May 22, 2013

Sarah and I are so grateful for the last three years and the journey we’ve taken with The Feminine Gift. We have learned such a lot about femininity and about ourselves. We have been inspired by remarkable women, and made wonderful new friends.

It shouldn’t work, this Feminine Gift venture. We are two different people who didn’t know each other all that well before we started. We live more than six hours apart and see each other only once or twice a year (or when we speak at a conference!)  I’ll let you in on a little secret: we get along really well. Though we have different esthetic tastes and different writing styles, very different backgrounds, and different paths in life, we are remarkably compatible and work very well together when it comes to The Feminine Gift. That is definitely a sign of Grace.

And yet it does work, and it works because we try to be attentive to what God is asking of us. We can always tell when we get it wrong because our attempt becomes a struggle and just doesn’t work. We’ve had more instances than we can count of divine inspiration, in which we are both thinking of the same topic at the same time or having the same idea for our apostolate. We’ve seen those moments bear fruit and they encourage us to continue to seek God’s will and to trust His direction. We also benefit from the wisdom of our patroness, St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross – Edith Stein. We are greatly blessed.

For more than a year now, we’ve been mulling over possible next steps. We’d talk, makes notes, do some research, then shelve the topic for a while.

We believe it’s time for us to be more active in pursuing those next steps and we’d like your help.

The Feminine Gift isn’t just a place where Sarah and I write about subjects of interest to women. We see it as a village well – a place to be filled and refreshed but also a place to meet and connect.

How does a blog become a well?

We have a vision of our readers knowing each other, offering each other strength and support. Does our present format foster that development?

Here are some specific questions we are asking ourselves:

Is a blog format the best format for us?

If yes, do we remain with Blogger (which has proven to be somewhat limiting) or move to another platform which would allow for more customization?

What options do we have other than a blog? We could opt for a hosted website but what exactly would that require of us – two people with little technical know-how?

Are we willing to pay for webhosting and possibly for site design? If so, do we allow advertising on our site?

Here’s where you come in, dear reader. You may just have the insight we’re looking for!

Do  you have any ideas or suggestions for our blog vs website debate?  Do you know of good webhosting services? What should we look for?

How do you feel about advertisements on a blog?

Feel free to comment here (you may have to ‘refresh’ the page to get the comment box to open) or send us an email at  thefemininegift@gmail.com.

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What is a woman? What does it mean to be feminine? There is softness and hardness, compassion and ferocity. There is contentment and adventure, freedom and service. We're conundrums, especially to ourselves, but we all, in some way, possess beauty, creativity, intuition and love. We were made for love, and we are loved, cellulite and all. Here we aim to show every woman the richness and beauty of her own femininity and explore current issues relating to women in our world. We also wish to share our own experiences - exploring the joys and challenges of stay-at-home moms and single professionals and everyone in between. Welcome! So glad you're here!

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