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Ten Years Later

Posted by Julie on December 31, 2016 in About Me, ACFW, COTT, encouragement, God's Word, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons, Writing |

I clearly remember the night. While most people were out for New Year’s, I was staring at the little box on my laptop screen. Clicking the “Create Blog” box in my mind felt as tense as dismantling a bomb.

Around 2006

It was my first act after promising God I was done with fear.

Afraid of what people might think.

Afraid of rejection.

Afraid, afraid, afraid.

I can’t put into words how scary creating that first blog was.

December 31, 2006.

Fast forward, and here we are. A decade later. A blog or two after.

Not afraid.

And so much more.

For years, blogging was my baby. I was content to make that my only writing outlet if that was all God had for me. But it wasn’t. I don’t blog as much as I want to, and I’ve watched blogging popularity ebb and flow as much as my own life has. But I still love it.


I’ve shared parenting journeys from pre school age milestones to teen drama.

Middle school drama to college achievements.

Thirty-something wife and mom to forty-something grandma to-be in 2017.

Seasons of friendships, heartbreak, betrayal, creativity, hardship and mountain views.

Companies wanting my space. And only this year did I agree because I personally use their products and believe in them. I hope you check out iBloom and love them as much as I do.

Oh, and writing.


Anthologies. Gift books. e-How. FaithWriters. ACFW. NaNoWriMo. Spectacular Falls to Entrusted. Entangled. Now, Engaged.


I saved the best for last.


I’ve heard from you in comments and on Facebook. Pulled aside at church and through text. E mails. You have been so, so kind.

Let’s keep it going.

Another ten?

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Jumping on the Bandwagon

Posted by Julie on August 16, 2012 in About Me, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons, surrender, Writing |

One word unlikely to be attributed to me is conformist. When it comes to the world and the spirit that we have to do this because that’s always been done–I rarely jump on that kind of bandwagon. But this week I read a post and a light went on and my heart cried, “Yes!”

Michael Hyatt is a best-selling author, sought after speaker, and popular blogger. Anyone in those categories, as well as leadership and ministry, consider him a leader and take his ideas and run with them. This week he posted one that really got my attention.

He titled it:

Why I Will Be Posting Less

His post is worth a read if you blog. When I started blogging back in the blogging dark ages of 2007, the cardinal rule was post often. Post daily. Blog, blog, blog. I jumped on that bandwagon and if I say so myself, I’ve done really well conforming to that trend. It’s a lot of work to blog on a daily basis and this year I found something Hyatt mentions–burnout.

I’m tired.

I don’t have a lot of compelling posts itching to go from my brain to the keyboard.

I’m not getting comments as in years past, and let’s be real, if I generated comments like Michael Hyatt, I’d dare say WordPress was malfunctioning on my site.

My numbers are down. I’m not a real numbers person, another non-conformist thing. This is a ministry to me and I promised God if it was just me and Him, I was all in. My joke was my one reader was my mom, but even she admits she gets busy and falls behind.

But given the factors above and Michael Hyatt’s post, I think it’s time to cut back.

I’d like to hear your thoughts. Would you take this quick survey?

 Click here to take survey

I’ll share the results next week.


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