One year of blogging!

I just realized something – I wrote my first blog post on June 1st, 2011. That means I’ve now been blogging for a whole year! Well, a year and a week. So I thought I’d take just a moment to reflect.

I didn’t realize when I first started blogging just how much I would love doing it. I had had a blog before and had just never posted on it and eventually forgot about it. What I think allowed this blog to succeed was having a purpose and a general topic – though the range of material I blog on has expanded over time.

I didn’t realize when I first started blogging how healing it would be. Writing my thoughts out on paper – or rather online – has allowed me to sort through who I am and why and understand my upbringing so much better. Really being able to be honest and raw had allowed me to grow, heal, and gain confidence.

I didn’t realize when I first started blogging that I would find a community. Through blogging I have come in contact with other bloggers with thoughts and experiences so similar to mine that we could almost be siblings. Knowing that there are others out there who have been through what I have been through has been life changing.

I didn’t realize when I first started blogging that I could help others. In addition to finding a community of those with similar experiences, I have helped form a community as well. I have had readers write thanking me for letting them know I’m not alone, and even saying that my blog posts articulate things they were trying and failing to say.

I didn’t realize when I first started blogging that anyone would be interested in acquiring my blog. I was honored to learn last February that FreeThought Blogs was interested in my blog moving to their site, and honored once again when Patheos asked me to join their platform in March. My experiences in both places have been great.

And finally, I didn’t realize when I first started blogging that I would have so many loyal readers. Thank you.

And here’s to looking forward to another great year of blogging!

About Libby Anne

Libby Anne grew up in a large evangelical homeschool family highly involved in the Christian Right. College turned her world upside down, and she is today an atheist, a feminist, and a progressive. She blogs about leaving religion, her experience with the Christian Patriarchy and Quiverfull movements, the detrimental effects of the "purity culture," the contradictions of conservative politics, and the importance of feminism.

  • Paula G V aka Yukimi

    Lol, belated congratulations again! Let’s hope for another great year of wonderful posts ^^ Thanks for for all the effort you put on the blog Libby Anne =)

  • Incongruous Circumspection

    I’m not a loyal reader. I just keep coming back. That’s all.

  • Incongruous Circumspection

    I just like the purple on the sides.

  • Kat

    Happy Blog Birthday! I followed you over here from NLQ and have been a regular reader ever since. Yours is one of the few blogs I read daily (and thanks for writing daily)…especially when I need reassurance that there are good, intelligent people in the world.

  • Kaoru Negisa

    Thank you for all of your writing, for helping me understand people I generally don’t, and for presenting me with new ideas. Look forward to another year.

  • Charlesbartley

    Grats. I really appreciate your blog. You are rational, nuanced, and compassionate in your writing. I am privileged to know you in this small way.

  • machintelligence

    Congratulations! Keep up the good work.

  • Neal

    I’ve really appreciated everything you’ve written on here, I’ve been reading for almost a year. So many ex-Christian-Homeschoolers don’t realize how much support there is through blogs like yours.

    You’ve also opened my eyes to a lot of women’s issues in ways I hadn’t thought about, and helped me to develop my feminism beyond just the lip service of a liberal white male.

    Congratulations on your first year of blogging, and thank you for everything you have posted!

  • shadowspring

    Coangrats, Libs. <3

  • Discordia

    Happy Blog Birthday! I really enjoy reading your blog.

  • smrnda

    Love you blog – it’s one of the blogs I make a point to read and to comment on. I’ve learned about a world that I didn’t know existed from your blog, and it’s amazing that even after an attempt at brainwashing you’ve been able to throw it away, resist and think for yourself. I also think that you do a great job, in spite of all the hurt you have to feel, in always looking at things rationally.

  • Clytia

    Congratulations and happy blog birthday!

  • Ismenia

    I’ve enjoyed reading your blog. I discovered it just by browsing FTB. I was not brought up in a devoutly religious family (we were the kind of Christians who went to church at Christmas and on special occasions) so my I have not shared your experiences. I find your accounts of the Christian Patricarchy movement fascinating and its really helpful to have an insight into that way of life.

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