Posted by: Omar C. Garcia | September 8, 2009

Blogging | Year One

   I officially entered the world of blogging one year ago on this date. However, I entered the world of personal journaling when I became a follower of Jesus Christ a little more than thirty-six years ago. Over those years I have enjoyed recording thoughts, insights, memories, and more. I also have almost fifty travel journals filled with my day to day reflections and experiences, recorded in various locations around the planet. I hope to tell more of those stories in the coming year. While I enjoy using a pen to compose words on a blank page, I must say that I have enjoyed my online blogging experience over the past year. It has not always been easy to find internet access in some of the places I visit. And when I have found internet cafés, tucked away in back alleys or along busy streets, the connections have not always been reliable. But, that’s part of the adventure of posting stories online from locations around the world.

   When I started blogging, I had an idea about the focus of my blog. I wanted to challenge my readers to Go Beyond — to live adventurously for God by stepping across the line that defines the farthest they’ve ever been and the most they’ve ever done for God and His purposes. One year later, my blog has evolved into a combination on-mission travelogue and devotional guide. I have enjoyed the discipline of posting almost every other day. The pressure to post is constant, but that’s ok because it has forced me to think deeply about things in order to communicate effectively and ultimately to live wisely. And, I have enjoyed your encouraging and insightful comments and e-mails regarding my posts. Your feedback has helped me to see and appreciate new facets of a variety of topics.

   One year later I am blessed to look back on 214 posts read by 37,391 guests from all over the world. Many of you are regular readers and some of you are occasional readers. Others have just stumbled onto my blog. Regardless, thank you for reading one or more of my posts this past year. I pray that you have been challenged, inspired, changed, or motivated in some way to Go Beyond — to live as Jesus did, to do more than you have ever done, to see something in a new way, and to make meaningful connections with others. May God bless you as you endeavor to live adventurously for Him. Thanks so much for your readership.


Responses

  1. Omar, I cherish your blogs, and appreciate the effort it sometimes requires to get them posted

    I also cherish the memory of the two mission trips to Mongolia, my personal act of “going beyond”. I had never been any farther than Hawaii and Mexico before. You were our “fearless leader” on those two trips, and I learned so much from you. The night you came to our church and made an appeal for people to join the Mongolia team was a turning point in my life. It changed my world view.

    Please keep the blogs coming, both the travel journals and the devotional guides. Now that I can no longer make the long trips, I enjoy reading about your adventures with God as your guide. As for the devotional guides, your morning devotionals were a favorite part of the Mongolia trips for me.

    May God continue to bless you.

  2. Omar-

    I have been learning from the beginning of your blogging. Most of the post I have been readied. Especially, when I have got internet that belongs to me, with the computer! Thanks God!

    Most of the time, I do not leave a comment. But I keeping read them all.

    Thanks once again.

    Mortuza
    Bangladesh

  3. Lanni…

    Thanks. We did have some wonderful adventures on our Mongolia trips. God blessed our team with many new friendships in Mongolia. And, these friendships continue to find their way into our prayers.Thanks for going beyond, thanks for your friendship, and thanks for your faithful readership.
    Blessings,
    Omar-

  4. Mortuza…

    Thanks for your faithfulness to God and His work in Bangladesh. You continue to go beyond for the kingdom in one of the most difficult places in the world. You remain in my thoughts and prayers.

    Blessings,
    Omar-

  5. I have been blessed and encouraged many, many times this past year by your posts.

    Last December, in your series about personal growth, you encouraged your readers to keep a journal of blessings, I did that and it’s made a
    difference in my walk with Christ.

    I read all of your posts about your trip to Mother Teresa’s home and was so moved by the opportunies there are to serve and love on a complete stranger who has no one else, that I’m going there myself in January.

    Finally, I read the blogs about your Mother following her death. The love and respect you have for her have inspired me to spend more time with and be a better daughter to my own mother.

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts and I look forward to the blogs of 2010.

    Sincerely,
    Amy Granger

  6. Amy…

    Thanks for your comment and for your readership. I am glad that you will travel to India with our team in January to serve at Mother Teresa’s homes for the destitute and dying. I think about my experiences there almost daily. Thanks for all you do to make our missions ministry at Kingsland a success and for helping us to assist so many in need in our own community.

    Blessings,
    Omar~

  7. Happy Blog 1st Birthday!!

    Thank you for being so faithful to share you heart with us. You stretch me, make me smile and minster to me in countless ways. Praying you and Omar enjoy some good father/son time together this week.

  8. Sandy…

    Thanks for commenting. It is always encouraging to learn about how God is using the blog.

    I have enjoyed my time with Dad. Still tough being at home without Mom. Her touches are everywhere. So easy to cry here. It does not take a lot to bring out the tears.

    Thanks for being a Go Beyond blog reader.

    Blessings,
    Omar-

  9. Omar,

    Wow, time flies when your’re having fun! I can’t believe it has been a year since your first post. I read your blogs every week and always get something out of it. You have such a gift (you should write a book). When I grow up I want to be just like you!

    DL

  10. DL…

    Thanks for reading. Look forward to watching you grow up, but please set your sights higher than me, which is not hard to do 🙂

    Blessings,
    Omar~

  11. O,
    I can’t believe its been a year already. Thank you for challenging me to think deeply and live wisely. Your blog is an encouragement and great resource that motivates me to Go Beyond. I appreciate your friendship and guidance. Thanks for all you do!

  12. Stone…

    Enjoy serving with you. And, I enjoy our talks. Keep thinking deeply and living wisely!

    Blessings,
    Omar~


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