New Beginnings
April 16, 2009

Right. Where to start? When you haven't been blogging for about a year and a half, it's hard to know where to begin. I'll start by saying my how I've missed this place! There isn't a whole lot about my life that's been as consistently gratifying as writing every day (or so). Though it was abundantly clear to me that I was burned out and needed a break. When I first began this website I was around 22 years old. I am now 27. It's amazing what five years can do to a person. I look back on much of what I've written here and I don't regret it one bit. Okay maybe a little. There are a few things I read now and cringe due to sentence structure or a mindset I held that I've now changed. But more often than not, I am forever indebted to whoever created the blog because I am fairly certain that there is no way I ever would have amassed 696 essays without such a phenomenon.

When I first began blogging it was a fairly new concept. Most of my friends, family and associates weren't well versed in what a blog was. Mass media was a bit threatened by the notion and was reporting on blogging with the same lack of understanding they're currently displaying in stories about Twitter. I kind of credit myself with launching my blog before blogs became the hotness du jour. Since I've watched the concept flourish and my daily online pit stops consist of visiting blogs more often than CNN or Reuters or even the New York Times.

I've tried for some time to pinpoint the moment when blogging wasn't as fun for me. I love writing and I love expressing myself so I couldn't comprehend why I'd burned out. Then one day it hit me. For whatever reason, this blog often found its way to politics. Understandably so seeing as how one of my chief passions in life is the discussion of worldview and how it relates to the political realm. That said, I realized that I am a person whose insights, discussions and revelations flow from my every day life. Simply put, I wasn't writing about my life. If anything I was trying to be as discrete as possible thanks to one too many loon bats emailing me with off the wall missives. You know who you are. So as my life began to enhance (with love, marriage, and some more fun stuff I'll share in the future), I found it more difficult to "be my whole self" in this space I'd created.

Needless to say, the time away was time well spent. While I have no clue who even visits this blog anymore (and boy do I miss some of the regulars around here for sure...please come back!), I am committed to building up a new readership of whoever will listen. In the wake of this last election and given the current state of our country and the world there is so much to say! I've felt in my heart for a long time it was the season for me to pick this back up again full time. I've done a lot of writing projects on the side, but nothing compares to the live, raw interaction you get on a daily basis from posting on your blog.

If there's any question of my commitment to this place, I've spent the last two weeks, 40 hours a week tweaking and restructuring the back and front end of my site. It was a freaking mess! I've also added tons of new enhancements and tools to help users interact more and spread the love. Every section has been entirely updated with new information and it feels so fresh and so clean. I'm equally excited that since this blog started back in 2003 a plethora of new tools like video, podcasting, etc. have become entirely more accessible. This means very interesting things are ahead for this place.

Thank you everyone who has tuned in to my radio show Politickin Radio, emailed me, or sent me a Twitter message about my whereabouts. I will update in more detail all I've been up to, but for now I just wanted to re-introduce myself and my blog to the world. The best is surely yet to come. I look forward to hearing from you!

Posted by Ambra at April 16, 2009 6:12 PM in Blogging ,Life
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whoa--I just came here on a whim and find that today you are starting back up! We are indeed living in very interesting times. I look forward to your commentary on all of it.

Welcome back...again

Welcome back!

Good thing I never unsubcribe from anything in bloglines, after all it doesn't bother me when someone isn't posting anymore, but it's always a nice surprise when someone who stopped blogging for a while finally shows up in the list again "Nykola (1)" :-)

Best of luck with your "comeback" :-)

Well, surprise surprise! A very pleasant surprise to find your name highlighted in my Feed list. Glad you're back and looking forward to future posts.

the newly-wed Mrs. Baxter :-)

This world definitely could definitely use more of Ambra's insights. :)

ahh yeah ambra is back!

Wow, I had almost deleted you from my bookmarks page, but came back once more to find you're back online! Read a couple of your new posts. Good stuff! Looking forward to making you a regular read again!

Like Ingoal, I almost never delete a Bloglines subscription... glad I kept your blog on the list.

Can't wait to hear what's on your mind - welcome back Ambra :)

Throughout the past several months, I've often clicked on your site to see if you've returned, and I'm glad you're back, especially since I prefer blogs to Twitter.

I came here on a whim too after following you on Twitter...I'm so glad you're back too...Missed you!

Aw man, you missed your chance!
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