I think I’m pretty transparent…but figured I would play along.
Who nominated me?
Jess at Blonde Ponytail nominated me. I first met Jess back in 2012 at Hood to Coast with Nuun! We were able to meet up a few months later at the Runner’s World weekend and I had hoped to see her again when I ran in Omaha this year, but she had just moved to Illinois for her husbands job. Hopefully we will meet again, soon!Behind the Scenes Blog Tour at Running for Bling:
What am I working on?
Truthfully, I post when I can. I don’t really have goals to post x amount of times per week, or have x amount of giveaways a month, or anything like that. When I first started blogging, I felt that I needed to post every day and can go back and see a lot of fluff. I had more free time back then (pharm sales job).
I mainly use the blog to stay connected, share my training, races, and track my 50 states goal. I probably have 3-4 posts in my head that I just haven’t written yet, all various topics. Why? Time. I don’t have a “desk” job. I spend my days in the car and don’t really get lunch breaks/free time during the day to write or post. It has to happen when I get home, and sometimes I’m too tired or my personal life comes first.
How does my work differ from those in my genre?
Ha! Work. That’s funny. I didn’t spend time crafting, planning and creating a catchy blog. I started a running blog (quite cluelessly) to write about my 50 states goal and track my love for running. Along the way some pretty significant things happened to me that I think others can learn (or have learned if you’ve been reading a while) from. I think I write very honestly, you don’t get sugar coating here and you will rarely find a Running 101 post (i.e. how to do speed work, eat right, etc).Why do I write/create what I do?
Because I enjoy it. This blog was not created for, and will never be, a source of revenue for me. It’s for fun. Do I get to try out a few cool things for free here and there? Sure, but that’s not a focus for me. I don’t really care to “grow” my followers on social media outlets or care about how many page hits I get a day. If it happens, it happens, but again, not a focus for me.
I would love to finish my 50 states and eventually make a book out of all of my race recaps. I hope I inspire people along the way, keep them entertained, and maybe they even learn a thing or two. I love the interaction with my readers/friends and I love having a place to talk about running because let’s be real- my non running friends don’t give a shit about my medals, races, PRs and aches and pains. How does my writing/creative process work?
I usually write in my living room while catching up on mindless t.v. or when I’m sitting at the kitchen table. Occasionally posts are prewritten and set to publish later, but for the most part I write and post as I go along (only pics I could find of my living room were focus’ on something else, but you get the idea). I wish I could find the time and energy to write them all in one day for the week but that doesn’t happen.
Most posts are running/life/food/travel related. I share a bit of the last three with most everything about running and workouts relating to my training.
The next stops on the blog tour:
Corey at Schnoodles of Fun. We first met at Hood to Coast with Nuun in 2012 and she quickly became one of my dearest friends. We ran at Kiawah together and she sherpa’d me at Wisconsin this year. She’s an amazing runner and triathlete.
Kim at Just Trying is for Girls. Did we first meet in Nola or Seattle? I can’t even remember. Kim has a 50 states goal, too and we’ve had the chance to plan several of our races together for the past few years and plan on doing (at least) one together in 2015.
Marcia at the Healthy Slice. We FINALLY met at NYC Marathon last month, but her blogs was one of the first ones I found when I started blogging.
If you blog, do you plan out your posts or write when you can? Where do you normally write?