My friend Amanda from Serenity Now loves blogging. And she's wonderful at interacting with other bloggers. So she's come up with a wonderful party idea: once a month, she'll host a special time when bloggers can get together at her place and get to know one another better. Today's her very first "Dishing It" party, and I'm excited to join her.
To get the ball rolling, Amanda is asking us to answer some questions about our blogs.
Q: How long have you been blogging? Why did you start blogging?
A: I started blogging in May 2007, mostly out of a desire to connect with people I already knew. I wrote six posts, I think, before I quit. I had no idea that there was a whole world of blogging to be discovered. Then in late 2008 a friend told me about a couple of her favorite blogs (Kimba's and Nester's). I started reading those, and I was hooked on reading blogs. After several months of being blessed by reading other people's blogs, I realized that I wanted to join the conversation myself.
Q: Tell me about your blog's title. Why did you choose it?
A: I've always been very verbal, and in recent years I've realized that many times in my life I've used words in ways that I'm now ashamed of. I've spoken with harshness, with judgment, with meanness. I wanted to change that, and I was inspired by a verse from the Bible: "Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good. . . that it may impart grace to the hearers (Ephesians 4:29). I liked the idea of trying to impart grace with my words, so I took Imparting Grace as my title--and my goal.
Q: What do you blog about?
A: I blog about things I'm interested in and have some experience with, mostly all the various aspects of homemaking: marriage, parenting, housekeeping, decorating, cooking, hospitality--you know! I have a husband and three sons, and I write about making a home for them. My college degree is in teaching English grammar, so I've recently started a once-a-week post about grammar. (Really! Grammar can be fun; I promise!) And I love to write about my faith and its impact on my life.
Q: What is your favorite thing about blogging?
A: Bloggers. I love the kind and generous people I've met through blogging. I like having the chance to interact with people I never would have met if not for blogging.
Q: If you had to choose one famous person to becomes your blog's next devoted reader, who would you pick?
A: Many of the people I most admire have gone on to heaven, where I suspect there's no internet access. So I'll choose a living person: Jan Karon, the author of the Mitford books. She's a heroine of mine. (If you've never read these books, then believe me: you have a treat in store. Run, don't walk, to your local library or bookstore and get started on a journey you'll love. Start with At Home in Mitford. I promise you won't be disappointed!)
Okay, that's a little bit about me. Now it's your turn: tell me about yourself, please! And visit Amanda to dish it with her!