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!
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!
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.
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.
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?
[inlinkz_linkup id=676194 mode=1]
Patty Holliday is a Marvel loving, Disney obsessed wife, and mother of four. She’s a travel agent specializing in Disney & Universal vacations- and loves a candid confession. Find her in Virginia (or anywhere frequent flyer miles or her trusty minivan takes her.)