A Decade on the Blogosphere

Ten years ago this week, I set up my first blog on Blogger (!!!) and shared my first post with the internet.

I had wanted to launch one for a while and after an emotional month of loss and trials, I knew it was time. Summer 2011 was also one of the hottest seasons on record in Oklahoma, with 60+ days of temps over 100 degrees. Wowza. As the sun scorched the land, my soul also felt scorched, burnt out with the fire of loss and grief. While I only partially realized it at the time, I knew that launching a blog would help me process some of the grief I was dealing with. In fact, the first post I ever shared was an editorial I had written for the school paper on the death of my grandpa. And I was right. Time and again, writing has proved to be a touchstone in processing big life moments, be they triumphant or tragic.

Blogging has proven to be quite a journey. The blog itself has undergone multiple upgrades first titled “Note to Self” then “A Word in Season” and finally everything to do with my writing and editing services resides at mrshanni.com. While July 2021 finds me in a very different phase of life and work, I still remain grateful for the outlet of sharing my thoughts in the hopes of inspiring and encouraging others. And I’m grateful for the ways I’ve been able to capture milestones and the development of my business through this blog.

Here are some of my favorite posts from over the years:

Whether you have been around the blog since the early days, or are a new reader, thanks for being here. Honestly, I’d still be writing even without readers, but boy it makes the journey so much more fun with you all here.

New Plan on YouVersion!

Hi all! I’m excited to share that my latest plan is live on YouVersion!

Change the Conversation is the very first book I ever wrote and I’m so excited to introduce it to a new crowd through the YouVersion app.

CTC is a short book designed to spur conversation between teens and young adults and the leaders in their lives about how to date in a way that honors God. We know the word dating doesn’t exist in the Bible; it’s a man-made construct. But as with all the other functions in our lives, there are plenty of ways that we can go about it that lead us closer to God, and plenty more that would lead us away from God. And I’m all about helping the next generation uncover the ways that will lead them closer to God.

The book is not prescriptive in that I don’t give hard guidelines or pretend to know what’s best for every couple. It’s more of a tool to check your mindset towards relationships and dating.

I think it’s also incredibly important for parents and the church to lead the way in holding space for these conversations, as the world is all too happy to speak into these spaces.

My hope is that the plan, and the book if you choose to dive deeper, will encourage you or a younger person in your life to keep Christ first when it comes to dating relationships.

Check out the plan here.

Buy the book here.