2017 Year in Review

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Somehow 2017 is over, and 2018 is upon us in a little more than twenty-four hours. It simultaneously feels like this year went on forever but also flew by. I finished my junior year of high school, started my senior year, switched back to my old dance studio and performed in the Nutcracker again, went to a dance program and an academic program away from home, wrote a novella for the Rooglewood Press contest…so much happened. And the last few months have been an absolute whirlwind. I’m looking forward to, hopefully, a little more peace in the coming months, now that a few of my most stressful projects are winding down.

Anyway, it’s been an interesting year for the blog (especially the last couple of months), and I want to thank all of you for sticking around and reading everything I have to say! I hope to invest so much more into this blog in 2018.

But before we get into that, here’s a quick recap of some things from 2017:

Most Popular Posts (by pageviews)

So I Got Deferred from Princeton This Week.

Why I’m Not Dating in High School, part 1: God’s Purpose for Romance

Fun Friday: Blue Sky Tag

Why Growing Up is a Good Thing

The Broken Way: Finding Beauty in Brokenness and Suffering

Other Personal Favorite Posts

The Relationship Series (first one linked in list above):

God’s Purpose for Singleness

Avoiding Drama and Temptation

Developing Your Convictions on Dating 

4 Ways to Stay Content in Singleness

And this one that seemed to mean a lot to quite a few people: After the Rain: Lessons from a Stormy Day

Favorite Books of 2017

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Favorite Movies of 2017

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Plans for 2018

I have lots of ideas for what I want to do on this blog in 2018…

First of all, I want to do lots more reviews of books, movies, podcasts, blogs, etc. There is so much media out there to sort through, and I consider that one of True and Pure’s most important purposes, to help you know what out there is good and God-honoring and worth your time.

I also have an idea to start a regular “from my journal” series, where I share things I’ve been learning in my devotional time. I’m still considering doing a series on learning to drive as well, and I’ll continue to do Monthly Favorites and the occasional Quotable Quotes.

In my own life, this coming year is going to be one of great change: I’ll be graduating high school, spending two weeks in Europe over the summer, turning 18, and then starting college. So you can probably expect posts related to those things to pop up here once in a while.

(And if you’d like to start seeing more about my life, please let me know! I purposely steer away from it, but I do want you all to feel like you know me, and I don’t want this blog to come across as impersonal.)

As of tomorrow, my novella will be entered into the contest (it’s fully done as of this afternoon! Eeeee!) and I’ll have the freedom to work on some different writing projects. One of the things I’m considering is writing a serial story to post on here, probably allegorical, and I might publish some poetry or something from time to time. I also plan to start submitting some articles to websites like The Rebelution and Kingdom Pen. This year is going to be a year of exploring with my writing, lots of small projects. My novella took a lot out of me and I’m not quite ready to attempt a major project again yet.

If you have any post suggestions or requests, please let me know! I’d love to hear your thoughts.

And now…how was your 2017?

Was it good? Hard? Some of both? What were the best parts? What did God teach you through the bad parts?

Did you publish any writing (blog posts, etc.) that you’re particularly proud of (share it!)? Looking back, what else did you accomplish?

What were your favorite books and movies? Did you discover new music, or a new author, or a new blogger that you now love?

And what are you looking forward to in 2018? What do you hope to accomplish? What are you excited for?

I want to hear all about it! Share in the comments below. Here’s to a wonderful New Year’s and a wonderful 2018!

love, grace

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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:

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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

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Fun Friday: Blue Sky Tag 

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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

2016 Blogging Year in Review

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Wow…2016 Is Over?!

There are several things I can’t believe: how fast this year went by, the fact that 2017 starts tomorrow…but the biggest one is that I can’t believe how far this blog has come this year. It’s growing steadily, which is so exciting!

I currently have 74 followers. At my blogiversary in August I had 48. That’s incredibly rapid growth. My pageviews have more than doubled from last year too!

So thank you all so much for taking the time to read this blog and comment on my posts and support me. It means a lot! I’m so awed by what God is doing through my writing and I can’t wait to see where this blog goes in 2017.

Most Popular Posts

For the BookishScattered Journal Page MyLadyBibliophileMy Top 4 Favorite Blogs

modesty series 2Should Christian Girls Wear Makeup?

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

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Personal Favorite Posts

Here are a few more posts that I was proud of or really enjoyed writing this year.

witnessing The How to Witness series: part 1 (preparation)part 2 (the conversation)part 3 (afterward)

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Book Review: The Divergent Series by Veronica Roth

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standing for truth25 Ways to Stay Grounded in Truth This School Year

Other Blogs

Here are some of my favorite blogs I started following this year:

PAPER FURY Cait@Paper Fury (books, etc.)

 Abbiee (music, writing, etc.)

Rebekah@Hello Modesty (modest fashion)

RufflesandGraceVictoria@Ruffles and Grace (modest fashion, beauty, sewing, writing, etc.)

Mirriam Neal (writing, books, art. etc. like in the tagline)

Looking Forward

In January and February, as I mentioned in my last post, I will be doing a series on relationships in the teen years. I will talk about why I have chosen not to date in high school, how to develop your own convictions and stick to them, how to be content in singleness, and more.

(Also, I realized that I need a blog button. Will be getting on that ASAP.)

Beyond that, I don’t really know. I have lots of ideas, but at the moment I’m planning seasonally, so I don’t have anything planned out beyond February.

Various series ideas include cell phone addiction, how to have a devotional time, fruits of the Spirit, and more. I’m considering doing a post on learning to drive, since that’s something most teenagers go through. (I just got my driver’s license…!!!)

Let me know what you would be interested in seeing on here this year, if any of those ideas sound interesting or if you have other questions or requests. I’d love to get some input!

Here’s to a great 2017!

 

How was your 2016? Did you follow any great new blogs this year? What posts would you like me to do in the year to come? Let me know in the comments! 

love, grace