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.
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.
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.
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.
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?