It's a Double-Digit Birthday... And I'm Giving Away Free Stuff

For me? Why thank you Superman! I started blogging ten years ago this weekend.

I created the blog (now defunct) on a lark, mainly to write stuff for extended family, who were also blogging and sharing ideas and stories with one another that way. I had no idea other people would be interested in reading it. I'll never forget the feeling when I got my first comment from a total stranger.

It's hard to express the impact that blogging has had on my life and vocation. I remember discovering other clergywomen who blogged---what a joy and a revelation! We became a tribe that thrives to this day. I miss the days when we would all comment on each other's blogs and reference one another's posts in our own. On the upside, many of those initial connections have become life-long friendships.

And it's not an exaggeration to say that I became a writer through the experience of blogging. Blogging gave me a pseudonymous place to find a voice and to discover what I love writing about most: creativity, ideas, beauty, and the life of the Spirit (a former blog tagline). It's still one of the main pieces of advice I give to people who want to write: Start a blog. Don't just write about what you did that day---strive for something deeper. But don't be afraid to experiment either. Your audience will find you, even if that audience turns out to be small and mostly related to you. By doing the work, you will learn what your next steps as a writer are.

In honor of my 10th anniversary, I'm giving some celebratory gifts: two lucky folks will receive homemade Christmas sweets and a Moleskine journal, for general note-taking or to inspire you in your own writing. If you don't have a copy of Sabbath in the Suburbs, I'll throw in one of those too.

There are two ways to enter. Pick one (or both---multiple entries are welcome!)

1. My very first post was a silly and nerdy taxonomy of Christmas music. What can I say, it was a few days before Christmas and I was on jolliness overload. So comment here or on Facebook with a Christmas song that encapsulates your life right now. (If you can't think of one, general comments count.)

2. And/or, if you haven't already signed up for my email newsletter (inspiration sent monthly-ish) do so here and you'll be automatically entered.

Deadline is Thursday at midnight EST.

And thank you, always, for reading, and for your comments and your companionship on this journey.

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