Monday, August 22, 2016

Why I Blog- Hannah @ Grace In Everything


GUYS!! I am so beyond thrilled to welcome the lovely Hannah of Grace In Everything to the blog today!  Hannah is such a beautiful soul, and her posts always brighten my day. If you're not following her, then I'm honestly not quite sure what you're doing with your life. ; ) Kidding, of course, but seriously- GO FOLLOW THIS GEM! After you've read her lovely guest post, that is. I asked Hannah to share why she blogs, and naturally she came up with the most eloquent response of all time. Take it away, Hannah! 

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“Oh, so you blog?” a non-blogger asks. “What’s that, like an online diary?”

“Um, not really,” I reply. “It’s more like this online community sharing life together across state and national boundaries. It’s more like self-discovery to the upmost. It’s more like an outlet to use what God’s given me to help others. It’s more like a lifestyle. It’s more like grace in everything.”

“Okay, cool,” they reply, but they don’t understand. Few people do.

For blogging is more than a diary, although I have stolen diary entries to use as blog posts. Blogging is more than preaching at people, although I have done a few of those as well. Blogging is more than tutorials, photography, poetry, or book reviews.

Blogging is sharing your life with others.

And that, my friends who I will probably never meet, is why I blog.


I had another blog before Grace in Everything, one called Perfectly His. And I liked it. I posted good posts, deep and theological. I had many of them, but I didn’t love it. It wasn’t a lifestyle.

Why?

Because I didn’t read other blogs.

I didn’t share my life with others and in turn let them share their life with me. I just threw up words and left them there for the cold internet to welcome them.

With Grace in Everything, though, I did something different. One day I simply decided that I didn’t want to do this alone, and so I made one of the best decisions of my life: I started reading other blogs.

Something exciting then happened, I made blogging buddies! I saw glimpses into other girls’ lives and found encouragement there. From comments and posts, we became this odd sort of community that kept me coming back for more. Suddenly, it didn’t just matter to me what I posted and read, it mattered to the community.


Very soon I discovered that the lifestyle of blogging takes work. To make it meaningful, I had to put in the hours, the pictures, the late nights and frustrating afternoons. But the more I put into it, the more I loved it and couldn’t imagine giving it up. Those around me didn’t understand this, though. They thought that I should re-prioritize blogging. They didn’t understand why I blog.

I blog for the satisfaction of being a part of something bigger than just me. I blog for the people, because I find that God gave me a skill with words and vision, and He is using this skill to bless others.

I blog because I enjoy it. Putting the words together, figuring out new strategies, answering comments, reading other bloggers’ words. These things feel like a different world, a world where space doesn’t matter so much. Where words take on a beautiful meaning. Where it is acceptable to use ALL CAPS, italicized, and bold words.

I blog because that’s how God teaches me. I discovered that when making blogging a lifestyle, I welcomed God’s grace into more arears of my life. The theme of my blog rooted itself into my life, and God taught me so much more through my own words than He probably taught to anyone else. I’m now always looking for a blog post, a glimpse of God’s grace in the everythings of life. Blogging makes me so much more aware of my soul and how this world expresses God’s grace.


Who knows where blogging will take us (wait a minute, God knows). But for now let us thank each other for the privilege of being a part of God’s kingdom here in the internet world, which isn’t as cold as I once thought. Let us embrace the work because we know that it leads to love. Let us keep our eyes open because then we will see more clearly the grace in everything.

Thank you so, so much Grace for this opportunity to share with your blog my thoughts. Thank you for the reminder to myself why I blog. Grace, you have it down! I have never met another blogger more consistent with commenting and posting than you! Your blog always inspires me, makes me laugh, and sets an example for all blogs what a blogging community should look like! Here’s to my blogging twin, Grace!

And to all of my blogging friends, even if we haven’t met yet, thank you. And grace be with you,


Princess Hannah

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FOLLOW HANNAH!


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Don't run off without leaving Hannah some love down in the comments!! 



26 comments:

  1. *gives this post all the love* THIS.

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  2. This. YES. *happy sigh because it is SO accurate*

    I love blogging. ♥

    ~Megan <333
    (megans-journals.blogspot.com)

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    1. MEGANNNNNN!!! I'm glad I'm not the only one, hehe!

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    2. Isn't it the best thing ever??♥♥

      I love blogging too. ♥

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  3. THIS WAS SO BEAUTIFUL AND ELOQUENT AND RELATEABLE AND I LOVED IT AHHHH

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    1. IT MAKES SENSE TO OTHERS!!!!! Yours was so beautiful too!

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    2. Y'ALL ARE BOTH SO AMAZING ♥♥♥♥♥

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  4. Yes! No one understands blogging. IT'S NOT THAT HARD PEOPLE! :)

    With love and all joy,
    Allie D.
    www.alliesblogdesigns.blogspot.com
    www.friendlovesatalltimes.blogspot.com
    www.sincerelyallied.blogspot.com
    www.spreadingmyjoy.blogspot.com

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    1. Well, it's pretty hard, but it's TOTALLY WORTH IT!!!!

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  5. I AM INSPIRED you are inspiring Hannah <33

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    1. Checking out your blog right now, Abby and preparing to be inspired!

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    2. You two both are so inspirational ♥

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  6. HANNAH I loved this!! You are such a shining light <3 And the pictures are so gorgeous <3

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    1. Thanks bunches! This means so much to me! And I'm pretty happy with them myself! I took all except the one of me, as that's pretty hard to do.

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    2. Hannah is so incredible ♥♥ I love the photos, too!! So pretty:)

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  7. This post was so great, Hannah! I totally feel you on learning so much MYSELF while blogging. It truly is something special. So much love

    -JacyRayn xx

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    1. It really opens your eyes, doesn't it? We see the world and ourselves differently, intentionally. Glad you enjoyed the post!

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    2. It's crazy how much blogging can change your perspective, isn't it?? ♥

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  8. Yes, girl, these are the reasons to blog. <3 The community and the support and the LOVE it is spread and shared and aghh man, where would we all be without it?

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  9. You're so right about the community. Blogging has recently become even more near and dear to my heart because of reading other people's blogs! It's so encouraging and weird and wonderful all at once to think that God foresaw the formation of these wonderful blog communities. :) He truly can use anything for His glory. I know that He has certainly used your blog to encourage me! Thanks for writing this :) You rock!

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    1. Isn't it crazy?? It's the coolest. <3

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