This post was written by Mary Snyder. Mary is a Christian speaker and a published author. She is a very active and humorous part of the Alabama Blogging and Twittering community. She'll tell you more about herself and her journey into blogging below:
When Rachel tweeted that she needed some guest blogs up this week, my helium hand affliction kicked into high gear and I raised my virtual hand with a “I’ll do it!” tweet. Don’t get me wrong, I want to get to know all the bloggers, but I’m just clueless on what to blog about for such a group. So I thought…. why not blog about why we started our blogs? Yes, real deep and meaningful stuff. I know. Now some of you may have deep meaningful stories, but I don’t.
Let me introduce myself & tell you a little of my blog story. I’m Mary & you’ll find my blog at http://www.MaryRSnyder.com. I’m a blogger by default. I started my blog in January 2008 when my then editor suggested that I needed to secure the rights to a website of my name and start a blog. MarySnyder.com was taken so I opted for Mary R Snyder. I started the blog on January 3, 2008 and I didn’t know what to blog about. See, not much has changed. My blog is really a mish-mash of thoughts and ideas that fall out of my head and land on the page. Some are deep and thoughtful and others are frivolous and silly, but that’s my brain.
You may wonder about that editor that suggested the blog, but sadly we’ve gone our separate ways. No hard feelings, but Thomas Nelson decided to cancel my upcoming book and we just didn’t have much to talk about after that. Why they chose to drop me and not that Lucado dude I’ll never know. Me or Max Lucado? Well, I know you’re stunned too. Apparently Max brings in a few dollars for the Thomas Nelson folks.
The book is being shopped around by my agent, so we’ll see what happens. But the blog is still up and running …. aground sometimes, but still running.
The blog has connected me to women who are now among my dearest friends. We met on the blogs, we connected on facebook and we chat daily on twitter. These women are so incredibly important to me and many I’ve met face to face and others I’m looking forward to meeting soon. I don’t know what it is about this crazy bloggy world, but it’s created a new place to build friendships and that’s a good thing.
It’s amazing to think of all that has happened because of this little blog. I have new friends, not to replace my old friends, but to add to them. My life is richer because of them. I’m now speaking regularly for women’s groups and events. I blog for two of the biggest and most amazing Christian women’s events – the Girls Getaway Cruise and Extraordinary Women Conferences. I get to hang out with women at these events and I have so very much fun worshiping & praising the Lord with these women. I’m constantly pinching myself that I get to do this work! It’s incredible! It’s fun! and It’s humbling to think of all the bloggers the Lord could call to this and He chose me. I don’t take any of the credit; I’m just honored to be in His service.
The blog that started because someone told me it was a good idea turned out to be a great idea.
Why did you start your blog? Share!