Belated Blogiversary Celebration + Giveaway!

It was my blogiversary earlier this month, and I completely forgot decided to wait until now to celebrate!

It’s been two years since I started this blog, and I can’t believe how much it has grown. I don’t know what I expected to happen…I think that even though I wanted to have a lot of followers, I never thought I would actually have a lot of followers. And yet True and Pure continues to grow, and God is using my writing beyond what I ever imagined.

So thank you, my wonderful readers, for supporting me and being interested in what I have to say! Without you, this blog would have no point. It means so much that you continue to read and like and comment on my posts. Thank you for always being such thoughtful, encouraging readers, who I truly enjoy interacting with!

All-Time Most Popular Posts

I have posted a total of 166 posts since I started this blog. Here are the top ten most popular:

modesty series 2Should Christian Girls Wear Makeup? 

selection series for blogBook Review: The Selection Series by Kiera Cass

3 Reasons I Hate Black Friday

why I'm not dating in high school 1.jpgWhy I’m Not Dating in High School, part 1: God’s Purpose for Romance

modesty series 2How to Dress Modestly (Tips and Tricks) 

God outside of timeC.S. Lewis: God Outside of Time

sermon notes2.jpgHow to Take Sermon Notes 

things to do with siblings.jpg31 Things to Do With Your Siblings

Fun Friday: Blue Sky Tag 

untitledInfinity Dreams Award 

What’s Next?

In the year to come, I want to continue to write posts that will encourage all of you to live for God in your teen years. I want to write more reviews, invite more guest posters, and try lots of new things (seriously, I have so many ideas…poetry/flash fiction, interviews, Q&As…).

I would welcome any requests or suggestions you have! Feel free to leave me a comment, or get in touch with the form under “Contact Me”.

Giveaway

And now, a True and Pure first…my very first giveaway!

In honor of my blogiversary, I will be giving away the following to one winner: 

  • A paperback copy of Paper Crowns by Mirriam Neal (read my review)
  • A handwritten note of encouragement from me

To enter:

  • Be a follower of my blog
  • Comment below and share a Bible verse that’s been encouraging you this summer!

That’s it! The giveaway will close on August 25, 2017. I’ll choose one winner to announce in my post on August 26!

I’m so excited for the year to come, and I can’t wait to see what God does with my words this year! Thank you again, so much, for coming along on this journey with me!

love, grace

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It’s My Blogiversary!! (+ Updates and Plans)

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I’M BACK!

(Temporarily, that is. But we’ll talk about that later.)

And why am I back? Because it’s my blogiversary! (It’s actually tomorrow, but shh. Since I don’t post on Sundays, we’re celebrating a day early.)

One year ago, on August 7, 2015, I pushed the publish button on my “Welcome” blog post, and True and Pure was born. I’ve grown so much over the last year and have definitely improved my writing. My articles have gotten longer, deeper, and more polished, I hope. And I hope I’ve accomplished something of what I stated as my goal in that first post:

  • To examine Biblical truths,
  • Bash cultural beliefs,
  • Encourage you,
  • Inspire you to do great things,
  • And challenge you to live your daily life for Christ.

A Quick Review of the Last Year 

Since I started this blog, I have posted 99 posts, and, fittingly, this post will be my 100th. 

I have a total of 48 followers, 4,346 views, and 359 comments.

The series posts I did this past year included Prayer, New Years’ Resolutions, Feelings (miniseries), How to Witness (miniseries), and most recently, Modesty.

Popular stand-alone posts (that received the most views or comments):

Most popular book reviews:

What’s Been Happening Lately?

As you all know, I have been taking an extended break from blogging since early July. It’s been really nice to not have to worry about getting posts up in the midst of everything else that’s been going on, but I do miss it.

I’ve been reading a lot, so if you don’t follow me on Goodreads, you should. Here are a few of the reviews I’ve posted recently:

What’s Next?

I will be taking a break for one more week, as I’m still teaching a camp for another week and it’s not a good idea to try and get back to posting until that’s over.

After that, I’ll be getting back into posting. I’ll try to participate in the August Purposeful Pages that just came out, and probably put up a review of Divergent that I started drafting before my break. If I can collect my scattered thoughts, there may be a review of the Red Queen series or just a post about some of the problems I’m having with these books in general. I’ll also be doing some sort of back-to-school series during the rest of the month as well.

You can expect posts Mon/Wed/Sat again starting August 15! It’s going to feel great to get back to blogging again.

So goodbye for one more week, and I’ll see you soon!

love, grace