Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Pardon My Absence.....

Oh, hi there. As I'm sure many of you have noticed, I haven't written a whole bunch this month, and I'm sorry about that! But I do have a good reason--I'm currently working on a new blog! Wahoo!!

I can't tell you what the name of the new blog will be, because I haven't narrowed it down just yet. But I can tell you this:

1) Life with the Casterlines is not going anywhere. I'm still going to be writing my three posts a week here.

2) The new blog will mainly focus on marriage from a Biblical perspective.

3) I'm super excited!!

You might ask, what are my reasons for this new blog? Well, I'll tell you.

One thing I've noticed from all of my online reading is that there are so many people hurting in their marriages. OR, there are a lot of people who are searching for resources on how to make their marriage better. If you look at divorce rates, you can definitely see that people need some help with their marriages. Our nation's high divorce rate isn't just in the secular world either, it's just as bad (if not worse) in the church! There is a lot of "noise" on the Internet telling us things like "porn is okay" and "living with your girlfriend is okay", and I think more Christians coming forward with an Internet presence showing the Godly way of marriage is desperately needed. Plus, I've always loved being able to comfort people and offer advice. Roman says that one of my best character traits is my compassion towards others who are hurting and in need. In short, I feel like this is something God has called me to do. He has shown me a need for it, and I have a passion to help be part of the solution...however small that part may be.

Okay, so why not just do all of that from this blog? Why go through the trouble of setting up a new blog? The answer to that is twofold.

First, I have a hard time keeping my mind focused sometimes. On this blog, you can find anything from pictures of our latest vacation to talks on marriage to strange pictures from Thursday Throwbacks. And I really like it that way. I like keeping things different and changing things up now and then. (Hopefully, you like it too.) I also have a ton of family members who don't live around here who read this blog, so I like being able to share some of these more personal details with them. But if I'm going to call myself a "marriage blogger" and actually advertise myself as such, then my blog needs to stay true to what I call it. Having a separate blog allows me to do more fun (and sometimes random) stuff here, while having a "pure marriage" blog as well.

Second, if all goes according to plan, then the new blog will also help me earn an income so that once Roman and I have kids, I can stay at home. And to be honest, I don't like the idea of a hopefully-one-day-huge blog that earns me money having our last name in it. If our last name was "Smith", then okay. But our last name is "Casterline" and I've already mentioned on here before that we live in South Georgia. Casterline is not very common, so it wouldn't be hard for someone to figure out where we live. I'm cautious like that. Not to mention, Casterline is not easy to say or spell for many people and I would like my income-earning blog to have a shorter, catchier name that's easy for people to remember.

Alright, I think that's enough details for now. I've been taking a free blogging class this month and the last session is tonight. I'm really hopeful that in the next couple weeks I will have all of the design complete and a name picked out so that I can share everything with you guys. And I really hope that you all will help me in spreading the word about the new blog. It's going to have a completely separate Facebook and all of that, so be on the look-out for an invite to like the new page. I've got some seriously awesome readers! Thank you to everyone who has supported me so far and offered words of encouragement, I really cannot express how much it means to me. I love you guys!!!  :)  :)  :)

"So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God." ~1 Corinthians 10:31

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