Embracing My Name and Moving My Space

I began blogging at everydayawe.com in the fall of 2012. It was an experiment that I never anticipated would turn out the way it has.

As I have learned blogging, blogging taught me. It became my companion during life transitions. It taught me the importance of creating space to process. It introduced me to people I didn't know existed. It showed me the deeper wrestling with Scripture that occurred when I chose not only to think about it, but also to write about it.

It has been beautiful. And though some days, I want to throw it all out the window, blogging has become a friend I can't imagine leaving behind at this point of my life.

However, it is also ready for a transition.

As my blog came up for renewal, I decided to move it to a new domain: stephaniejspencer.com. On the one hand, it's not a big deal. On the other hand, it's frightening.

stephaniejspencer.com

When I began, there was safety in choosing something other than my name. After all, who am I? Who am I to write about God and life? Who am I to write and think there are people out there who would want to read it?

Yet, I have heard several messages lately about the importance of embracing our names. And I couldn't get around the idea that moving my website to my name needed to be part of that process for me.  I want a deeper connection between my online world and in-the-flesh world. I'm sure there will be more posts about that sometime in the future.

At the same time, I'm not ready to let go of Everyday Awe completely.  If for no other reason than the fact that Stephanie Spencer appears to be a common name and I cannot find a twitter handle without a weird abbreviation or number or underscore required. But also, because it has been my companion too. It describes a way I am trying to see the world around me, and have vision for God in the midst of it all.

So, the blog on my site will still be called Everyday Awe. This might change at some point in the future, because it adds a little extra to my post urls, but for now, it felt like the right way to make this move.

So, here's what this means for you if you are a reader:

  1. I am not tech savvy. I'm sure I am and will mess things up. Please be patient if something goes wrong with domain forwarding or rss or email. I'm trying to figure it out as I move along.
  2. You can find my blog at: http://www.stephaniejspencer.com/everydayawe/. While you're there, feel free to browse around the rest of the site. I'm still building it, but it's a start.
  3. My hosting here expires on November 18. I'm hoping a transferred everything correctly, but there's a chance I will loose things. You're prayers and crossed fingers would be appreciated. I'm pretty sure that going to everydayawe.com will forward you to the new space, but I'm not sure.
  4. {I think} you can subscribe to the feed here: http://feeds.feedburner.com/EverydayAwe (This was another place keeping Everyday Awe would be helpful so people don't lose subscriptions.)

So, with that, here we go! This is my last post at everydayawe.com and my first official post at stephjspencer.com.

You can expect more posts soon. I'm excited to write again. I've missed this space and missed you.

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Welcome to My New Site!

I am so excited to write this first post at my new Everyday Awe site. If you have been one of my readers for awhile, you will notice that many things have remained the same. I will continue to post twice a week, once with a reflection on life, and once with a reflection from my Walk through the Psalms series. You can still navigate through pages and categories to find resources that I hope will help you engage with God in your everyday life.

I hope this site will help me meet those goals even better, as my posts now have features like "related posts" listed at the bottom, and the Discuss commenting section to help readers become part of the discussion.

I would love to hear what you think. Have you seen features on other blogs that you would like to see me add here? Please leave a comment and let me know? Is there something here that you particularly like or don't like? Please let me know that too!

Thank you so much for reading. I am humbled by the way God has used this site to touch lives. It is a privilege to write here.

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I'm coming back!

Just a quick post to let you know I'm coming back next week. Thank you for your kind comments about taking time off. It was needed- I have been busy with all sorts of things related to moving. But, I have missed blogging. I miss the writing, and I also miss interacting with you in the comments and on Twitter. Having time away has made me realize just how much I cherish this space. Thank you for being part of it.

I'm really excited to return next week.

Until then, perhaps you would be interested to read two of my most popular posts. Both are referred to regularly by Google searches, and both are on the same topic.

It looks like a lot of people have questions about what humility really looks like. Do you?

Are confidence and humility opposites?

and

What does it mean to be gentle and humble, anyway?

Thanks for reading!

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