If you read that lengthy “About” page (and if you haven’t, I highly recommend you do), you’ll know I did this whole blogging extravaganza once before. Besides today, you’ll never hear about it again because it’s nothing I’m proud of. Before I started this blog I thought really hard about why I ever wanted to do it again if that last one was such a disaster. Okay, it probably wasn’t a disaster, but it wasn’t me.
My last blog was essentially me speaking through everyone else’s voice and mold. I don’t remember whose blog I stumbled across first a couple of years ago, but I loved them. There were so many people out there that I looked forward to seeing posts from every day. Since I’m a communications major, I thought “what the hell? I can do this! I love to write”. But I just did what everyone else did: pictures of food, rehashing my boring day, the occasional hot topic subject. It was a total bore. At the end of the day it was stale, there was no purpose.
Then I found a whole new group of blogs. Running blogs. Blogs where people were going to bed at 9 to wake up and run on a Saturday…exactly what I was doing! It was the strangest feeling but I felt like these people were some of the most truthful blogs I had read. The people who weren’t turning out post after post, but wrote really quality, humorous, open posts. For a long time, a lot of people in my real life would make fun of me for my training schedule, but these were people who were doing it too. Reading posts from people like Ali, Alyssa, and Lindsay made me feel normal.
So back to the point…why start a blog again if I failed so miserably at the first attempt? Because this is going to be more of a journal. I finally have done what’s been in the back of my mind for months: registered for my first marathon. I’m splurging on a running coach to get me through in one piece without over training. And I want to document the whole thing for myself. I have no intention of taking pictures of my food (if I ever take pictures at all). I have every intention of writing about whatever random lessons I learn along the way; about running, about dating again, about my job.
I hope to make good friends along the way that share my similar interests, but I have no intention of changing myself to fit a mold. Been there, done that, and let me tell you, whether it’s with people in your real life or an online community: just be yourself. If people don’t want to be there for you, changing yourself isn’t going to make you happier.
So welcome to my journal. I hope you stick around! And happy new year!