I'm talking blogging.
Every once in awhile a blogger will write a State of the Blog type post and... they really don't mean anything to me. Now of course those bloggers are writing those things because writing helps them think and so it's good that they are putting the words on paper, so to speak. But what I mean is that I don't get worried about if blogging is a dying thing. I will read their post and think,
"If you need a break - take a break - live your life. It will be good."
"If you don't really like blogging, it's okay to stop blogging. It will be good."
"If you are maxed out then reel it in, stop trying to keep up, and get back to why you fell in love with blogging in the first place, be it the journaling, the community, the photo dumps, or because deep down you always wanted to be an essayist. It will be good."
"If you love your little blog with its little following and your little creative space where you can come and go as needed then keep going. It will be good."
I'll be honest, those little blogs are my favorite. Of course there are a few blogs with larger followings (I'm talking 5k or more FB followers) that I still read but mostly I am drawn to the smaller blogs. The ones that are pretty and crisp looking but still honest and vulnerable and fun. They are just as likely to share a burden with their readers as they are a favorite recipe or pictures of a fun party. They feel like... friends. Some of them write things I agree with, some of them don't. Some of them carry very similar crosses as mine and some of them don't. All of them are pursuing Christ and I have found that their companionship has helped me in my pursuit for which I am very grateful.
One of those little blogs has a new home and a new name and I wanted to share it with you because I'm still on "maternity leave" but mostly because Ashley is just wonderful.
Really. She is.
Five years ago, when we were still figuring out just who and how James would be Ashley had enough courage and compassion and charity to tell me the truth: James might not be okay. There might not be a miracle. Having a family member with severe disabilities would be hard. Her words meant a lot to me; in fact they still do. I am still grateful that God sent a person to acknowledge my fears and that she was able to speak to me in the exact language that would impact me as needed. I know that's probably weird but it was a blessing and I have followed Ashley ever since.
So if you're looking for that kind of blogger - someone who is brave and kind, someone who can be fun and funny and honest - Ashley and This Good Life are exactly who and what you're looking for.
And if you want to find more possibly-new-to-you blogs to love and follow, well, I'll be hosting the Sheenazing Blogger Awards again this year once maternity leave is over.
And I'm fairly active on Facebook and Instagram if you ever want to say "hi" and follow my micro-blogging. :)
Photo by Glen Carrie