Hey there! Today I wanted to share some news: I’ve decided to do Blogmas. That means I’m going to put up a new blog post every day until Christmas!
Today’s post is about blogging :).
As you know, my posts over the last few months have decreased from five days a week to sometimes only once per week. I love posting here but this year my work schedule got much more hectic, and of course I haven’t been able to run for a few months now. Those two things combined made it hard for me to feel connected to the run blog community.
When I first started blogging 5+ years ago I did it solely because I wanted to connect with other runners like me. The first few months I probably could have told you the name of every single person who visited my blog. That’s not the case anymore, but I do take comfort in knowing that you’re my people. You predominantly identify as female and you’re around my age.
And your interests closely align with mine (running, travel, politics, shopping and beauty). That’s not surprising since those are the things I write about most often.
I don’t write about politics much because a reader once told me she doesn’t come to a running blog to get liberal news snippets and I understand that.
Instead when I’m feeling outspoken I try to write about specific things I support that often cross party lines, like reducing violence against women. Multiple times I’ve linked to this personal alarm that’s easy to bring with you on a run and where the proceeds benefit RAINN, an organization that helps sexual assault victims.
Anyway, I’m getting off track now.
What I wanted to say is that I used to write for a handful of readers and I knew them all by name. Somewhere along the way my readership grew and I started taking on periodic sponsorships with cool brands like Adidas and PowerBar. That was fine but it also made blogging feel like a part-time job instead of a fun hobby.
So I’ve decided in 2018 I’m NOT going to do two things: I’m NOT going to take on any sponsorships and I’m NOT going to look at my blog analytics. Instead I’m going to focus more time on writing posts, responding to comments and connecting with you guys on Instagram (@KristinaRunning) or whatever social network you prefer.
I’m going to blog 7 days a week until Christmas and then after that I plan to be back to 5 days per week for most of 2018. Each week will also include a vlog.
I’m also going to try really hard to not have surgery that forces me to take months off of running. Seriously, I’m going to try very very very hard :).
I’m looking forward to an exciting and fun year of blogging!
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