why I want to subscribe to your blog (and why I hope you’ll subscribe to mine)

I hit play on my answering machine (yes, we still have one) and a woman robot tells me not to hang up because this could be the most important call of my life.

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Then “she” says her records indicate I may not have health insurance.

And then she promises help is on the way if only I will press one now.

But I should be prepared to experience a short wait due to the tremendous response.

So basically, a robot wants to change my life, but I’m going to have to be patient.

Say it with me now – Ain’t nobody got time for that.

Needless to say, I didn’t press one. I wouldn’t have pressed one even if I didn’t have health insurance. Even if I needed the thing the robot was offering, I wouldn’t have wanted it that way. One, because I’m not a fool. Two, I have no respect for a robot on my answering machine (which is essentially robots leaving messages for robots if you really get down to it).

I want to talk with people, not robots. And especially not a robot who is also a telemarketer.

When I started a blog back in 2007, I started it for one reason: I loved to write. People start blogs for all kinds of reasons, but that was mine. I still love to write, but now writing is also my job. And in this business, you’re supposed to have a blog because it’s part of your platform.

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You already know my inner conflict with the word platform. I feel the same way about networking (hello colorful wires all tangled up). I wrote about the day networking died because here’s the thing: I don’t see writing on a blog that way.

Having a platform and creating a network aren’t bad things to do – I think they can be necessary. But I also think those words have some baggage attached to them, extra weight that isn’t welcome here in this space.

The kind of community writing we do on our blogs – you and me, writing on the internet and having people read it – is powerful. You share your joys and your losses, your favorite books and the funny thing your kids say. We write what moves us, what grieves us, what scares us, what delights. You share photos of your homes, your families, your favorite recipes. You show us what you wore on Wednesday, what you ate on Sunday, what daily gifts are saving your life.

We celebrate the small graces of the everyday and we have a community here who celebrates with us.

Some of you make money from your blog, a lot of money, and I applaud you and cheer you on and I will click on your ads so you’ll make more. I want to support you and help you pay for your kids’ braces or buy those cute pillows from Target or build that school for the children in Haiti.

Your work is beautiful and important.

Some of you write in quiet spaces with words you don’t think anyone reads, but you keep writing because writing makes you come alive. And I cheer you on because you’re doing what you love, you’re pushing through and finding your voice and sharing your words as an offering.

Your work is beautiful and important, too.

What you write is deeply personal to you. And what I write is deeply personal to me. And sometimes my writing touches your life in a way neither one of us expected and yours does that for me, too.

That is why words like platform and networking are hard for me. Because this feels like a community, not a conference. It feels like a letter, not a business card.

I hope it feels that way for you, too. I apologize for the times when it doesn’t.

I hope you’ll subscribe to Chatting at the Sky because that means you want to come back. Even as I write it, I know that subscribe is another one of those words with baggage (hello magazine salesman at my door who is going to promise me something he isn’t going to deliver).

But that’s the word they use on the internet for people who sign up to get your writing for free. And I realize I’m not sure I have ever formally invited you to subscribe because it feels a little like asking you to press one now.

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But I want to fight through that baggage and reclaim the subscription for what I think it really is:

I hope you see something human here, something hopeful, something that calls courage out from places within you that maybe you forgot were there, something that resonates with you as a person. I hope you see something here that reminds you that you’re not alone.

Those are the kinds of blogs I subscribe to and I hope to be that kind of place for you, too.

I would love it if you signed up to receive these blog posts in your inbox and I want to take a minute to tell you how you can do that if you’d like.

How to subscribe to Chatting at the Sky for free:

I’ve recently switched to Mail Chimp for my email subscribers which means the blog posts look a lot like the blog itself, with the header and everything right there in the email. It will average out to be about 3 posts a week because that’s about how often I’m posting these days.

You can sign up to get blog posts delivered straight into your inbox by entering your email address here and checking the button next to “blog posts.” It asks for your name but you don’t have to put that. All I need is your email address. It’s free and it’s easy.

But writing these posts isn’t the only thing I’m doing these days.

How to sign up for my newsletter for free:

Tomorrow I’m going to send out another newsletter. What? She still does that?

She does. Not very often, but she does.

The newsletter is something different from the blog posts. My goal is to send these out monthly, but so far it’s been more like quarterly. Ish. It’s free to sign up, and it’s where I share writing I won’t publish anywhere else.

I also share links to books I’m reading and favorite posts from around the internet. But mostly, the newsletter is just me, sharing a little something of myself with you and hoping it inspires courage for your day. It’s just another way to connect with you and have you connect with me.

If you’re interested in signing up for the newsletter, you can do that here and check the button next to “newsletter.”

I know a lot of people visit the blog straight from the internet and want to reduce email clutter so you don’t plan to subscribe. No explanation needed, of course. But for those of you who like having everything in one place, I wanted to let you know about the option to subscribe by email and also let you know a little more about the newsletter.

Finally, I hope you know I’m thankful for you. My husband and I pray in the mornings together, and it’s normal for him to bring you up, the community of readers who stop by here. We pray you will be encouraged and see hope in dark places. We pray for courage and for endurance. And we thank God that you come at all.

Thank you for reading, for commenting, or for reading and not commenting. I would write even if nobody read, but it’s much more fun this way.

Comments

  1. says

    I’ve just recently subscribed to your blog. I LOVE it! I’m a new my blogger (only blogging six months so far) and my reason for blogging is to minister encouragement to women who have been touched by grief, yet still my quirks of everyday life… of which there are many.
    I’m really struggling with the whole self-promotion/platform/marketing side of all of it. If I don’t participate in building a platform, no one will know I exist. If I do, still probably no one will know I exist, but I’ve got a better shot at it. You’ve been blogging a long time and I admire your tenacity.
    I Love your writing and was happy to subscribe!
    Jennifer´s last blog post ..The Heartbeat of Christ

    • says

      You’re right. If you believe you have something you want to share, you have to get the world out. It can be a tricky road to walk down, but it can also be fun if you learn ways to do it that feel honest to who you are, how you’re made, and what your boundaries are.

  2. says

    I am definitely the writer who writes even when I feel no one really reads it. You were one of the first blogs my friend told me to add to my google reader and now I read yours (and many others) religiously. I even wrote a letter to myself like you suggested and cried the whole way through. You write some wonderful, transparent things. Thank you for that.
    Bre´s last blog post ..Rest

  3. says

    Ah, this. Finally. I don’t usually subscribe to blogs, even the ones I read regularly. It’s the full email thing. I am going to subscribe to yours. I love reading your thoughts and voice here. I write on a blog because I love to write and I pray it touches someone wherever and whenever God intends it. I write to leave words for my children someday. The thoughts of “platform” and “networking” almost exhausted my love of writing, so I quit looking at numbers and just started writing again. Community… and writing. That’s all I was looking for in the first place. Thank you for this, Emily.
    Karin´s last blog post ..When Your Day Is a Bust, and You Are One of the Lucky Ones

    • says

      It’s hard to write honestly when you have one eye on the numbers. Long breaks usually help with that. Thanks for subscribing, Karin.

  4. says

    I absolutely love your blog! (only been reading for a few months) but it is such a breathe of fresh air! your posts always seem to be exactly what I need to read, when I need to read it so thank you!

    • says

      I know it is a necessary thing to do when writing is your job – but those words leave such a bad aftertaste for so many people. It’s good to remember the heart behind what they mean and why we do what we do.

    • says

      The first one ever? Wow, that’s cool. And I am not a grammar geek – but you already know that from reading my posts I’m sure ;)

  5. says

    What a sweet post, and something that we all hope for, as bloggers. I “subscribe” via Google Reader, though I often click directly through to your blog! I don’t often comment, but AM often touched by your thoughts. You are a deep thinker, and I so appreciate the things that you cause me to dwell on. I have even been known to quote you on my blog (giving credit of course)! Thanks for sharing your life with us, your readers. Have a blessed Holy Week, Emily! ~Sally
    Sally´s last blog post ..Hosanna!

    • says

      Your welcome, Sally. I know Google Reader’s days are numbered – I’m actually looking forward to switching my reader and using it as an excuse to start over with subscribing to new/different blogs.

      Thanks for your encouragement!

  6. says

    This post is perfectly timed, as usual. Spent the weekend researching blog conferences because I felt the need for “help” in this bloggy-networky-is-it-a-business-or-just-a-hobby? kinda thing. I think I have my answer. Thank you! And I love that you and your husband pray together in the morning!
    Karmen´s last blog post ..Travel

  7. says

    Wellllll, I love this post. As usual. :)

    And I love “ain’t nobody got time for DAT!” :)

    This post really resonates with me, for reasons that we discussed last week…. your perspective on this whole circle of influence thing is so helpful to me.

    And I’m loving… LOVING… the Jeff Goins course so far. Challenging… provocative… helpful. VERY.

    That is all. :)

    Thanks Emily.
    Dana Butler´s last blog post ..I Have Lizard Skillz. [On Authenticity and Heart-Safety in Jesus]

  8. says

    I love your blog and what you wrote in this entry. I love to write and for that reason began blogging about 8 months ago. I am that blogger in that quiet space who seldom even realizes that people are reading what I write, but I still do it because I love it and it helps me.
    Megan´s last blog post ..What Is Your Lens?

  9. Jenny K says

    I recently became a subscriber after hearing you on a Simple Mom podcast. I spent a couple hours later that night reading a few of your posts. Thank you for considering your subscribers/followers a community. :)

  10. says

    Hi! I am one of those peeps who reads you via Reeder (RSS feed) and I do read every word. Although sometimes I first see a new post via a link on Twitter and click through from there. I am now going to subscribe to your newsletter because, well, as someone who is kind of out of touch with the blogosphere I admit I don’t know what one would put in a newsletter and I need you to ‘splain it to me. :)
    Laura´s last blog post ..stamps

    • says

      Oh great. Lower those expectations, Laura. For real, my newsletter is a hot mess. Every one of them is different than the last. Looking forward to getting into more of a groove with it, though. We’ll see how it goes.

      Glad to see your avatar around here, though. Always. Your blog is an old favorite.

  11. says

    Yes, yes and yes! I too have a hard time with the words platform and networking. And I am one of those you mentioned who writes in a quiet place where not too many read but she’s doing what she loves, what makes her come alive, and she’s pushing through and finding her voice in the offering. It’s a beautiful place. Thank you for cheering me on!
    Jenny Barker´s last blog post ..A Day in the Life

    • says

      Sure thing Jenny. I’m glad you’re writing – it makes a difference to get the words out there, doesn’t it? Even when not many read them?

  12. says

    Emily,

    This describes how I feel about my entire blogging experience so far. Thank you for putting words to that which I already knew. I do enjoy reducing email clutter, but am happily keeping up with your writing exploits via the Twitterverse. Keep doing what you’re doing!

  13. says

    I’m already subscribed to your newsletter …. and I’m subscribed to your blog via feedly (was Google Reader but we all know what happened there!). So all my reading is in one place waiting for me to read when I’m ready, rather than me having to filter through my email to find the emails I need to deal with sooner rather than later….

    And I’m one of those quiet spaces. For a while I thought my voice was gone but it seems to have woken up again.
    Leanne´s last blog post ..7 Quick Takes (returning)

  14. Lisa says

    You have a lovely blog that I enjoy reading through my bloglovin reader. I am blogger #2 in your scenario. I’m not sure many people ever hear what I have to say but I blog on because writing makes me happy.

  15. says

    Your words have inspired me to finally comment after following your blog for a couple months now. I am one of those who writes in quiet places as it does make my soul come alive. Writing gives me the opportunity to stumble upon my voice in the most unexpected ways. Thank you for the encouragement to keep up my pursuit of writing!
    Lesley´s last blog post ..Quiet Little Snowflakes

    • says

      I’m so glad, JoAnn. Also? Whenever I see the name JoAnn, I always think of the word “ostriches” thanks to your blog. The two will always go together in my mind forevermore.

  16. says

    Thank you for writting! I’ve been following you almost since the beginning of your blog…I am pretty sure I clicked over from a comment on someone else’s blog. All I know is, I come back because of your sweet spirit, your upbeat attitude, and the words of truth you always write. I’m adding a subscription to your newsletter now too! I’ve heard you talk about it, but I never quite knew what it was.
    Victoria´s last blog post ..The Scenic Route: Let’s Pack Up and Go to South Dakota

  17. says

    A friend of mine who I’ve never met except for on the internets shared this post. I love it for how it describes the relationships that are formed here. That was something I didn’t expect when I decided to just get it all out in a bloggy blog. My blog is a quiet offering. For those who find it, I hope they are blessed. I’m glad she shared this post of yours. I might just have to subscribe. ;)
    Anne @ anne b. good´s last blog post ..The Random Box Exchange

  18. says

    I share your feelings about networking. It was one of the things that almost kept me from starting and one of the things that makes me think about stopping (writing/blogging) because I feel like I’m “supposed to self-promote”. But when I remember why I write I keep going. Love your blog. Always have.
    Stacy Averette´s last blog post ..I have it all

  19. says

    I’ve subscribed to your blog for ages, but had no idea about the newsletter. I signed up right away. Thanks for everything you give here. I love your writing.
    ellen´s last blog post ..12/52

  20. says

    I’ve been struggling with the whole platform/tribe thing lately also. The more I pray and think about it, I don’t think I want one. For me personally, sharing my gifts is not about me. I guess there is a connotation that a tribe, platform, or following is self-serving. (Not that I have a big enough blog following to have a platform anyway.)

    I subscribe through a reader and subscribe to your newsletter. I don’t often have time to comment, but I do read.
    Amy Nabors´s last blog post ..Choosing to Trust

  21. says

    Well said — we’re on much the same page (even just in my last post). It’s more fun to know that you’re connecting with someone, but ultimately we’re writing because we feel called to it. Standing with you!

  22. says

    I have a small blog, and for two years I have tried to work for subscribers. I’ve linked, I offered prizes, I’ve commented; and through it I have met some really wonderful women ( you and Nester are two!). But I have gotten to the point, that I need to fully give my blog to the Lord.

    He may change my mind about this later, but for now, I feel it is time to rest from the “work” of building my blog, and work on allowing my blog to bless the Lord, and worry about people “liking” me. (Yea, like that is going to be easy!)

    I love writing. It is my gift from the Lord, allowing my soul to open fully and bloom like Carolina Jasmine in summer. And, like Carolina Jasmin, I pray that I am a pleasing fragrance to the Lord, that also blesses those standing near-by.
    Diane W. Bailey´s last blog post ..Praying Hands and Andy Warhol

  23. Jill says

    Thank you for writing Emily! Thank you for writing from your heart. Your words and trasnparency resonate with people more than you know. :)

  24. says

    You keep the words flowing sweetly between reader and writer. It’s a pleasure, always to read my posts from you t via email. I love what you do and how you do it. Your art rocks my world, I am still standing. :) AND the keeping it real, that’s the best piece of this tapestry which is Chatting At The Sky.

    Don’t change a thing. Well maybe you could post more often. :)
    Elizabeth W. Marshall´s last blog post ..Two Tear Types – A Week In The Life of A Mother and Daughter

  25. says

    Your writing inspires me to become a better writer myself. I’m one of those that would write even if no one read because writing is who I am. However, you’re right…it is more fun when there’s interaction. :)

    I subscribe to your posts, but now I’m happy to receive your newsletter in my inbox! :)
    Hannah´s last blog post ..3.24.13

  26. says

    I loved this. I’m not subscribed but I will be now. I love popping over and seeing your site in full view. It’s always refreshing.
    Breanne´s last blog post ..11/52

  27. says

    I too have a hard time with those words. But I think
    I dislike brand the most.
    While at a blog confrence recently I was explaining to the presenter why I had just changed the name of my blog. (A bout with cancer changes your outlook on life)
    A very sweet lady beside me helpfully whispered ‘rebranded’ as I stumbled through my explanation. (Hardcore introvert ;) )
    When did a person become a brand? How can you connect in a meaningful way with a brand??
    Signing up for the newsletter today. I have you bookmarked and stop by here everyday already.
    Rosa Veldkamp´s last blog post ..It’s getting exciting around here!

  28. says

    Thanks Emily…your words were what I needed to hear this morning. They echoed my thoughts on the whole writing and sharing thing I hadn’t been able to name. Yes. Yours is one of few I subscribe to and will continue because it feels like my own personal email from you.
    Kelli´s last blog post ..The Story = Table Time

  29. says

    I am already a subscriber, because I love the way you write. “Grace for the Good Girl” has really made an impact on me, and I read your blog to get more of your view.
    I have an oft-neglected blog, mostly because I write for a living, and when I get home from work, the last thing I want to do is write more.
    Beth´s last blog post ..Halfway through

  30. says

    I have a black, spiral bound, college ruled, cost less than a dollar, notebook where I jot down blog ideas (and stuff scraps of paper inside from notes I have written when I am away from my desk). At the very front of the the notebook I have written: write what matters. It’s how God has directed me to keep my focus on Him first as I share from my heart. I know my, from the quiet spaces with wonders if anyone is reading, blog will never bring fame nor fortune but I hope it brings encouragement or a bit inspiration to at least a few as I sort through this walk of life with words.

    Your blog, this sharing of yourself with us, is an honor to follow. Thanks for letting me breathe with you…

  31. donna attaway says

    Your blog was one of the first one I ever subscribed to and it is still DEFINITELY my favorite. When your post arrives in my inbox on my computer or if I see it on my phone… my heart does a little oh…”can’t wait to read it”.. I usually have 10 or more in my inbox…awaiting a slow read when time permits. You are a tremendously gifted writer! Keep up the wonderful work. Hoping we can meet one day as I am a southerner also….living in Georgia husband/3 children/soon to be empty nester. (wish i had the skills of your sister the “nester” ha ha) Take care and God Bless!!

  32. says

    I have been subscribed for some time now Emily and I love your blog. I think many of us bloggers forget to add that human element to our blogs, then we foolishly throw up subscribe forms and buttons and expect people to simply subscribe for no reason. Thank you for your wonderful blog and your insight, Emily.
    Kevin Martin´s last blog post ..Warning: These Four F-Words Will Motivate You!

  33. says

    I began reading your blog because I saw a link to it on another blog I read… sorry, don’t remember which one. I found your writing to be inspirational and interesting. So I subscribed. Sadly, I don’t post on my own nearly much as I’d like to.
    Mine is a photo blog and I’m very bad at writing. I started it to showcase and hopefully sell my photos.
    In case you’re interested it’s http://blog.westcoastexposure.org
    I also don’t communicate with robots. ;) not on purpose anyway.
    ~ Deborah
    Deborah Flowers´s last blog post ..365 / Weeks Two & Three

  34. says

    I love reading your blog. I love the authenticity and the encouragement. That’s how we are supposed to be! Genuine, encouraging…real. I’d be honored if you read along with my adventures in this blessed journey of life and motherhood.
    Angela´s last blog post ..39 Weeks: Photos and Thoughts

  35. says

    Emily-
    First of all, I want to link to this on my blog and say…”Yeah! What she said!” because I love that you came at this subject so honestly. Second, does it matter if I receive it in email vs. on the blogger dashboard? And when I say “matter” I mean… does it “credit” you with the traffic that way? I mean from blogger I still click onto your site so I would think yes…but just curious. I love to help out as many of my favorite bloggers as possible, you included of course. :)
    Ashley´s last blog post ..Praying Circles

  36. says

    I told you ages ago that this was my favorite blog and that has not changed. :) We just spent the last 5 weeks moving… so I’m a bit out of touch- but still a favorite and the first place I clicked to read when I sat down. :)
    Misty´s last blog post ..Good morning…

  37. says

    I have subscribed to your blog for a couple of years now and your posts are always refreshing, challenging, and uplifting. I’m also taking a group of college girls through “Grace For the Good Girl.” Rocking our world in such a great way! Thanks!!
    Jennie´s last blog post ..Never, Not Ever Alone

  38. says

    This post made me laugh and smile and subscribe to your rss feed. And when I read that you and your husband both pray for your community every morning – wow, that’s so special! Thanks for all that you do and share.

    p.s. I can’t wait to read A Million Little Ways! It’s pinned on my “Books I Want to Read” list :)
    Stephanie´s last blog post ..Holy Week: Monday

  39. says

    “That is why words like platform and networking are hard for me.”
    I get a more than a little queasy over the idea of “platform” when I look through the lens of Philippians 2. My attitude should be the same as Christ Jesus—and so I need to build a platform….hmmmm.

    Thanks for writing your blog, Emily. I love the way you look at life and purpose and living with God. Can’t wait for your book to come out.

  40. says

    I understand. I struggle with those issues too. I ask God daily to touch the ladies in our little community at Unwrapping His Grace. I pray people see us as a safe place to walk with one another. Your blog has always been a safe place for me. I am sorry I haven’t comment as much as I used to, but your words continue to minister to my heart. God bless you!
    Mary Joy´s last blog post ..Marriage Monday: Chronic Illness and Finances

  41. Kristen says

    Emily – I have only discovered blogs about 6 months ago. I just discovered yours about a week ago and have read as many of your posts as time has allowed (my favorite so far is a million ways). I don’t write and don’t have my own blog. I can’t begin to describe to you exactly WHY I relate to your posts (because I don’t exactly know), but I DO relate. Reading you brings calmess to my soul. And peace. This will probably be the only time I comment, but please know that I’m reading and savoring your words :-)

  42. says

    Emily, I can hear your voice in this post. I mean, I usually can, but it shines through here today.

    I’m the same. I’d write even if nobody read.
    Kristin S´s last blog post ..thankful

  43. says

    I am right smack in the middle of your book, Grace for the Good Girl. You have given me so much to think about. I am a brand new blogger who is loving the process and sharing my voice in my little corner of the web. Thank you for challenging me with your words!
    Sarah´s last blog post ..Chore Chart Round-up

  44. says

    Emily, well, you went ahead and made me cry. This: “Some of you write in quiet spaces with words you don’t think anyone reads, but you keep writing because writing makes you come alive. And I cheer you on because you’re doing what you love, you’re pushing through and finding your voice and sharing your words as an offering.

    Your work is beautiful and important, too.

    What you write is deeply personal to you. And what I write is deeply personal to me. And sometimes my writing touches your life in a way neither one of us expected and yours does that for me, too.”

    There are no brief words to describe what this means to me, this post. Just, *thank you*. What a beautiful heart you have. I so agree with everything said here. Thank you for saying it. I wasn’t subscribed before, but bet your bottom dollar, now I will be!

  45. says

    I love this post. My blog followers are a much smaller group than yours and I have never thought about subscribing, but I love being a part of the blogging community.

  46. says

    I’m so glad you posted this…because I really enjoy reading your blog…but like many things on the internet I forget to check back, so if it comes in my email I will for sure get your new posts!
    Thank you!
    tera´s last blog post ..hoboken

  47. says

    I subscribe and read your words regularly – while you are Chatting at the Sky, you are chatting with me, too. Thank you for that – love the conversations you spark in me (even without comments).
    Maureen´s last blog post ..Joy and Drudgery

  48. Nicole W. says

    I sometimes forget real people write blogs. I’ve been a long time subscriber via Yahoo RSS. I do not keep a blog, but reading them is something I LOVE to do everyday. Thank you for sharing your talent!

  49. says

    I don’t subscribe (aiming for less emails) but you are one of the few blogs that made that cut after recent, ruthless culling of my Feedly sites! Onya!
    Von´s last blog post ..God-colours

  50. says

    Connected with your post from a recommendation from another blog I follow and so glad I did. This post should be required reading for newbie bloggers,like myself. Those words…networking, platform, followers..can leave a blemish on the sweet community I am experiencing as I pour out my heart on my blog. I want to participate in the growth of my blog and ofcourse want to have fellowship with like minded bloggers but only as part of my pursuit of Him. Praying that all my communication and connections are God appointed. Thanks again for this reminder to keep it in the only perspective that matters…His.

  51. says

    “Some of you write in quiet spaces with words you don’t think anyone reads, but you keep writing because writing makes you come alive.” That’s me! You nailed it with that description. What a beautiful post! I do not have a “subscribe” button even on my blog and wouldn’t know how to get one. I follow blogs like yours, though, and enjoy reading your posts when a new one pops up! We do all write for different reasons…thank you for perspective on things!

  52. says

    I love the way you say all of this. I think if I’ld be a little more tired I’ld be tearing up. The way you write is sweet and caring and I love coming here and reading your thoughts in your words. Thanks!

  53. Lisa says

    “I hope you see something human here, something hopeful, something that calls courage out from places within you that maybe you forgot were there, something that resonates with you as a person. I hope you see something here that reminds you that you’re not alone.”

    YES! All of the above!

    Love,
    A Faithful Subscriber

  54. says

    I am still trying to figure out the blogging then flipping between wanting readers and reminding I just love to write and take photos. Thanks for the reminder.
    Linda´s last blog post ..Balking

  55. says

    Your words often minister to the dry and thirsty land that is currently my heart. Thank you.

    I write for a variety of reasons and have struggled with defining balance on these issues in my foray into blogging. I’ve shared many of these same thoughts with my husband. It’s an encouragement hear them from someone else. It helps.

  56. says

    For me, I struggle with the confidence to “network” my blog…so this was helpful. I think I really am ok with writing for “no one” but God, my family and myself as it has been for a little over a year now (-: I imagine it is more fun to have interaction but again the lack of confindence and funny, awkward feeling to even put it out there in facebook is enough for me to keep it small, very very small. If it has been an encouragement to someone as that is my intention, that would make me happy!

    • says

      Thanks, Paige. You might be surprised to know it sometimes takes hours and HOURS for me to make it sound effortless. For the record.

      Still, I appreciate the respect. *wink*

  57. says

    Your words are crafted so beautifully. I gain much inspiration in my own writing from the way that God speaks through you. I have been subscribed to your newsletter for awhile now and have your blog posts in my RSS feed. Thank you for the work you put into your craft.
    Elizabeth´s last blog post ..Beautiful Law

  58. says

    I have several blogs I follow, including yours. Yours happens to be one of my favorites and I’m not just saying that. I find your blog to be a peaceful place in the midst of so much chaos on the internet. I have your blog set up to come into my wordpress reader. I’m not sure that is actually subscribing, so I will be happy to subscribe to your blog and your newsletter. I look forward to the newsletter as that will be a chance to read more of your wisdom. Thanks for being an inspiration.

  59. says

    I love your blog and have been a “subscriber” for quite some time now. I agree about the words networking and platform. Sounds like too much work to me. I read blogs to make me happy and peaceful and fulfillment – not work. Keep up the good work. Now I’m off to sign up for your entries by email and also your newsletter. Blessings, Patty

  60. says

    I subscribe through Google Reader, but I know it’s going away soon, so I’ll have to figure something out. I’m lazy and like to be able to get all of my favorites in one spot and not weed through the multitude of useless e-mails I receive. I think I have some weeding to do!
    Thank you for writing and encouraging others to write.
    Elizabeth´s last blog post ..Bedtime Shenanigans and Blessings

  61. says

    What a beautiful reminder, Emily, of the purpose in blogging and the community it can provide. I’ve been a reader that comes directly for a long time, and I’ve decided to get your posts by email because you’re right – I don’t want to miss a thing!

    Thank you for your wonderful books, blog, and encouragement!
    Katie Derman´s last blog post ..Life as the Little Sis

  62. says

    So very thankful for you, for your voice, for your bravery, for your transparency.
    And though we have never met (and I tend to be the “read your blog and you never know about it” type), I am thankful you’ve invited me in!

  63. says

    I always enjoy stopping by :) I keep track of your blog and others using bloglovin . It’s my way of keeping my favorite places organized, plus, it’s easy to see when there’s new posts for me to read:) Thank you for sharing from your little corner of the world, you often bless me with your words :)

  64. says

    Once again, you’ve made me cry. I’m thinking it may be a personal problem, but you sure do get my water works going. Of course I’ll subscribe to your newsletter and your blog and anything else you want to write. I feel like some of the community in my blog space has gone away over the years as our lives have gotten busier and families have gotten bigger. I miss it. And I love how you just laid it all out there.

    And, you know, I read every post you write, but don’t always comment. And I want so badly to be a better commenter on the blogs I love because I know how much blogs thrive on community.

    Anyway. Thank you! Happy Easter, Emily!

  65. says

    I don’t know if I’ve ever introduced myself but I subscribe to your blog through Google reader. Hi! :)
    It is just so sweet that your husband prays over your blog and it’s readers. So sweet.

  66. says

    I often leave reading your blog till late at night, when the kids are in bed and the house is quiet, cup of tea in hand and time to dwell in good words. Thank you for sharing your words with us – I am grateful that you do.
    Cat´s last blog post ..Holy Week

  67. says

    Very well written! And I’m totally with you on the dislike of terms like ‘platform’ (which sounds like it’s all about me, when it’s actually all about Jesus) & ‘networking’ (which sounds like someone who’s trying to make contacts at a conference just for their own gain, when it’s really about wanting to encourage others and get alongside them).
    Just about to subscribe… Thank you for being real.

  68. says

    Thank you Emily. Reading this today was exactly what I needed just as reading your book was perfect timing and so on. Thank you for being you and inspiring so many people. I sometimes find it difficult to be little ole me, but today, i’m happy to be just that.

  69. says

    Hi Emily. I just read your “i sat on a bench, now what?” post from incourage and I really liked it. After the (in)RL meetup I felt a little discouraged that there wasn’t much followup and I didn’t make a lot of friends – but I thought your post put some of that in perspective. I have subscribed via FB because I really enjoy your writing style and content (am part way through your book as well which has really met me where I am right now in my journey into grace). I definitely want to read more of your stuff. Thank you for your transparency.
    Aprille´s last blog post ..End of May Blessings {Beauty in the Mess ~ Edition 5.31.13}

    • says

      Absolutely, April. I’m glad that post at (in)courage was meaningful to you and I hope these words of mine continue to encourage.

  70. says

    Emily, I know I’m super late to this party, but I couldn’t say quiet any longer. I am on the edge of my couch with a blue ceramic mug filled with warm(ish) black coffee, and I can’t stop reading your blog. I received A Million Little Ways at Allume and I can’t get enough.

    Jeff Goins recently reviewed my blog (I was star struck!) and told me I need to build my subscriber list and I run from all things like that. So, thank you for putting my feelings on that to words.

    Thank you, for sharing your heart and your art with the world. It gives me courage I need to keep going. Happy Saturday to you.
    Dana Brown Ritter´s last blog post ..Why It Hurts When Something Messes With Your Normal

  71. says

    My thumb has a cramp from scrolling on my phone down to the comment box!

    I generally don’t comment on what I read (hence, my lack of scrolling stamina), but I wanted you to know that I really do love your blog! This past year, I have inadvertently woven blog reading into a therapeutic response to my life circumstances. To connect intellectually and emotionally and spiritually with the words that come from the heart of another woman, to not face any sort of expectation in return – these are healing salves to my skittish soul, quiet treasures in my secret place, moments of refuge in a world too loud.

    Recently, encouraged (or maybe bullied) by many friends and family members, I have moved a few of my journal entries onto a tentative blog of my own. It is a vulnerable place to be, however, and I am not sure whether I can weather the terrain. We’ll see… one moment at a time for me, for now.

    But, thank you Emily, for your courage and your blog. I admire and appreciate you very much!

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