Amber Skye Forbes

Writing Words With the Tips of My Toes

Changing the Focus of My Blog

I have decided to completely overhaul this blog. I don’t want to write about publishing anymore. While publishing is of great interest to me, I am becoming more in tune with the secularist humanist part of myself, and I want this blog to reflect that. The other day Ky Grabowski commended me on a certain post I had written on Tumblr, revealing very personal information about myself that only the Tumblr community thus far knows. This has always been an internal battle for me that I have never, ever talked to anyone about, mostly because people, even my friends, would look at me as if I’ve grown three heads. I just never had a name to it until now. It’s just something that is practically invisible in our society, because many people don’t understand it–yes, I am giving you a teaser. My own family doesn’t even know about this, fiance included. I’m not sure how he would react if I ever told him. That’s something I’m going to have to decide in time. (And, no, this does not mean I plan to leave him. Far from it. Discovering this about myself has made me love him so much more now that I understand, because now I know how really blessed I am to have someone like him.) This information isn’t anything bad. It was just easy to reveal this on my Tumblr, because the Tumblr community is so incredibly diverse and full of young people so much more open-minded than anyone has ever been, so I knew I would receive support from this. This isn’t to say I won’t receive the same support on this blog. I know I will, but WordPress is filled with SEO tags, and while you can find Tumblr posts through Google search, Tumblr isn’t about SEO tags.

But Ky made me think when she commended me for revealing that information. I spent roughly an entire day discussing this revelation on my Tumblr blog. Plenty of people messaged me thanking me, because what I revealed has helped them out, too. However, my Tumblr blog is about writing advice, and while plenty of people have followed me based on this information, my Tumblr blog primarily needs to concern itself with writing. Even so, I will constantly remind my followers, and anyone in the Tumblr community, that they can ask me questions in regards to the thing I revealed about myself, and even mental illness, as I do have bipolar disorder. And every so often I may do a post about it, trying to connect it to writing somehow, especially because the Tumblr community is there to connect with others, and a lot of them find Tumblr a comfort. I don’t want to deprive anyone of that comfort.

The Dali Lama is my role model, second to my own dad. My mom is my role model for her sense of humor. 😛 Like mother like daughter, as they say!

Therefore, I want to write blog posts that help people who stumble across this blog through Google or Tumblr or anything else connected to my social media. I strive to live a lifestyle like the Dali Lama. I hope that as I grow older, I will become mature enough to be able to calm down in order to make it much easier to live his lifestyle. For now, I am quite young, can be combative, and a little reckless with my opinions. I find a lot of posts on Tumblr that I have always wanted to comment on, but because of the nature of my blog, I often keep myself from doing so, not out of controversy, but out of the idea that my blog isn’t about these things I want to re-blog. I think this blog will be the perfect place to talk about what I find.

Overall, this will be the focus of my blog: providing a secularist humanist stance on an issue that I think needs to be addressed in order to help people that may be struggling with this issue but cannot get help, whether it’s because of shame, societal pressure, cultural pressure, and so on and so forth.

I have already teased you, but let me leave you with a little picture. If you understand what this picture means, then you’ll understand what my blog post is going to be. I’m going to write it today but queue it for midnight…so tomorrow or what will be today for people who live in the future, like Ryan Attard. I will also reveal the subject matter of my next book, and the house that I am dying to submit it to.

 

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2 comments on “Changing the Focus of My Blog

  1. Shannon A Thompson
    June 14, 2014

    Amber,

    I just had the day off, and I spent my afternoon reading all of your new posts! I love them. Great posts. I also want to commend you for sharing what you have.

    ~SAT

    • amberskyef
      June 15, 2014

      Thank you! I’m glad you enjoyed them. That means a lot to me, especially coming from you! 😀

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