Last updated on February 25th, 2016 at 11:25 am
Many people who read my blog actually know me. They are friends and family on Facebook. I don’t know exactly who reads it, but I know I get many referrals from Facebook. Every once in a while, someone admits to reading my blog, in which case I usually blush. I think many people on Facebook see my blog links and probably wonder why I’m doing this, especially since I’m not a writer, or even aspire to be one!
So, the are my absolutely honest reasons why I blog:
1. To Have A Website
Maybe it’s the secrets of the unknown, but I always wanted a website. It seemed so mysterious to me. When I was on maternity leave, I took the opportunity to unravel the mystery and I created my very own website. I bought a book that about the basics of HTML and I created, from scratch, “Charlie, The Blog About A Dog” or some title to that effect. I bought my first URL and my website went live. It was exciting, but that’s when I realized that it was a static website. What I really wanted was a blog that I could update often. Unfortunately, the website is gone, and so was the laptop where all my files resided. I don’t even have any of the original artwork I created for the blog to show you.
Following Charlie, The Blog About A Dog, that wasn’t really a blog, I started my real blog, on the Blogger platform. I started documenting my post baby weight-loss using P90X3. I used it as a 3 month diary to keep track of my progress. It evolved into Run Mommy Run! Voila, here I am today!
3. To Express Myself Artistically
I love drawing, painting and graphic design. If you scroll through the “more” option on my menu, you’ll see a section dedicated to my art. I’ll be honest, since my little guy was born, since I started running and since I started blogging, I haven’t dedicated much time to my art. In some ways, blogging has become my art form. I need to create graphics for my blog, for Pinterest etc. I actually enjoy that part. I wish I had more time to dedicate to create better looking graphics, especially for Pinterest. I also created my logo myself. Writing is also a form of artistic expression. I would never consider myself a writer, however, my writing skills have improved dramatically since I started blogging. Graphics design and writing are both great transferable skills that I can apply at my job!Here are 7 honest reasons why I have a blog about running. Click To Tweet
4. It Keeps Me Running
It’s the old “chicken before the egg” dilemma. Do I blog because I run, or do I run because I blog about it? I guess that running really did come first in my case, but blogging about running has really made me a dedicated runner. When I started to get serious about blogging, I had to decided on a niche, a brand and a URL. I explored many options, and narrowed it down to something I was doing and passionate about; running! But because I blog about running, I need some fodder for the blog, so I run, and race and workout to have something to blog about! It’s like an endless circle, like a hamster on a wheel. Heck, maybe everyone should have a blog, it would keep their passion alive!
5. To Get Free Stuff
I’ll be honest, since I started blogging, I’ve received a lot of free stuff. Brands look at bloggers, otherwise known as Influencers, to market their products for them. They’ll send bloggers products to review, so that their products will be mentioned on blogs, or social media sites. Lately, I’ve been getting many requests from brands and it’s great. But, as a responsible influencer, just know that I won’t recommend a brand or product if it’s not something I would use myself. If you are a brand reading this, just know that I’d LOVE to review shoes, athletic clothing and wearable technology, just to hint a little.
6. To Inspire, Motivate & Inform
I have a source of inspiration, a muse. Her name is Julie, she’s my identical twin sister, and I talk about her on the blog, a lot! She’s why I started running again. She reignited my passion for running and competing after I lost it for so many years. My hope is that by relaying my stories and knowledge about running, it will in turn ignite a spark, inspire, or motivate you to also lead an active lifestyle. Why? Because it’s never too late to start; since I started running again, I’m in better shape at almost 40 then when I was 30. Because as parents, we are our kids role models and we need to lead by example. Because physical activity makes you feel alive; there are many people who would want to be active and for heath reasons can’t! Don’t take your body and your health for granted!
7. To Make Money
It would be nice to make some money for all the effort I put into blogging. My first year of blogging I maybe made $10 but considering my web hosting fees, my net profit was in the negative. However, in my second year of blogging, things have turned around a bit. I’ve made enough to cover my web hosting fees, and maybe a bit more. It’s never going to replace my day job, nor would I want it to (I’m one of the lucky people out there who actually loves my job), but at the end of the day, it would be nice to make enough money for a family trip or to pay for those expensive races entry fees.
So, there you have it family, friends and the thousands of readers that visit RunMommyRun, seven honest reasons why I blog. Were there any reasons you thought surprising?
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