The Whole Story

Welcome to Words Become Superfluous!

Thanks for stopping by. I started this blog because, well, I talk too much.

Online, that is.

I started blogging in the spring of 2011 and fell in love with it; it was the perfect antidote for time spent in Corporate World and it was my perfect outlet after spending the day communicating things I wasn’t particularly passionate about. It was my coping mechanism, my caffeine without the caffeine, my daily therapy session.

It was also exhausting.

Fast forward to one year later, to the spring of 2012, where Corporate World is kicking my butt and Real Life is too. I knew that blogging would make me feel better, but I just didn’t have the energy. The thought of being my chatty online self had me turning away from my laptop and turning toward my pjs and pillows.

Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project, says that one of the keys to happiness is to “fake it till you feel it.” But I didn’t want to fake anything. I just wanted to quietly post a song that I loved, or the words of others that inspired me, without feeling like I ought to try and say something clever or meaningful about it. It’s not that I didn’t appreciate my readers; on the contrary, I had the friendliest, most supportive readers a blogger could hope for. In fact, it was the thought of them that kept me in my writer’s block (bloggers block?) I didn’t want to post anything dark and dreary, because I knew that wasn’t what they visited me for…and the longer I went without posting anything, the darker and drearier I felt… and I didn’t want to post anything dark and… you see where this is going?

I needed a fresh start. And when I came across Ingrid’s wise words, I knew just what that fresh start would look like. Words Become Superfluous is a place for sights, sounds, and words that inspire… and who knows? Some of them might even be mine.

But I promise I won’t talk too much.


You can contact me at amber[dot]superfluous[at]gmail[dot]com
I’d love to hear from you!

54 thoughts on “The Whole Story

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  2. I read this last week and forgot to comment — just wanted to say how inspired I am after reading this! I started a series on my blog a while back called “(fill in the blank) in 400 words or less”. The few times I did it, it was liberating to know I didn’t have to get into a lot of gobbledygook about the topic because I didn’t have room to. I chose my words more wisely and it felt cleaner and healthier than committing an entire afternoon to crafting a blog post. I haven’t done those posts for a long time and I’m definitely going to start them back up again now!

    • What an awesome idea Angie! You’re so right, sometimes restrictions on word count can actually open things up! I can’t wait to see what you can express in 400 words. Will be keeping an eye out for those posts for sure.

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  5. It is so lovely to be able to write what and when you feel, no pressure, and to know that the lovely talented blogging community is there to support you! Love your blog x Jen

    • Thanks for the lovely words Jen! They are much appreciated. I’m a big fan of your blog and philosophy of sharing your knowledge and experience with your readers as well πŸ™‚

  6. Hi Amber,
    found you on Truth and Cake. Scrolling around, I saw the picture of the stampede, and well I was hooked. blogging is an odd thing, so easy to get too ambitious or ‘aware’ so quickly, and so important to remember who the words are for. Our collective group started writing for each other- and we’ve been thrilled to find more kindred spirits, but yes- it’s good to remember that this is a friendly space and you can say what- and only what you want to.

    Maybe we’ll see sometime by mother sugar?

    • Absolutely you’ll see me! I just clicked over to your blog and love it already. You had me at the tagline: An Extended Conversation Amoung Friends. That’s what blogging has become for me as well. I’m looking forward to reading more. Thank you so much for visiting and I look forward to many more conversations!

  7. Words can become heavy and tiring sometimes, I see what you mean and I’m glad you found a way to keep blogging without faking it. The one thing that hooks me when I come across new blogs is someone just telling the truth.

    • Thank you, I am too πŸ™‚ I agree about what gets you hooked on new blogs too. I love when people are honest – that always resonates the most with me. Thanks so much for stopping by!

  8. I found you via Truth & Cake, and so glad, I love this post…it’s an interesting process, this blogging and it can feel like two separate lives. I am not in Corporate America for my full time job, but close and often have to sidestep my own opinions and thoughts. It’s freeing, I realize, to have a spot to share my own voice. Glad you are sharing yours! blog on!

    • Thank you so much for visiting Bonnie! Can I just say – your blog looks gorgeous! Love the colours and layout. And yes, I can totally relate to the joys that come from finding your own little corner of the internet πŸ™‚

      • Oh you are so kind! The funny part is, I have some minor tweaks in progress because I wasn’t so happy with the overall look! Good to have another perspective!! Thanks for stopping by and great to find your great blog via T&C! Happy blogging and I will look forward to your next shout out from your corner of blogland! πŸ™‚

  9. What a great idea! I can completely relate. That is why I started a few themes on my blog. I just started Tunes Tuesdays and I try to do photo Fridays – just to give the mind a break! Thanks for a thoughtful post. Found you on Truth and Cake and plan to follow!

    • Ber!! Welcome!! You and I should take our act on the road – a blogging duet, perhaps?

      I’m thrilled to pieces that we connected and I will be reading your blog regularly. Thanks for sharing your post and thanks for the follow!

      • Isn’t that funny? We’re meant to know each other. I’ve never met another “Amber” with a shortened name…. it’s not the best nickname name! I’m following you. πŸ™‚

      • I agree! And it’s funny that you mention nicknames…my parents told me one of the reasons they chose “Amber” was because they wanted a name that couldn’t be shortened…and I’ve gone by the 3 letter version for most of my life! I’m following you as well, so we’ll definitely be in touch πŸ™‚

    • Thank you so much! I actually just visited your blog and I think it’s fabulous as well …and I LOVE the title! Cheers πŸ™‚

  10. Hey! I nominated you for the β€œOne Lovely Blog Award”, so you can check it out here if you want to participate! :)

  11. You are written proof that one can escape the corporate swimming pool, find one’s own lagoon of truth, drape one’s towel over a writer’s block and…splash!

    • “Escape the corporate swimming pool…” I LOVE that! Thank you so much for the visit and the follow – you have such a vivid, imaginative writing style, I’m sure that I’ll be looking to you for inspiration as I “splash” around this blog in the future! πŸ™‚

    • Thank you Becca! Such a compliment coming from someone whose blog I enjoy as much as yours. Look for an upcoming post about this next week!

  12. Hello I came across your site whilst visiting another friend/follower of mine. I know exactly what you are saying about “talking too much” which I also have a tendency to do. I guess most writers do fall into that category…we know that if we are ‘babbling’ and not being listened to…we can ‘babble’ on paper and someone may read. Well done, will read more! πŸ™‚

  13. I love that Ingrid Bergman quote and your note on it. But it’s a little hard to read on my screen because the blue is too light and there is not enough contrast.

    Love your blog 4ever.

    • I’ve been thinking the same thing myself lately Jill! I might be changing up the layout a bit in the coming days. Thanks for the feedback (and the blog-love) πŸ™‚

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