some of them!)

My views on my blog seemed to quickly change from me venting my thoughts, to something a lot more meaningful. I decided to start writing things that meant something. It was no longer about ME, I wanted my blog to be about God. And I genuinely hope it has turned into something God can use for His glory.

My opinions don’t matter. God’s opinions do matter. I will always give Him the glory and everything good that happens to this blog is from Him, not me.

The things that I go through in life, it may seem to some that they should be kept private, but when I pray about it and ask God what He thinks, I hear Him reminding me to keep going. Who knows, maybe I can help someone who’s going through the same situation as me. Maybe there’s someone out there who will read these words and think that’s exactly what they needed to hear from God.

I’m hoping that doesn’t sound conceited or weird. I just know that we all need reminding sometimes, and it can come from anyone, any place, any time.




I’m so, so far from perfect. I am beyond flawed. I am broken. I am a sinner. I’m probably the last person that should ever be giving an opinion or preaching anything to anyone. But I also know that God is notorious for using broken people to do some pretty extraordinary things.

King David is a great example of this. He committed sins of adultery, deception, and murder (2 Samuel 11 & 12). He repented, asked God for forgiveness, and God forgave him of his sin. God went on to use him mightily, to the glory of His name.

Apostle Paul murdered, harassed, and persecuted Christians in the early Church (Acts 9). He had a meaningful encounter with God and realized he needed to repent, and God forgave him of his sins. Paul went on to write a large portion of the New Testament.

There are so many of these stories in the Bible. And this should be encouraging to everyone! God can use me, yes even me with all of my past mistakes and shameful acts, He can use ME. If I am willing. Lord, I am willing!

I would be nothing without Him. My blog would be nothing. And I want to make sure I portray that in all of my posts.

Recently in the past 6 months or so, I have really been digging into my blog and working non-stop to try and get some traction going again. And it has payed off. I have had several sponsored posts and am making a good amount on my adsense account as well.

But more importantly than sponsored posts or ad payments, I want to be making a difference in people’s lives. Helping them get closer to God. That’s it. That’s my blogging goal. I hope to keep going and just continue to grow from here. Thanks for reading 🙂

What is the reason for your blog? Why did you start it? Comment below and please share!

 

 

 

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2 Comments

  1. Well to answer your question, I started my blog for similar reasons! I have been through some very painful things and live with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder as a result. Unfortunately it’s really prevalent: something like 8% of US citizens have PTSD, 1 in 3 (!!) women will experience some form of sexual assault in their lifetimes, I don’t know the exact domestic violence statistics, but I know they are too high. It’s sort of taboo to talk openly about relationship and sexual violence, or about living with mental illness (especially when you’re a mama), but these things are all prevalent. Which means we need to talk about it. So I am! My blog is not monetized in any way now, although I honestly would love to make some money off of it because, frankly, I need it. I have trouble working a regular job because of my PTSD but one income is not enough for my family! So, fingers crossed that I can get enough traffic one day to make some money!
    I have a question and I know that on the internet you can attribute any tone to a comment so I want you to know this is genuine, not snarky. How can a murderer be forgiven?? What about the families who suffer perpetually, or the victims whose lives were cut short? Why should a murderer be afforded such grace? Why is that fair or good?
    I understand the metaphor. I agree that many of us can and should be able to move forward from past mistakes, but I think that once you have crossed a certain magnitude of harm toward others that, well, you don’t deserve absolution, at least not in the same lifetime. What are your thoughts about that, if you don’t mind answering?

    1. I’ll do my best to answer this question. I totally understand what you are saying. While I do agree that some sins can be harder to forgive and have a much bigger impact on the people around you, I still believe everyone should be offered forgiveness. My faith as a Christian has everything to do with that. As Christians we are called to love God and to love others. I know that to some that may sound crazy, but I truly believe people can change. And I personally cannot say some people deserve forgiveness and some don’t. Who am I to judge them? God knows the hearts of people and if they are truly genuine in their repentance or not. Every one of us has flaws and sin. Yes, some sin is much much worse than others, but regardless, it is all sin.

      “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.” Matthew 7:3

      This verse explains why judging people can be extremely hypocritical of us. No one is without flaws.

      “So watch yourselves. If your brother or sister sins against you, rebuke them; and if they repent, forgive them. Even if they sin against you seven times in a day and seven times come back to you saying ‘I repent,’ you must forgive them.” Luke 17:3-4

      Forgiveness also makes way for a release of anger within us. We are not saying what that person did was OKAY. We are simply releasing the pain we are holding onto. And that allows us to be happy again.

      If you don’t share the same biblical beliefs, it can be hard to see where I’m coming from. But for me, I try my best to follow the Word and use Jesus as my example. I hope that that answered your question. To sum it up, yes, I believe everyone is deserving of forgiveness.

      By the way, I think your blog is really great. I’m so sorry you’ve been through some really rough things in your past. Talking about the past can be so hard for some. I too find talking about some things in my past extremely difficult. I hope your blog will get more traffic soon so you can start seeing some extra income. Good luck to you and thank you for your question 🙂

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