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What I’ve Learned From Blogging…

I think the world of blogging is amazing! I mean really, where else can you rant and rave about ANYTHING you want, make it your own, design it how you want, pick your colors,  fully customize your layout, and write whenever you want?? I’ve enjoyed it so far, and have learned a few lessons along the way. Mostly lessons about the more mental side of blogging.

1. I’ve learned that you have to stop thinking about what others will think. Blogging is meant to be about YOU, and YOUR thoughts, and YOUR passions. It’s YOUR personality. No one else’s. If I’m going to continue to enjoy blogging, I can’t get caught up on what my friends think, or if I’m qualified enough to even be blogging about whatever it is that I’m blogging about!

2. I’ve learned that sometimes when I can’t think of anything to write about, those are the posts that usually turn out the best. If I don’t already have something pre-planned, it forces me to write about what’s on my mind, in THAT moment. I love blogging for the sense of journaling, and documenting my life and what I’m loving most, so if I were to start blogging a bunch of pre-planned, pre-written posts, it wouldn’t be as genuine and I wouldn’t ENJOY writing them.

3. Sometimes I think I’m 13 at heart. I would be lying if I said Adam had never walked in on me blogging and caught me laughing out loud at some funny picture, or post I’ve found. And usually, it’s something just ridiculous. But, that’s me, and I believe a blog should have SOME humor in it, so that’s why I like to incorporate funny little things here or there. (At least I think they’re funny…)

4. I really don’t eat THAT great. I read all these blogs that constantly post what they eat, and they’re always these mind-blowing concoctions that I would have never thought of. I’m secretly jealous of girls that can whip together amazeball recipes AND have them turn out to be super healthy. I sometimes wish I could blog MY super healthy recipes. But I can’t, because that wouldn’t be ME. I’m not a chef, and I would feel like such a poser if I started posting pictures of things I ate. It would probably be really boring too. I’ve learned that to have fun blogging you have to blog about things that YOU enjoy blogging about. I don’t have a passion for whipping up 100 calorie snacks in the kitchen, but I do have a passion for talking about my run and what I struggled with. Don’t try to be someone else through your blog!

5. Fitness bloggers are SO encouraging!! It may sound super nerdy to talk about your “blogging friends,” but it’s fun to have a little nook where like-minded people are discussing things you love as well. It’s much more valuable to read things you’re interested in, than to read all the junk on the news these days.

6. Believe in yourself. I’ve learned that you have to believe that you can succeed with your blog.

7. Be consistent. Blogging a few times a week is like a mini therapy sesh! I love being able to prop my feet up and write about how my run went, or what’s going on with the pups, etc. They say it takes 21 days to form a habit, so I promised myself that if I was still enjoying it after 21 days I would keep going! And here we are! Almost 2 months later, woohoo! My next motivational goal is a year. In a year I hope to look back at my blog and be amazed at all that’s changed!

8. I’ve learned that the nit-picky details of  blogging aren’t everything! Top of the line pictures aren’t everything! Perfectly perfect grammar isn’t everything! I like to blog as if I were sitting down talking to someone face to face. If it doesn’t sound like me, then what’s the point? And I would sound totally lame anyways. And even though I’m a photographer at heart, I’ve gotten over the fact that my pictures on this blog are probably always just going to be iphone pictures. It’s convenient, and there’s less pressure that way. I enjoy running so much because it’s a way to escape from everything, and if I carted my huge camera around with me on my on runs, I wouldn’t enjoy it as much because I would be worried about wearing my “photographer hat.” This is my “I’m a runner, and I love to not care about anything while I run hat.”

9. I’ve learned that you have to still make time for PEOPLE. Social media is amazing these days. Holy moly, you can connect with a bajillion people in one day with the click of a button. But if you’re not being present in REAL LIFE and still hanging out and doing non-blogging things, your relationships will suffer! At the end of the day, I care more about my best friends and my husband than I do how many blog comments I got that day.

10. Blogging has taught me that I have a story to tell that deserves to be told. Everybody does. It’s just a matter of how you tell it.

And what really matters, is that you enjoy it and feel GOOD about it!

29 Comments

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    Abby @ Change of Pace
    June 28, 2013 at 8:19 am

    Love these lessons!
    I think 4 and 9 are so important! Why write about something you’re not comfortable with or post really often just because others do!
    Happy Friday!
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      Sweet Miles
      June 28, 2013 at 9:36 am

      Happy Friday to you too, Abby!! Thanks for stopping by!

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    Alex @ Brain, Body, Because
    June 28, 2013 at 10:00 am

    I love this! I totally agree with everything here. When I first started writing, I was so worried that people wouldn’t like me. Now, I write whatever I want however I want and it’s SO much more fun. I especially love what you mentioned – it really is a mini therapy session. I always feel so much better afterwards 🙂
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      Sweet Miles
      June 28, 2013 at 4:00 pm

      Alex- agreed 🙂

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    Ari @ The Pace of it All
    June 28, 2013 at 10:16 am

    Such great things you learned. Uh I’m with you on the not eating great. I would never post all that I eat in a day because it’s embarrassingly unhealthy. And yes, fitness bloggers really are encouraging – I love it!

    And yup, blogging is about you and what makes you happy. Which is why it rocks!
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      Sweet Miles
      June 28, 2013 at 4:07 pm

      Ari- Glad I’m not the only one! It’s not that I eat junk all the time, but I probably eat sweets way too much!

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    Jenn
    June 28, 2013 at 10:22 am

    Wonderful post. I agree with you that the fitness blogging community is absolutely amazing and supportive. I look forward to blogging every day because of it.

    I also think it’s important to maintain your personal voice (that sitting down and chatting with girlfriends style or whatever it may be), but it’s still important to watch grammar and spelling. For me, blogging is a creation of a professional brand (even if it’s not revenue-driven) and it’s a great venue for my writing. I always want to showcase that at the highest level I can.

    Also true? The connection. I really look forward to sitting down at night and catching up with all my favorite bloggers on social media.

    Thanks for writing this!
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      Sweet Miles
      June 28, 2013 at 4:08 pm

      Thanks Jenn!! I enjoy the connection too! It’s so great!

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    Marissa @ Barefoot Colorado
    June 28, 2013 at 10:48 am

    Love this post!! I agree that I loooove blogs that make me laugh out loud!

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      Sweet Miles
      June 28, 2013 at 4:08 pm

      Thanks Marissa!!

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    Christine @ Gotta Eat Green
    June 28, 2013 at 10:49 am

    I totally agree with #5! I love how encouraging fitness bloggers are. Reading about their fitness goals makes me want to push myself to reach mine too!

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      Sweet Miles
      June 28, 2013 at 4:09 pm

      Christine- For sure! It definitely makes me get out there and run one those days where I just don’t feel like it!

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    Charlotte @ Commitness to Fitness
    June 28, 2013 at 10:58 am

    YESSSS! you summed up blogging PERFECTLY! Its easy to see what other people are doing and wonder if you’re “doing it right” but then i think about what blogs i really like- and i love the ones that are a little bit different than the others. maybe one person is awesome at making recipes, another is an awesome runner, another has the cutest dogs, another always makes me laugh, another writes stuff and im always like “OMG SO TRUE” but normally i love blogs by bloggers who i’d want to be friends with in real life. so, people who let they’re personalities shine though. and i love that the moral here is essentially: “this is who i am, so watch out, ‘cuz i’m coming through” 🙂
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      Sweet Miles
      June 28, 2013 at 4:11 pm

      Charlotte- hahaha I love how in-depth you are, that’s one reason I love YOUR blog! Making a blog unique is definitely KEY!!

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    Jen @ milesandblessings
    June 28, 2013 at 12:14 pm

    WOW! This is a great post! I loveit! I found your blog through the comment you left on mine and I love it. I am really just getting started and I love it…although I wish I was a little more computer savy or at the very least knew someone close to me that was!
    I have been wanting to start a blog for at least 6 months just because I LOVE reading and participating in other running/life blogs. I was finding myself leaving these extremely long replies (kkinda like this one) and realized I could totally start my own blog with all I have to say :)!
    Can’t wait to keep reading yours!!!
    Jen

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      Sweet Miles
      June 28, 2013 at 4:11 pm

      Jen- So glad you found it! AND so glad you actually DID start a blog!! Can’t wait to read yours more as well!!

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    Anna
    June 28, 2013 at 2:58 pm

    Way to be, Sarah! Loved your post. Fun and so right! Just like running, you’ve got to be in it [blogging] for you and what you want to accomplish. You’ve done it! Mental self-five to you, my friend, great post.

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      Sweet Miles
      June 28, 2013 at 4:14 pm

      Anna- Thanks girl! So glad you enjoyed it! Maybe that’s why runners and fitness junkies are such good bloggers…it’s such an individual sport, that writing all about it in a blog seems like second nature!

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    Kristin @ A Mom on the Run
    June 28, 2013 at 3:38 pm

    Love this!

    I’ve also learned that to really enjoy blogging, I just have to be me. I struggled for so long to find my “voice” on my blog, but I finally realized that I was trying to be too many things. Now I just write about what I want to, I fess up when I make mistakes, and it’s SO much more enjoyable!
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      Sweet Miles
      June 28, 2013 at 4:15 pm

      Kristin- Amen sister!! So true! Thanks for stopping by!

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    Jenni @ Accomplished by Accident
    June 28, 2013 at 4:20 pm

    So, my blog has nothing to do with running or exercising, but i totally respect what you are doing. 2 months is a good milestone and you should be proud. As long as it keeps making you happy, you should keep posting. Congrats!

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    Amanda @runtothefinish
    June 28, 2013 at 4:42 pm

    I have been amazed at how important the blogging community became to me over the last few years. I mean attending conferences and meeting people at races, well I just love it. It gives me a place to talk about what I love when I don’t have someone nearby 🙂
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    Anna @AnnaTheApple
    June 28, 2013 at 4:54 pm

    Cool post. I agree about the making it real point. I could spend hours getting the best photos and editing for hours but that’s not me. I’m a rough and ready kinda girl so that’s how my blog is gonna be. I’m envious of those amazing blogs out there with great layouts, photos and perfect words but at the end of the day I’d rather lie my life than document it beautifully and perfectly 😉

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      Sweet Miles
      July 1, 2013 at 4:12 pm

      Anna- So true!!

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    Anna @AnnaTheApple
    June 28, 2013 at 4:55 pm

    *live!!

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    Holly @ EatGreatBEGreat
    June 28, 2013 at 7:56 pm

    This is a great post! I definitely agree with all your thoughts! Blogging has become such an important part of my life over the past several months and it’s amazing how much I’ve learned already.

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      Sweet Miles
      July 1, 2013 at 4:12 pm

      Holly- Thanks! I’m glad you’re learning lots too!

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    Nicole @ Work in Sweats Mama
    July 2, 2013 at 10:50 am

    Love this post! Sounds like we’ve learned lots of the same lessons in first few months of blogging. LOVE #4! There is no way I can juggle work, running, blogging, parenting, and still get an amazing, organic, super healthy meal on the table every night!
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      Sweet Miles
      July 3, 2013 at 11:59 am

      Nicole- So glad you agree! We’re not perfect, and that’s okay 🙂

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