I started blogging in June of 2008, a few months after my diagnosis of multiple sclerosis and in the midst of a period of being bedridden. Prior to that I had no concept of what a blog was, let alone the idea that it was something I could do or would grow to love.
My blog grew from something I did for myself to something the Lord does through me. It has been a humbling experience to write in a way that helps other women and their relationships with God, their spouse, kids and themselves.
I attended my first blogging conference in July 2009. I went so excited to meet people I interacted with online and (I thought) to learn ways to grow my blog. I left that conference disheartened, discouraged and not even certain if blogging was for me.
Since then I have attended four other blogging conferences of various sizes and venues. I have found that the smaller the conference the more connected I feel. Then I heard about Relevant. I instantly knew I wanted to go. The concept is exactly what has been lacking at the other conferences I have attended (even the good ones). Getting together with like minded women who view the internet as their mission field, while remembering and honoring the fact that our primary mission field is our home.
There have been rough periods of blogging for me as well. Whenever I lose focus of why I blog and get caught up in blog stats, comments and “measuring up” my writing and my passion for blogging suffer.
I can’t wait to meet so many of my twitter and blogging friends in real life. And I have no doubt that I will leave Relevant refreshed, inspired and revived. Can’t wait until October!