Three years ago, this week, this blog came to be. I share a little of this in my book, Where's Heidi? One Sister's Journey so I know some of you know part of the story but thought I would share a little more to celebrate the anniversary.
I attended my first writers' conference in 2010. The annual Christian Writers' Gathering at the Delta Lake Bible Conference Center located in beautiful Rome, New York. It was at this very conference God ignited the spark to get to work on Where's Heidi? One Sister's Journey and to start a blog. I didn't even know what a blog was three years ago and today blogging is one of my favorite things to do each day.
Blogging is virtual journaling, sharing your innermost thoughts, and be authentically apparent to your readers. Well, this is the Lisa Buske definition anyway. Does this sound right to you? How would you modify and/or add to it?
Since I didn't actually know what a blog was, I sought out my local expert, my then eleven year old daughter. In addition to calling home to say, "I'm on my way.", I asked Mags if she knew what a blog was and how to set one up.
She was excited and quick to say, "Of course, I'll have some choices for you when you get here." While I drove more than hour home, she diligently searched, researched, and narrowed down my blog choices to three by the time I crossed the threshold. Before I could even put my bags down, Mags met me at the door, dragged me to the computer, and pushed me into the chair. She was talking so fast, it was hard to keep up. I realized at that moment God not only blessed us with a daughter but a computer savvy and smart one, with a heart to serve and help.
The first six months of the blog, I blogged every few days. My numbers averaged about one-hundred or so a month. This was amazing to me. To those who are of the first one-hundred taking time to follow the blog, thank you.
Three years later, God keeps encouraging and amazing me through your response and interest in this blog. From 100 views a month to over 11,000 views in the last month, and nearly 10,000 of these are unique visitors (means you visited my website/blog once). There are 1,000 of you that visit here more than once a day, oh my gosh! I'm blessed, humbled, and I have to admit...just plain excited to see how God is working through me, my writing, and speaking. Only God could grow a website from 100 to 11,000 in three years. Wow!
It was probably five years ago when my oldest and dearest friend Karen suggested I "blog". I didn't know what it was and the idea of sharing my life via the Internet made me so nervous. There are many days when I think, "Why didn't I do this when Karen suggested it?" The only answer I have is, it wasn't time yet.
To blog and share hope, healing, Lisaisms (like that word?), the good and not so good days, and the silly and stupid things I do in my life with all of you...is encouraging.
YOU help to keep me focused, motivated, inspired, and honest! Thank you for your prayers, encouragement, inspiration, motivation, love, remembering Heidi, and following the blog.
If you could sum up how this blog does any of these things for you into one to two sentences, what would they be? Please share in a comment below.
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Lisa M Buske
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