Friday Five – May 16th – Five Reasons to Blog

Its hard to believe it been nearly 14 months since I started blogging.  There are so many different blogs out there on nearly every topic imaginable.  While each blogger has different reasons to blog, different topics that they talk about, and different reasons for starting to blog, these are my five main reasons to blog.

1.  It serves as a personal diary and space for reflection about my fitness activities.

One of the main reasons I started this blog was so that I could track and chronicle my training journey as I prepared to run my first half marathon.  Two weeks prior to starting to blog I made the decision to train for the Disney World Half Marathon, and I wanted a forum through which I could not only track my training but also so that I could reflect on what did and did not work.

2.  It allows me to share my progress with friends and family without repeating the same story over and over again.

As I started to tell more family and friends about my decision to start blogging, the common response I received was “Please keep me updated on your progress.”  This blog has allowed interested friends and family to keep up with my training progress, and to do so on their own time.

3.  It allows me to interact with like minded people.

By reading and commenting on other fitness oriented blogs, as well as through my interactions with other bloggers on Social Media, blogging has allowed me the opportunity to virtually meet and interact with other running enthusiasts.  I have thoroughly enjoyed my daily interactions with other bloggers.

If it weren't for blogging, I would have never met any of these incredible ladies (Pictured from left to right: Heather from Through Heathers Looking Glass, Christine from We Run Disney, Cyanne from Run Stretch Go, and Kimberley from Maker Mother Marathon Runner

If it weren’t for blogging, I would have never met any of these incredible ladies
(Pictured from left to right: Heather from Through Heather’s Looking Glass, Christine from We Run Disney, Cyanne from Run Stretch Go, and Kimberley from Maker Mother Marathon Runner)

4.  It affords the opportunity to seek advice from similar minded people.

Earlier this week, I blogged about how I’ve been able to successfully increase my running speed.  My question of the day at the end of my post prompted readers to provide their ideas on how to increase my pace.  Similarly, reading others’ blog posts and responding to their questions as also assisted me in becoming a stronger runner.

5.  It is a forum where I can be inspired by others’ fitness journeys.

There are so many incredible bloggers who I’ve met virtually, and some who I’ve also been able to meet in person.  I introduced some of those bloggers to you last week in my Liebster Award post.  On a daily basis, I’m amazed by my peers’ accomplishments, and their success pushes me to want to push myself that much harder.

QOTD: Why do you blog?

As always, thank you to the DC Trifecta Bloggers (Courtney from Eat Pray Run DC, Mar from Mar on the Run, and Cynthia from You Signed Up For What?!) for hosting the weekly Friday Five Link Up.  Be sure to check out their posts as well!

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42 Responses to Friday Five – May 16th – Five Reasons to Blog

  1. I am so glad you started blogging, other wise we may have never met you!

    We started blogging because we wanted to be a part of something and meet like minded people. The running/fitness blogging community is so great!

  2. Chaitali says:

    These are some of the reasons I started blogging too, especially as a log for myself so I have a record of my training and races and as a way to participate in this amazing community!

  3. Sue @ This Mama Runs For Cupcakes says:

    I started mine for the EXACT same reason you did :) Wanted to keep family updated on my progress but allow them the opportunity to find out if they WANTED to, not because I talked about it continuously :)

  4. I’ve really enjoyed connecting with other DC bloggers and I feel like I’m really getting to know them. I love all of the advice and support we all give each other. Hope to “run” into you soon in person

  5. I love blogging, for all those reasons you listed. I enjoy writing, sharing and reading others. The community is great.

  6. I started blogging when I first started running. It was just a diary for myself at first. Then I opened it up to the world and it has become more than I ever imagined! All the friendships I’ve made through blogging are incredible! Such an awesome community!

  7. Two words – brain vomit. Okay, maybe not the most attractive mental picture, but that’s what it boils down to. Sometimes I feel if I don’t get all the crazy ideas whipping around in my head out on paper (so to speak), then my brain will simply explode. And THAT my friend, would REALLY not be pretty, lol!

  8. I started blogging because I love writing. It has always been my favorite channel to express my feelings, after dancing. And now that I have been sharing about my fitness and geek journey, it has been even more exciting. I learn so much from everyone. It feels great!

  9. I blog to share information I have learned or have been taught regarding this fitness journey. It is an outlet and I use it to motivate and inspire others who may not be sure how to get started on their own journey. I love it. I also love meeting new people and other fitness bloggers alike. :-)

  10. Pam says:

    I love blogging because it is a way to share our experiences and ask questions and find out information from others. Most of all, I enjoy meeting other bloggers at races since we share a common passion!

  11. I started blogging for the same reasons! I am so happy I finally did so because like you, I have met some wonderful, like minded people!

  12. I love blogging because I can talk about myself as much as I want and no one says, “I’m sick of hearing you!” LOL!

  13. i still can’t believe we haven’t met in person yet! soon, soon!! great post :)

  14. Thanks for the shout out1

  15. I started blogging for my own personal record and have kept blogging for all the reasons you’ve listed!

  16. I can’t tell you exactly why I blog, but I can tell you what I love about it…I’ve made amazing friends with whom I otherwise never would have connected. And it’s been a really fabulous bonding thing for my Mom and I.

  17. I blog for a lot of the same reasons. I love it and have met SO many awesome people through it!! Including you :)

  18. I started blogging to chronicle my first half marathon training, much like you! It’s a great place to chronicle everything so I can look back on it later on. Plus, the blogging community is great, as well!

  19. LD says:

    I love all the connections blogging brings, too! It’s so nice to have that network of blogging buddies :)

  20. I’m an old school blogger LOL and have been blogging for 6 years. It was originally so my husband didn’t have to hear me constantly talk about running. Now it’s because I enjoy the community and sometimes just need to get something out of my head onto “paper”.

  21. jenzenator says:

    So many great reasons! I’ve found so many blogging/social media runners who have become real life friends. Blogging is so cathartic too. It can be a great outlet.

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