Lately I have been sort of feeling like I am going through a blogging identity crisis. I don’t even know how to explain it, but I told Rob the other night that I wanted a “grown up blog”. What does that even mean? I do feel like my blog has gotten a little more serious over the past couple of years, but in a good way. I am comfortable with the content right now and I feel like it’s grown up with me as I have gone from age 29 to 32.
I started envisioning a total revamp: changing my name, coming up with a new layout, and kind of starting over. However, I would want to bring my old posts with me. I have no idea what I would want to call this future blog, but it will come to me one day (if it’s meant to be). Who knows when I will have the time or energy to do such an overhaul, so don’t hold your breath.
After I had this conversation with Rob the other night, I logged into WordPress to see a notification that I signed up for an account exactly 3 years ago that day. Time really flies! I thought I would share some blogging highlights from the past 3 years, and maybe along the way I will start to figure out where I want to go with this blogging stuff….
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Most viewed posts:
Fun fact: my top viewed post was actually a guest post by Michele: Running and Paleo: How to Fuel for Increasing Miles. You have no idea how many search terms have led to that post!
Most Page Views: February 5, 2015 (I published How Counting Miles is Like Counting Calories)
Races Run Since Starting my Blog: 24 (listed here)
Some funny search terms that have led people to my blog:
“wine as a component of marathon training” (it’s obviously a very important component in my opinion…)
“i’m tired of winter fast forward to complaining about how hot it is” (yup this pretty much sums up my blog)
“love running/hate tight piraformis” (me too!)
After I started looking through I realized I should just do a whole post about these some day. There are so many random ones that just make me laugh!
In 2014 when my 1 year blogiversary passed I wrote about some of the lessons I had learned from blogging. It’s funny to think I learned so much in that first year, but since then my learning curve has definitely plateaued. I think the biggest lesson I have learned since then is to not take blogging too seriously. At one point I was posting every day, and then every weekday. Eventually it just became too much and I had to cut back. There has to be a balance between blogging and actually living life, and worrying/stressing about blogging kind of defeats the purpose I think.
I have also realized that you can totally stop reading blogs and writing posts and life will still go on. It’s a strange concept for some of us because it is such a part of our routine. We have become friends with other bloggers and it’s weird to go a few days without hearing from each other. However, it’s so important to take a step back once in a while and reset. I always come back more refreshed and with new ideas and motivation.
A few other random things I have learned along the way:
- Check your spam folder! After I switched to self-hosted I had tons of real comments going to spam. Now I check it every day to just clean out the stuff that is actually spam and approve any real comments that got lost in there.
- Reply to comments and comment on other blogs! This is the best way to actually form real connections with other bloggers.
- Try to edit your photos, at least a little. I kind of cringe when I look at my pictures from the first few months of blogging. I know I had a much older iPhone but I didnt’ know about editing sites like PicMonkey that could have helped me out.
(Not to say anyone else has to do those things…they are just what I have found works for me to make my blog the space that I want it to be.)
It’s been kind of fun looking back on the older stuff. I may have to repost a few of the ones from back before I had any readers!
How long have you been blogging?
Do you ever go back and read old posts?
What have you learned about blogging since you started?
If I renamed my blog what should I call it?!?!