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Blog Like No One is Reading

by Deborah Cruz

Discombobulated. Exhausted. What time is it? What day is it? Wow! I am in the throes of one of the worst Christmas hangovers I’ve ever experienced. It’s outrageous. My poor blog has suffered and fallen to the wayside of my priorities. With all the moments saturated in holiday joy and togetherness, sitting down to write about it seemed to feel like it might spoil the magic. I wanted to live it not write about it and that is what I did and it was magnificent.

On December 14th the Nutcracker ended and then I played the most intensive game of catch up that I’ve ever had the misfortune to take part in. My blogging has been shit because I had so many obligations that I needed to get done. Then Christmas came and I have purposely been spending time with my girls and the Big Guy. I am like a damn quality time camel, I am trying to suck it all up while we are in this holiday bubble, before people start going back to school and work, before deadlines are mounting and the out-of-control-ness of life takes hold once again.

I do want to get back to blogging like I did in the beginning before I had to worry about who was or wasn’t reading. I’m forgetting that my mom, mother-in-law and Homeland security have all been known to frequent my page. I want to blog like no one is reading once again. I want to comment and read blogs. I want to know what’s going on outside my bubble. I want people to give me their perspective on what I write even if they disagree. I want to have long, drawn out conversations in 140 characters. I want to make new friends online. I want to hug the necks of all those who have taken the time to engage. I want quality to matter over quantity. I want content to be king again. I don’t want to worry about fucking SEO, my “numbers” or how much to charge. I want to write what I feel and say what I mean and not give a damn.

I have a list of goals for my life, the blog and my family (by the way, I always have a list of goals not just on the brink of a New Year. I am a chronic list maker, if you are one too, I am sure that you have a list of goals at all times too. Go ahead, flip through your phone, notebook or journal, I’ll wait). I want to be better and yet, I want to be who I am; loud and proud and free of over-thinking. I don’t want to worry about other people’s judgment or care what they think about what I have to say. I want to blog like no one is reading. I want to live like there is no tomorrow and I want to dance like no one is watching.

Life is too short to do anything else. So this year, I have my list of things that I want to accomplish. Most are things that I do already, some are things I need to remind myself to do and others I have completely forgotten or given up on but I like a challenge so on my list they remain. 2013 was good to me, better than 2012, but I want to blow the roof off of 2014, in so many ways. Mostly, I want to be better, love harder and live fully. I want to mommy with compassion and patience, I want to be more present in my life and more passionate in my marriage. I want to give 110% to the things that matter and most of all, I want to be happy with myself with no regrets.

I wish all of you an abundance of love, peace in your heart and success in your every endeavor. Be brave, blog like no one is reading and live like each day is a new beginning of your story. Embrace it with enthusiasm and wonder, because each day is a chance to rewrite your story. Each moment is redemption and salvation. Don’t plan for how you want to live your life…just live, right this moment; every minute of every single day for the rest of your life.

Wishing you all the happiest New Year filled with moments that take your breath away!

I am serious about wanting to read and comment of blogs and I am serious about more conversations on Twitter and I really want to have conversations and share on FB not just read and like links like its a job. I want to look forward to hearing what you have to say. Let’s do this. Let’s bring it back.Let’s blog like no one is reading…like it’s 2009.

Leave your blog url, twitter handle or FB page in the comments and I will check you out. Here’s to 2014!

What’s your #1 goal for 2014?


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Nicole @Tinystepsmommy 2013/12/31 - 1:57 pm

Forgot to include my blog – https://www.tinystepsmommy.com! Here is to an amazing 2014!

Deborah Cruz 2014/01/01 - 12:24 pm

Back at you! I just checked out your end of the year post. Great recap of so many fantastic posts. I wish you all the success in 2014! Looking forward to reading more.

mommymatter 2013/12/31 - 1:59 pm

Blogging like no one is reading is so much fun! It is even more fun to read those kinds of posts versus the promotional stuff. I miss the days of personal blogs. I could read for days chuckling, crying and nodding.

Looking forward to reading your posts in the new year. Hope you and your family have a great start to the year!

Deborah Cruz 2014/01/01 - 12:32 pm

I’ve always felt that I was still a personal blog but then over the holidays I let myself do giveaways. I wanted to give back to my readers but it just didn’t feel right…the writing giveaway posts. I used to make people laugh and cry and think and lately , I even bore myself:) Getting back to saying what’s really on my mind and in my heart. TAWANDA! May you have a beautiful New Year and may God bless you and your family!

Ashley @ Forgetful Momma 2013/12/31 - 3:11 pm

I love your comment about reading blogs like it’s 2009… that’s when I started reading blogs and then blogging and it was only for me. I miss that too. I need to read more blogs again. This last year my blog has fallen off my radar with school taking its place. But I am going to change that, room for all things in 2014!

Have a great NYE and 2014!

Deborah Cruz 2014/01/01 - 12:43 pm

Me too. Looking forward to reading what you writ in 2014! Happiest of New Years!!

Amanda Her 2014/01/01 - 11:50 am

Love this…FO’ REAL! 🙂 I’m trying to do the same. Here’s to 2014! https://thoughtsfromher.com; https://facebook.com/thoughtsfromher; @thoughtsfromher

Ginny Heisler 2014/01/02 - 12:11 am

I always write like “My mother in law may read this and get offended” or “What if this upsets me brother’s girlfriends uncle” and then I never post it. This year, I plan to post what I write. AND, I will write like no one is reading as well (because, really no one is).

Deborah Cruz 2014/01/02 - 11:23 pm

LOL! I sometimes wonder myself if anyone is reading:) You write your story unfiltered and the readers will come. People relate to authenticity, not unicorns and rainbows. GO you!

Maggie May 2014/01/02 - 1:25 am

With a few minor detours, this is how I’ve blogged since 2008 and that’s why I still love it.


Deborah Cruz 2014/01/02 - 11:31 pm

Maggie, that is awesome. I always blog with honesty but I’ve just felt that I took on too much brand work at the end of the year and it made me feel funky. It was a detour that taught me a lesson. Looking forward to reading you more this year!! XO

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