I hope that your Christmas season has been all that you ever dreamed! Here’s one last holiday meme before we move forward…
My friends, 2016 is coming to a close. It seems that the overall consensus is that it’s a welcome sight. I’ll toss my hat into the mix and say that yes, 2016 was a difficult year!
By no means was it bad, but it was trying. I graduated college. I traveled as far west as Missouri, as far north as Michigan, and as far south as Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. I’ve lost friends, I’ve gained some. I made mistakes, I learned.
As stretching as my personal life has been, I believe that the area I have grown in the most is as a writer. I’ve been blessed by the many opportunities for growth this year even if I did not handle them all correctly. For more on that you can read last night’s post, here: Friday Confession: My Heart is Grieved and I Need Your Forgiveness.
Enough talk on 2016, though. Shortly, many of you will be heading out for your New Years festivities and I don’t want to take much of your time. Last night I promised that Confessions was undergoing some major foundational changes. I guarantee that you are going to love the 2017 version of Confessions and here’s why!
1.) Quality not quantity.
This is the biggest change that I am making for this coming year. I tried to post once a day for the entire year. Some of you may quiver at that thought and sitting here now, I wonder why I tried to do so, as well. This coming year I’m going to focus on the quality of my posts rather than the quantity. I want you all to have a reason to stick around and I believe that posting every day leads to “content burn out” on my end and yours. This also helps in the editing and discerning department, something I desperately need to work on.
2.) A purpose towards positivity.
This goal was born out of last night’s post (link above). Confessions’ two-year anniversary is coming up which prompted a little reminiscing. I started this blog with a desire to produce hope and share the love of Jesus. Two years later I realized that I could be doing a better job at this. Plus, we all need a little more positivity in our lives!
3.) Keeping the personal, honest approach.
I’ve had a hard time trying to find the line between being honest and positive. It’s harder than it looks. That search has often lead to a place where I am being one or the other, but not at the same time. I believe that finding the line is possible and I’m determined to find it.
4.) A continued commitment to sharing your stories
Confessions’ is about three things: Stories, souls, and seeking. I want to share your story. I’m committed to sharing it. That’s why, for the last two months, I have been hosting a series of my own creating, called “Finding Who We Are.” This is an opportunity for you to shed light on what it means to be alive in this world. It gives you an opportunity to share your story, tell us where you’ve come from, and share with us where you want to go. I’m committed to carrying this through but I can’t do it without your stories. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you want your story to be heard.
5.) A commitment to be socially engaged
My social media presence has been incredibly spotty over the last two years. There have been times when I had a Twitter, a facebook page, and an Instagram page purposed towards Confessions. Those all fell through as I simply gave up on them. No longer! This year I want to share your stories and posts through my social media, be more active on WordPress reading your stories, and delivering you content that matters. So…With that said…
We have a Twitter! Our Twitter
We have an Instagram! Our Instagram
I’m on Facebook! My Facebook
Last, but certainly not least, I’m now beginning a monthly newsletter purposed towards giving you all behind the scenes updates, special offers (when I can afford them), and a better understanding of who Confessions is. BUT….You have to sign up. It’s worth the two seconds! I promise! Click this link and you will be redirected. Our Newsletter
It’s been a fantastically difficult year, but it’s been worth every moment. I hope and pray that your 2017 will bless you, challenge you, and I hope that you see God’s love in all that you do.
And 2017, you better not be like 2016…………..OR ELSE.
You are loved.
You are valued.
See you in the New Year!