First and foremost I want to thank everyone for the thoughtful and supportive comments left on my post on Friday. Every day I’m feeling more and more confident in my decision and I really appreciate you guys taking the time to read and offer advice and commiseration. You all make my day brighter. 🙂
For the past week, some of my most favorite bloggers have publishing posts dedicated to their writing processes and it has been such a cool thing to get a little more insight into what makes them tick. Then I received an email from my friend Mike asking me if I would like to be a part of it and I didn’t even have to think about it for a nanosecond before enthusiastically agreeing! Frankly I’m very honored that he thought to include me. I’ve been following Running Around the Bend since my very early days of blogging and have the utmost respect for Mike. His posts are always thoughtful, insightful, and bring about some really fantastic discussions; it’s so nice to have a strong male voice in our blogosphere that tends to be very female dominated! Plus he is just an all-around cool guy with a lovely family.
So just as with other awards and such that get passed around on our blogs, there is a little outline to follow for the post:
- Acknowledge the blogger/blog that invited you to the Tour. (Thanks again, Mike!)
- Answer some questions about your blogging process.
- Choose 3 bloggers to plug, give a short bio and link to their sites.
I’m going to start with my 3 bloggers:
If you’ve been hanging with me over here for awhile, you have obviously heard me mention Helly once or fifty times. Both of our blogs started right around the same time and this wasn’t by accident; we’ve been friends for several years and made the decision to start blogging after bouncing ideas off each other! Helly one of the most adventurous people I know…it takes a certain kind of person to run back and forth across the Grand Canyon! I’m constantly inspired by her and I’m lucky to have such a supportive friend. She is also mom to two adorable kiddos (our daughters are the same age which is how we came to meet each other in the first place) and she and her husband are pretty much the cutest couple on the planet. I can’t wait to hang out with her in October when she comes over to DC to run in the Marine Corps Marathon!
I’m fairly convinced that if Amy and I lived anywhere near each other, we would hang out all the time. She’s absolutely hilarious! I’ve really been enjoying following her running journey – she just recently ran her first sub-2 half and placed in her AG in her first 10K! – and she’s got a lot of other cool stuff going on too like the new house she just bought! (Cue total homeowner envy from me!) She’s also always posting delicious things on her blog and until I met her I had never met anyone as addicted to fro yo as I am.
You know when you e-meet someone and then later you meet them in person and you’re never really sure if it will be awkward or not because sometimes people are so different online? Cynthia is one of those people that is just as spectacular in real time as she is on her blog. I was so lucky to have gotten the chance to meet and hang out with her at the Fit Foodie event a few weeks ago where we were both Ambassadors. Cynthia is a mom, runner, and kick-ass triathlete. She’s currently fundraising for Ronald McDonald House and will be joining Team Ronald for the NYC Triathlon! And also? She’s running the Baltimore Half so I’m excited to see her again in October!
And now for my questions:
- What am I working on?
- How does my work differ from others of its type/genre?
- Why do I write what I do?
- How does your writing process work?
What Am I Working On?
Well the main things in life that I’m working on right now are being a cool, engaging mom to Betty and also getting my foot all healed up. As for this place, I’m going to be starting the process of going self hosted very soon. With that will probably come a new blog design so if you happen to come on here one day and it looks totally different, that’s how you’ll know I made the switch.
I’ve also just started working on my fundraising for Cool Kids Campaign and am trying to brainstorm fun, creative ideas for that. Bake sale? Bikini car wash? All possibilities. I just got a new swimsuit last week.
Target is having a sale FYI.
How Does my Work Differ From Others?
Funny story. When I started Run Salt Run I thought I was being SO CREATIVE with the name. And then I started reading other running blogs and discovered that there are literally hundreds of sites called Run So-and-so Run. I considered changing the name, but then I had already gotten pretty involved with all this, plus there is a backstory as to why I picked the name in the first place (which you can read about here).
Anyway, I’m a mom. I run. I do yoga. I love talking about running and yoga and shoes. There are thousands of me out there though I’m pretty sure none of them share a nickname with a popular condiment. I guess the main thing besides the fact that I have a Betty to talk about – and I have the monopoly on that…no one else has a Betty! – that sets me apart from others is my style. I write exactly how I would be talking to you if we were sitting down in a Starbucks somewhere. What you see here is very much what you get in real life with me. If you see an animated gif in a post on here, you can assume I was actually making the face in the gif at some point while I was writing the post.
Why Do I Write What I Do?
Because if I talked about running this much to my husband he might divorce me? I’m kidding. But I did start this blog to spare him and my other non-running friends and family members and over the past 10 months it has become such a fun little space for me to dump my brain. It might actually be keeping me as sane as it’s keeping them.
How Does Your Writing Process Work?
I actually laughed out loud when I read Mike’s response to this question. (“Writing process? What the heck is that!?”) Because yeah. That’s me.
Some of the more organized bloggers may have a set list of topics for the week or outline posts before they write them. That seems so much more efficient than what I do which is sit down at the computer after Betty goes to bed and see what spills out of my brain. Unless I’m linking up with the Friday Five (that would be Mar, Cynthia, and Courtney‘s awesome blog hop…you should join it!) or I just ran a race and I’m doing a recap, or I just got misdiagnosed by another doctor, the vast majority of the time I have no idea what I’m going to write about. I have a ton of ideas floating around in my head; it’s just a matter of which one will come to the surface when I start typing.
If you are considering starting a blog, basically I don’t recommend my on-the-fly “writing process” to anyone. There are much easier and less-stress ways to get the job done.
Big thanks again to Mike for including me! There are so many “10 crazy facts about me” type things circulating through the blog world and I just think that this one is so cool and different. I’ve already found some awesome new blogs to read through the process! Don’t forget to check out Running Around the Bend if you haven’t already and make sure to pay the three people I nominated a visit as well. I’m sure you’ll love them as much as I do!
I hope all of you have a great start to your week!