1000.

on June 30, 2011 in AnnieWrites with 44 comments by

I could give you 1000 reasons that I keep blogging.

There is only one reason I started.

I started because my sister blogged. And being that we are only 15 months apart, we pretty much lived with an “if she can do it, so can I” attitude. [Not super great for our relationship, but we were very accomplished.]

So in November of 2006 I started a blog.

In November of 2006 I taught 4th grade in Marietta, GA. I was 26 years old and a proud first-time home owner. I thought I may have figured out who I wanted to marry and I certainly knew where I wanted to live. I blogged for the ten friends who read the blog [big waves to all the Blog2Facers!]. I named my blog after a letter Daddy wrote me where he said, “Hope this helps you take a step towards your dream of being a writer.”

The old blog used to be named “Taking A Step Towards Your Dream” – anybody still around from those good ole days?

Almost five years later, the blog has a much simpler name [you’re welcome] and my life is significantly different. I live in Nashville. I’m one week from turning 31. I’m single and I have no clue who I am going to marry [but if you have any suggestions, I’m all ears…]. I quit teaching school to pursue a writing career and my first book is in hands of women all over the world.

And this little blog, this little corner of the internet sky, has seen it all. You see the words and the pictures in every post. I see the place where I wrote it. I see what was between every line. I see the tears dripping on my keyboard and I see the jokes that I read out loud to anyone around me.

I see the steps we took towards my dream.

And I see you.ย When I started this, I did not know that I would love it, but more importantly, I did not know I would love YOU.

Today is a cool day.

This is my 1000th post.

And I just want to say that it is a privilege to writeย for you. For her. For them. For Him.

So thank you for being a part of God’s story for me. Thank you for coming back here, day after day, a thousand times for some of you [hey Mama!], and thank you for teaching me the JOY of living openly and honestly.

It is a joy.

I’m not going anywhere. This is no swan song. But I just couldn’t let this 1000th post pass without making a point to stop and thank you.

So on behalf of myself and Mr. Darcy, thanks y’all.

Thank you so much. You will never know what you have done for my soul.

And thank you, Daddy, for that first note, for giving me the freedom to put my feet on the path towards this life.

1000 steps later, I’m living my dream.

44 comments

  1. tatum
    posted on Jun 30, 2011 at 4:24 AM  |  reply

    we have the greatest dad on the planet.
    it’s crazy what this blog has become.
    and i’m proud of how you’re living your dream.

    • posted on Jun 30, 2011 at 9:15 AM  |  reply

      we all blog because of tatum.
      blog2face = classic.
      you just may have the greatest parents on the planet.
      i love you both. ten tons.

      • Annie
        posted on Jun 30, 2011 at 9:42 PM  |  reply

        You are family. Amen.

    • Annie
      posted on Jun 30, 2011 at 9:42 PM  |  reply

      Thanks, Ta.

  2. posted on Jun 30, 2011 at 5:35 AM  |  reply

    Congratulations on 1000 posts, Annie! Amazing. And for the life of me I can’t remember how I stumbled across your blog or what it was called before you changed to Annie Blogs. I do know I got here through our pastor’s blog. Someone commented there I clicked and somehow ended up here. I’ve loved reading your words on the way to your dream. Here’s to 1000’s more!

    • Annie
      posted on Jun 30, 2011 at 9:42 PM  |  reply

      Thank you, friend. You being here always means so much to me.

  3. Katie White
    posted on Jun 30, 2011 at 6:08 AM  |  reply

    I’m still around and loving every post! Love you!

    • Annie
      posted on Jun 30, 2011 at 9:43 PM  |  reply

      Thanks, Katie! Love y’all too.

  4. posted on Jun 30, 2011 at 6:14 AM  |  reply

    love the journey! thanks for sharing. its encouraging to me as i have been blogging about a year and love the thoughts of publishing a book….one day….some day:)))
    congrats!!!

    • Annie
      posted on Jun 30, 2011 at 9:43 PM  |  reply

      I can’t wait to read it.

  5. posted on Jun 30, 2011 at 6:17 AM  |  reply

    Congrats on your 1000th blog Annie and enjoy your time in Scotland….

    S.

    • Annie
      posted on Jun 30, 2011 at 9:44 PM  |  reply

      Thanks, Susie!

  6. Lindsey
    posted on Jun 30, 2011 at 6:47 AM  |  reply

    I’m still around from those days! Your blog remains one of my favorites. ๐Ÿ™‚ Love it!

    • Annie
      posted on Jun 30, 2011 at 9:44 PM  |  reply

      I know you are, friend. Thank you. Means more than you know.

  7. posted on Jun 30, 2011 at 8:35 AM  |  reply

    Congratulations! I enjoy reading your blog so much.

    • Annie
      posted on Jun 30, 2011 at 9:46 PM  |  reply

      Thanks, girl. PS- I enjoy your blog too.

  8. Merideth
    posted on Jun 30, 2011 at 9:07 AM  |  reply

    I have to say I love your sister’s comment above. You are doing amazing Annie with your writing, and following your dreams. You are inspiring. I wasn’t reading anyone’s blogs in 2006, but yours was one of the first I started reading just because I knew you. I keep coming back to hear the latest on your life, but also to be lifted up. You’ve done that a lot for me, and said many thinggs I’ve been thinking myself. Thanks for sharing!Thanks for being so open and honest to everyone.

    • Annie
      posted on Jun 30, 2011 at 9:46 PM  |  reply

      You are so sweet, Merideth. Thanks.

  9. posted on Jun 30, 2011 at 9:22 AM  |  reply

    Wow that’s amazing! Congratulations!!

    • Annie
      posted on Jun 30, 2011 at 9:46 PM  |  reply

      Thanks, Sloan! ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. posted on Jun 30, 2011 at 9:39 AM  |  reply

    Congratulations on your 1000 post! I have so thankful I found your blog. Can’t remember how I happened upon it, but I am thankful that I did.

    • Annie
      posted on Jun 30, 2011 at 9:48 PM  |  reply

      I’m thankful you’re here too.

  11. posted on Jun 30, 2011 at 9:39 AM  |  reply

    so awesome and i love your dad’s words! glad i’ve found you along this blogging journey =)

    • Annie
      posted on Jun 30, 2011 at 9:48 PM  |  reply

      I’m glad too. ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. Savannah
    posted on Jun 30, 2011 at 10:18 AM  |  reply

    You could check this out if your looking for a man. And I think today is the last day to link up
    http://www.kellyskornerblog.com/2011/06/show-us-your-life-show-us-your-singles.html?m=1

    • posted on Jun 30, 2011 at 12:54 PM  |  reply

      Sister. I checked it out. Some cute guys for sure…. when I get back from the UK, I’m ALL.OVER.THIS. ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. Tay
    posted on Jun 30, 2011 at 12:15 PM  |  reply

    Wow! 1000 posts is allot! I just want to tell you that I always look forward to reading your blog. Annie Blogs is such a fun place to be and hang out. I love how everyone feels welcome here!

    • Annie
      posted on Jun 30, 2011 at 9:52 PM  |  reply

      You are super welcome. Glad you know that.

  14. posted on Jun 30, 2011 at 1:00 PM  |  reply

    Congratulations on your 1000th post! Your blog is one of my favorites.

    I started blogging in 2005, but I have changed blog hosts several times (anybody ever use Xanga?), so I don’t know exactly how many posts I’ve written. Bummer.

    • Annie
      posted on Jun 30, 2011 at 9:53 PM  |  reply

      I loved Xanga. ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. Jenn
    posted on Jun 30, 2011 at 1:31 PM  |  reply

    Yeah Annie! You are amazing! I love your blog! I didn’t even know what a blog was until I met you…You rock the keyboard everytime your fingers graze it, Sista! Love ya! Mac

    • Annie
      posted on Jun 30, 2011 at 9:54 PM  |  reply

      I miss sharing a classroom wall with you, Mac. You never get to hear me loud talking anymore. ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Jenn
        posted on Jun 30, 2011 at 9:58 PM  |  reply

        @Annie,

        That…or your kids running around at the end of the day singing some crazy song..28 10 year old voices echoing throughout the ENTIRE hallway! J/k…NOT ๐Ÿ™‚ Have fun on your mission trip…tell the kids about Erica and me! (maybe not!)

  16. Mattox Miller
    posted on Jun 30, 2011 at 5:42 PM  |  reply

    What a generous man your Daddy is with his words and resources. You are very blessed.

    • Annie
      posted on Jun 30, 2011 at 9:55 PM  |  reply

      Agreed.

  17. Sarah
    posted on Jun 30, 2011 at 6:24 PM  |  reply

    Congradulations AnnieBlogs!!! May the LORD bless you and keep you!

    • Annie
      posted on Jun 30, 2011 at 9:55 PM  |  reply

      Thank you, friend.

  18. Laura
    posted on Jun 30, 2011 at 9:03 PM  |  reply

    Congratulations! I saved a letter my dad sent me my freshman year of college when I switched my major from nursing to…English. Certainly not a lucrative switch in majors, but he believed in me. And now he reads my blog every day. ๐Ÿ™‚ Congrats on 1000!

    • Annie
      posted on Jun 30, 2011 at 9:55 PM  |  reply

      Good dads are the coolest.

  19. posted on Jun 30, 2011 at 9:50 PM  |  reply

    You don’t even know how encouraging you are to me! I am excited for you and your new adventures!

    • Annie
      posted on Jun 30, 2011 at 9:56 PM  |  reply

      Thank you, Larissa.

  20. posted on Jun 30, 2011 at 10:03 PM  |  reply

    Congratulations! What an accomplishment!

  21. posted on Jun 30, 2011 at 11:02 PM  |  reply

    Congrats!

  22. posted on Jun 30, 2011 at 11:52 PM  |  reply

    “for Him”
    That’s why i keep reading your stuff ๐Ÿ™‚
    Because it clearly is– for Him.
    Keep it up…
    I’ll be watching for 1001.

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