Blog Updates, Schedule and Changes

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.ย 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!

Which social network(s) do you use daily?
Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, etc.?ย 

PS: I’ll be putting up new posts every day at 4:30am eastern time. Sometimes my blog’s cache won’t show a new post unless you refresh your browser — or you could subscribe via Feedly or BlogLovin.ย 

14 comments

  1. Lisa @ Mile by Mile

    I think it would be really hard to think of something to post every day! Excited to see what you come up with. I like looking at my analytics to see which of my pins are driving people to my blog. Its so interesting because it changes every few days!
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    1. Kristina

      Before I posted about blogging every day I actually wrote out a calendar of topics I could write about every day! I’m sure most days I’ll just write about whatever happened that day or what my run was like (because I AM going to be back to running) but just in case I have backup ideas!

      I should get back on Pinterest – it’s always the social network I let go to the wayside. I can’t remember the last time I used it! Ah!

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  2. Laura F

    I’m going to use your blogmas to try and get into the habit of commenting more! I don’t come here (or anywhere) for political views or articles but I also have no problem just skipping over parts of blogs that don’t interest me. A little warning of “Hey, this is totally non-running related!” is always appreciated. Or I’ve seen bloggers write entire posts that readers might skip, and they just come back to the next one. This reminds me that I used to follow a blogger that I think I unfollowed during the election despite really liking her overall… hmm, I’m going to have to try and remember who that was!

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    1. Kristina

      Yeah! Looking forward to hearing from you more ๐Ÿ™‚

      Hmmm was it Megan (Meg Go Run)? She is an awesome runner, has two cats, is really funny and also was very outspoken in her blog during the election cycle. I would definitely go back to Megan if it was her, but she still does political posts from time to time.

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      1. Laura F

        I realized after the fact how contradictory my comment was, but wasnt sure how to come back from it, haha. I follow Megan! She’s got a healthy mix of posts that I appreciate.

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        1. Kristina

          Hahah I get ya.

          ME TOO, love Megan’s blog!

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  3. Lisa @ TechChick Adventures

    I look forward to seeing you pop up in my blog feed more! Iโ€™d like to get back to posting 3 or 4 days a week. Havenโ€™t had the time lately!
    I enjoy reading blogs that get away from the world of politics because I get too much of that already on Facebook! Which is why I also love scrolling through Instagram. All the happy thoughts ๐Ÿ™‚
    Fingers crossed you wonโ€™t be needing any more surgeries!
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    1. Kristina

      It seems like time has been at a premium for all of us lately! I hope things slow down as we get into the holidays.

      I realized I actually go on Facebook less often now because I’m so overwhelmed by all the political posts. It honestly stresses me out. I want to be aware and to put my support where it needs to be, but I can’t take politics 24/7, even the stuff I agree with!

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  4. Hanna

    7 days a week of blogging is definitely a challenge – I’ve done it before! Interested to see what you come up with!

    Apparently I’m in the minority here, but I like reading blogs that aren’t afraid to talk about what’s going on in the world from time to time. When I read a blog I want to feel like I’m getting to know the blogger: what they care about, what makes them tick. Sure, I don’t want to endure politically-charged rants all the time, but I also don’t want to read fluff every single day – I find it rather boring.

    Insta and FB are the only social platforms I use, and I’m much more into Insta these days. I don’t even have a Twitter or Snapchat account.
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    1. Kristina

      Before I published this post I made sure I had ideas for every day! I’ll probably stick with my normal “what happened today” kind of posts most of the days, but I have backups just in case!:)

      I’m much more into Insta these days too. Like you I don’t want to endure political posts 24/7, even the stuff I agree with. That’s why I have started using Facebook less and less. I want to be aware and to put my support where it needs to be, but I also need to fill my mind with other things like your Insta stories! Loved your house tour!

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  5. Megan @ Meg Go Run

    I AM SO EXCITED FOR ALL THE BLOGGING AND VLOGGING YOU ARE GOING TO DO.

    I wish you didn’t let that one person deter you from writing about political things if you want to. I mean, I get it, I would not enjoy reading a running blog and then BOOM they write a post about how Trump is the best president ever. I would actually never read that blog again!

    However, my philosophy is if people want to skip my political posts they can, or if my political posts anger them so much that they never want to read, then good riddance!
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    1. Kristina

      I’m excited too! I was thinking about not blogging at all anymore, but I realized I ENJOY blogging I just don’t enjoy all the annoying parts of blogging like doing sponsored posts, etc. Time to just get back to the old style of blogging!

      Hahaha I hear you about the political posts. I think it was easy for me to just say, okay I’m not going to write them, because I feel so overwhelmed most days about all the shit going on. I make sure to read the news to stay aware, I make my donations to try and help where I can, but I need blogging to be a place to mostly connect about more positive stuff. That being said, I love when you go off on a rant, it gets me fired up! haha

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  6. Sarah

    Iโ€™m female and 40 and live in Ireland. I primarily come for the running updates but also find watching American politics fascinating to watch from the safety of our (currently) non eventful political climate! Great to hear here there will be lots of posts in December. I hope you feel better soon and get to go out running.

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    1. Kristina

      Hi Sarah! Thanks for stopping by my part of the run blog world and for your support :). I’m definitely jealous of your non eventful political climate!

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