Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Let's Talk- Milestones
Today's post will be my 100th post on this blog. Some of the posts were written before I officially went public with this blog, and I enjoy looking back and reading the beginnings of how and why I started writing. I originally started it to document my fast, but it has grown and changed into something that is a part of who I am. I love expressing my soul, and I want to give my heartfelt thanks to so many of you for not only encouraging me to make this public, but for reading and supporting my writing.
This blog is filled with changes, and to celebrate my 100th post, I will be answering some questions about it's past and it's future.
Why did you start this blog?
When I originally started this blog, I kept it private even though it was on the internet. I never shared my web address and really just wanted a private space to document my 40 day fast. I wrote very frequently during my fast, and am so glad I did because it was one of the most amazing experiences of my life, but I know I would have forgotten a lot of my feelings during it if I did not write them down. After the fast I only wrote a couple of times to occasionally update what was going on in my life. Then about a year ago, I had several people suggest to me that I should start writing publicly. I thought about it for a while, mainly worrying that I would not have anything substantial to say and that nobody would really care anyway. But I eventually took the plunge, and decided to make it public and it became a place where I share my life, both the outer things and the inner. I share the every day musings of a mother to many small children, and also the heavier stuff that I carry in my soul. I am humbled by the response I have been given these past 9 months and am so very thankful that I was encouraged to begin to write.
Why did you choose that title for your blog?
I explained it in my first public post…I know it seems like it has nothing to do with what I write about sometimes, but it really has everything to do with who I am as a person. Todd Beamer was a passenger on Flight 93 who helped organize a resistance to the hijackers that were on their plane on September 11th. He and his fellow passengers made the ultimate stand and fought back, losing their lives in the process but saving countless more. He was on the phone with a 911 operator and the last words he said before the fight was "Let's roll." There is nothing more brave or more soul inspiring then fighting until your very last breath. I am inspired daily by this and if nothing else, it serves as my reminder to not only never give up, but to take whatever I have inside me and charge forward…because at the very least, I want to go down fighting. I have given my life to the Lord, and that means that not even death has a hold on me.
Any upcoming plans for the blog?
Well, my main goal is getting an actual website! I don't want to just have a name on blogger.com, but I would like to have my own page that is organized, archived neatly and pretty. I would like it to be more user friendly and have the ability to receive comments right under the posts whether you are a member or not. I have no clue whatsoever how to do this, so getting started will take some time, but it is where I intend to go. Until I do that, I will continue to write like I have been, except maybe to do more interviews which are always a hit. I love talking to other people and sharing their lives and experiences with you. But once I have the website, then that will open more doors to add things like recipes, links to other sites I like, interviews with pictures...fun stuff! So I definitely have plans moving forward! Oh, and of course more give-aways. :)
How is Chris Niles doing?
So my post about Chris really created a buzz, and I have been asked about him several times since that post. Chris is the man I write about a couple months ago who had a tree fall down on him 2 years ago leaving him paralyzed from the chest down. I wrote about him because he is worth writing about- a true testament to the power of perseverance and strength of character. I have remained friends with Chris, and I almost wish I could write the post again because now that I now him better, it has only amplified the things I wrote about him. He is so physically active it's insane, but even more amazing is who he is inside- I've just never known anyone whose personhood and character are so unmovable. As for updates about him, I think I will leave that to a future interview (which Chris has agreed to do)!
Can I ask questions or give suggestions for topics for your blog?
Absolutely!! That is how I get my questions and topics for Tuesdays, from the things people suggest to me and ask me! I am on Facebook (Ashley DeLeo Tyler) so I can receive messages there, or you can e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I used to use another e-mail address, but this is my main one. I would LOVE to hear comments, suggestions, questions…anything you think will make this blog better!
I'm getting a little misty eyed at thinking about this last year, but am also very excited for what's ahead. Hope you have a wonderful week, and here's to the next 100 posts!