I’ve been blogging since March 25, 2008. That was the DAY that I decided to become a runner.
TEN YEARS!! A Decade!!!
Well, since then, a lot has changed but some things have not.
I’ll start with what has remained the same:
My goals haven’t really changed. I blog to motivate myself to continue running, to keep track of my running and racing and to connect with others who do the same.
I’ve always posted several times a week (except for 2008-9 when I didn’t run or blog between November and March.) Some weeks, it’s everyday. Other weeks, it’s less often. It depends on my schedule.
I have been fortunate to connect with many bloggers. Many were local and have become my friends even though they no longer blog.
I recap each of my races almost as soon as they are over (so I don’t forget the details. ) These recaps are mostly for myself but I have heard that others read them too.
What has changed:
Check out my first ever blog post: http://wp.me/pel7R-3
I now post photos. It helps that I abandoned the camera and got a smartphone so it’s easier. Plus with the apps available, you can edit, make collages and be as creative as you have time for.
When I first started, there were very few. I used to write posts called Two for Tuesday, Wordless Wednesday, Three Things Thursday and Foto Friday, etc.
Now they are a bunch of fabulous link-ups. (Weekly Wrap, TOTR, Wednesday Word, TOLT, Friday Five 2.0, Runfessions, Ultimate Coffee Date, etc.) These help attract readers to your blog as well as, connect you with new blogs.
These link-up often suggest topics which makes it easier if you have writer’s block and don’t know what to write about.
I used to get asked to review products pretty frequently. Not much anymore. Probably because there are so many more bloggers out there (with larger readerships than me).
These are competitive too. But in additional to getting discounts on their products, you get connected with a wonderful network of runners who use those products.
I am a Skirt Sports Ambassador Captain for the fourth year.
This year, I was selected as a Rock N Blogger.
I am also a new ambassador for several other products.
Now I don’t just run 5ks. I used to (hence the title of my blog. )
I have run 30 half marathons and many many other distances including 10ks, 15ks and 10 milers.
I am more confident as a runner and though, I don’t know it all, I know a lot more about running than when I started blogging.
I don’t follow that many blogs. I am selective. Basically because I don’t have the time.
The ones that I do read and comment on are more than fellow bloggers. They are really my virtual friends.