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!
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.
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:
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:
Thanks again and God bless each of you and your families!
Dustin Riechmann created Engaged Marriage to help other married couples live a life they love (especially) when they feel too busy to make it happen. He has many passions, including sharing ways to enjoy an awesome marriage in 15 minutes a day, but his heart belongs with his wife Bethany and their three young kids.