I’ve just finished my first full day here at Relevant ’10. I’ll be honest that I wasn’t exactly sure about how this conference would go. My very first blog conference was BlogHer ’10, and in that case, I felt like a very small fish (or maybe even a tadpole) in a big pond. I was almost overwhelmed by all of the events and activities – I didn’t even make it to the Expo Hall.
I suspected that Relevant ’10 would be very different. First, it’s target audience is women just like me (although if the other women are also occassionally moody and have a weird thing about color coding their closets, that is purely coincidence.) The Relevant Conference is about bringing Christian, women bloggers together to fellowship, learn, and grow from each other. Within the first 20 minutes of dinner, I was already talking to fellow bloggers (shoutouts to Gen, Jane, Heather, and Melissa) and discussing the always hot topic of monetizing your blog with Jennifer from Balancing Beauty and Bedlam.
Day 2 was just as fulfilling even though I only made it to one session. (Sometimes my body insists on sleeping in when I’m traveling…maybe it’s because it doesn’t get enough rest while at home.) I listened to Angie and Serena share their thoughts about blogging authentically, and in the middle of that session – it hit me. I want to blog more about the Lord. I was sitting in a room filled with women who are courageous enough to put their faith out there for the world to see (or read), without fear. It is time for me to join their ranks even more.
It’s time to bring this blog back to where it was intended to go. You can’t have a blog called “Walking in Christ” and not talk about Christ. Sure I’ve written a story here and there, but my heart tells me that it’s time to step it up a level. I’m sharing all of this with you to ask for your help to reach my goal. Hopefully within the next week I’ll have a plan – something along the lines of 1 Mustard Seed each week, 1 Biblical post each week, or 1 faith-filled post each week. Once I figure it all out, I’ll let you know what the plan is and I humbly ask that you all hold me accountable. If I haven’t stuck to my plan, I give you full permission to email or drop a comment reminding me the I forgot to post a Christ-based post.
I’m not naive to think that all of my readers come for my prose – I know that many are here purely for giveaways, which I will still do. Giveaways are great blessings both you and me. I know that some of you heavily rely on giveaway items to help with incidentals or to pay for gifts, and I’m blessed that this blog can help in any way to provide that relief. But, in addition to entering to win some food, if someone is able to stop by and pick up a good word, a prayerful thought, or is able to smile after reading a cheesy joke, then I will be happy.
All of this is to say – I’m excited. I’m really, really excited about the things that are to come, and I hope you all enjoy the journey along with me.
Peace and Blessings,