The Local Celebrity.
This whole blogging business started for me a little over one year ago. Lindsey and I had already committed to running the marathon, made our running schedule, and started our first few weeks of training. Never ones to do anything in a small or simple way, we submitted entries to be CinWeekly Pig Bloggers – writing online updates about training for the Flying Pig Marathon – to be published through a local weekly newspaper geared towards fun, young people.
You can imagine the hysterical phone call I made to Lindsey at work when I got the email from Amber, a CinWeekly reporter, telling us we had BOTH been selected! We shared a public blog that was posted on CinWeekly’s website for about 3 months, and along the way we both found we really enjoyed it. We made a big fuss about being “local celebrities” and drove our friends and family crazy by talking about our blog non-stop. Blogging was also a great motivator for our runs, knowing people were counting on us to write about it, as well as a great way to connect with other runners in the community. It definitely opened my eyes up to the whole “world of blogging” that I hadn’t yet experienced or explored.
About a week after the marathon was over, and the blog had subsequently ended, I realized how much I missed writing. I decided to start my own blog (this one!) – more for my own benefit than anything else, as writing had become a new outlet for me to process, reflect, and relax. I never really thought anyone would read it other than a few close friends (and I certainly didn’t think what I wrote was all that interesting) but I’ve been amazed at the response my little blog has gotten over the course of one year. My site tracking shows that I get over 100 individual readers a day (for me – that’s a lot!). Which beg the question – who are all of you?!
A few weeks ago, Katie, another writer for CinWeekly (and blog reader – thanks, Katie!) emailed me to see if I was interested in being in CinWeekly again. They wanted to do a one-year-later follow-up story for their Flying Pig Issue. Clearly, I said OF COURSE! Katie and I had a phone interview, where I blubbered through some questions and did a lot of rambling, and later that week they sent a photographer out to my house for a little neighborhood photo shoot action.
The resulting article came out yesterday, and if you’re interested, you can read it for yourself here.
I am so grateful to the staff for choosing to feature me again, and even more grateful that they chose me one year ago, and starting this whole blog-ball rolling. Many thanks to all of you! (And thanks to Dave, for my new side bar photo!)
Next Friday is the one-year-anniversary of my blog. It’s also the day of my rehearsal dinner, and I doubt I will be posting, so I will take the time today to say – thank you. Thanks to all of you who have followed my journey from the beginning and for those who have found me along the way. You’ve given me answers, advice, many laughs, and most importantly – encouragement.
As long as I’m married, running, and tackling milestones – I’ll be here. I hope you’ll follow.