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This week’s Tuesdays on the Run question: How are you different from when you started blogging?

I think this is going to be a good one!

Tell us what you do differently now or maybe how you’ve stayed the same since your first posts. And don’t forget to link up with ErikaMarcia and me!

 

Have You Read My Blog?

Did you watch How I Met Your Mother? Barney would often reference his blog and it cracked me up every time. It became a running joke with my friends and family that I’d use his line, “Have you read my blog?” whenever someone asked me a question.

So this post brought to you by Barney Stinson.

The beginning of this blog was going to be an online diary of sorts. That started in 2009 (yep, that long ago!) with this first blog post.

Random, right? But hey, the Hero of the Hudson was big news back then!

I had no idea where I was going or what I was going to do with this thing called “blogging” but I had an outlet. And I think I wrote on it three times in three years. Doh!

I remember being worried that 1) everyone would read it and 2) no one would read it. The biggest hurdle was getting over number 1 and deciding that I wanted people to actually read what I wrote.

I went all Barney on folks!

"Big Days" -- When Ted and Barney (Neil Patrick Harris) argue about who has "dibs" on a hot girl, Ted realizes that she is there with Cindy, a girl he previously dated, on the sixth season premiere of HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER, Monday, September 20 (8:00-8:30 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Photo: Eric McCandless/FOX©2010 Fox Television. All Rights Reserved.

Fast forward a few more years and a few more social media accounts later…

I decided to blog consistently in 2012 after running into a few girls on the DisBoards who had blogs. I loved their stories and their information about the runDisney races they shared and started upping my game.

As I tend to do, I jumped in with both feet churning out content and, hey, look at me, I was a blogger!

With a terrible layout, horribly long name, and a super limited niche.

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When I look back, I just have to laugh. It was fun, don’t get me wrong, but it was pretty bad.

Anyone who’s stayed with me since then, bless you.

And content? Pfft. I  was basically the National Enquire of runDisney back then.

If there was a rumor that I could get somewhat verified, I posted it. Breaking news? I was on it. New course, new shoes, new merchandise… post, post, post.

I liked it, but I also got tired of it. It wasn’t me and it wasn’t talking much about my journey or my experiences. I’ve weened off some of that, but I do still like to post breaking Disney news here and there. And my readers seem to like it as well, so it’s pretty much here to stay.

About 2 years ago I decided to change it up.

I was spending so much time (and money) writing & researching for the blog that I felt it was ready to take to the next level.

My thought process went like this: if I’m spending 20 hours a week on something and not getting paid for it, I wasn’t being fair to my family. That’s 20 hours I could spend with them OR that I could spend at an income producing job that would pay off for the household.

I needed to pay them back.

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I rebranded, I monetized, and I opened up my topics.

And I’m still a work in progress.

I recently added travel as a focus in addition to mommin’, running, and general Disney-ing.

Most days, I like where I’m at. Sometimes I think about rebranding and creating a whole new look (again) and I’ll probably do that some day. Not because I don’t think this version, but because it’s just another extension of my life.

We move, we change, things evolve and are different. So does the blog.

How has your blogging changed over time?

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Comments

  1. An extension of your vibe. I love it! We started in the same year! Ha!

  2. I went through a name change too. I was out of commission so felt like I needed to broaden my topic choices.

  3. I cringe when I look back on the original layout of my blog. I also struggled with not knowing whether I actually wanted people to read my blog! I still feel weird about people I know in real life finding out about it, but Im much more comfortable with it at this point.
    Lisa @ Mile By Mile recently posted…Change Can Be A Good ThingMy Profile

  4. I’ve thought about changing my blog name as it no longer seemed to fit. Instead, I’m running MCM more often LOL.
    MCM Mama Runs recently posted…You’ve come a long way, baby!My Profile

  5. I love the How I Met Your Mother reference! I’m also a big fan of taking a step back from time to time to look at the bigger picture of why I blog.

  6. I like the changes 🙂 More you, less working for runDisney for free.

  7. I love your blog. I rebranded as well and monetized. It’s still such a delicate balance though! I enjoy it otherwise I’m sure I would have bailed on this hobby long ago. 🙂
    Rachel recently posted…Autumn Leaves 5-Miler: Review and RecapMy Profile

  8. I remember the old name. 🙂 I confess, “No guilt life” is easier to remember and type in when I want to check out what you’re up to!
    Jessica S recently posted…Tuesdays on the Run: Looking back to the beginning of bloggingMy Profile

  9. I’m not sure I’ve been blogging long enough to change that much! I treat it like a job, sort of, but it doesn’t bring in income. The best part is still the people I meet.
    Judy @ Chocolaterunsjudy recently posted…Victory is the child of . . .My Profile

  10. In December I will have been blogging for 3 years. My blog needs a facelift and sometimes I am not motivated but I have met so many wonderful people in person & virtually, that I continue. I also NEVER would have run a marathon (now 2) if I hadn’t started blogging. So yeah, it changed my life.

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