A number of people have asked me how I ended up with this website, and so I thought it was the time to share the story with you….
In September of 2008, I started blogging back before anyone even really knew what blogging was. It started as just a place to write what I felt God was teaching me as I studied his Word, and I hoped that someone would read it and actually hear the gospel – not just hear the story, but that the gospel would become real to them. I just loved writing, and my blog was called “A Heart Renewed“. It was named after the scripture, “Create in me a clean heart O God, and renew a right spirit within me.” I just signed up for a free blogging account on what was then the most popular blogging platform out there – Blogspot. I really enjoyed the writing, and never fully knew who was reading the posts, and honestly, didn’t really care much.
In early 2011, I wrote a post titled THE WOMAN that was featured at (In)courage, which is a division of the Christian company “Dayspring”. It was an honor to get to write something for them, but I really didn’t have any visions of anything changing from my little tiny spot in the blogosphere.
Then in the fall, we began our first year homeschooling, and jumped right into Classical Conversations. My second child (a boy) was a much more tactile learner, and at the time, CC didn’t offer many products to go along with the Foundations Guide. In fact at that time, they were still using the Veritas History Timeline Cards. I had heard about lapbooking about other subjects, and I looked everywhere for a similar-type product that I thought my son would be interested in. I couldn’t find anything, so I decided to make my own. At the time, I was working from home for a local bank in any spare hours that I had. But once I started creating the lapbook for my son, (which took way longer than I ever imagined it would), I didn’t have time to work for the bank. My husband, kindly reminded me that all of the time I was pouring into the lapbooks, though they were neat, was costing our family on the financial end. My stubborn and sassy personality came out when I responded that maybe I would just try to sell a couple through my blog to help offset some of the difference. This was a laughable suggestion since I didn’t have the first clue about selling anything online.
I did some basic research and was able to get a simple button added to my blog. I sold a few lapbooks 6 weeks at a time so that I was able to finish the series and not worry as much about logging bank hours at home. Looking back, it was surprising that any of it came together. But eventually, the random buttons on a blog page started to make it difficult for people to find what they were looking for. After all, a standard blog isn’t set up to sell products. So I was spending a lot of time answering emails to try to help people find what they were looking for. As the time requirements mounted, I decided it was time to launch a full-functionality website. The only problem was, I had no experience at the time with website design. But I did have the “tools of learning” the Classical Conversations Program was teaching our family……
Stay tuned for the rest of the story in: Part 2 – From Blog to the Original Website.
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