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?