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Thoughts on Blogging…

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I’ve taken an unintentional hiatus from blogging lately. In fact, this year has been my most inconsistent year of blogging since I started this blog seven years ago.

With many of my blog friends now retired, my motivation waned. And it seemed like many of the remaining active blogs that I read wrote posts that regularly started with “I’ve partnered with…” or “This post is sponsored by…”

No offense to those bloggers, but I feel like they lost authenticity when they wrote “those” kinds of posts too often. And after reading one too many of them, I lost interest blogging altogether. For awhile I even contemplated entering blog retirement myself.

But I recently came across this article that lists 10 reasons why one should blog. And except for number seven, they all apply to me. After reading this post, I found a desire to start blogging again.

So this post is (hopefully) my return to the blogging community. If you’re been reading for a while, thanks for sticking around. While I can’t commit to daily posts, I hope to write at least once a week.

Please hold me to it.

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New Year, New Look

Having an online presence has become a norm in how we connect and communicate with others, making our web sites and online profiles our “first impressions.”

It was a little over a year ago that I took the Girls Guide to Web Design course. It exposed me to just how much work and attention to detail is involved in creating a web site. It’s not easy! These days whenever I come across a web site, I find myself analyzing how its organized and built. It’s made me develop a deep appreciation and admiration for those who do this professionally.

One of the designers I’ve followed for a while is Blair. I first came across her work when she redesigned Chic Runner. I really liked the colors and simplicity of her new look. Shortly thereafter, Blair also redesigned Twentysix and Thensome. Again, I loved the colors, as well as the use of fonts and how the content was organized to display.

I continued to follow Blair’s work and admired all of the web sites she quickly added to her portfolio. I also added her personal blog to my Feedly which has become one of my favorite blogs to read. I am so impressed with how creatively talented she is. I knew that when I was ready to give my blog a new look she was the designer that I wanted to work with.

I’ve felt a shift in my mindset that has put me on a new (to me) path of personal development. My horizons are being broadened and my views on certain things are being reframed. While I still love my old interests, I’m also discovering new ones that I know I’ll want to write about here. I felt it was time to give this old site a new look.

So when Blair starting taking on new projects, I added myself to her queue. We started working on a new look for my site last November and completed it in December.

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I am so pleased with this new design! It looks clean, organized and nicely incorporates all of the elements and widgets that I wanted included.

And Blair was so easy to work with! I’m not the best when it comes to explaining my “vision” of things, but after providing just a few examples/samples, she created a site that I love!

I find that having my own web site is empowering. It’s my own personal “playground” that provides me, an introvert by nature, a way to express myself.

Thanks Blair for bringing my vision to life!

P.S. To go along with my new blog design I decided to try something new and created a Facebook page for this blog. I’ll be posting links to posts there, as well as other articles, videos and readings that I find of interest and think you might too. Feel free to join my community there too!

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The Future of My Blogging

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It’s been quiet in my little corner of the internet lately. Over the past few months I’ve sporadically written a post or two, but its been a while since I’ve blogged on a “somewhat” regular basis.

It hasn’t been for a lack of things to say, but more trying to figure out what’s appropriate to blog about.

For the better part of the past four years the primary topic of my blog has been about fitness and running. While those topics continue to be a huge part of my life, I’ve rediscovered other things that I was once passionate about that took a back seat to my running obsession.

A number of my favorite running bloggers have retired their blogs which left a void in my blog reading. To fill the void I set out on a mission to discover new blogs to read. While I’ve found a few new (to me) running blogs, I began to gravitate to other topics – like blogs on writing, fashion and lifestyle, organization, pet, and even random topics like gardening (true story!).

I find myself so excited but the new things I’m reading and discovering. I’ve wanted to share them, but wasn’t sure if this was the place to do so. Or would I need to have a blog for each topic I am interested writing about?

I felt overwhelmed just thinking about it and went through a period of wondering if I wanted to continue blogging altogether. But let’s be honest – I love blogging. I love reading blogs, reading about how to blog, learning about blog design…I love pretty much everything about it.

So yes I still wanted to blog, but was still unsure about what direction to take my blog in. There are so many “do’s and dont’s” about blogging — that you have to be focused, that you have to have a “niche”, blah, blah, blah.

Well I’m not into all of that. I prefer the old school way of blogging – blogging because you just want to, not because you have a product to promote (there are a number of once-great blogs that I’ve stopped reading because every single post became a “sponsored” post…).

I’m not trying to build a business, nor am I trying to monetize my blog. I just a place to share my thoughts, passions and perspectives.

Back in the day I named my blog “The Tao of Me” because I purposefully wanted a name that wouldn’t be tied to a niche. I wanted a name that would be flexible so as to allow me to blog about a variety of topics as my interests changed over time. In other words, precisely where I find myself now.

So while I will continue write about my fitness and training endeavors, I’m broadening my horizons to other areas of interests. Who knows what that will be – every day brings new discoveries.

But…to get me back into the habit of blogging, I’m committing to posting every day for the next 30-days. I have no idea what I’ll be blogging about, the goal is just to make it habit again. So settle in, you’re about to get a scary glimpse into my random way of thinking.

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PS One of the new blogs I recently discovered posted this incredibly personal and insightful post on blogging. I embraced these words upon first read because I couldn’t have said it better myself (really, I couldn’t have):

Sometimes I can’t help but question (yes, I question myself a lot, so much that my mind goes in circles all the time, it is pretty much a miracle I remain relatively sane) my own motives for publishing a public journal. If I truly write for myself, then it wouldn’t make a difference if it is private, isn’t it? What do I seek to achieve by publishing these repetitive seemingly inane thoughts? Am I secretly egoistic (alright, not so secret) by wishing that people can relate to my words?

Today while eating breakfast and checking my twitter timeline, I had another epiphany (yup, full of those lately, this is why we cannot be workaholics, we need to be lazy in order to be effective at work). I was smiling genuinely from my heart when I read about other people’s public sharing of their journeys. It was then I realized, I am still writing for myself, because when I share what I write, I am lighting the way for other people to be themselves – when they share what they write, they light up the way for me to have the courage to be myself.

When more of us have the courage to be ourselves, to forge our own paths, perhaps we could collectively light up this world.

Still selfish, yet still intricately connected to the collective consciousness, still not mutually exclusive.”

* The original post can be found here.

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