Oct 4, 2016

Changes in the Air


It's October!  And with October come a change in the air.  The warm, embracing, summer air disappears as a crisp, colder wind blows in.  Leaves blow through the heavens in scarlet and golden hues.  Like the air, my blog will be having some changes that you should be aware of.  Be forewarned! =)

First of all, this is my one-year blog anniversary!!!!!!!  My first blog post was posted on the third of October in 2015. =)  I hope I can say that my writing and blogging skills have improved since then. =)  I can't believe a whole year has passed...how did this happen?  It has been an amazing time, and I have been blessed beyond imagination!  Thank YOU all so very much for reading all these posts and just being...well, you!  =)  I have met so many amazing, creative, and talented individuals through my year of blogging.  ♥  I hope to come up with something to celebrate the anniversary this month...any ideas?  Please??

I have made some changes to my blog.  The first is that I will not be posting book reviews anymore.  But wait!  All is not gloom!  If you want to read my book reviews, feel free to add me on Goodreads.  I just want to replace my book review posts with something more interesting, impacting, and inspiring.  I will still be posting an occasional movie review here and there because I think they are enjoyed more than book reviews. =)  (and I like posting them) ;)

Instead of eliminating my "book reviews" page forever, I am replacing it with a "contact" page!  If you have any questions, prayer requests, comments, or just want someone to chat with, you can send me an email. =)  I am looking forward to hearing from you.  ♥

Another change is that I will not be writing tagged posts as much anymore.  Like book reviews, I would like to replace them with more meaningful posts.  This doesn't mean I won't throw a tag in every once in a while, but please don't be offended if you tag me for something that I don't end up doing.  I will have one last tag post soon, and I may have more in the future.  However, I would like to cut down on the number that I post.

Lastly, and I hesitate to share this, I will not be posting as much as usual this October.  Life has been crazy...and I don't want to be staying up late Monday nights every week to write these posts.  If I have something written, I'll post it...however, I may skip weeks or post on a day other than Tuesday.  I warned you, so don't panic. ;)  hehe.  I can be unpredictable, can't I?

Oh dear...I can't end a blog post on such a depressing note, can I?  Okay...so I'll give you one more update.  (this really IS the last one)  I *might* be updating the look of Having a Heart Like His this month!  I am going to contact some of my awesome readers and some bloggers that I greatly respect and ask their opinion on some designing ideas.  =)   I'm still not 100% certain if my blog's design will change much or not...but I will warn you. =)

Thank you so very much, my dear readers!  I appreciate you more than you may ever know.  Now hop off this post and shoot me an email!  I want to hear from you. ;)

What should I do for my blog anniversary?  Ideas??  Can you help suggest some design changes for my blog?  Comment below!

31 comments:

  1. Happy blog anniversary!!!!!!!!!!! That is crazy and amazing. I still remember you telling me that you started a blog and me being shocked...hehe. I don't know why I was so shocked, but...;D

    And I'm so excited for your changes! (well...most of them) Your contact page is awesome and that would be exciting if you changed your blog design although I love how it looks right now!

    And aw, I'll miss your blog posts!!! *sob* I always can't wait to get up on Tuesday and read them. :) But you definitely shouldn't be losing sleep over them!

    Ideas for your blog anniversary? A vlog! :) A giveaway! :) A Q&A! :) Maybe polls to vote on or some game we could play on here...;) Most anything would be fun I'm sure!

    Have an amazing October!

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    1. Haha...really Hannah? ;) You were shocked? xD Thank you though! Lol.

      I'm hoping to keep the same schedule, but we'll see...I have so many ideas for posts, but not enough time to write them! =/ I'm glad that they have been a blessing to you. ♥

      Oooh...I was thinking of the same things. ;) Vlogs and giveaways are always fun! =) I'll have to sit down and just make up my mind before October disappears altogether. =) Thanks for the ideas!

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  2. Happy first blogiversary, Hosanna!!!! *throws confetti* :D

    The changes to your blog look amazing! I really like the way your blog design is right now, but I'm also interested to see what you change it to. I'm sure it's gonna be awesome ;) And talking about design, how did you create your post graphic? The one that says "Changes in the Air". The 'Air' looks absolutely amazing and I'm curious to know how you did it that way! Did you cut through the light rays/fog or what did you do? It looks sooooo cool!

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    1. Thank you Blessing!! *squeals as confetti covers our hair* ♥

      Aw, you're the sweetest! I'm not sure if I want to change anything or not. *sob* But we'll see. ;) Oh dear...do I want to give away my designing secrets? Hmm. =) Okay, here goes. I make all my photos through......*whispers* Picmonkey.com It has some awesome text designs, as well as one that let's you "fade" it into the background. =) I love experimenting with their different designs/embellishments etc. AND it's totally free, as long as you ignore the specialty designs that come after you pay for them. ;)

      Thank you so much!!

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  3. Happy blogiversary, Hosanna!!! That is so exciting! :)

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    1. Thank you Emily!!! It is exciting! =) I'm so thankful for this year of blogging...I met so many wonderful people - like you! =)

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  4. HAPPY BLOGIVERSARY!!! Eeeep that's awesome!!! Let's see..ideas..I love watching Q&A videos, or you could do a roundup of all of your favorite posts that you have done in the past year! Those are always fun too. :)

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    1. Thank you so much Megan! I wasn't even going to attempt to spell blogiversary after I saw so many other bloggers stumble over the word. ;) hehe. Thanks for solving my problems without me even having to ask! ♥

      Ahhhh...awesome ideas. I didn't even think of a roundup of my favorite posts...but that's a great idea! Thank you! =)

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  5. WOW I can't believe it's your one-year blog anniversary! *highfive for getting so far* I love all of the ideas that Hannah E. had for celebrating it!

    Aw, not so many Hosanna posts? Well, I suppose we can be patient :). Real-life does need attention *nods*.

    Ooh, a new design? So cool! I love the design you have now, but I think a color-scheme change would be neat (maybe something with more white?), or maybe a header change. I can't wait to see what you come up with!

    ~ Savannah
    scattered-scribblings.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you Savannah!! =)

      Yes...real life is pretty important, isn't it? =) Lol. It's also pretty demanding on time. =) Haha...but that is what God gave us, and we will give thanks!

      Hmm...more than one person has given me similar advice. I'll look into those tips. Thank you! ;)

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  6. HAPPY HAPPY BLOGOVERSARY HOSANNA!! SO happy for you, girl! Keep blogging for the glory of God!!
    'dawww...I feel so loved. =) But seriously, YOU should be thanked! For giving such sweet replies to our comments, for posting such meaningful posts, showing your dedication to God through your posts...thank you so much for doing ALL of it! ♥ ♥
    Hey, maybe you could do a Q & A? And then answer our questions in a video? It'd be pretty awesome. =) I would loooove to see what you're like in person (virtually ;))! (plus, I can think of allll the questions...it would be pretty cool to get to know you better =))
    And no, I don't mind no more book reviews! I like the meaningful posts! =)
    Girl, I totally get it. I haven't been posting much either. *wince* But I will look forward to each and every post you write! =)
    Blog changes?! Oooh, this will be funnnn....I would suggest maybe making the header a little larger. (but I would also say you should leave the headers font the same, because I love it so stinkin' much =))I CANNOT wait to see what you come up with!
    -Ariel

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    1. Thank you, thank you, thank you Ariel!! =) Your comments always bring a smile to my face. ♥

      Well, I've gotten the Q & A thing asked by several different people...hmm. ;) I guess I should take the message. But I'll have to limit the number of questions or I might get a hundred alone from you. hehe! Love you! ;) But yes, I enjoy watching vlogs and seeing the author in real life...so maybe you would too? And my videographer brother loves having the opportunity to video someone. =)

      Oh, thank you! I love the font too. *happy sigh* =) I'll check into making some changes on other aspects though...and hopefully the font won't get in the way. ;)

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    2. 'daww! ♥ ♥ ♥
      Yeah, I'm sure you both would enjoy doing it! Okay, okay, I'll limit my questions. =p Oh, and by the way, was you brother the one who started the YouTube channel that you posted about...?
      Oh, I'm sure you can make it work. =) Thank you so much for YOUR sweet comments!
      -Ariel

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    3. Yes, Ariel! I believe I did post once about my brother's YouTube channel. =) He is an inspiring filmmaker and makes short films in his spare time. He's also an awesome brother... ;) Here's his blog. =) (I feel like I'm advertising now...please forgive me) hehe.

      http://faithwarriorfilms.blogspot.com/

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  7. Happy 1st Blogiversay, Hosanna!!! :D My first blogiversay is coming up this month too! :)
    I’ve really enjoyed your blog. I’m glad I found it this summer. =)
    Hmm…fun ideas for your blogiversary…I know others have mentioned this too, but I think that a Q&A thing would be fun, or something like that. I always enjoy learning more about my blogger friend! :D I’m actually doing a Q&A as well. :)

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    1. Really Rebekah?? Wow! We can have a double blogiversary celebration! Woot! =) Maybe I should just wait on my ideas and copy all of yours. ;) Lol.

      I am so glad that you hopped onto my to my blog too, dear! You have been such a blessing. ♥

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  8. Oh Hosanna, congratulations!! It's exciting to know that you've been blogging here a year! And I see your doing some spring cleaning (...autumn cleaning??). Perhaps you could say that you're reevaluating your priorities? I'm glad you'll still be reviewing books on Goodreads, though. I really appreciate honest reviews that I can trust regarding the material one can read. :)

    Uh ideas... similar to what Megan suggested, you could do a roundup of iconic blog posts from the past year... maybe your first, your favourite, the one that triggered the most response in the comments, anything else you can think of that is significant and worthy of mentioning along with the "best".

    You could also make some sort of video. Even if it doesn't show you talking to the camera, you could make a slideshow and do your post roundup via video.

    I can't wait to learn more about this potential new design makeover for your blog! It already has a pretty feel to it, but new designs are cause for great excitement in my books. :)

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    1. Goodness, I don't know why I tend to write such long comments! I start out small and then somewhere, somehow, something happens.

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    2. Don't worry about the length of your comments, Jordy. I love every one of them. ♥

      Thank you so much, my good friend! Yes...autumn cleaning. ;) I would refer to it as organizing my priorities...which has been on my mind (and maybe yours as well?). And thank you for mentioning Goodreads...I have been prayerfully considering how God wants me to be using my time wisely through it. I've been praying for ways to share His love through Goodreads. ♥

      Ahh, great ideas! =) I'm going to enjoy taking the time to decide what to do for the blogiversary. =) A vlog sounds like fun though...

      Yes, blog designs can be both good and bad, can't they? I have seen bloggers make changes that weren't for the better...but I'm hoping to stay away from those. =) I'll be sure to ask your opinion on any changes before I make them. I value your opinion. ♥

      Thank you so much!!!

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  9. Wow, congratulations on a year of blogging! I went back and read your first posts, and it's inspiring to see your heart to serve God (and have a heart like His!) from the very beginning. :) It's also inspiring to see you seeking to make your blog as purposeful and encouraging as possible. I'm looking forward to many more years of your posts, Hosanna! They are a blessing. xx

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    1. Thank you dear Jessica! I have seen the same beautiful qualities in your blog. ♥ When I first found it in May, I read your post Made In His Image Part One - Created, and let me say, it was convicting, inspiring, and lovely! From the start, I found your words to be a blessing. Sadly, however, I have discovered several blogs with a wonderful post, and they fell away to less meaningful, "fun" posts that left me wondering what happened. Yet yours has not been like that at all. Every post inspires me to have a deeper relationship with God and trust Him with all my heart. Thank you for listening to the Lord's leading and blessing so many individuals through your blog. ♥

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  10. HAPPY BLOG ANNIVERSARY!!!
    -Mic from Mic's Room

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    1. *hugs* Thank you so much, dear Mic!!! ♥

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    2. And by the way your blog design is BEAUTIFUL.
      What do you think of mine??? :D I just changed it...if you ever want some coding tips (super simple ones...I'm not a super super code savvy girl) I might be able to help ;). Oh yes! And my blog link is...Mic's Room (http://lovelypinkduckshome.blogspot.com/)
      -Mic

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    3. Thank you!! =) Your blog design is lovely as well, Mic! I love how it is simple yet elegant. =) What did you use to design your banner?? I really like it. =)

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    4. Befunky.com; It's free. Thanks ;)
      -Mic

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    5. Thanks, Mic! I'll definitely look it up now! =)

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  11. Happy blog anniversary!
    I think you should do a vlog and a giveaway! :) ������
    I like your design. I think you should keep it. :)
    Love,
    Ashley

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    1. Aww! Thank you so much, sweet Ashley! ♥ I appreciate your kind words. And your suggestions are wonderful!! I think I made my decision...now to get them going will be fun! =)

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    2. Oooh, you made your decision? *rubs hands together* When do you think this decision shall be unveiled..? ;)
      -Ariel

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    3. Now, now, Ariel. That comment wasn't for you. You weren't supposed to see it. ;) hehehe. I'll make you wait in eager expectation. 'Cause that's just so much fun. Muahahahahaha! Or...maybe once I figure out some kinks, I'll post it...asap? ;)

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