Saturday, August 10, 2013

Blog Turns 4!

Last Saturday, August 3, was my blog's fourth birthday. When I joined the blogging world back in 2009 I didn't know what I was getting myself into. I didn't really know much about blogs, but several people told me they thought I should start one. I wasn't quite sure what I'd write about and I didn't know if anyone would actually read my posts, beyond a few family members and friends, but I thought it I'd give it a shot. I guess I really underestimated myself because my blog's really taken off in ways I never would've expected.

Regarding what I would write about, I really cover the gamut. When I started blogging I knew that I would cover my accident story and the activities that I did with my family and friends, but I didn't really know what I'd write about beyond that. I've expanded my subject matter to also include current events/world news, my thoughts and feelings about different things, book and movie reviews and answering a lot of FAQs about what it's like to be paralyzed and how it affects every aspect of my life (in ways that people probably wouldn't expect). I think the most important thing I write about is that God exists and that He is mindful of our needs and intimately involved in every aspect of our lives, whether we realize it or not.

I never in a million years expected so many people to read my blog, but I've got to admit that I LOVE it!  I'm just in awe that so many people around the country, and even around the world read my posts and keep coming back for more. I get a fair amount of what I refer to as "fan mail." I guess that's actually what it IS, but I don't want anyone to think it's gone to my head, because it most definitely hasn't. It's gratifying in such a humbling way, if that makes sense. Words of affirmation mean SO MUCH to me, so I always send a prompt response to the people that write me, thanking them for taking the time to let me know what my blog means to them, as well as answering any questions they might have. The best thing is finding out that my writings have helped give strength to someone who has or is struggling.

If you want to give me a present for my blog birthday, leave me a comment or send me an email! And if you ever have any questions for me or ideas for future posts, feel free to ask or send me an email letting me know. Here's to another year!

12 comments:

Ronja said...

I am one of your readers from across the world (Germany) and enjoy your blog, but don't comment often enough. Sorry! But happy anniversary! I have actually bought a few books that you recommened and also like your movie reviews, but most of all your positive attitude. Greetings from Germany!

Heather (Paralyzed with JOY!) said...

Thank you, Ronja!! :)

Amy said...

I, too, read your blog (from southern Utah!) and LOVE it!! You are so inspirational!! I LOVE positive, happy, find the best in life kind of people!!! I feel like you are my friend and I haven't even met you. Thank you for sharing your sweet spirit, your strength through trials, your incredible faith, and your love of the gospel. I pray that many, many blessing heap upon you, you deserve it!! Happy, happy anniversary!!!

Stephanie said...

Hi Heather! Happy Bloggin' Birthday! I enjoy your blog, especially your posts on how you find strength to manage in difficult times and about what it is like to live with the challenges you have. I admire your strength and learn from you! Keep on' bloggin'! :)

Anonymous said...

Uncle Bill (Grumpy / oldest Johnson Brother) I don't read every post although I scan some of them. It nice to see what's going on & as I told you before YOU were a big part of my recovery after my but hit the road abet after the Toyota. Keep it up!

Julie said...

Happy 4th Birthday to your blog:)

As you probably know by now, I'm from the UK & am a regular reader of your blog. I love all the different subjects that you cover.

I love your strong testimony of the gospel and how Heavenly Father & the Saviour are always there for us.

Here's to another year for your blog:)

Lisa said...

Happy BlogBirthday!

I enjoy reading all the different subjects, but particularly enjoy the technical aspects of paralysis and the things able bodied people don't realize! Rock on sistAH!

nikarphar said...

I always come here whenever I feel sad and you always uplift my spirits with your happy nature. Happy Blogiversary !

Anonymous said...

Happy blog-iversary! I always enjoy your positive attitude.

Kellie said...

Your new blog background looks great!

Tina said...

Heather,

Love the new look of the blog. Did you do this yourself?

Keep on trucking.

Your Utah Fried,

Tina

Anonymous said...

Hi! I can't remember where/ how I came across your blog, but I enjoy reading it! I am from Australia but have lived in Asia (Japan and Singapore) for the last 10 years.

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