Road to Relevant

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!

14 Responses to Road to Relevant

  1. Anonymous says:

    Can’t wait to meet you!!! =)

  2. Chele says:

    Amen! I know that feeling all too well! However, I'm so thankful for the bloggers like you that I have met! God is doing great things in the blog world! :)

  3. Laura Hostetter says:

    Thanks for sharing. Now I know I'm on the right road!!

  4. One of these days I'm going to bite the bullet and go to a conference. I would love to meet up with my wonderful online friends (you included, of course!) but there are so many factors.. $, quality of the get together and time away from home being the biggies. It really irks me to see mom bloggers jetting here and there going to one after another.. um, hello? What about your family? That's the “Mom” part, right?

    I hope you have a wonderful time and can't wait to hear about it!!

    • Melissa says:

      I agree Melissa, that each trip needs to be prayerfully decided on and not
      to the detriment of your family. One reason I am thankful that I started
      blogging when my kids are older. Hope to meet you someday as well!!

  5. aquamarine76 says:

    i totally agree! I am headed to a smaller blogger conference at the end of this month–Actually it is THEIR FIRST conference…Called Casual Blogger Conference.

    Anyhoo, it was nice to read about what got you started in blogging. Cool.

  6. michellerose says:

    Well, I praise God for ladies like you who are an inspiration to me! I deal with fibro and another weird condition, and it is always such a blessing to see other sisters in Christ keeping their eyes on our Savior through the midst of it all!

    Have a blessed weekend! I would love to have you “visit” sometime!

  7. mjroberson5 says:

    Cannot wait, Roomie!! :) <3

  8. List Mama says:

    I will be exhibiting at Relevant this fall. I don't know my booth #, but you will have to look for ListPlanIt while you are there! I am also very excited!!

    Jen

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