My Blog, My Heart

I got a haircut!

I wrote my first blog post in 2003, before “blog” was a household word. In less than eight years, now, I have written 1325 more posts, an average of three per week.

Nobody makes me blog. This is not really a job for me, it’s a passion. It’s something I do simply because I love it. I love the chance to play with words, connect with others and express myself. I have tried taking breaks, most recently over Christmas, and I discovered that blogging is now part of my life. If I don’t do it, I miss it.

I don’t blog with the idea that I will change the world. That would be way too much pressure. But I do understand blogging provides a platform. I feel some obligation to use it well, and to make it a positive force. So I write about issues that are important to me: living sustainably, eating locally, parenting consciously. It may not make great waves, but I hope it reaches other people where they are, and gives them something they can relate to.

These people are you, my readers. You are the reason I really blog. I have come to think of you as friends. I would write whether anyone read it or not. But I blog because I want people to read it. I want to be part of this online community. And I hope that maybe, just maybe, I can make a difference, in my own small way.

Do you blog? Why?

I was inspired to write this post for the Green Moms Carnival. It was a challenge to write about why I blog, and where in my heart my voice and passion comes from in 250 words or less. It was hard for me, as I am rarely succinct! I’d like to thank the fabulous Karen for extending the challenge. Visit her at Best of Mother Earth to read the other submissions.

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    1. I started blogging for different reasons than I do now. As a non-fiction writer, I needed a platform. Now blogging has moved to something else, mostly a chance to be in, notice, and record moments. It is as close to living in the present that I get on a regular basis.
      Ironic Mom’s last post … Pizza- Wine- and Fine Motor SkillsMy Profile

    2. I’m so happy you blog Amber. I blog for me too and then there just happens to be this cool exchange where you are communicating with others and projects evolve out it. Super fun, inspiring and creative!

    3. I started blogging two years ago because fiction-writing, which I always thought I would do, just wasn’t happening. Plus my friends seemed to enjoy my emails significantly more than they enjoyed my short stories. I wanted to try something new and connect with new people, as well as liking the recorded moments aspect. You were among the first bloggers I connected with, and I still really admire the way you use your blog to present organized, thoughtful and well-researched opinions on living and parenting graciously and responsibly.
      allison’s last post … Wordless Wednesday- Helping With HairMy Profile

    4. I have journaled my life since I was about 5 or 6 years old. I LOVE that I can go back and read stories about my life- through my own eyes! I started blogging when I was 15, and since then have had 4 different blogs. I used to blog ALL THE TIME, but now I find that instead of blogging, I am simply enjoying reading other blogs. I will get back into it one day, probably when I get pregnant with my first, hopefully sometime this summer or fall! I cannot wait to be a mommy blogger :) For now, I blog about planning my wedding every once in awhile, but mainly I read awesome blogs (like yours!). I love them and I learn from them!

    5. I am smiling Amber because you said so very much with so very few words. Your own unique expression shines on!! I am glad that you took on the challenge, just for the heart of it!! It’s a pleasure also knowing you via our Green Moms friends.
      Karen Hanrahan’s last post … Heart Healthy OatmealMy Profile

    6. I started blogging in 2007. At first, I blogged because I’d always wanted to try it, so I thought I’d see how much I enjoyed it. Turns out, I enjoy it a lot! I love the community of blogging, making friends with people I may never actually meet but enjoy reading about. I also sometimes use my blog to get things off my chest, frustrations with my family, my marriage, my job, whatever. Occasionally I use my blog as a soapbox for my opinions and sometimes I post funny anecdotes about my life. I don’t post as frequently as I used to, but I can’t see giving it up any time soon. I love it!
      Earth Muffin’s last post … Dogs lives are too short Their only fault- really Agnes Sligh TurnbullMy Profile

    7. You are an inspiration!

      I’m not sure why I blog. I think I blog because I blog or something existential like that.
      harriet Fancott’s last post … What I learned in JanuaryMy Profile

    8. It’s been lovely getting to meet you over your blog. You, your charming husband and adorable children. Someday, we have to meet at a BlogHer (or other) event.
      Lady M’s last post … 100 DaysMy Profile

    9. I’m so glad you do this – even though it’s not for us :) I learn great things from you – and you are inspiring others and making us think.

      I blog because
      a) I have a lot to say
      b) I realize my experiences are helpful to others
      c) I feel like I’ll burst if I don’t write some things out
      d) I love the sense of community & love & support that comes from blogging.

      :) xoxo
      Missy’s last post … busy quiet updates all of the aboveMy Profile

    10. I’m glad you’re blogging, Amber — thank you!

      As for me, I started blogging because I wanted to play around with my ideas, figure out what kind of writing I want to do beyond my poetry. Not all of my writing ideas felt like poem ideas. And finding community has been an unexpected bonus.
      Rachael’s last post … I Feel Another Poem Coming On!My Profile

    11. My blog has devolved from more about my thoughts and opinions into just highlights about my kids. The glossy highlights. I fully intend to start a blog that my parents, in-laws, relatives etc don’t know about so that I can get back into writing honestly and from the heart, more like you!
      eva’s last post … Four Months!My Profile

    12. I blog. I only have two followers – and I’m very grateful to them for thinking what I say is worthy of a read. I started the blog because I love to write and to express myself through writing. I try to post things that other mom’s can relate too and a lot of the times it’s about my trying to manage my life with children and a full time job. I throw the odd recipe in there – because I love to cook. My blog isn’t a source of income for me. I don’t have paid ads on it or links or twitter feed. I just sometimes write out my thoughts and that’s where they end up so it’s nothing fancy but I’m glad I have it. :)
      Tanya’s last post … If you need me- Ill be in the kitchenMy Profile

    13. I’ve been blogging since 08′ and what I blog about has definitely changed course for me. I always kept a journal and an online journal is just easier for those of us who enjoy writing and do so at a much faster rate on a keyboard than with a pen. One of my New Year’s resolutions is to blog more openly and frequently and so here I am…

    14. My goodness, and I was feeling all puffed and proud over 200 blog posts this week. But in all honesty, Amber you are a ray of sunshine in this blogging world. I admire your commitment, your honesty, your commitment to pushing forward and improving. It’s obvious here in every wonderful word. And I enjoy the thoughts and words that you share.

      I started blogging just over 2 years ago, but didn’t really find my footing until a year ago. My reasons for doing it have evolved as I have discovered my own space and felt around with what works for me. In end, blogging is a commitment that is meant all for me. It feels good to just do something for me, that holds me accountable.

      Keep on writing! I’ll keep reading as often as I can.
      xo
      Christine’s last post … Faith and intuitionMy Profile

    15. I love the photo of you! I’m glad you’ve been blogging and keep up with it the way you do. I look forward to stopping over here each week (and sometimes a couple times a week). Great work Amber!
      Jessica’s last post … Your Signature StyleMy Profile

    16. I am so glad you blog, and I can relate a great deal to your reasons why!

      I started my blog to document my own journey as a mother, and my daughter’s development. I still do that, but more and more every day I come to appreciate the community of mothers available to me through blogging, and I find that I learn so much from their writing, and their interaction with my own. My writing these days reflects my own desire to contribute to that community, and to hear thoughts on what’s going on with us.
      Melissa @ The New Mommy Files’s last post … Finding Our Parenting StyleMy Profile

    17. Hi Amber-I love when you said you aren’t blogging to change the world-that really is too much pressure! You are an inspiration to me a relatively new blogger. Keep doing what you are doing-who knows, you may change the world!

    18. Wow, you were WAY ahead of the curve in the blogging world. I look forward to reading more of your stuff. I wish I were craftier. . .
      Betsy (Eco-novice)’s last post … My Plastic RulesMy Profile

    19. 1350 posts? I’m impressed. that consistency is why you have the audience you have along with providing a valuable point of view that others aren’t providing.

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