First of all, my apologies for disappearing after my venting post earlier this week, but I’ve been busy (and frustrated!) dealing with some school stuff, my spring allergies decided to kick in full force, and to be honest I just didn’t feel like writing (or you probably would have gotten another post of me venting!).
This week I kept thinking, “Ugh…I should go write a blog post…”, but I have to admit I just can not write when I’m not inspired to do so – and I’ve always been like this. I remember taking a creative writing class in high school and it was torture! As much as I love writing I hated feeling “forced” to write something and I’d often hand in something I scribbled down on a piece of paper at the last minute when I suddenly felt inspired to do so – which was often in the math class right before my creative writing class (I even wrote a poem my teacher suggested I publish this way…if I remember maybe I’ll post it on here one day, then we can consider it “published”!).
Anyways, I do have a point. Feeling like I should be blogging when I just didn’t feel like it got me thinking – why blog??
It takes up precious time that most of us don’t have enough of anyways, and really, what do we get in return?!?
Well, here’s what I came up with:
1. Blog as a Journal
So remember last fall when I was SO excited about my first trip to Disneyland for the Disneyland Half Marathon?!? As a lifelong fan of all things Disney and an East Coaster my family had always stuck to Disney World, so this was really the trip of a lifetime – at 30 years old I was finally going to Disneyland! The trip was amazing and I will always remember my first trip to Disneyland because I documented it all right here!
Well apparently I DO NOT remember my first trip to Disneyland because August 2012 was NOT it as I discovered when I found this picture a few weeks ago:
Yup, that’s me at Disneyland Summer of 2002 and I literally have NO memory of this!
In the summer of 2002 a friend and I traveled cross country for 2 months (which was an amazing experience!). I remember stopping in LA and going to an Angels game and other LA stuff, and I “remember” deciding that we weren’t going to go to Disneyland since we had both been to Disney World so many times. Clearly I must have been overtired and delusional from traveling for a month, but had I had a blog to document my trip I wouldn’t have forgotten my first trip to Disneyland! (Just for the record, I am still considering August 2012 for the half marathon my first trip there!).
That was a really long winded story to tell you that remembering and sharing my training and race experiences is the primary reason I decided to start blogging. I can’t tell you how much I enjoy being able to go back and read my race recaps, especially when I’m getting ready for the same race a year or two later!
2. Blog for Accountability
Posting my workouts definitely adds some incentive to make sure I get them done! I also love being able to track not only my training, but my 5 year plan going back to school. I know during my marathon training this year it was helpful (and encouraging!) to be able to go back and compare where I was in my training versus a year ago at the same time.
3. Blog for Community
The blogging / social media community is amazing for encouragement and support.
Let’s face it, in the “real world” we’d probably bore (and annoy!) everyone by talking about running / yoga / Disney all the time, but here in my own little piece of the internet (as pointed out to me by Jodi) I can talk about all those things as much as I want to and there are actually people who want to “listen”!
I can post about a crappy training run or a bad day and people I’ve never actually met before will jump in with support. I can write about my excitement over an awesome PR and I’ll get comment after comment of congratulations from fellow runners who understand (as opposed to blank stares and a half-assed “cool” from real-world friends who have no idea what a big deal a 6 minute half marathon PR is).
I even met one of my now good friends after reading her blog and then actually meeting (by chance!) in Disney at Wine & Dine in 2011!
So THANK YOU ALL for reading and for your support!
I’d love to know…why do you blog?
Same reasons or do you have others?
First of all good post! I like the reasons you have for blogging, because mine are identical! I am the same way when it comes to writings, I have to be inspired. I also took a ‘creative writing’ class in highschool…and I also hated it! Blogging has become a social journal for me.
I’m the same way. I got a spam comment the other day that said “i like your writing style” and just laughed. I blog like I talk, creative writing and I do not get along.
For me reading blogs is for inspiration and commiseration (which sounds more negative than I mean for it to be) but what I mean is….I can find people who are similar to me, no matter what crazy idea I want to try out, I can generally find a blog post of someone who has tried the same crazy thing.
I think its important when writing blogs for it to be natural. If you’re forcing a post, its not worth a post.
You have great reasons for blogging and it is fun reading your posts. I love how you forgot your first trip to Disneyland! I can’t wait to go back in August for my second trip and Christine’s first. It should be really fun especially with the excitement of Dumbo Challenge.
I honestly can not believe I don’t remember going to Disneyland before either, even finding the picture didn’t ring a bell! I can’t wait to go back again this year, I loved it!
There is another reason for your blogging that you neglected mention…
“WE” look forward to reading them….! —-dad—-
Great post Danielle, I totally identify with your reasons for blogging, another reason I blog is in the hope of inspiring other people struggling with mental illness to get out there and have a go and not be afraid to chase their dreams. On another note, I have always wanted to visit Disneyland, and I had no idea they did marathons, etc. so I am putting it on my bucketlist to one day do a Disney run challenge! And I will be blogging about that I can tell you!! – Simone 🙂
Oh my goodness, yes – going to Disneyland or Disney World during one of their race weekends would be the perfect time for you to go! Their races are so much fun and the medals are great! You can check out any of my recaps or the info at runDisney.com : )
I started my running blog to try and hold myself accountable… Apparently I haven’t been doing a very good job, heh.
But that should change. Hopefully this week. Gotta start some cross-training (maybe the pool) while I take time off from running due to injury.
I can definitely relate to your reasons, although some were a surprise to me. After following so many blogs, I started mine, mostly for accountability. But the community was such an unexpected added bonus. Talking to some of my real world friends about the desire to run the Goofy (or the Dumbo even), I definitely get the “you’re insane” looks. And don’t even get me started on Disney! Most of my friends have never been to Disney, let alone every year of their life, so they don’t really get how I “miss it” when I go too long without a trip and crave a visit. I never thought of myself as a writer (or a blogger), but I love being part of this community now!
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Definitely blog for the same reasons and I try not to get too hard on myself when life gets in the way. And def agree…if it wasn’t for this crazy blogging thing…the Herd would not be 🙂
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