Today is my Anniversary...

blogimage I did it! We've been together for seven years! Of course I'm not talking about my wedding anniversary...

I'm talking about my blogging anniversary.

Wordpress dutifully informed me this morning that today is my seven year anniversary of blogging at Wordpress—I actually start blogging two years before that on Blogger.com, but eventually moved over to the Wordpress blogging platform.

Why am I telling you all this, well because I can. Plus, blogging is has become part of who I am and what I do. While I don't pretend to be the best writer/blogger or even that interesting—blogging has become a way for me to grow as a person, husband, dad, and especially as a follower of Jesus—I've discovered many of my strengths and equally my weaknesses through blogging...

Here are seven things I have discovered and experienced in my nine years of blogging:

1. My creativity and knowledge have grown through blogging. My creativity has grown because when I blog; I am forced to think beyond my capabilities—I've had to think outside of the box on many occasions in regards to the topics that I write about. Additionally, blogging has forced me to research and dig deeper on the subjects I am blogging about.

2. I've discovered that I am an introvert more so than I'm an extrovert.

3. Blogging has taught me that I struggle with consistency (I don't always keep to my self-imposed blogging deadlines).

4. I am an out-loud thinker and processor. Which many of my readers have discovered—I agree with you that I don't always know what I'm talking about.

5. I have discovered my passions through blogging and I have discovered what I'm not passionate about.

6. In blogging, I have learned more times than not that I fear man more than I fear God... I don't always write what I want to say—out of fear people will judge me.

7. More importantly, blogging has helped me grow in Christ. I wrestle with the big issues and the small issues of faith in my writing, and the end result is that I have been stretched and my walk with Jesus has become more authentic—it's not always pretty and it is very much a messy spirituality.

These are the reasons why I blog and will keep blogging.