Housewife Theologian

The Gospel Interrupting the Ordinary

Confessions of a Freshman Blogger

Written By: Aimee Byrd

This is the page where I get to make fun of myself blogging.  I have been very apprehensive about the whole thing, and have to say that  it’s become very clear just how in over my head I was getting when I began researching for the right host.  I quickly realized that I didn’t know the language (even learning I needed a host was a leap for me).   After researching that for about a week, I have no confidence in that decision either.  Here are some other obstacles I am overcoming, or random thoughts in the making:

Why the magazine theme?  Simple—I feel more comfortable w/some kind of paper under my words.

Why the coffee header?  Simple—I’m too cyber-dumb to customize one, and out of the 9 samples, it seemed to fit best.  Sorry if it’s too cheesy, but I do really like coffee.  (If you ever visit my powder room you would leave w/a vast knowledge of the history and health benefits of coffee.)

I am a shy cyber-friend.  I just joined Facebook this week so that I could figure out the “like” button, which seems to be important in the blog universe.  Yes, I was one of the few left in the resistance movement.  I find it very ironic that my book’s aim is to facilitate discipling women in small groups, but I have to make cyber-friends to get noticed for it.  And, yes, I do realize that I don’t actually have the like button on any of my posts…remember—I’m cyber-dumb; I haven’t figured it out yet.  Speaking of…

What’s the deal with all these codes??  My artistic mind does not think that way.  I just want to write and have a groovy site, but all these numbers keep getting in the way.  I have a major fear of hitting the wrong button and crashing all of cyberspace (or at least my site!).  Code=Anxiety.

Gravatars are cool.  At least I’m ahead of my spell check b/c I know gravatar is a real word.  Sure, I haven’t actually used my gravatar yet by commenting on someone else’s site (I told you I’m a shy cyber-friend); but look out world!  Aimee’s got a gravatar and she’s not afraid to use it. (Well, actually I am; that’s why I haven’t yet…but I will…someday when you least expect it.)

Widgets have a cool name, but confuse me.

Plug Ins— puzzling and I am afraid to download too many or I might blow a circuit!  (It’s kind of like when my kids used to try and open doors w/their plastic, toddler keys—I sort of know what they’re supposed to do, but really have no idea what I’m doing.)

I’m not really this stupid.  Am I?


  1. Margie Stemple says:

    no worries…I left a comment earlier…don’t know what happened to it! Anyway, I’ll post it again…your article is great and you leave me always wanting to read more. That makes for a good author! Keep up the great work!

  2. Beach House says:

    Amy, I am so proud to know you and wish you much success! I’m sure you will enjoy FB and all of the updates from family and friends. It is a daily routine for me and feel lost when I have not checked the status from my “news feed”

    Jeanne (Tara’s M I L)

  3. Aimee, this is SO great. Almost as great as you. I loved reading your blog. You have been given many gifts, especially the gift of writing. You kept me interested in every sentence. BTW, what the heck is a gravatar?

    Housewife Theologian is genius at work!

    • Housewife Theologian says:

      Well, a gravatar puts a face (or image) in that box beside your name left behind everytime you leave a comment. You know, the one there now with the invisible person? Well, if you go to you can get one and be even cooler each time you comment on a post! I look forward to seeing your next one. Lub.

  4. Oh my goodness Aimee!! This was absolutely wonderful. God has blessed you with such a wonderful gift. It is so refreshing and uplifting to read your blog:) I absolutely enjoyed it. I am looking forward to seeing more. You are a wonderful, beautiful person who has a heart for God!!! Loved it.

    God Bless,
    Stephanie D

  5. sandra crumpton says:

    Aimee i just love you! you are sooo blessed and Wow so talented!! so enjoyed this an looking forward to much more. Great work girl!

  6. Dorraine Walters says:

    This is my first time every responding to a blog. I look forward to reading and following your posts.

    I pray that God will guide and bless you. :)

  7. Andrea Robling says:

    This is great new adventure for you, how exciting!! I love spending time with you in scripture and hearing your thoughts, which I miss terribly. Now, I will never miss out!! You are an amazing student of the Word and the name of your blog… perfect!!

    Your sister in Him,

  8. Jen Whitmore says:

    AMAZING!! You have done a fantastic job! I found myself relating to your thoughts every step of the way! You inspire us all! Congrats on job well done!

  9. Angela Bouselli says:

    Wow! You really did an amazing job. I can’t wait to continue reading as you put more out. I also can’t believe that you have never blogged before. Looks like you’ve been at this for years :o) Good Luck with your adventure.

  10. Carolyn Taylor says:

    You are a great writer and I can’t wait to read more! I have faith that you will be published!

  11. Brooke says:

    HA! NOw that’s pretty funny! I hardly know how to make a comment on a blog! But looking forward to reading more! I am really excited for you and this blog….so blog on seester!

  12. Beth Jones says:

    You are incredible! So excited for you on this new journey. Can’t wait to see what God has in store for you.

  13. I just started reading your blog and love it. I used to be a web designer and I’m an old school interneter and know all of the technical stuff but my content isn’t as good as yours. Content is the most important thing and you haz it. Keep it up and thanks for taking the step out and doing it. I came across your blog from a comment on Challies so it looks like you’ve gotten the hang of commenting.

  14. Aimee, you’ve now been doing this for quite a while, but just want to say your website looks very professional. AND, i love the name you gave your bog — the housewife theologian. I wish I would have thought of it!! Glad Tim introduced me to your site. It’s a blessing.

  15. Laura Loh Ho says:

    I have no gravatar but I shall attempt to give a shot to commenting on this post of yours: join in the club for ‘cyber-space for stupids,’ as I have been told before that I am one. In all my rubbing shoulders on cyber-space conservatively moderate, I think I am learning that internet security is more a pressing internet knowledge to acquire than the uses of the internet.

  16. Debbie says:

    Aimee, oh my, I’m less than a freshman — I think I’m a preschooler, but not even sure I’d be considered that accomplished. I am in the process of setting up my blog (aaaannnddd a looooong process it’s been…but I’m hoping I’m going at the pace God is setting, though my hurting brain may be using that as an excuse…not sure on this one.) I don’t understand any of the language. That’s understandable given I don’t even know the alphabet that’s the basis for the language (reading Russian is difficult for me to, so….). Anywho…thanks for encouraging me with your freshman page and the fact that you actually do blog. There is Hope and His name is Jesus (and yes, it will require a work of God to get my blog actually running…and given the fact that I’d best not be blogging if He isn’t calling me to it, I’m counting on Him
    :) ) Glad to have found you…Blessings!

  17. Alexander says:

    Hey, the … the … the coffee header is gone …
    [This is just to let you know that you have a reader from Germany since Carl Trueman, the celebrity pastor (who - talking about celebrities - went to the same college as our senior pastor), has advertised your blog for the first time a couple of months ago. My wife is reading your book now. It's a pity that we don't have a similar stock of people here in G who are at the same time reformed, entertaining and capable of writing like you and the Ref21 folk are. Keep up the good work!]

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