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We Did It…Thank You!

By Dustin | General

Thank you for being one of the best and most supportive online communities I’ve encountered.  And thanks for your continued endorsement of Engaged Marriage!

I am excited to share that we have once again been named as one of the Top Ten Marriage Blogs in all the land.  This year’s competition was stiff with more than 2,000 votes cast in total for the 45 finalists.  That’s a lot of votes, but we were fortunate enough to be among the top ten vote getters among an incredible group of great marriage resources.

Thanks again for the early Christmas gift! 🙂

Vote for Your Favorite Marriage Blog 2010!

By Dustin | General

Vote for Engaged Marriage!It’s time once again to vote for your favorite marriage blog!

My cyber-buddy and fellow marriage supporter Stu at The Marry Blogger is composing a list of the Top 10 Marriage Blogs 2010, and I would love it if you can help by taking a minute to vote.

On last year’s inaugural list, you voted Engaged Marriage to the #1 spot on this list.  As it turned out, this really helped us grow our community because people searching for online marriage advice would find Stu’s list, see Engaged Marriage at the top of the list and click over to check us out.

Once they were here and had the chance to interact with you fine folks, they were hooked! 🙂

How to Vote for your Favorite Marriage Blog:

1. Click here to find the short voting form.
2. One vote per person…but you can encourage your friends to vote.
3. Voting closes at midnight December 14th (but you should vote now so you don’t forget).
4. That’s it!

Thank you for helping out with this. Of course, I would love it if you voted for Engaged Marriage, but I won’t be offended if you choose a blog that you enjoy a bit more.

If you do vote for Engaged Marriage and you’d like to encourage others to join you, here’s a short message you can share on Twitter or Facebook:

I just voted for Engaged Marriage (@EngagedMarriage) as the Top Marriage Blog 2010.  You should too! http://bit.ly/eWZApV

I think there is a real need for this kind of list, and it is so great to have a central resource to find all of the best marriage-rocking content on the web.

Remember, you have to click over to The Marry Blogger to post your vote.  It only takes a minute.

Thanks!

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Help Name the New Engaged Marriage E-Book! (and win)

By Dustin | General

*Don’t miss the special announcement about being an early bird member at the bottom of this post.*

I need a bit of help from all of you awesome Engaged Marriage community members.

After a long writing journey, I am finally done with my first e-book.  I’m super-excited about how it’s turned out, and it’s just about ready to send off to a designer for the finishing touches.  The only problem is this book needs a catchy name!

In a nutshell, this e-book (or perhaps it’s better described as a course) takes couples through a journey together where they work on four specific key areas in their marriage:

  • Communication That Counts
  • Real Romance for Real Busy Couples
  • Better Sex and Deeper Intimacy
  • Control Your Finances…Together

Each of these main topics is covered over the course of a week for a total of 28 days, though couples may choose to only work on specific areas rather than complete the full program.  So, each of the seven-day sections presents a new lesson and an exercise that they do together on that topic.

One of the things that sets this material apart is that each daily exercise only takes 15 minutes, so it’s very achievable for super busy couples.

So by devoting 15 minutes a day to each other for 28 days (or less if they so choose), a couple will enhance their sex life, financial situation, communication skills and their romance, and they’ll have built a foundation for an awesome marriage for life.

Help Me Name This Thing…and You Can Win!

I’d love to get your input on a great name for this e-book!  Please leave your suggestion for a title and/or subtitle in the comments below.

If your proposed title is used, I’ll send you one of the first final copies of the book.  Plus, I’ll be sure to mention you (and your site if you have one) in the book’s acknowledgments to show my thanks.

I’ll be taking entries until noon CST on Tuesday, November 9th.  At that point, I’ll be picking the best suggestion and moving forward.

At this point, I have the following “working title and subtitle” but I just don’t think it’s catchy enough, so don’t let it skew your creativity!

15 Minutes to an Engaged Marriage
Your Proven Plan for Better Sex, Romance, Communication & Finances in Just Minutes Per Day

*By the way, if you’re interested in buying your own copy of this unnamed course, I will be giving the first opportunity and offering a nice discount to everyone that joins our Early Notification List.  If you’d like to be included (there’s no obligation to buy anything), please click here now and get added today.

Happy Birthday to Engaged Marriage!

By Dustin | General

Happy Birthday!I almost had a heart attack last week.

On Friday morning, a reader emailed me to say Engaged Marriage “looked funny” and no posts were showing up.  When I clicked over, it was clear the site had been hacked or the host server had been corrupted in some way.  Literally, almost one year to the day since I launched this site, I had a moment of trepidation thinking that all of the content shared between us could be gone forever.

Thank God for back-ups!  Within a few hours, I was able to restore everything back to normal with only minor interruptions (sorry to those that received duplicate blog posts in their email inbox on Friday…this was the culprit).  However, seeing the life of this site flash before my eyes made me realize just how much it has become a valued part of my life, and it reminded me that we just passed the one-year mark!

Looking Back to the Start

It’s crazy to think that just over a year ago, I had literally never even read a blog in my entire life.  While on vacation last August, I felt a call to share our pro-marriage message to an audience larger than the participants at the marriage preparation courses we present at a few times each year.  I figured I should look online and see how I could get started.

Well, I can tell you I had no idea what was in store for me!  Within a few weeks, I immersed myself in learning the ins and outs of blogging and WordPress site creation and launched this site with my first post on August 21, 2009.  I’m pretty proud to look back at that first post and see that the mission and message of Engaged Marriage has remained pretty consistent from the very start…and our sense of humor was apparent as well.

Thank You for This Community!

This site is successful because of you.  It’s really that simple.

I am absolutely blown away by the progress that we’ve made together in just a year.  Here are some numbers to give you an idea of the growth and impact of Engaged Marriage:

Looking Forward

Again, I am so grateful for your support and the incredible sense of community that we’ve built here over the past year.  The plan is to keep on keepin’ on with the consistent and valuable content here at Engaged Marriage.

As you may know, I’m working on my first premium product, which will be a 28-day course for busy couples who want to improve the sex, romance, communication and finances in their marriage in about 15 minutes per day.  I had hoped to have it ready for this one-year anniversary, but I’ve been a bit a busy with our new baby and the impending launch of an exciting new project called Fit Marriage.

I promise that 28 Days to an Engaged Marriage is coming (pretty) soon!  If you’d like to be the first to know when it’s ready and receive a nice discount as well, please take a moment to go sign up for the Early Bird Notification List.

I’d really love to hear from you and let you shape our future together at Engaged Marriage!  In the comments below, please share the following:

  • Your favorite aspect of Engaged Marriage
  • One thing you’d like to see more of (or less of) at Engaged Marriage going forward

Thanks again and God bless each of you and your families!

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Nine Years

By Dustin | General

A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person.

-Mignon McLaughlin

I can’t believe we’ve been married for NINE years (and together for nearly fifteen).  It really does get better every day because we choose to love each other the best that we can.

Happy Anniversary, Bethany!  Thanks for keeping me around. 🙂

Happy Anniversary!