Back To {Blogging} Basics

What is blogging anyway?

Just writing, right?

Well, since October I feel like I’ve gotten so caught up in the other “stuff” of blogging (strategy and the business schmisiness side of blogging). I focused on numbers (page views & followers) and tried to engage in every social media platform:  twitter, facebook, pinterest, & instagram. It’s ridiculous.

I’m stopping it all right now. If you see me on one of those, it’s cause I really want to be, not because I feel like I should.

I’m well aware I sound like a broken record as I’m pretty sure I’ve written about this, so I apologize to those of you who have read this on here. But I since I have (self-diagnosed) short term memory loss, I don’t exactly remember what I wrote down and what I only thought in my head. Bare with me.

I like not knowing who reads this.

When I start to think about people actually reading my words and thoughts and crazy ideas, it makes me so self conscious.  I start doubting myself. Start feeling insecure. Then I stop writing all together.

Call me crazy (or call me maybe) but I’m heading back to the basics.

I’m going back to writing posts late at night when I’m all alone and have no one else to talk to and then publishing it right away.

I’m going to write about when I have a crappy day and not feel bad about it or worry that I might sound like a downer…deal with it.

I’m going to share nonsense, post stupid pictures, pour out what’s on my heart,  talk about injustices that make me cry, make art, share happy days, dream, be silly and make poor attempts to be funny.

I’m not going to shy away from writing about topics because they might offend someone.

I’m not going to worry if my puncuation grammar and spellngi is correct?

Or if i use “lazy” words like stuff, that, just, and things.

Or if I start my sentences the exact same way every time. So what.

I might format my posts all nice and neat and link back to old posts or other websites, but not if it takes too much time.

I might post pretty pictures. I might not.

I probably will tell you that I am going to write about something in the future and then never do.

I’m not going to go looking for approval from other bloggy peeps.

I’m going to drop all expectations of what I think or others think this space should be or could be.

I’m just going to write. From my heart.

Because that is what I love to do. It is what I need to do. (Plus, all those words in my head are taking up too much room and I need to clear it out.) I’m going back to the basics . . .

I’m just going to be me.

{and if you have a problem with that then you can deal with this chick}

And for those who found this blog because you are in the midst of medical training, I will continue to try my best to encourage you and let you know you are not alone in this journey. You are a huge part of why I started this blog in the first place.

And for those who found this because you are going through junk, feeling down, insecurities, or feeling stuck, I will continue my best to encourage you too. You are the other big part of why I started blogging.

This blog wasn’t started to chronicle my family’s life. It wasn’t to show you step by step DIY tutorials. But I was very intentional when I began: the name, the content, the community.

It was started for you who is sitting by yourself searching the internet for something… maybe you know what you’re looking for, maybe you don’t. But here you are and you’ve found me.

Stay a while if this is what you’re looking for. But please take off if you think you just read a bunch of crap. I’m not offended. It ain’t for everyone.

And for those of you who are stickin’ it out… welcome friend, it’s nice to have you around :)

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11 Responses to Back To {Blogging} Basics

  1. Our Site says:

    We are Incredible!! thank we for what you do for the folks! Would we consider running for government office? I think all of us absolutely need people like we! God Bless u plus family! Thank u again!!!

  2. Pz says:

    So glad you say what is in your heart. I don’t remember how I found your blog but I am glad I did. My husband just completed residency in June and I completely relate to what you are posting. Thank you for being courageous enough to create a blog and put yourself out there. (I am a little cyber-phobic) ;)

    • Amber says:

      Lucky you to be done with training! I’m a little jealous ;) Thank you for your kind words, but I don’t know if it’s courage or that I lost my filter – ha! Glad you found me and I hope you come back to visit {even with the cyber-phobia and all ;)}

  3. Jillian says:

    So happy to read this! Keep doing your thing and know that we are readers because we like who you are — not all the hoopla :)
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  4. And THIS is exactly why I love you!! Keep it up! I have to remind myself of this stuff all the time!

  5. Miriam says:

    Keep it real, Amber. You are loved and you are needed! I feel like we’d be best pals if you lived closer! Been through the whole med school, residency and fellowship with my man … I love your honesty … I subscribe to your blog and there have been so many times when you post has popped into my inbox and I feel like I have just gotten a call from a dear friend!

    • Amber says:

      Goodness, that is the sweetest thing. Who says we still can’t be friends…cyber friends, right? See you in your inbox soon :)

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