Oh hey there! Happy day-after-the-4th-of-July to you! Hopefully it was filled with over indulging, cheesy decorations, and grown men acting like pre-pubescent boys playing with fireworks. I know ours was! I was a little worried about the state of the woods behind our house, but thankfully no fires were spurred. Thank. Goodness. All that stress of watching bottle rockets and roman candles blast into my DRY backyard gave me the worst zit I’ve had since I was 13. Perrrrfect. Thankfully, I can hide behind my computer today!
I wanted to write today about BLOGGING. Dun dun dunnnn.
I’ve noticed that there are approximately 93847294732 fitness blogs out there. And I’ve probably only tapped into .5% of them. But don’t worry, I’m sure they aren’t going anywhere so I’ve got all the time in the world. I’ve also noticed that on these blogs, there are tons and tons of different ways to talk about one’s fitness, one’s eats, one’s race recaps, etc. They are all so different, and unique, and I love reading them. But then I started thinking about why I read the ones I do, and why when I scroll thru certain posts I X out and move on to the next one. We’re all busy, we’re all rushed, and I often know instantly if it’s a post I want to spend my time reading. After realizing this, I THEN started thinking about who would WANT to read MY blog, and WHY. And then it hit me like a brick wall.
I want to write a blog that I would enjoy reading myself.
If I’m writing a post about something I wouldn’t want to read about on someone else’s blog, then what’s the point?
So I did some brainstorming and made a list of things I enjoy writing about, things I do and don’t enjoy reading on other people’s blogs, and things that make ME unique and why I want to share those things.
Now don’t get me wrong. I DO enjoy reading posts about things that I don’t usually write about. It’s healthy to step out of your box and appreciate other people’s favorite things that maybe aren’t so high on your list. But I think it all comes back to writing your blog from YOUR perspective. It’s YOUR voice. So don’t try to be someone else. The following opinions are my own 🙂
A Few of My Favorite Types of Posts to Read on Blogs:
1. Funny posts. If there’s even an inkling of humor involved, I will more than likely stick around. I don’t like to take myself too seriously, and I enjoy reading other blogs who think the same way. I try to write as if I’m talking to you in person, so reading funny stories from other bloggers is usually a win in my book. Life is too short to not have fun! Who cares if you’re not prim and proper! Chances are, anyone reading your blog is sitting in their pajamas right now, glasses on, and hair like a hot mess. Or a huge rando zit on their head like me. Best example to check out- Shut Up and Run.
2. Posts with workout details or training recaps. I love reading about all types of fitness, even things other than running. (shocking I know) If your blog talks about your new training plan, or what you did this week to stay active, or how you discovered a new workout, how many miles you logged this week no matter HOW you accomplished them, or what you struggled with and/or how much booty you kicked during your work, I will also probably stick around. This is one of my favorite things to write about. I don’t know why exactly, but having a fitness blog is almost like having an accountability partner. It’s fun to document my journey, and be able to look back at my progress, good days and bad days, and remember why I love to run so much.
3. Posts with at least 1 picture. I try really, really hard not to blog a picture-less post. Sometime’s it’s just neccesary. But typically, if I come upon a blog post that’s full of only words, it’s REALLY hard for me to stay focused and read every word. Call it easily distracted, but I’m a visual person and I love SEEING what the blogger is thinking. Pictures help bring the post full-circle, plus it adds a bit of personality.
4. Posts with detailed race reports. This might be my FAVORITE thing to read. Probably because it’s what I enjoy writing about the MOST. Detailed race reports will keep me coming back for more. I want to know all about your time, your preparation, how you felt, how you came and conquered your goal, how you did something amazing, how you PR’d, how you didn’t PR but are cool with it, how you ran a fun race and didn’t care, how you got a non running friend to run with you, how you couldn’t breathe during the final mile but still dug deep and finished anyways. I just love hearing about how races went, even different types of races (tri’s, etc.). I find these posts to be fun, and encouraging, and inspirational. Plus, when I read a good one it always makes me more motivated to work out a little harder that day!
5. Personal posts. These are so fun to read as well! Some of my favorite blogs to read are ones that sometimes let you in on something OTHER than the main point of their blog. I don’t do this a lot on Sweet Miles but I try to link over to my other blog, Sarah Ingle Photography, so you can have a chance to see my non-running side of life. Reading about fun dates with your husband or boyfriend, spending time with your family, an awesome deal you got shopping, your silly dog, etc., are a good change of pace if you always are posting fitness-y things. It’s nice to see the blogger behind the blog. It makes it a little more real. Julie over at PB Fingers is my favorite at this. She posts goofy pictures of her dog all the time! You know I love me some silly dogs!
6. Educational posts. I’m a nerd. And I’m okay with that. I love reading posts that can TEACH me something. ESPECIALLY if it pertains to blogging, exercising, a new product, or something creative. Kudos to you if you’ve ever written an entertaining, informative, educational blog post! If you REALLY want to read educational posts about blogging, you should really check out Pat Flynn’s blog, Smart Passive Income. I could spend all day reading all of his blogging-knowledge goodness.
A Few Things I Don’t Usually Enjoy Reading on Blogs:
1. Political posts. I hear the news ALL DAY LONG, so when I enter the blogosphere I don’t want to hear about it anymore. Blogging is my get away! Plus, the niche I typically frequent is fitness, so if I’m working out or thinking about working out, reading a political post will make me no longer want to work out, but instead throw my computer out the window.
2. Posts that are ONLY food pictures. I’m not a “foodie” blogger, and never will be. It’s just not ME. I already hate cooking enough and am more than embarrassed of my lack-of-Betty Crocker kitchen skills. I just don’t ENJOY it. My husband thinks it’s because I just won’t take the time to LEARN how to be better. But it’s hard to be motivated to do something I already don’t have a heart for. Foodie blogs are awesome. I DO read and frequent LOTS of them. But they have to catch my attention one way or another. Great pictures, delicious desserts, unique and creative healthy recipes, EASY recipes, funny accidental recipes, or PRACTICAL food posts. You will never see me blogging a post about my all organic, vegan-rific, low-fat 100 calorie WIAW. It probaly won’t happen. And if it does, look up because pigs are flying.
3. Posts I have absolutely nothing in common with. I’m probably not going to read a high schooler’s blog post about prom. I frequent blogs that I think have something I can relate to. Posts that have REAL personality shining through = love! When I first started blogging I was told “go comment on blogs!” While this is true, and I do still try and comment as much as possible, but I really try to comment only if I truly have something to say! Even if I just want to leave an encouraging line, I can feel good about that. What I don’t want to do is leave a comment on a post that I didn’t even understand or even agree with.
Things I Hope Will Shine Thru in Sweet Miles and Things I Want to Continue to Work on:
1. Positivity. I want to try and remain positive and light hearted in my posts. It’s not always easy, but I ENJOY blogging so it shouldn’t be THAT hard to keep things encouraging, right??
2. Truckee. I may be biased, but Truckee is one crazzzy labrador retriever. I love her to death and she is part of what makes Sweet Miles, SWEET. She is a huge part of my everyday life and I want to continue to include her and HER personality on my blog. If I didnt inlude her it would be like leaving out a huge piece of ME!
3. ME. My blog is about my life, and my life only. I love documenting it, and I want to continue to post more personal posts, and link more to my other blog/duplicate some of those posts for you.
4. Funny Little Finds. Laughter is the best medicine, and I do ALOT of laughing. It always makes my heart happy when people say my post was funny, or they enjoyed reading it, because those are the types of posts I like to read on other’s blogs! I’m always finding hilarious little things across the internet, with a little help from the hubs, that I want to share more of them! Call it goofy, but I say goofy is best.
Like this, Your Entire Work Day Explained by Dogs.
And there you have it. A lovely little novel to read on this fine Friday afternoon. I think the biggest take away is that to really enjoy blogging you need to blog about what YOU enjoy and what YOU like to read, and accept that all blogs are different and not everyone is always going to be interested in every single one of your posts.
What are YOUR favorite types of posts to read on blogs?