“I can hardly wait to see what God is going to do with your lives,” said a friend to me one day.
Are you kidding me? Our lives? My husband and I were in the midst of our season of Great Pain, and it was just the beginning of a long process of restoration. I couldn’t possibly see ahead to the day when God might be able to use us for anything good.
Words are powerful though, and the respect I had for this dear friend of mine made me want to live up to her expectations. Her words helped me in my battle through the pain to the healing waiting on the other side.
This blog, Old Things New, began as a result of that healing.
Years later, I was standing in my garage one day, working on a small table that had come to me in pretty rough shape. The repairs had been made, the dust and grime washed away, and I was sanding through the layers of paint on the top when I was taken by surprise at the beautiful grain of the mahogany beneath the layers.
I brushed away the dust with my hand to look more closely and was immediately brought to tears. In this God-moment, I was struck by the similarity of this piece to my own life. Years of living as someone I wasn’t, hidden beneath layers to keep people from seeing the real me, afraid that if they knew the real me they couldn’t possibly like me.
I talked to a friend later that day and told her I was going to start a blog. I told her about my garage experience and how the furniture pieces I was restoring were like the restoration God had done in my own life. And I was going to call my blog Old Thing New, from II Cor. 5:17.
And so it began.
I didn’t know what I was doing. Not AT ALL! I began on Blogger and started posting articles that only a few of my friends would read and comment on. It was so terrible that I highly doubt that a single one of them follows me now! The pictures were poor quality and the writing was me, trying to find my voice.
For the first nine months I plugged away, not having any idea how to grow my blog. I didn’t know about link parties where you could meet and follow other bloggers, I didn’t know anything about SEO (search engine optimization), and I never put tags on my posts so that anyone could find me through a search.
When I found the parties my blog began to grow, and as I met other bloggers I came to realize that everyone was recommending WordPress over Blogger. It wasn’t until the day that Blogger shut down my website without cause or notice (some two years in) that I decided to make the switch.
I could write so much about this!
- Building my own website from a $99 course I took online.
- Paying someone to do the Blogger to WordPress transfer and later finding out that I’d lost all my followers in the process. Trying to get in touch with the woman who did the transfer to see if she could fix the multiple problems it created for my blog – to NO AVAIL. She quit offering her transfer services shortly thereafter.
- Deciding I needed a prettier website and hiring another person to do that for me. She did a good job but, again, no response when I had follow-up questions.
- Paying a tech guy $500 up front to fix a host of issues on my site, including a malfunctioning email where no one could sign up to follow me. While I waited (MONTHS) for his “team” to get the work done, I ended up Googling and U-Tubing and fixing the issues myself. No, I didn’t get a refund. I did however get an offer from him to do more work against my $500 credit. Are you kidding me?
So fast forward to today. I finally have a wonderful group to handle any technical issues (Fistbump Media) and I can focus on the creative end, which I love. This makes my heart happy.
Over the course of time, this is what Old Things New blog has come to be: It is a place where I share my joy at creating a beautiful home on a budget (Tuesdays), as well as a place where I share the things I’m still learning as God continues to restore my heart (Fridays).
Today I am blessed beyond belief that I have this little blog where you and I can share our hopes and dreams together. I’ve made so many great and supportive friends along the way and I appreciate each and every one of you so much.
I’m thankful also, that the core of my pain has truly become the core of my purpose.
I love you to the moon and back!
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