Today's Tuesday's on the Run topic is "how different are you since you started blogging?" and since it really is my Blogaversary, I thought it might fun to take a look back at the blog and how far I've come!
Some 3 years and 500-odd posts later, I'm still here! A lot of blogs have come and gone in the three years that I've been at this. Before I was a blogger, I was a lurker...like many of you who read what I write. I know you're out there. Google Analytics tells me who you are:
My first post was titled The Gift of Running. I had no clue what I was doing. No pictures and sparse prose, I told my story. I think there have been a few posts with the same title since then. That has not changed for me. I still believe running is a gift. My feelings for running and the people it has brought into my life still run deep.
For a long time, I didn't tell anyone that I was a blogger. I was really self-conscious, and I didn't want anyone I knew in real life to read what I wrote. Over time, I've "come out" and the response to that has been mostly positive. The biggest disappointment is that my family--my husband and my sisters--don't read my blog. Since they aren't runners, I have to let that go. I'm so glad I have my sole sisters.
Most of my posts aren't planned. The toughest posts are the ones I wrote for Deb Runs' Wednesday Word. Deb gave us a word and I always tried to tie the word into something along with running. Most of the time, I think I was pretty successful. My most popular Wednesday Word Post was 10 Tips to Get You Through A Tough Run, which I wrote based on the word prompt "stability". It was a stretch but I made it work.
I do a lot of self-talk in my blog posts, in case you haven't noticed. Mental toughness is a weakness of mine, and a good majority of my posts are pep talks to myself. Marathon training always seems to bring this out in me. I read everything I write a million times, to double check spelling and grammar, and to make sure I don't sound negative in my posts. Through all my injuries, my mama dramas, and my diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis, I tried hard to keep it positive. You all stuck with me, so I think I succeeded here.
One thing I vowed when I started this blog was to be true to my voice and that has not changed. I've been goofy, and I've been raw. Maybe I've scared some people off. I'm sorry/not sorry for that. Maybe sharing my stories will make other people realize they aren't alone. I learned from the master. I'm not the trailblazer here. Beth at Shut Up and Run made it ok to talk about anything. I don't want to be gross but shit happens and thankfully some of us aren't afraid to talk about that, among other things.
My favorite post? That's a tough one. I love my race recaps. My runfession posts (we have one coming up this Friday) are always fun to write. My book reviews have been fun, especially the ones where the authors have participated.
Even though I was a runner for many years before I became a blogger, I've learned a lot about running through my blogging journey. I thought I'd run out of things to write about--after all, how much can you say about running?--but as it turns out, life keeps things interesting. Thanks to all the seasoned bloggers out there for all the advice and help. And to my readers, thanks for sticking with me. It's been a fun ride, and I'm looking forward to keeping things going.
Any favorite posts that stick with you? Any topics you'd like to see me tackle in the future?
I'm linking up with Erica, Marcia, and Patti for Tuesdays on the Run. This week's topic happens to be: how have you changed as a blogger? Perfect timing!