I posted a graphic of my 11th anniversary here at WordPress.com a couple of days ago and I feel the need to clarify something in regards to it.
While I signed up with WordPress.com 11 years ago I have blogged on other platforms such as Yahoo 360, Multiply, Blogger and Tumblr over those years. Two years ago I made the change from Tumblr to WordPress due in part to the acquisition of Tumblr by Yahoo which is now owned by Verizon.
My transition to full-time blogging with WordPress.com is one I have not regretted. This is a great community of people to be among and there seems to be a level of “maturity but fun” that I enjoy here.
So with that being said 11 years is a long time on the Internet because so many things change. Yahoo 360 and Multiply are no longer and other services have changed in that time. I don’t mind paying a little for some advanced services here to assure that WordPress.com remains viable, independent and stable. I also like that they do all the heavy lifting for me so all I have to do is create and share.
I have redeployed the Toujours theme on my blog to lighten things up for the season. Summer is coming and things are supposed to be brighter so I wanted to reflect that. Everything is bigger on this theme so reading and viewing pictures will be easier too.
Now is a good time to spruce things up and to post about what you are up to these days. Reconnecting during warmer months is always fun. Enjoy and keep on blogging my friends.
I am reminded of so many stories in life where amazing things are done when people are welcomed. Hospitality means a lot and it can change the world. Making people feel at home and comforted can go a long way in building relationships and promoting peace. In scripture Jesus welcomed many and was welcomed into homes to share a meal and his ideas. In so many religions hospitality is an important part of what they are about. Today hospitality is an industry with hotels, motels and people renting out a room so someone has a roof over their head for a night or more. It’s good to be hospitable but it goes both ways. Never wear out your welcome and do your part to make others feel affirmed and secure. Always make room at the inn and at the table.
Everyone likes to have control over a situation, mainly their lives. Giving up any control can be very disturbing to some. We all know a control freak out there who wants to manage every single aspect of their world including other people. The idea of having that much power is very concerning. Sure we like to keep the ball in our court and to have complete say so in life but its truly impossible. Forces out of our control determine daily our fate. Decisions are made in mysterious places that can determine what happens in our lives. Giving up some control can be freeing and will relieve massive amounts of stress but the reverse can be true too.
I have been blogging here at WordPress.com for over two years now. Last week (April 9th) was the anniversary of me posting regularly on this blog. I have grown as a blogger since moving here and that is a good thing. Meeting people from around the world has helped me expand my horizons and I have enjoyed our shared interests. Blogging is about community and connections and of course content.
Everyone is lazy about something or another. We put things off for another time. Later is when we choose to deal with something important like bill paying or taxes or life choices. I say I will take care of that later but you know later comes when you least expect it and that thing you said you would take care of doesn’t get taken care of. Later is a future point in time but it’s also when we forget because other things have come along to distract us.
What is truly sad is when we say we will see someone later but later comes and goes or later never comes.
Do things now, see people now. Later isn’t always guaranteed.