{Why I Blog}

I am discovering that in order to be successful at anything in life, you must establish you why for doing it.  Your reason to press forward and upward. 
Today I want to share mine with you.

I've been thinking a lot lately about my why for blogging.  Why I sit at my computer everyday and type out each post.  Why I take photos.  Why I have built friendships with you lovely bloggers.  Why. Why. Why.

My blogging adventures started almost five years ago when I took my first trip to China.  I wanted a place to post photos and stories from my inaugural trip around the world.  Over the years, I continued to blog.  There was my first summer I spent in China staffing for the summer camps, our family adventures at the Midwest Old Thresher's Reunion, then the early days of dating Adam, all the way to that perfect proposal of the beach in Malibu.

After our wedding in June, I decided we needed a new bloggity face.  
The Neesby Lookbook was born.

I've thought and prayed a lot since then, how God would want me to use this avenue of writing for Him.  These are the things He has laid on my heart. 

The first reason sounds rather trite, but one of my why's for blogging is to reflect glory back to God.  I believe that our lives are like pottery.  The hardships, difficulties and brokenness we experience, creates cracks in the walls.  If the Holt Spirit lives in us, those cracks are a way for His light to spill out to those around us.  My prayer is that this blog can be one way for that light to spill forth.

Secondly, I blog for the creative outlet it provides.  I remember being eight years old and huddling in my sister's and my closet, scribbling out stories on a little pad of paper.  This blog is my very own, grown-up scribble pad.  I've dreamed of writing for so many years and this is my small way of living that dream out at this time in my life.  I also love the outlet blogging provides for creativity through fashion, food and home.

Thirdly, I blog for me.  I've found that I am better able to reflect on my life and that has made me a more grateful person when I blog.  Whether it's for the thousand tiny ways that Hubs loves me so unconditionally or for all the simple blessings I'm aware of.  Like curtains.  Or a couch.  I am truly a better person because of it.
Very, very lastly 
{I hear you saying Gosh is she done already?!  We get it, you like blogging.  Wrap it up, whydontchya!}
I have a dream for this blog that I want to share.  I hope you feel extra special, because up to this point, I've never really told this to anyone.  I share it now as my effort to be honestly transparent. 
{more on that later}

Do you remember this post when I talked about dreams and how easily we can stop pursuing them as adults?  I was pretty vague about my personal dreams, until now.  So here goes nothing. . .

When I started this new blog, a tiny dream began growing in my heart.  A dream to write and grow a blog that could someday generate an income for our family.  An income that could help  make it possible for Hubs and I to pursue our dreams of living in China.  Now I know how silly that sounds.  How even more silly it looks written down.  Yet I believe that God gave me this dream for a reason and I will do everything in my power to pursue it, trusting Him for the growth.  He only asks for faithfulness to do our part.  He is the one to bring life to the dream.  Maybe nothing will come from it.  Maybe this will only ever be a journal of our life.  Maybe we will never grow past 100 followers.  But I will be ok with that, knowing that I did my part to follow that seed of a dream.  Knowing that God will continue to take care of us like He always has.

If your heart resonates with anything I shared, won't you join in the adventures with us?  Click the follow button at the top of the page.  Grab a Lookbook button on the sidebar.  It's gonna be some crazy good times and we would love to share them with you.  And of course becoming dear friends along the way.

Then, if you'd like, I'd love to hear your own why's for blogging!  Then we can all celebrate together . . .

This is the first in a mini series on blogging that I scribbled on a pad of paper in the Beijing airport.  Be sure to check back for more on the subject and to share your own thoughts.


  1. I love, love, love this. (it's even cooler that it was scribbled on paper in that far, far away airport!) in many ways, I use blogging as a place to express my thankfulness to God in the little things too.
    And I love your dream. I love your boldness to have the guts to come out with it and share it with us. I KNOW that you will go much farther than a hundred followers. What you have going here is much too special to not be shared with an even larger group of people.
    These pictures are beautiful. I'd never seen the one of the proposal in the beach. So beautiful and sweet.
    Annnnnd, I still can't wait until your surprise giveaway! Haha:)
    Don't forget about my GIVEAWAY peoples! Southernpinky.blogspot.com

  2. Such a great post! And I don't think blogging for God's glory is trite at all! It's so funny how we get all wrapped up in beautiful fashion blogs, great interior design blogs, and then those addicting lifestyle blogs that have a bit of everything, and we feel like blogging mostly just to give Him glory is trite! Fashion is trite! Decor is trite! God's glory is our reason for living. :)

    I think you should definitely try to make a living out of blogging! How much fun would that be?! I've been hosting Etsy giveaways on my blog once a week and it's drawn a lot of traffic. I think I'll send you an email with more because this is getting to be a long comment!

    marriedlane - a little blog full of inspiration!

  3. Ok so I can't find your email address! how can I get in touch with you?

  4. I love this post. I hope you can reach your dreams of living in China! I would love to read about those adventures!

  5. Firstly, I love you and your hubby. You guys look like the sweetest couple.

    Secondly, AMEN!!! I haven't been blogging for that long, but I am starting to really get attached to it and the joys it brings to me.

    Thanks for sharing, lady!


  6. awww your last post definitely makes me very nostalgic for China...

    I am glad you shared your dream of using this blog as a means of being able to live in China again someday. It does not sound silly at ALL. Coincidentally, David and I were just talking this morning about how we wish people would think outside the box a bit more for stuff like that. He was like "come on people, BLOG for pity sake", lol. So thumbs up to you! =)

    I've been going around following people on whatever they have available for following on, even though I really just bookmark the blogs I like best and check up on them that way. So just your GFC is not even close to representing how many people probably read =)

    I'd be happy if you rigged the giveaway so I got it, hehehehehehe =) just kidding.

  7. also, pop over and visit me, let's network =) as previously mentioned by someone else, I don't see how to contact you.

  8. While reading this post I caught myself nodding to much of it!! Glorifying God, using it as a creative outlet, recording memories of our family's happenings, and hoping one day it could become a way to earn mulah for more traveling and adventures...I'm with you!! *cheers* to dreaming and working towards sweet goals :)

  9. PS - every photo put a smile on my face! ...his proposal, you 2 lovebirds in you gorgeous wedding dress on the bike, the pics of you with those darling children, and that last one of you two at the beach...such fantastic shots that I'm sure captured such wonderful memories :)

  10. I also started blogging when 5ohHubby and I lived in China (we were in Nanjing). It is incredible how both my love for blogging and the community has grown. We still have many friends living and teaching in China as well as working as missionaries. What an incredible dream.

  11. This is so cute. I blog for those same reasons too. You have such a clear way of expressing yourself. And yes, let's button swap.

  12. Oh. my. heavens. That picture of you in your wedding dress is a dream. It's so enchanting! Love this post.

  13. I love this post and how your flats matches the bow tie on that wedding picture! :-) Writing a blog can lead to such unexpected places, your own interests and talents, love it! X Mandy

  14. Love this post! And I have some info that might help. E-mail me! :)

  15. I loved reading this post! So much of it resonated with me too. I love blogging as a creative outlet to get to practice my writing skills. I'll be following along with your blog now! Glad to have found you :)

  16. Love your heart & why you blog! Thanks for stopping by my space. Can't wait to read more on here :)