Monday, December 17, 2012
1 Looking Back to Look Forward: A Really Honest Post, Part 1
Occasionally, this blog gets personal. A lot of times it's introspective. And over the years, it's changed a lot. Maybe that's because I've changed a lot right along with it. It's also morphed back and forth in terms of its primary purpose. It started as a personal log of my journey to get back to running and ultimately train for a marathon, but then later changed into a primarily informational blog, which, not so coincidentally, happened around the same time I began coaching. And now, it seems to have become more of a hybrid of both.
One of the reasons that this happened has to do with the changes in the blogging world itself, and my level of comfort with these changes. First, we started out as a relatively small community of blogging runners. (To clarify, this was back in 2007.) In my particular circle of blogging runners, we used to frequently comment on each other's walls, and it didn't take long before those comments turned into extended conversations. It was only until later that most of that conversation moved onto Twitter. Bonds of friendship formed and most of us still keep in touch. In fact, almost all of the people from that core group are Facebook friends with each other as well.
I honestly didn't know how to react to all of the above-mentioned changes, and wasn't alone in that regard either. Many of us had mixed feelings about how visible we'd suddenly become, particularly in the context of the rapid evolution of not just blogging, but all of social media. This wasn't uncommon. Would we evolve along with these changes? How would our protected, tightly knit, and now, ever-expanding, community of blogging runners fair? Would we shine in the spotlight or cocoon? Would we still have the time to stay connected with each other, especially now that there were so many different social media channels in which to participate? It was a bit overwhelming and there was a sense that a person could get lost (or perhaps even submerged) by it all. Then, blogging gradually began to fade into the background a bit, due to its competition with so many other, new and emerging forms of social media.
I will say this: As a general rule, we runners tend to be a humble lot, even the famous ones. In fact, even though many in our small circle of blogging runner friends have now gone on to become prominent and well-respected voices/presences in the running community -- for example, Steve Speirs, Blaine Moore, Jenn Gill, and Tim Wilson, to name just a few -- they are all still humble, decent people who have kept the core of who they are intact.
(To be continued.....)