3 Lessons I’ve Learned from Blogging

Today marks my 30th blog post which excites me greatly, therefore I am choosing to view this as a small milestone.

In light of this, I wanted to share a few of the things I’ve learned from blogging thus far.

1. Don’t be boring

I quickly discovered that many blogs are carbon copies of one another. Of course, it’s great to take inspiration from other bloggers and it’s almost impossible to create 100% unique content. I’m aware that there are hundreds of ‘Things I’ve Learned from Blogging’ posts, thus my current post is a prime example!

However, recently I saw four separate blogs with the EXACT same title, offering the exact same tips. Why try and recreate something that has already been done?! Not only is it lazy, but it’s not particularly engaging for your readers. 

The blogs that I enjoy the most are personal and subjective. They are genuine, authentic and give a true flavour of that person’s personality.

I admit that some of my earlier blogs are ‘safer’, as I was consciously avoiding any topics/phrases/even words that might be deemed controversial – essentially, they’re boring.

2. Taking criticism

A big old cliché but you can’t please everybody, and I don’t want to, as that would make this blog ever so dull. I think it’s great that some of my posts have sparked a debate; I am open to criticism, and I love hearing different points of view.

However, I have recently received some comments that were downright mean and knowing when and how to disregard those comments will be such a beneficial learning curve for me.

3. The joy of writing

I forgot how much I loved writing (A Level English ruined my love of writing for many years!) and starting this blog has reignited my passion. Writing allows me to be creative, it’s therapeutic, and it’s a privilege that should never be taken for granted.

I know that I’m not the best writer and that my humble little running blog isn’t exactly ground-breaking. However, the fact that my blog is now being read by thousands of people each month blows my mind.

So, thank you for reading my ramblings over the past seven months – I greatly appreciate it!


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My Winter Resolutions

I have never been a fan of New Year’s Resolutions, purely because I don’t see the point in making a resolution just because I feel like I HAVE to. I don’t want to make resolutions based on the expectations of others or the need to conform to societal norms (which is what I have done in the past.) I would rather make goals/resolutions throughout the year because I WANT to.

Don’t worry, this is not yet another goal-setting guide. I just thought it might be interesting to share some of my winter resolutions and hopefully inspire you to have a think about what you want to achieve over the next couple of months.

Reading 

I have always been a massive book worm. When I was a young whippersnapper, I handwrote hundreds of books; when I was 9, I even wrote my own spin off Harry Potter series (Tamara Jenkins and the Eagle Cauldron, absolute classic) accompanied by some very questionable illustrations. Basically I was (and probably still am) a massive geek with a very overactive imagination.

I frequently set myself reading goals, and for the next couple of months this involves reading more non-fiction, focusing predominantly on feminist non-fiction. I’ve just started reading Rise Up Women! by Diane Atkinson which explores the fight for women’s suffrage and will also be reading The H-Spot: The Feminist Pursuit of Happiness by Jill Filipovic.

Do you have any non-fiction feminist book recommendations? If so I would love to hear them!

Running 

MORE STRENGTH TRAINING.

I have always ensured to supplement running with strength training, and in the lead up to London Marathon I want to focus on this more than ever.

That’s all I need to say on this one!

Embrace Fear

I have been contemplating a change in career for over 2 years but have only recently been brave enough to go for it.

What’s been holding me back? It has nothing to do with fear of failure – it’s more to do with the expectations of others RE not following the career path that I have worked so hard on for the past 10 years.

None of us like to disappoint people, especially those close to us, and my change in career has disappointed a surprising amount of people. The internal battle of wanting to pursue my passion whilst feeling incredibly guilty has had a detrimental impact on my mental health, and in all honesty, I am still struggling with this.

However, I have finally come to the realisation that my career choice is nobody else’s business. I still have a long way to go, and some big decisions to make, therefore my key goal for the next few months is to be brave, embrace the fear and pursue my passion – I’m super excited for what’s to come!

When do you set goals/resolutions? I would love to hear from you!