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Jun 24, 2014

Introducing The Peony Project!

I'm so excited to be announcing the start of the peony project to you today!  Lately I've been longing for a community that really understands the creative (and blogger) within, and I've been struggling to find the perfect niche community to satisfy that need.

I love the blogging world and the community that it creates, but I often feel like it's not very cohesive.  I know that there are plenty of places and spaces out there that aim to bring this blogging world together, and maybe this will just become another one.  But I hope not.

I hope not because lately, I've been feeling my heart whisper for something more.  And for the past few months, I've been saying "ok heart, I'll work on it, but it's not going to happen until it's ready, until it's perfect."  And then a few weeks ago, I wrote a post about summer goals and I started thinking that maybe starting small isn't such a bad thing after all.  Maybe it doesn't have to start off with fireworks and it's own website and a whole slew of other perks for members.

Maybe it can start as simply as a Facebook group, a common space to share posts and get ideas and ask for advice without the fear of being laughed at.  And maybe someday, we'll be gathering all together for a conference (aka, the big dream I never talk about to anyone).

So, if you're craving community...
if you want to celebrate what Jesus is doing through us in each of our little corners of the world...
if you want to partner with and encourage other bloggers...
if you're looking to make friendships over this crazy thing called the web...
...and you're committed to being intentional and honest and real...

...then join the peony project on Facebook!

92 comments:

  1. Betsy, I love this idea! Thanks for thinking it up! :)

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  2. so excited to have you on board meg!

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  3. I'm totally joining!! THank you! :)

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  4. This rocks. And so do you ;)

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  5. Cool! BTW: I liked your facebook page the other day and I thought I had found you from the SITS community, but it must have been from the Grow Your Blog Community. I am glad you are creating this new community now!

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  6. I'm joining! And so excited!

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  7. songbirdsandbuttonsJune 24, 2014 at 2:33 PM

    Wow! Sounds like an amazing community is growing here - I'm definitely going to check it out!

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  8. What a great idea!

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  9. What a wonderful idea!!! Make sure you link this post up to my Faith and Fellowship blog hop on Friday so many more Christian women can be connected! <3

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  10. I am SO excited about this, Betsy!!

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  11. Thanks! So glad you're joining us!

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  12. Me tooooo! I literally do a little dance when I get an email that someone else signed up!

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  13. Thanks Christine! It's been on my heart for a while now...so excited its happening!

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  14. I'm so excited about it! I hope you'll join us!

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  15. Yay! So excited to have you on board Laura!

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  16. Ahhhh....that makes sense...thanks for stopping by! :)

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  17. Thanks Caitlin! So excited to have you joining in!

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  18. i think i always have a similar problem. i want things to be perfect before putting it out there. this is a good reminder that it's okay to start small. sounds like a great group! :)

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  19. yes! i think i'm too much of an instant gratification person to wait until things are perfect!

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  20. Hey Betsy! I just love your site and this community! I am a photographer in St. Augustine Fl and found your site via Instagram. Our church is all about being intentional with our community so I've recently been sitting outside around 5 when people are coming home from work. Just so others can see that we are out and about and are trying to make friendships. I instagrammed a photo of my cul-de-sac and used the hashtag #Intentional I wondered who else used the hashtag and ironically you popped up. Excited to follow you in the future!

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  21. Such a beautiful idea, I hope lots of people join in.

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  22. Always nice to have a safe space surrounded by people you know wont judge you - both online and off!

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  23. Great idea!! If you can't find your niche than create it!

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  24. thanks so much! i'm hoping that too!

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  25. ha, i suppose that's what i'm hoping to do!

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  26. I love this!!! I think it's great when people create positive community!! :)

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  27. Hey Danielle! Thanks so much! After you commented this, I had to go on instagram and find your picture! Love that you're being intentional in your community...so cool! :)

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  28. sounds lovely :) i will check it out now!

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  29. I just stumbled across your blog, and I love it! I hope to get more involved with you and other bloggers through The Peony Project! So excited!

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  30. I just stumbled across your blog from one of your sponsors! Your button caught my attention. Also saw that you were also from southeast PA! Small world :) Love your idea of The Peony Project- sounds awesome!!

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  31. Woohoo! Love bloggers from PA :) Glad you stopped by!

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  32. This sounds so awesome! I can't wait to join this.

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  33. Hey Kelly! You can find the membership option on my advertising page here: http://betsygettis.blogspot.com/p/sponsor.html (it's at the bottom of the list!)

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  34. Thanks so much! It wasn't showing up on my web browser for some reason...but I can see it on my phone! :)

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  35. Hi Betsy! I just submitted my email for the peony project! I just started a blog, and this sounds like the perfect way to meet other Christian women bloggers! Great idea!


    Olivia (www.vickiandlivi.com)

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  36. I tried to join by clicking on the link but could not find where to check out. Have the rules changed?

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  37. Hey Jessica! If you click on the link and scroll all the way down, you should see "The Peony Project Membership" in my Passionfruit ad shop...add that to your cart...you should then be redirected to Passionfruit's website to complete the check-out process!

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  38. I am super excited to have been led to this wonderful community of individuals who love the Lord.

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  39. Betsy! I love what you are creating with this, and I am so thankful for Yulunda letting me know about it!! I have already requested to be added on FB so is it necessary to go to the link above for something additional or am i good?

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  40. You get a welcome email with some details if you go through the whole sign-up process, but you're not required to do that in order to be approved into the group!

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  41. Hey Whitney!
    Are you not seeing my Passionfruit ad shop on that page? You should see all my ad options and "The Peony Project Membership" should be at the bottom. You can also go here: https://app.passionfruitads.com/marketplace/site/heavens-to-betsy and fill out the form!

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  42. Is it too late to join? I just found this post after hearing about it on a few other blogs too :) I would love to be a part of this community!

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  43. Hey Heather! Not at all! Anyone can join at any time!

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  44. I've just been praying for something like this! Will definitely join.

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  45. I've been seeing The Peony Project pop up everywhere lately and I've asked several people more about it.... Madison linked to this post in a post of hers today and I finally got the downlow!!! I'm heading over to join now! I've been looking for something like that that focuses on blogging and being a Christian. Thanks for getting this going!

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  46. Well...I tried to join, but I don't see anything to click on on that page. Are memberships closed?

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  47. nope! It should be the last option in my passionfruit ad shop on my advertising page...if that's not loading for some reason, then check it out here: https://app.passionfruitads.com/marketplace/site/heavens-to-betsy

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  48. Thanks, Betsy! I checked out and completed the little membership thingy! Do most people use their personal facebook page for their membership?

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  49. Yep! I think you have to use your personal FB profile when you join a group, so that's pretty much what everyone uses!

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  50. Sounds amazing! I just moved from Seattle to Phoenix and am looking for a great community to share how God is moving in my life!

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  51. I will definitely love to be a part of this. Thanks for spare-heading this Betsy.

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  52. wow this is such a cool idea! So "random" to have stumbled onto this blog and this post today! Super exciting :)) Great job, girl!


    Rhonda
    www.theskinnyarm.com

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  53. I just came across this community and I am so very excited to check it out!! :) I love all of the goals of this community!!

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  54. After we "purchase" the membership, do we need to wait for a response, or simply try to join the Facebook page? Just wondering! Eager to be a part of the group :)

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  55. I don't see the link to the peony project. I really want to be involved in it!

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  56. Hey Sierra! The last paragraph of the post tells you how to sign up...you should see "The Peony Project Membership" as an option all the way at the bottom of my advertising page! Excited to have you join us!

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  57. I just signed up to be a part of the Peony Project and I am so excited! I am looking forward to meeting other Christian women bloggers!
    Cheers from Southern California
    ~Abby (lifeloveandlace.wordpress.com)

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  58. I absolutely LOVE this idea!! I just submitted my application. :)

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  59. This is such a great idea (and you posted it on my bday, so it must be a sign :P) and I've loved everything I've seen from The Peony Project thus far! Great community. Amazing women.

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  60. Happened to come across your site! Really glad I did, looking forward to it!

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  61. I just signed up. I'm very excited to be a part of this group!

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  62. I really would like to join this community! However, the link isn't working :(

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  63. Hey Chelsea! The link worked for me, but if for some reason it's not for you, click on my advertising page from the menu at the top of your screen and scroll to the bottom of my Passionfruit as shop...you'll see "Peony Project Membership" there...add that to your cart and checkout (it's free) and it'll submit a request to me! Thanks! Excited to have you join us!

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  64. Thanks so much, Betsy! I love your blog! So glad I came across it. Looking forward to reading more and growing with you all! xo

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  65. Yay!!!! So excited to be a part of the PEONY PROJECT! Seriously I have been looking for this type of community forever now! So happy to be a part of this sisterhood! Thanks for accepting me!

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  66. I am interested in joining - are you still accepting members?

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  67. Yes we are! You can apply here: http://www.betsygettis.com/p/sponsor_8.html

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  68. I just joined as well. Good to see someone else out there that loves the Lord Jesus and wants to bring us together! Love your site! Hope you check out mine... www.abidinginthevine.net
    Leah

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  69. And By The Way... peonies are one of my favorite flower!

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  70. Just joining in! I'm so excited :)

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  71. I just love this and can't wait to be more active in this community. I just went through the process mentioned above. I hope I did it correctly. :)

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  72. Can you send me code for the member button or direct me on how to get it for self-hosted Wordpress blog.

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  73. This sounds amazing and just what I need.

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