I can’t believe this! It occurred to me today that I completely forgot my one year blogiversary.
This is either an indication of how busy my life is right now or how bad I am at remembering dates. This little blog was born on January 6th of last year. It’s still January so let’s just say this celebration post is ‘fashionably late’ : )
When I decided to start this blog I did so for several reasons:
- I needed a creative outlet. I used to do a lot of designing as part of my job, but over the years my career has evolved and in taking on more leadership roles I began feeling a little disconnected from the work that got me into my field in the first place. I love my job, but I needed a creative outlet. Starting this blog gave me just that. I knew when I started my blog I would have a clear and simple design that I could build on. I still have plans to do a lot more with the design of my blog, but keeping it simple this first year really kept the focus on the content.
- I love running and have a lot to say about it, so what better way to do that than through a running blog? My friends and family probably get sick of me talking about running all the time, so I figured talking about it online, to other runners, was a great idea.
- By writing about my training, I figured I would better hold myself accountable when it comes to reaching my goals. While also having a support system to help me do so.
- I love to cook, and I wanted a place where I could house all of my favorite recipes and easily share them with friends. A blog seemed like the perfect solution, so I knew I needed my blog to be centered not just on running, but on recipe sharing as well.
With these intentions in mind, The Runivore was born!
When I sat down to write my first blog post a year ago I remember thinking “What am I doing – no one is actually going to read this!” Ok, so maybe my mom would. Maybe even some of my friends. Maybe even my sister who, since she’s a PhD in English Literature, would probably cringe at my writing, would still read it. I never imagined that anyone else would take the time to read what I had to say.
Today I’m thrilled when I see how many people are actually visiting my blog and engaging with the content. For example, I can’t believe how many people are finding my post on My Review of Hansons Marathon Method. I am just shocked at how much traffic this post is getting. If posts like this can help even one other runner out there who is struggling through a training plan like I was then I consider this blog a success.
So today I just want to extend a big thank you to every single person who has read one of my posts. When I think about some of my running accomplishments over the last year I know that I wouldn’t be where I am without the support system I’ve found in so many of you. I look forward to sharing with you more in the coming year.
- Welcome to my blog! I’m Gina, an avid runner living in St. Louis, MO. Check out my blog for tips on running, swimming, race recaps, book reviews, and recipes! Follow me on twitter at @ginabhawalkar, or feel free to contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks for reading!
March 9th - Quivering Quads Trail Half Marathon
June 1st - Steamboat Springs Half Marathon
August 30th - KT82 Trail Relay Race