Covered in Grace was a content-rich, lifestyle blog that focused on creative writing, amateur photography, and spiritual thinking. It was host to hundreds of paying sponsors and drew thousands of followers via multiple social media websites, as well as RSS feed readers.
In the beginning, circa June 7th, 2009, I created a Blogger blog and published my very first post. It was formless and five lines. But I pressed on and eventually found my groove. That blog was called My Beautiful Brooke, for various reasons, and became host to several content themes before landing on Christian-faith-lifestyle.
I was a major noob in the graphic design world then. My eyes saw things differently than they do now. My tastes were different then. But my skills evolved and grew as the blog grew. I was, and still remain, self-taught and always looking for ways to make my website more "me."
In the early days, I knew that I wanted to infuse the blog with my faith, and writing every day was my goal. Since I was really interested in photography at the time, I created a 100 Day Photo Challenge to help me along. I had a blast answering the silly questions and finding images that correlated with each. View all the 100 Day Photos>>
Eventually, as my daily writing habit grew, I began creating posts that contained more substance than whimsy and I felt compelled to share my faith. Thus, less than a year after my first blog post, My Beautiful Brooke transitioned into Brooke Covered in Grace -which very shortly thereafter became, simply,
Covered in Grace.
It was there, within my first true home on the web, that I began evolving and growing as a novice graphic designer. I used Blogger back then as my web platform and built my themes completely from scratch. Well, as much from scratch as the primary Blogger platform would let me. I created all of my own headers, banners, images, buttons, and elements... anything visual you saw on my webpages was 100% my own creation. I primarily used the open source software, Photoscape, to do all of my editing and design. And to be truthful, I still use it here and there to this day. Check out a quick tutorial on it here.
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This web space served as so much more than just a place to practice my writing. It was a place for community and fun, a place where I got my "re-decorating" fixes and played silly games with friends around the world. It was a place where I learned a little bit more about myself and amazing women around the world.
It was a little piece of me.
Covered in Grace ran for almost four solid years before I felt the burnout that so many bloggers do. Just as my skills and blog had evolved, so had I personally.
"My desire to write is a lot more gritty and raw and ambitious than it ever has been. I feel like I’m closer than ever to making my dreams into reality. A year ago, I couldn’t say that. A year ago, I was struggling with my writing voice and the need to be present elsewhere. NOW… I am ready to strip away a little bit of the fluff that I used to bring to the pages of this website and instead paint a different picture of myself and my writing." Read More >>
As the season of CiG came to a close, I made the decision to migrate my work and my web space over to my own dot com. And here, on the pages of this space, my skills have leveled up, as have my beliefs and ambitions. While my mission has largely changed, there's no way I'll ever erase the pages of that blog.
More coming soon...