Instagram STILL can’t compete with a good old fashioned blog post…



This blog. These pages. This history. OMG. How things have changed right?

A week ago I was cleaning out an old laptop and came across this image.


It’s from the cover of a magazine called COLLIDE where, as you see on the cover, this blog was chosen as BLOG OF THE YEAR. Remember those days amigos?

The days where the only place you could have a conversation on the internet was in the comments section of a blog?

The days where there was no Facebook and twitter was weird.

This space was where it all happened.

I would post twice a day and sometimes I would post those “Caption Please” pictures and you guys would ACTUALLY CAPTION THEM IN THE COMMENTS.

And then social media took over.

All of my deep posts I now use Instagram for.

All of my “caption this” I now use Facebook for.

All of the conversation I now use Twitter for.

This place, this “RagamuffinSoul” hiding under the guise of, this place has been abandoned for easier, faster, more immediate ways.

But when I saw the image of that magazine cover…

Something happened inside of my heart. I began missing this space. So I came back to peruse and OMG.

The memories came flooding back. The REASON I began writing in the first place was because of this space. I’ve written some REALLY heavy stuff over here. And also, halfway through typing this I realized something else.

There is something magical that happens when you type with all your fingers on a full keyboard that simply does not happen when you use your thumbs on a screen. I can’t really explain it. It’s almost as if there is a rhythm to typing on a keyboard that brings out words and emotions that will never come out just using your thumbs for an instagram post.

It’s almost like therapy.

There is a┬áchiropractic practice sweeping the south east called The Joint. You basically prepay and get a card with x number of adjustments. You walk in, get cracked, and walk out. All within 5 minutes. It’s crazy.


I’m no chiropractor, but I can only imagine having a real relationship with a chiropractic DOCTOR who knows your body will be MUCH HEALTHIER than just getting a crack cause it feels good for a minute.

This is what has happened with social media and myself.

Quick hits. Quick cracks. Quick affirmation.

But OM MY GOD typing all of this out on my keyboard in this quiet corner of the internet feels so much better than typing it on some social media app.

Maybe I’m overthinking it. Who knows. But yesterday when I showed up here to poke around, and when I decided to see if anyone was listening that wasn’t looking at their twitter or facebook or instagram

When I did that I didn’t think anybody was still here.

But there you are. I dug around and found that 4500 people still subscribe to this blog.

So all that being said.

I have some things that I need to say that I can’t say with my thumbs.

So stay tuned.

I’m almost done cleaning the cobwebs around this little cabin.

I’m about to roll out the welcome mat.

Love you guys…





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  • Emily Thompson

    I’m still here…had a blog ages ago called Emily The Strange and we connected a few times. You showed up in my feedly so I thought I’d swing in and let you know–still following. Hope all is well with you and the fam! -Em

    • ragamuffinsoul

      Awe. Thanks amiga. OG!

  • Amy Shearon

    Looking forward to reading what you have brewing. I have followed this blog since shortly before you brought Losiah home. Praying that you and your family have the most blessed of Christmas seasons. Although our paths have never crossed, you and your family have blessed me more times than I can count.

    • ragamuffinsoul


  • Crazy to think I started reading this blog ten years ago! Glad to see you’re coming back. I really need to fire my personal blog back up too. Thanks for the motivation to get started (again)!

    • ragamuffinsoul


  • Welcome back and I look forward to reading what you have brewing. ­čÖé

  • Yes!

  • Lacey Cummings

    It’s not the easiest medium to use but it definitely takes us back to the original purpose of giving ourselves a platform in the first place. I don’t mind an extra click to get myself to your comment section. Always look forward to what God tells you to share.

  • Yepthisis Totallymyname

    Just discovered this blog today. It was listed as one of the “Top 100 Christian Blogs” by Jeremy Meyers at, and the name of your blog stuck out to me, so I clicked on the link… I’ve read several of your posts (old and new) and I am totally gonna revisit this place. I don’t use social media, so I’m really glad you’ll continue writing here.
    Happy Sunday!

  • Ronni Hall

    Seriously. I lost track of you when this stopped so much… and in the battle and fights with my own depression/anxiety I fell off track. I am no longer a part of a church. I fight with my faith daily… and I started to write again because the church has failed me and Jesus hasn’t and i need to somehow figure that out and then I remembered your battles. So keep writing please. I’m drowning and sometimes the honesty you put forth is a life saver. Even if out of reach at times.

  • Yo, I got your FBF email and wondered when the last time you’d blogged. I used to love reading your new blog posts. I started reading while you were in Korea to bring Lo home. I feel like I watched your kids grow up and your lives go through changes.
    If you’re blogging again you’re gonna inspire me to blog again too. Seriously.

  • Ann

    I’ve missed your blogs. Thank you for coming back!

  • Kelly Kortright

    I just have one thing to say…..”Throwin Rocks at yo Boo Daddy!! ”

  • We’re here! ­čÖé Glad you’re back!

  • Jennifer McGee

    Stumbled on your blog again while reading about your new book. So glad you’re back!

  • Dion Evans

    Love all of this… You have given me confidence in returning to blogging as well. Thanks for being the trailblazer of authenticity that you are!!!