Hello There!

Welcome to Day 2 of April, aka April 2. I am excited to be part of the Ultimate Blog Challenge during this month. That means 30 days, 30 posts. I’m hopeful to meet some new friends while continuing to put fresh content out to my regular folks. So, first off, thank you to my regular readers for keeping with me and encouraging me. It means a lot.

This is where I jumped ship (metaphorically, of course).

Secondly, I want to introduce myself to the Blogging Challenge people. I started blogging eight years ago, that was way back in 2011 (thought I’d do the math for you). The blog was basically the same type as it is now except it was named Ship Bound for Tarshish. It took me a couple of years to realize how weird that name was, not to mention how hard it was to spell, so I jumped ship and became Life on the Lighter Side.

I was motivated to write a humor blog because I was weary of the heaviness of the world getting all the attention. I wanted to offer something to lighten people’s load – a momentary laugh or encouragement, if you will, because there really are a lot of things out there that are funny, amusing, and uplifting. I wanted to keep looking up and encourage others to do the same.

Trying to remember to look up, even if it’s dark out

So, you can look at my blog as a bag full of feathers to tickle your funny bone with the occasional hot air balloon thrown in. (If you want to know more about me, you can click here.)

I had barely started blogging when this crazy thing called the Ultimate Blog Challenge was announced and my good friend and fellow blogger Debi Walter of The Romantic Vineyard fame encouraged me to do it. So, we both dove into the deep end of the pool and did it. We even accomplished all 30 posts and met some amazing people. Some of those folks we continue to be in contact with to this day.

I hope you’ll check back with me this month as I have a lot to share with you (I’ve been storing up). See you tomorrow.



This is Post #2 of the April Ultimate Blog Challenge.

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  1. I am so glad to have you with whom to share the ups and downs of blogging. What a journey it has been. Looking forward to my daily dose of Bonnie’s humor.
    Love you, friend!

  2. Vanessa

     /  April 2, 2019

    Thanks for taking the challenge. A smile or laugh is needed every day, so keep blogging.
    I was introduced to you thought The Romantic Vineyard blog when your blog was A Ship Bound for Tarshish. Yes, ‘we’ been together for quite some time.

    • You are very special to me because of all of those things. I’m amazed at the gift of readers/friends that God has given me through my writing.

  3. Leslie

     /  April 2, 2019

    I’m loving this every day. (Love the picture). Makes me smile – feels like I’m closer to you!!! Love you all so much. Don’t ever stop this.

  4. So much fun reading your posts through the years – thanks for sharing your funny, amusing, and uplifting thoughts!

    (I’m glad you shifted your title – yes, the Tarshish was a mouthful!)

  5. Jeanine Byers

     /  April 2, 2019

    So nice to meet y.ou! I think the lighter side is great. We need all the laughs we can manage

    • Thank you, Jeanine, and it’s nice to meet you, too. This blog challenge is wonderful – you get to meet so many nice folks.

  6. Martha DeMeo

     /  April 2, 2019

    I too love to write humorous posts! I started the UBC challenge January 2016 and have completed each one since then. I enjoy meeting new bloggers and reconnected to the “old” ones. Looking forward to reading your blogs with laughter!

  7. See, I thought commenting for the Blog Challenge would be cheating since I’ve followed this blog for 8 years (blogs, and I liked “Tarshish” even if I can’t spell it). My favorite blog, by the way.

    • It’s not cheating. It’s extra credit. I make sure to comment on at least two new blogs or at the very least blogs by people who aren’t in my writers’ group. I end up doing more than that. And thanks for the compliment!

  8. Ah, Tarshish…I always wondered if you thought you could escape by going there, too.(Jonah, of course…) Glad you brought laughter here without escaping.

    • Thank you, Roy. As always, nice to see you and reconnect. I didn’t stay in Tarshish. Jonah proved you can’t run from God there.

  9. Thanks for sharing, too!

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