The Blog is One Year Old!

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It’s crazy to even say this, but it’s been a year since I first started this blog.

I still remember the day I finally broke down and created the website in the midst of frantic edits of Unknown. I was drinking lots of tea (what you do when you’re me, and you also have a terrible cold/sinus infection that clings to you for way too long), and I was simply overwhelmed by how many options and pages I had to create for the blog.

And , as usual, my amazing sister, Kristina, came and helped me because she’s a pro.

But when I was setting up all those pages and finagling with technology and trying to decide what would look the best, I had no idea what a blessing this blog would become.

Or rather, how much of a blessing you all have become! I never really associated with other writers (except my sister, of course), and I really didn’t know there were a lot of other writers out there. But then I discovered this whole population of people who love the Lord and truly understand my love of writing stories about fake people in fake worlds in fake times. You guys are the honestly the best! 😊

And for those of you who aren’t writers, it’s been so amazing to meet other people who love stories and find so much enjoyment in reading them. Stories are such a gift from the Lord, aren’t they? 🙂

So, in honor of my blog’s anniversary, I decided to highlight some of my favorite/most popular blog posts from this last year. Beware – these are some severe ramblings.

The Long, Convoluted Story of My Life As an Author

Publishing is Scary. Why Did I Decided to Pursue It?

What About “Preachy Fiction?”

Live in Today’s Calling – And Hope in a Sure Future

Unworthy Launch Week: Safety Found Not in Ourselves

Well, that’s a wrap on this post! I had a blast looking back at my rambling posts (I need to learn how to be concise), and I hope you enjoyed it at well. Thank you all so much for an entire year of following along and reading and commenting, and here’s to many more ramblings! 😊

25 thoughts on “The Blog is One Year Old!

  1. This is so exciting!! It makes me want to pull out some balloons and make a cake or something to help you celebrate! 😂 🥳
    Thank you for such wonderful posts! I always enjoy them.
    I am excited to see how God is going to continue using you and your blog in the future. 💖

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  2. WAHOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! Happy blogiversary, girl!! I cannot believe it has been a year already, but I am so glad I’ve been journeying with you all that time and for many more years to come! 🥰

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  3. CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  4. Oh my, how exciting!!! Congratulations, Vanessa!!!!! Yikes, making a blog in the midst of editing Unknown… that must have been stressful! You’ve done amazing with staying so consistent with this blog and always giving us great content!! 😀 ❤

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  5. Woo-hoo! Congrats Vanessa!!!! *passes out chocolate chocolate cake* You go girl! You do not ramble…at least not anymore than me…I ramble on paper, in person, on the phone, through email, you name it and I will ramble. I once learned that it’s a certain type of introvert thing where you feel pressured to say something so you say the first thing you think of which usually only makes sense to you and then try explaining and it all goes downhill from there…lol…but you, have very good things to say and do not ramble! *nods head*
    *looks over long ramble comment, I think I made my point lol*

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    • Thank you so much!! 🙂 And yay for chocolate cake. Yum. And yes, hahaha, I find myself doing the whole trying to explain something, and it does not come out even halfway logical. That has definitely happened to me before! 🙂

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  6. Aaaaah SO sorry I’m late, but better late than never right. 😉 CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR FIRST BLOGIVERSARY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! *shoots out confetti* *bakes a cake* *jumps up and down* 🥳 I’ve loved hanging around your blog and reading your posts and getting to know you better, Vanessa! (Even if I have a problem with not being active in the blogosphere. *facepalm*) I’ve gotta say, you have one of the prettiest blogs I’ve ever seen, so I never would’ve guess you were overwhelmed by it all when you first started out. <33333 I've loved watching your blog take off and being apart of your blogging and writing journey!!! Can't wait to see what you've got for us this next year!!!! Keep up the awesome work, sister!!!!!

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    • Awww, thank you, Issabelle! You are just too sweet. (And thank you for the cake!!) I’ve also loved getting to know you – and thank you so much for the encouraging words about the design of the blog. I was just thinking about how I wasn’t a huge fan of the layout (and I realized it totally does not match my genre of writing, given it looks historical, but maybe that’s just because I’m an old lady at heart. 🙂 )

      Awww, thank you again, sister! 🙂


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