Dear My Place to Yours readers,
Renaissance Man once told me of a young lady who — when asked to tell her story in a worship service — said she would try … but that she’d never before spoken in front of a group and was very nervous. She wasn’t sure she could do it. Forty-five minutes later, the pastor had to lovingly help her find a stopping place. Obviously, she’d gotten over her fear of public speaking! Some of you can totally relate, can’t you?
Be assured: there’s no judgment here at all. In fact, “it takes one to know one,” and I know that sometimes I have the same tendency. Oddly enough, though, as I’m sitting here ready to reflect on my first year of blogging, I have no idea where to begin. Throughout the past several weeks — knowing I’d be writing this post — many things came to mind that I wanted to put in writing. Some were things I wanted to document for myself, and some were things I wanted to say to you.
So where are they now when I need them? Why are my ideas such a jumbled mess? I wonder if this is what writer’s block feels like? I’ve never really experienced that before. Honestly, though, I don’t think that’s it. I think I’m just a bit overwhelmed by the impact blogging has had on me.
As you may know, I’ve already published a post called Why I Blog. That was written after only about six months of blogging, and it was the most intense post I’d ever written — requiring of me a level of authenticity and transparency I had not “put out there” in such a way before. It’s never easy to bare the soul, and yet I believed it was the right thing to do — and so I did it — but it took a lot out of me. I suspect that subconsciously that’s why my words aren’t coming easily tonight; because reflection necessarily means honesty at the deepest level of my being. Honesty not about why I blog, but why I still blog … a year later.
So when one day I innocently Googled “tablescape ideas” and found Between Naps on the Porch, my eyes were opened to an entirely new kind of blog. Thank you! For almost a year, I sometimes lurked (and often drooled) over the wonderful tablescapes I saw there — some designed by our hostess, Susan, and some belonging to her readers.
But more even than the pretty tables was the camaraderie I sensed among the blog’s readers. More beautiful to me than the dishes was the vibe of GOOD that I felt when I read the blog posts and comments. Of course, every tablescaper’s personality was different, but there was a graciously kind, encouraging, and compassionate warmth that was almost tangible. (Still is!) I don’t know about you, but that really ministers to my spirit.
Eventually when I decided to open My Place to Yours at Etsy, it seemed that a blog would be the natural “next step.” And so this blog began … on July 21, 2010 with my debut tablescape celebrating the 100th week of tablescaping at Between Naps on the Porch … and my eyes were opened further.
|Festival of Tables 2011 is coming up soon… Click here to see last year’s party!|
Something else that has surprised me a little is how much I’ve enjoyed documenting things. Parties, trips, projects … memories or tributes to loved ones — they’re right here on my blog. Pictures . and stories . and hopefully well-articulated feelings. I love that!
I’ve enjoyed writing my posts … and I’ve enjoyed reading your comments. I’ve also enjoyed reading the blogs some of you write. But my most treasured enjoyment from blogging has been getting to know you, most of whom I would never have met otherwise. You live in cities and states — and countries! — where I will probably never go, and yet as often as possible, we end up here together … playing in the dishes, decorating our homes, sharing our successes and our failures — our praises and our pain. Some of you I have only seen through your words. No picture of yourself; just your words reflecting what’s important to you. I’m actually thankful for that because there is no preconceived idea or influential image. There is just the power of the word … and some of you have written some powerful words! How I would love to meet you one day in person …
So as I write this blog … from My Place to yours, I can’t thank you enough for sending part of Your Place back to me. For sharing your time — and yourselves. Your visits constantly encourage me. What do I hope to offer you? Tablescaping ideas and vintage linen info, certainly, but I also pray you will find My Place to Yours to be a source of encouragement … and inspiration … as you journey through this life. It is truly an honor to have walked this path with you for the past year, and I hope we get to do it for many years to come!
And now, as we go our separate ways for the moment, I pray God’s richest blessings on your day. I’ll visit you when I can … and I know you’ll be back when you have time. You’re always welcome … at My Place to Yours!
I’ll be linking today’s post to these parties:
Metamorphosis Monday @ Between Naps on the Porch
Blue Monday @ Smiling Sally
Mosaic Monday @ Little Red House
Inspiration Friday @ At the Picket Fence
Pink Saturday @ How Sweet the Sound