Why I Blog (who came up with that stupid term?)

I have a pretty intense job that keeps me hopping from Monday through Thursday.  I work 6:30am to 5:30pm and try to squeeze in workouts and healthy eating.  I still sleep with my youngest and since I need lots of sleep, we tend to start bedtime at 8:30, so most of my internet time is on the weekends (which includes Fridays for me).

IMG_9570_2I was just catching up on reading some of my favorite bloggers (and can we smack whoever came up with that awful term?!?) this morning and ran across a post from Fairytales and Fitness that really spoke to me.  It was all about The Lifespan of a Blog.  Go on, check it out, I’ll wait…  So, the average blog is abandoned after about 33 months…  As someone who is in month 26 of writing here, I can certainly understand why the third year is kind of a “seven year itch” sort of year.

It’s kind of like being in a band, it’s a lot of effort and it’s a big time and money drain (trust me, the majority of bloggers (and bands!) actually pay for the privilege!) and at some point you’ve got to decide if you’re doing all this work just for the chance to “make it big” or if you have deeper reasons to keep expressing yourself creatively.  After two years, if I was going to “make it big” I already would have, so now the only real reason to keep on is the non-material things.

I’ve thought about this a lot lately. I actually came really close to closing down this shop a couple of months ago when I had two crazy negative drama episodes of negativity.  Interestingly, both were related to the same post which was about Disney and not running or fitness.  I’m not entirely sure why (lower number of opportunities, less market saturation?) but it seems like there is much less competitiveness and drama in the runDisney and running blog community.

So, why did I decide to continue to put in the hours and effort, despite already having a really full plate from a crazy demanding job (that actually pays me!), two kids and a husband, and the time drain of training for races? Why I Blog

  •  The creative outlet.  For someone who deals with numbers and calculations and governmental accounting standards (oh my) all day long, being able to spend a portion of my down time writing about what I’m passionate about is important to me.
  • Documenting my journey.  For those of us who struggle with weight or being unfit, it is so easy to forget where we came from and to slide back to where we started.  Having a history of where I was and all the work it took to get to where I am and hopefully all the way to my goal is very helpful when I start to doubt my ability to make lasting changes.
  • A photo history.  One of the reasons I branched out into adding a non-running Disney-focused post each Monday is to archive my amazing memories of the time spent with my family at Walt Disney World.  I have taken so many more pictures since I started blogging and I love having this rich collection of special moments.
  • Accountability.  I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve wanted to skip out on a race or workout but I sucked it up and did what I said I would do because I didn’t want to have to come back here and post that I let fear or laziness win.  To be honest, I probably would have skipped the Trail of Payne 10k yesterday if not for this blog.  And I’m so glad I did run it!  And posting here keeps me from giving up on my weight loss journey!
  • Making a difference.  I mean I know people read this, but every now and then someone will come up to me at a race and will say that something I posted was helpful to them or inspired them or helped them make it to the start line.  It is a really wonderful feeling because I know that it wasn’t runDisney ads or Runner’s World articles but actual real-life average people’s experiences that inspired me to change my life and start running.  If my story and journey can do that for even one person, it’s worth it.
  • Sparing my family and friends.  I’m kind of obsessive.  When I get into something, I get really into it and feel the need to share all my new found excitement with my friends and family.  Let me tell you, they get tired pretty quickly of hearing about repeats, foam rollers, ITBS and corrals.  So, this gives me an opportunity to talk about all these things to people who actually are interested!  And lets me get it out so my family and friends aren’t subjected to it (too much!).
  • Possibility.  My husband makes fun of me because I love getting the mail everyday because you never know when you’ll get an amazing envelope.  It may never happen, but it could!  And with blogging, there are amazing opportunities out there for conferences, products, trips and collaborations.  I may never personally get a huge offer, but that’s ok.  I love the exhilaration of POSSIBILITY.  There is magic and excitement in the sheer prospect and potential that I might get invited to a once in a lifetime experience.  It reminds me of the Year(s) of a Million Dreams at Walt Disney World where cast members could walk up and hand out magic fast passes or other surprises.
  • Friends.  As a socially awkward introvert, this space has connected me to so many friends from different backgrounds and locations that I would never have met.  It’s encouraged me to expand out of my comfort zone to attend meet-ups and to socialize with new people.  I’m still not very good at it, but I’m better than I was 27 months ago!  And I am so grateful for those of you who have encouraged me along the way.

I’m sure there are more reasons that I’m not thinking of yet.  It’s sometimes tough to keep going and I really need to work on the “thicker skin” thing.  Hopefully I can break through the 33-month barrier if I stay focused on all the real reasons I write.

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Why I Blog (who came up with that stupid term?) — 22 Comments

  1. I love that post too and I love that you outlined why you still blog. I think k some people do start it to make it big but I personally blog as a way to help people and also to keep myself accountable. And now that I’m running races I blogged about last year, I can go back and remember and learn a lot from myself! Your blog has been great for me with tips and stories so keep it up!

    • Thanks! I also love posting race recaps for smaller races because it seems like there aren’t many of those out there and I like to read race recaps before I run a new race so I have an idea of what I’m getting myself into!

  2. To be honest, when a blog gets too big I stop reading it. I want to read about the people, not the products they’re being given to shill. I like your blog they way it is!
    I’m very curious as to the drama that got you upset. About Disney? Until I started looking at different running blogs and finding the links to runDisney, I had no idea there were people who dedicated their personal blogs to Disney. It still surprises me that it’s a thing, and even more if it’s a competitive thing.
    Jen recently posted…What’s Next?My Profile

    • Thanks. I do think that truly “big” blogs do somehow get trapped into too many product connections. I suppose it’s tough to turn down real money offers!

  3. I am so glad that we were able to inspire you with our post! Even if nobody ever reads our blog, I’ve found that it is a great way to document our races, vacations, and injuries. I know I sound like a broken record sometimes when I talk about my pain but I am SO glad I started documenting it because when I went to PT and he asked me when my IT pain started, I was able to give an exact date. I’ve also gone back and re-read some of our race recaps and it was nice to “relive” some things that I had totally forgot about. So glad I met you through blogging. Hang in there!

    • You really did inspire it and I love following along on your journey too! 🙂

  4. This is a great post and really sums up why I like to blog. I have no aspirations of making it big. I love to write and this is a great outlet for me. I also hope to inspire other runners, as I’ve been running for 20+ years and continue to improve, even though I’m in my 50s. One of my other reasons for blogging is to connect with other runners. That has been the most rewarding aspect of blogging. I took last week off while I was on vacation with my family, and I really missed it! Keep bringing us your posts.
    Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home recently posted…The 5 R’s of vacationMy Profile

    • Thanks so much! Having a creative outlet is so important to me!

  5. You keep blogging! As a lover of both running and Disney, I enjoy your blog. I always like your pictures too. Some blogs are very commercial and I just don’t enjoy those as much.
    HoHo Runs recently posted…Viking Half MarathonMy Profile

  6. Keep on writing! I don’t comment much, but I do read. I blogged on my old blog for about 5-6 years before I called I quits. It was mostly a mom blog and when my youngest started kindergarten, I feel I no longer had anything relevant I wanted to contribute. I started a new one when I started running again, but honestly It is a lot of work and I haven’t quite committed to it yet.

  7. I love it that you blog (you’re right – an awful word) and am so glad you’ve kept going. Despite the fact that I read it from the other side of the world, there are many times when your blog has inspired me to get back outside and run. It’s wonderful to hear about someone else’s journey and be able to see parallels with mine. I also share most of the same reasons as you do, particularly the one about sparing my friends and family from constant running talk! Great post – thanks for continuing to write 🙂
    Gill recently posted…my week in running – a creaky tendon and a new challengeMy Profile

    • Thanks! I really appreciate the positive comments! 🙂

  8. I think you hit the nail on the head with the exhilaration of Possibility! Who knows!?! it is fun to connect with people from all over the world 🙂 and you are right – it does hold you accountable, did I already mention I was running so and so? gotta get it done 🙂 nice post!
    Mary Beth Jackson recently posted…Logging in some miles this weekend!My Profile

    • Thanks so much! Accountability is a really great side effect!

  9. Glad you continue to blog! I have been blogging off and on for awhile and don’t have many followers, am NOT a writer, but I feel that blogging helps ME and even if I can at some point write something that might help to motivate or inspire someone else….then it’s worth my time! I know that your journey inspires people….so please keep blogging!

  10. I agree with so many of these! I have no illusions about ever “making it” as a blogger (really, I think it would cause huge complications with my real job) but I love the outlet for my thoughts, the accountability and the virtual community you build. Plus, my husband absolutely likes that someone else (even if it is a bunch of virtual someones) gets to listen to me ramble on and he doesn’t have to so much. 🙂 For what it’s worth, I love your non-running posts with pics because it usually feeds my Disney fix. 🙂 Keep sharing!
    Jessica S recently posted…Tuesdays on the Run: Dream RaceMy Profile

    • Thanks! The community is such a wonderful thing about blogging. I think running bloggers have a special connection!