Virtual Blog Tour

Happy Tuesday! Today I’m switching up my posts to take part in a little something called a virtual blog tour. Don’t know what that means? Yeah, I didn’t really either. Turns out it’s a way to explain how and why you blog, which makes it almost like a backstage pass into Run Pretty. Because, let’s be real here, I’m totally as cool as some kind of famous band. I mean, I basically ooze cool, y’all.

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I was tagged by Heather from Housewife Glamour, and I really enjoyed reading her take on the whole blogging process. When she initially reached out to me about this post, I wasn’t sure I’d take part. I mean, I sincerely know very little about blogging. Then I realized that so many of you out there might feel the same. Luckily for us, there are scripted questions to answer, so I won’t be totally rambling the entire time.

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What am I working on?

I’m lucky to be working in a profession that gives me summers to explore other things. I absolutely love being in the classroom, but I am always upfront about having other interests as well. This summer, I want to really focus on three things: becoming a certified personal trainer, soaking up as much information as I can about blogging, and beginning to hone in on what Run Pretty should ultimately be.

I think that the last one is going to be the most difficult for me. Like I mentioned previously, I have a lot of interests. I’m sure that’s totally normal, but I think it’s time to figure out how that will play out on my blog. Some days I want to continue more of a “life casting” thing, while others days I want Run Pretty to be more of a resource for others. Especially after I’ve studied, I find myself wanting to share fun workouts, balanced recipes, and random healthy living tips. The only thing really holding me back from that is feeling like I’m not capable of pulling it off because I also like to discuss whatever is on my mind at the time. I’m a mess.

How does my work differ from others of its genre?

The biggest thing, at least in my mind, that sets me apart is that I am 100 percent not afraid to admit my faults and share my struggles. Life is hard, y’all. I think if we were all a little more open and honest about that fact, we would do ourselves a world of good. Content-wise, I think I’m different because I am all over the map when it comes to work, fitness, meals, life, and almost anything else you can name. I work full time, but I’m studying to become a personal trainer for the heck of it. I love to run, but it doesn’t make up the majority of my workouts. I understand the importance of eating well, but I will never turn down cheese fries. I love hanging out with my child, but I also enjoy spending time outside of the home. I never really know what I’m going to be into each day, but I hope that’s what keeps it somewhat interesting around here.

Why do I write what I do?

First and foremost, I blog as an outlet. When you spend the entire working day with 20 children, you need a release. Blogging is my time to connect with other adults, especially when I don’t have time for a group therapy session (also known as strong drinks with friends). Aside from that, I know all to well how much of a trap “healthy living” can be. Obviously, I’m all for remaining fit and eating well, but there can definitely be too much of a good thing. I aim to be the voice of reason and maybe the little push someone needs to keep them from either extreme. If, at the end of the day, I’ve shown that healthy living can be fun and that moderation is best, I’ve done what I set out to do. Everything else is just a plus.

How does my writing process work?

What writing process? This one made me laugh a little bit. 90% of the time, I’m quickly slapping together my blog posts during Maddux’s naps or after he has gone to bed for the night. I typically have a general list of things I would like to touch on in my mind, and I go from there. Some days, I only have the brain power to do a workout recap. Other days I write paragraph after paragraph about anything and everything under the sun.

The only time that I sit down and think them out is when they are on a sensitive subject matter, when I really want to articulate something, or when they are sponsored. Ah, yep. I said it: sponsored. I know that, in general, people hate sponsored posts. I get it. It’s like a commercial breaking up your blog-reading experience. But here’s my take on it: blogging is work, so it’s okay to get paid sometimes. The reason I listed sponsored posts as one of the types to spend more time on is because I want them to be as painless to read as possible. If I’m totally blowing it, let me know! I’m all for constructive criticism around here.

On the technical side, I do have some favorite software, websites, and editing programs that I use for blog posts. If anyone is interested in that, I’d be more than happy to elaborate later. Just let me know!

That’s about it. Now, to keep this blog tour train chugging along, I’m tagging two of my favorite bloggers. Both of them are girls I truly consider friends, so it would be easy for me to sit here and sing their praises all daggum day. I’ll refrain from writing poems about them, but it’s taking all of my restraint.


Madeline from Food, Fitness, and Family

Madeline started her blog Food, Fitness, and Family as a way to document her love for healthy living and as an outlet for her musings of a growing family. She is an Army wife and mother to two girls living life in the Deep South of Savannah, GA.  While she loves a good HIIT workout as much as the next person, she is also passionate about sharing that healthy living involves a healthy balance of fun.  Her most recent adventure has been to start full-time as a physician assistant.  Her new motto?  Go big or go home.

You can follow Madeline Instagram // Twitter // Facebook

Colleen from The Lunchbox Diaries

Colleen is the writer behind The Lunchbox Diaries. She’s a lover of strong cocktails, swear words, and sarcasm (and apparently alliteration.)  Colleen works in the mental health field by day and writes snarky blogs posts by night. She is an advocate for the average girl, hoping to inspire others to live their best lives and forget about comparing themselves to other people. As a recovering stress-addict, she’s a firm believer in not taking life too seriously. Her claim to fame is being on an episode of HGTV’s House Hunters, and she lives happily in House #3 with her college-sweetheart husband and their animated Great Dane, Penny.

You can follow Colleen on Instagram // Twitter // YouTube // Facebook


Please take a moment and check out all three of the lovely ladies I mentioned today. They are all great and all totally different. A little something-something for everyone. If you’d like to follow me, I can be found on Bloglovin, Twitter, Instagram, and hanging out in public in my pajamas. Did I just admit to that last one? It happens. #OOTD, y’all.

Question 1: Do you have a blog? Answer one of the questions above! I’d love to hear your take.

Question 2: Have you considered starting a blog but not followed through? If so, what’s holding you back?

Comments

  1. says

    I would love to hear about some of the blogging software and programs that you use! I am just starting out and that would be super helpful. I have a blog http://www.blondewithachanse.com, and I too am still trying to find my niche. I love all sorts of different blogs, but I am still unsure of what I personally want to focus on :) Any tips on that as well?
    Rachel @ Blonde with a Chanse recently posted..How I Trained for My First Half MarathonMy Profile

    • Presley says

      I’m definitely still in that boat! I primarily talk fitness/running, but some days I post things related to finance or organizing or food. I’m all over the map, so I know it’s a struggle to find your niche. I wish I had an answer!

  2. says

    I always love to find new blogs. I feel like I have a handle on the blogs I follow, but there are SO many more out there that are great! I blog at grabyourkicks.com for almost a year now. I love to write about random thoughts, workouts, new food finds, recipes, etc. I don’t always blog about the same things, but that’s okay! Variety is the spice of life after all. I eat well most of the time, but also love my sweets too. It’s all about finding balance between eating/exercise/work and making yourself happy.

    • Presley says

      I agree! I don’t really know where the pressure I’m feeling to find a niche comes from, but it’s there occasionally. Some days I just blog for fun and then other days I want to understand the business side of it. I guess there’s no perfect place to be. Like you said, it’s all about balance.

  3. says

    I’m a teacher, too! And let me tell you, I TOTALLY understand the other interst thing. When that last bell rings, I have to do other stuff or the school issues will take over everything. I’ve been blogging for awhile and I love it! I get most of my audience from food photography but I’m more of a rambler of chaos! Have a great week!
    Katrina recently posted..Walking in a winter in June wonderlandMy Profile

    • Presley says

      Yay for teachers! Photography is definitely a weak spot for me, so I’ll have to get some pointers from you. Hope you have a great week as well!

  4. says

    I’ve actually been reading blogs for a few years and finally decided to jump the gun and start my own blog this year. I also use it as an outlet and I like how I can express my thoughts and ideas through writing. I love the blogging community and meeting other bloggers and learning from them.
    Polly @ Tasty Food Project recently posted..Pineapple Curry Fried QuinoaMy Profile

  5. says

    I have had a blog for about a year and a half but only recently decided to make it public. It started as something for my 20-month old son to maybe look at some day (probably not ha ha) but then I realized I like writing about other things too.

    I’m currently working on a blog makeover (with help since I’m useless when it comes to anything like that) and connecting with other people online. I love reading about other people’s days and healthy habits, specifically running and races (race recaps are my favourite!)

    I would love to hear more about the software you use (again, since I’m useless) and any tips you have for new bloggers.

    PS I love that you’re so open and honest about things. Bad days happen, workouts are skipped and cheese fries are consumed. I love it!!
    Kaella (KaellaOnTheRun) recently posted..Time To Get Dirty (Race Entry Giveaway!)My Profile

    • Presley says

      The connecting with others is the best part. I found that I starting lacking enthusiasm for blogging UNTIL I started “making friends”. Now, the events (races, meet ups, conferences) are the things I look forward to the most. If you haven’t signed up for something like that, you definitely should when you get the chance. It changes everything!

  6. says

    I love reading blogs that have a wide variety of subjects (personal, fitness, recipes, life, etc.) such as Peanut Butter Fingers! I think Julie’s blog is a great example of that, so don’t be afraid to share all kinds of things in your posts!
    Now I sound like a hypocrite, but…
    I would LOVE to start a blog, but the thing that’s holding me back is.. I’m scared. Do I have enough knowledge to write a blog? What if my posts aren’t consistent? I’m only a twenty year old nursing student, though I’ve been living a healthy lifestyle for 4 years now.. Any tips?

    • Presley says

      I love Julie!

      And if you really and truly want to blog, you should just blog! Worst case scenario is that you find you don’t love it. Best case scenario is having a million doors open up for you.

      You could even create a private blog to play around with until you settle on a name, design, writing style, etc. :)

  7. says

    Love the virtual blog tour idea (some body tag me because I apparently loooove talking about myself!).
    Yes, I blog at foodiecology.com. I work full time (in a field completely unrelated to my blog) and & will have my first child in October, so it’s difficult to blog consistently. I only recently discovered your blog, but I love the focus on different things: food, fitness, life, etc. I originally started my blog as a food blog (because I’d recently started cooking/experimenting more while my husband was in night school), but I’ve quickly branched out to more of a healthy living/ lifestyle blog. I blog primarily as an outlet (I was very unhappy at my job and found myself with lots of free time and started reading other blogs and writing more), but I’m to the point where I’m considering self- hosting, teaching out to brands, etc. to make my hobby more if a part-time job. I’d love to hear the tools/software/apps etc. they you use.
    I just wish I had summers off yo explore other interests (although I don’t envy the challenges that come with teaching!). :-)
    Catherine @foodiecology recently posted..Top 10 Super-foods for Pregnancy (And Beyond)My Profile

    • Presley says

      I hope you get tagged now!

      I definitely recommend self-hosting soon if you want to do those things. I was so nervous to take that step because of money (seriously, like 5 bucks a month freaked me out). Best decision I ever made!

  8. says

    Thanks for sharing…As someone that just started a bill oh and has no clue…I mean absolutely no clue what she is doing, this is a great topic to read about and get a little bit of insight on. I desperately need some help so this is a great way to really get a piece fro. Your blogging world in normal language. I think your attitude and take on blogging totally works. Your informative and entertaining and unlike any other hub out there. Keep up the great work!
    stacy @ sweatingtulipzwithstacy recently posted..Setting Goals in Summer SchoolMy Profile

    • Presley says

      I really appreciate you saying that! I just get worried about being *too* random sometimes, you know?

      I still don’t know much compared to others, so you are NOT alone in that! I’ll definitely post the few things I have figured out soon, though. haha :)

  9. says

    I love Colleen! She cracks my face up. It’s always nice to hear the what and why of other peoples blogs. I just needed a place to document my weightloss but then it grew ino so much more!

    • Presley says

      I feel like she says the things we’re all thinking but don’t just come out and say. She’s brilliant!

    • Presley says

      Thanks for asking me! I feel like a lot of us have had similar responses to some of the questions, and I love it. It makes me wish we could all get together soon. Everyone just move to SC, please. ;)

    • Presley says

      Yeah, I write a lot of my posts late at night… which means I typically find a million errors the next day. Whoops.

    • Presley says

      Blog family might be the most adorable thing I’ve heard all day. Can I be the cranky teenage daughter?

  10. says

    Um, I am COMPLETELY in love with your Alice in Wonderland outfit. Please tell me you wore this all day.

    Thanks for giving us a little glimpse “backstage”! I always enjoy reading your blog – love your down to earth attitude. How did you get started with sponsors, if I may ask? Did you reach out to them? I’m curious about the leap from blogging casually to blogging with sponsors, lots of comments, etc. :)
    Hayley in Training recently posted..Summer Shape Up Day 2: Meals, Running, and an NTC Workout!My Profile

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