Wow! JAM! Just Another Mile has been running for a year now. In my first year of blogging I covered 52 miles (now 53) and 33 additional posts for a grand total of 86. When I first started doing this I wasn’t sure where the whole blogging experience would take me. Would I do it for a few weeks or maybe only a month or two? An even bigger question I had was whether anyone would read it. Well, here I am a year later still running strong. Now, I fully accept that each post isn’t read by everyone or anyone. However I write each post with the intention of someone reading it other than myself. Prior to this post I thought about a few questions that readers might find interesting about my blogging experience. I posted these questions and my answers below.
What’s been the biggest highlight of JAM! Just Another Mile?
My biggest highlight was having the opportunity to write for the Rugged Maniac racing organization. They found my blog on Instagram and their marketing team was impressed enough with my writing that they wanted me to write for them. It wasn’t only a highlight for my blog, but also for me personally. I felt rewarded for all the work I put into my writing!
What is the biggest challenge about blogging?
A challenge I encounter constantly is developing ideas that will make my blog interesting. It’s been very difficult keeping my blog unique and different from all the other running blogs out there. To combat this I spend a lot of time researching new races, obstacles, gear and sharing my thoughts that I feel passionate about. I think that’s what makes my blog unique.
What have you learned through blogging?
I learned that writing is fun. All through school I dreaded writing essays, short stories and research papers. Blogging has given me a new perspective on writing and how much fun it can be. I think when you find something interesting writing about it can be a lot easier.
What’s been the best thing about blogging?
The best thing about my blogging experience is sharing my passion with friends, co-workers and strangers. I think everyone knows how important OCR is to me now. It’s also been great getting my friends involved in OCR that otherwise wouldn’t be because of sharing my experience. OCR can be intimidating, but I think I’ve done a good job of showing that anyone can do this if they want.
Do you think you’ll continue blogging after this upcoming race season?
I’m undecided at this point if I’ll continue blogging after this season. I’ll always keep writing about my experience, but maybe in a more personal way. Ideally, I’d like to keep writing for other blogs out there to share my experience. I’m not necessarily concerned about promoting my blog, more so my experience. Last year I did some blogging with Mud Run Fun and MedalAddict. Hopefully I get to write for them at some point this season.
I’m looking forward to blogging in 2017. I have a few new ideas that I’m excited to share. I hope you continue to run with my along the way.