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31 Days to Build a Better Blog with the SITS Girls: Day 1 – Shawna R. B. Atteberry
Jul 192010

I always mean to blog more and start posting regularly. It still hasn’t happened. I’m really really bad about procrastinating. From my adventure a couple of weeks ago with the Reading Deprivation Week of The Artist’s Way, I found out I am a Pathetic Procrastinator who needs accountability. To that end I’ve joined The SITS Girls on BlogFrog in the 31 Days to Build a Better Blog Challenge. I’ve owned 31DBBB for six months, and the furthest I’ve gotten is Day 5 on my own. My goal is at the end of the 31 days to complete the book and be posting regularly.

The Day 1 challenge is to write an elevator pitch for your blog. This is one or two sentences that describe what your blog is all about. I’ve had my pitch in the About Me box on the side column for awhile, but I’ve decided to tweak it. Here’s the new one:

I empower women to be the leaders Godde calls them to be at home, work and church by exploring the Divine Feminine and stories of the women in the Bible. I also use my experience and spiritual direction to help them discover new facets of Godde and their own leadership abilities.

I’ve been wanting to talk about the Divine Feminine more, but I hadn’t taken the time to work out how it would fit into the purpose I already had for this blog. It fits in so naturally, I wonder now why I procrastinated for so long. This also gives me a chance to explain the terms I use for Godde on this blog. First up: why Godde and not God? Godde is combination of God and Goddess to show that God transcends gender: Godde is neither male nor female and both male and female since Godde created both men and women in the image of Godde. I believe thatย  Godde is Mother as well as Father, and instead of using the standard Lord that’s used to translate Yahweh in the Hebrew Scriptures, I use Sophia-Yahweh. I will lean more towards feminine references to Godde on my blog as masculine references are just about all you hear in church and society to refer to Godde. I use exclusively feminine pronouns for Godde for this reason as well. You’ll be seeing Sophia and Mother a lot on this blog, and I hope it doesn’t offend you. I hope it will help you to see Godde in new ways and start to walk on new paths with this Godde who cries out like a woman in labor to bring forth her people and nurses them at her own breast (Deut. 32:18, Psalm 22:10; 131:2; Isaiah 42:14; 49:15; 66:13).

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  8 Responses to “31 Days to Build a Better Blog with the SITS Girls: Day 1”

  1. Shawna — lovely — full of clarity and gives me a true depth of understanding of your vision for your blog and of you and your experience, your passion and your gifts. I’m looking forward to the next 31 days with you (and beyond) as you hold yourself accountable!

  2. Interesting. I assume that *Godde* is referring to a more feminine side of God than traditional Christianity embraces? I’m not personally comfortable with that but I doubt that God finds the little boxes I attempt to cram all of who He is into, all that comfortable either! Terrible sentence structure but it’s after 5:00 and I need to go home!

  3. Thank you for stopping by Peg and Beth!

    Beth I hope you get to go home soon and relax. I know what those days feel like. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Thanks for stopping by my blog on commenting on my #31DBBB! I appreciate your feedback! This is going to be an amazing 31 days! Your elevator pitch fits your vision for your blog perfectly! Good luck with the next 30 days!

  5. Beautiful and powerful!

    Job well done!

    PS – Thanks for visiting my site!

  6. Liked your elevator pitch. Well done!

    PS: Thanks for visiting my blog for the #31DBBB ๐Ÿ˜€

  7. I think your pitch is great, and I love how you really explain in a short post exactly what your blog is about. I shall return ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Thanks for stopping by everyone! Can’t wait to get around to your list posts later today. I had a lot of fun writing mine.

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