Lynette with number 1 balloon in front of Jacaranda trees
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My Blog Baby Turns One


I once heard a mother remark that the biggest reason for celebrating her toddler’s birthday is that she managed to keep her child alive for another year. That is almost how I feel about my blog baby. This weekend I celebrate one year of Nettie’s Confetti! I can’t believe I made it to one year while simultaneously being very proud of publishing twelve months of consistent, meaningful contents. One year ago my brother-in-law challenged me to start a blog in a week. From scratch! I didn’t have a website or a name or a cooking clue how to go about blogging. I didn’t even know what I would write about. But I went on to Udemy and started a course on blogging while eating the elephant bite by small bite. One year later I can proudly look back on this labour of love that is still going strong.

Blog first birthday jacarandas

By the grace of God, I managed to publish 46 posts, including three Bible Studies, a blog makeover and a few daring confessions about my struggles and challenges. I never thought I would be able to be so vulnerable and pour my heart out publicly, but after the most daring posts, I received a surprising number of “me too!” messages which kept me going when it became really tough. I went live on Facebook and posted more stories on Instagram than I ever have in my lifetime.

I wrote about joy, fear and faith.

I shared my deepest pain about trying to grow our family.

I celebrated the people I love and many other festivities.

We’ve been on adventures together.

I processed a global pandemic by putting my feelings on paper.

I exposed my insecurities about my body and working towards a healthy new normal.

I exposed the cracks in my faith which is filling up but very fragile.

I gave you a glimpse in to my soul.

I could not have done any of this without the unrelenting support of my band of awesome “Top Fans.” My husband kept me motivated when I wanted to give up. My family encouraged me with how the posts touched them and even sent me photos of their masked faces for a post. My friends, near and far, old and new, kept reading and sharing every post. Thank you to each and every one of you. I might not have a large audience, but I have the most engaged and beloved readers.

Carl and Lynette in a road with Jacaranda trees
My amazing Prince Charlie took all these stunning photos

The goal for this first year was just to start this blog and keep it going consistently. Now I want to look ahead to what this blog can become and dream of a day when all this effort and love can supplement our household income to build our future. Maybe one day I will even get to write a book? Who knows? It’s all in God’s hands and his hands are all over this precious blog. I am excited to see what he will do with this little corner of the web.

I hope you are still enjoying my rantings and reflections and finding inspiration in every post. May this blog be the light which gives you a glimpse of the Father’s glory.

Matthew 5 verse 16. Let your light so shine

Please let me know what your favourites are and how you feel I can better inspire you.

Today’s song is a reminder to let go of your fears and insecurities to follow your dreams and become the version of yourself God intended you to be.


8 Comments

  • Liezl

    Baie dankie vir al jou inspirasie en moed en durf om alles met ons te deel,jy sal nie glo hoe inspiring dit vir ons is. Jy voed ons siel in ‘n mate. Love dit xx keep going and don’t stop

  • Hantie

    Nettie,
    Baie geluk net hierdie bo-menslike mylpaal!
    Ek is baie trots op jou. Jy was nog gereed vir ‘N uitdagings, niks is vir jou te veel nie.
    Ouma Tina sou ook baie trots gewees het op jou. Sy het gesê jy is met groot Oë gebore om die wêreld aan te durf!!
    ‘It all begins and ends in the mind,
    What you give power to , has power over you,
    if you Allow it!’
    Baie Liefde

  • Karin

    Congratulations Lynette! Thank you for the inspiration, and being a true example of letting your light shine. May you be blessed beyond measure <3

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