I'm brand new at this blogging thing, and am really somewhat intimidated by all the beautiful, successful blogs out there. What more can I offer to blogland? And will it be months before anyone even can find me here? It seems that there is all kinds of networking that you have to do. And followers you have to get. And pictures! I don't know anything about photography. Which is why I have this random photo of banana bread I made today.
I think I'm supposed to have a "brand" or something, too, so that I can get a target audience. Books? Homemaking? Faith? Fashion and beauty? DIY? Frugal living? Cooking? Tea? All of these topics seem to be amply covered by many gorgeous blogs I have had the pleasure of reading for a number of years now.
But I've decided just to start. And see what happens. Even if no one ever comes my way.
I was going to call this blog "Glimpses of Beauty," but I've noticed that there are several blogs out there with that name already. Same with "Beauty Matters." I liked that one because you can read "Matters" as a verb or as a noun. I think more in terms of the verb, as in "beauty really does matter." The title of this blog, "thebeautifulmatters" can be read both ways as well. Again, I think of it in terms of "the beautiful really does matter."
What do I mean by "the Beautiful" or "Beauty?" I don't mean models on the cover of Vogue, or other such packaged versions of beauty. I don't necessarily mean Pinterest-worthy perfection, although I do love Pinterest. I mean drops of rain sparkling in the sun, a slumbering baby with fat little fingers curled up in a tiny fist, snow drifting onto dark pine branches, and a golden harvest moon hanging low in the sky. I mean acts of kindness and courage. I mean the lines on my friends' faces that speak of lives well lived.
We are told in the New Testament to think on these things. Things that are lovely and true and beautiful. It's not the big things in life so much, as each little beautiful thing, strung together like pearls, that add up. I hope to have eyes to see.