The short answer to the question is “Why, not?”
The long answer has many parts. First, for those who didn’t know, I am in school right now. I am getting a Masters in Marketing and 2 graduate certificates – one in social media marketing and the other in nonprofit leadership. This blog is part of a class requirement. Beyond the class requirement, I wanted to keep track of my journey into transforming into a healthier me. Also, this blog gives me a creative outlet beyond work. Lastly, this blog is also a motivator. I have friends reading it who keeping up with my progress and journey. This is my way of letting them know how its going and letting them know when I need to be put back on track.
My current class has given me lots of tips on how to write a blog and set realistic expectations. So far, I think the funniest, best advice and reality check I have come across was from the article Let’s Talk: Social Media for Small Business. The author, Josh Jantsh, said “If you’re one of those folks who has resisted blogging because you don’t think anyone would read your blog, don’t worry; they probably won’t.” While the line was humorous, the point was to write content that people want to read. Hopefully, I’m on track with that.
I also have Jantsh’s book, Duct Tape Marketing. Between his book, his article and the book, Groundswell, I have learned 3 main things about blogging: develop a plan so people can find the blog, encourage others to comment on your blog and be honest.
A little bit of a warning on the last tip, though: don’t be too honest. I learned from award-winning blogger Pamela Ribon that you can be too revealing. Beyond being a blogger, Pam is a screenwriter, best-selling novelist, and a friend (and she has amazing taste in shoes!). I have followed her writing for years. From her, I have learned to keep some info to yourself and maintain some line of privacy because what you reveal is out there forever.
One final tip that seems to be the most common is to read and learn from other blogs. So far, some of my favorite fitness blogs are the Daily Julie, Lazy Girl Running and Plus Size Princess. All three of these blogs seem to follow the 3 main tips I have learned. Out of the three, Plus Size Princess (#PSPfit) is my favorite. I can relate to the blogger and her posts are interesting, engaging and real.
So, why the blog post on blogs? – to keep me on track. If you are reading this, I need you to comment often and remind me to follows the tips I have just given to others. In the end, hopefully I will help others as I help myself.