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Annie F. Downs is a bestselling author and nationally known speaker based in Nashville, Tennessee. Her most recent books include 100 Days to Brave, Looking for Lovely and Let’s All Be Brave. Read more at anniefdowns.com and follow her at @anniefdowns.

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  1. Great post! We must blog because we love it, not because it what defines us, or for the approval we hope for in a comment form. Thanks for the reminder!

  2. Annie, thanks for putting it all in perspective…I’ve already registered for the (in)RL and simply can’t wait to connect in a “real way” with all of you girls and others around the world…

  3. So true. But I think all of life is like that in some ways. When I’m cheering my kid on at her game, that’s a part of who I am. When I’m working on a story, that’s another part. When I’m directing, that’s part of who I am too. The sum total of who we are exists in bits and pieces. It’s comforting to know that no matter what part of me is most up front, all of me is always welcome with Christ.

  4. “Real life doesn’t allow for edits or rewrites or the perfect picture to match every story.” So true. Blogs tend to present a more polished version of ourselves. Even as we share the ugly truth. Thanks for your words.

  5. I really appreciated what you said about blogging not being WHO you are – that your life is about so much more than blogging. I forget this at times, especially since blogging is both my creative outlet AND my job. Thank you for the reminder to live offline, too!

  6. Anne,

    How sooo very very true. The internet allows you to meet some interesting people you might never have known. It also allows you to pray for them and connect on some level.

    Since joining this and Emmaus Walk on-line communities–I feel I have grown more spiritually, and had the priviledge to pray for others & their circumstances. For that I am truly thankful!

  7. I like how you put that…..real life doesn’t allow edits and rewrites.
    How often do we convince ourselves that looking perfect on our blog really matters?

    Signed
    Trying to always be real (ON MY BLOG too) 🙂

  8. Lovely post. I think the real living is required to make a blog interesting… it’s the real-life experiences and wisdom that are then conveyed in the blog that readers can connect to.

  9. How many times do we validate ourselves by the things we do, blogs included, rather than whose we are? I love blogging and the ministry that is blogging! But that’s not all there is to this girl! 🙂

  10. *sorry that wasn’t suppose to be anonymous* How many times do we validate ourselves by the things we do, blogs included, rather than whose we are? I love blogging and the ministry that is blogging! But that’s not all there is to this girl! 🙂

  11. I am so very thankful to know (and love) both AnnieBlogs and Annie Downs. Also, please know that in your absence last week, I made sure to have that sort of awkward moment where I kept talking and saying more stupid, that’s-not-what-I-meant things until – I kid you not – people were screaming with laughter and saying, “Stop! Just stop, Mary! Don’t say another word!”

    It’s possible they were laughing with me. But, um, well… 🙂

  12. I was just recently asked why I blog. Don’t I get embarrassed by what I put out there? Am I not concerned with who might read it? What they might think? The lady I was speaking to had started a blog but felt hesitant to put anything out there “for all to see”.

    For me, blogging is an outlet. I’m doing the writing anyway (often on paper before I type it up) – by putting it out in the world, maybe someone, somewhere will identify and be encouraged – by reading what others say I’m encouraged by knowing I’m not alone.

    Thanks for assuring me, though, that I’m still a blogger even if I don’t blog every day, or read blogs every day – even though blogging isn’t my life 🙂

  13. What a good reminder. I love writing and I enjoy reading other blogs, but I also live outside the screen. And I know others do, too. That’s one of the reasons I do enjoy blogging – getting to hopefully meet some of these wonderful women outside the screen.

  14. Sometimes I worry people read my blog and think I am the super stay-at-home mom and do cool crafts with my kids and I’m amazing in the kitchen. The thing is I have loved writing since I was 7, I love to connect with others, and help others share their stories. My blog is a way I can process these things and writing is an expression. I think people use other mediums (like music, arts, sports, etc.) to express themselves. And I do the “keep talking” thing too!!!

  15. Praying for you, Annie, as you pursue and live-out God’s will for your life away from “home.” You sure do have a gift for word placement and word choice. Thank you for sharing your gift with us.

  16. Love you, Annie. And that little chat we had at the beach? It was short, but it made my day. And it made me want to sit across the table for you with a cup of tea and all of your wonderful, beautiful goodness. You are a gift!

  17. Beautiful and true Annie! It is just amazing how this thing called blogging can bring into our lives such special people that change us for the better!