Growing With Your Blog

I’ve been doing so much planning here lately and creating things. Which there’ll be more on the “creating things” after the blog re-brand/re-launch. However there’s been one thing on my mind pretty much 24/7, and that’s growing with your blog. What you blog about when you first start blogging, is almost never what you end up blogging a year after you start, and not two years after. That’s called growing with your blog, and blogging about what you’re passionate about, and finding that passion.

I’ve been blogging here two years in January, and what I post today is nothing like what I posted two years ago, or even just a few months ago back in May. My standard of ‘quality’ for my posts has changed, my writing focus has changed… Especially now.

When I started this blog, it was a way to improve my writing skills and update family that lives half-way across the country on what was happening on the ranch. I never thought it would be a place that so many lovely people would read, and view every month.

I started this blog writing twice a week, and just small little things that were happening around the ranch. As the blog grew, I of course started blogging more, and then earlier this year in January I moved from WordPress.com to WordPress.org. Which is now a decision I look back at, and I’m thankful I took that leap of faith?

The blog went from a hobby to something I work on regularly. I blog five times a week, and I’m switching the focus from just another lifestyle blog to a fitness & food lifestyle blog. I’m shifting the focus for a couple of reasons:

  • I’m passionate about living a healthy life through food and fitness
  • After high school, I plan on going to college and majoring in Kinesiology with a minor in coaching to one day be a Strength and Conditioning Coach.

Funny fact, I used to have a fitness blog. I posted fitness quotes, and workouts, made it to 130 subscribers on it, and I lost the motivation for it. I lost it because I didn’t have the knowledge of blogging that I have now. I didn’t know how to expand a blog, or how to make a blog last, or anything.

Ever since leaving that blog, a small piece of me has missed that side of the blogging world. The fitness, and food side of it. Because I’m not your typical lifestyle blogger, and I know that. I’m not up until 3 a.m blogging every day. I don’t sit at my desk all day… well I do now due to the complete re-brand/re-launch, but even with that I’m still constantly up and moving. Even if that means doing a 5-minute workout just to loosen up a bit.

I go to bed at 10 p.m every night, because I know 8hrs of sleep is something our bodies need. I drink about 80 ounces of water and tea every day. With maybe a Mountain Dew in there occasionally. I also eat pretty clean. The whole “I don’t eat healthy at all” trend; I don’t understand it.

At the end of the day, my little inner fitness&food blogger unicorn is dying to get out, and I’m letting the unicorn out of its cage. Because the world could use more unicorns. Plus don’t think I’m locking up the lifestyle, or blogging tips unicorns either. I’ll still update you lovelies on my life through my “Tea Talk” posts, and of course, there is so much stuff I know on blogging that I desperately want to share with you and that I’m working on creating *wink, wink*.

I just need a primary a focus, and I want that to be fitness & food. I’m an encyclopedia of fitness tips and tricks, and recipes.

Blogging at the end of the day isn’t something that comes with an instruction manual. All bloggers whether they’ve been doing this for a year, or ten, we’re all making it up as we go along. At least I know I am. This isn’t me changing, or the blog changing, but me growing with my blog.

Thank you lovelies for reading, and I’m sorry this post wasn’t a blogging tips post, but it was a post I needed to write. More than anything to reassure myself I’m doing the right thing blogging wise. Because to be honest, I’m feeling really anxious about it. Anyway…

What do you think of the up-coming changes?

Ally Gonzales is the founder & editor-in-chief of RunningSoleGirl. Along with blogging she is also juggling attending college and majoring in Exercise and Sports Science with a Sports Management minor.

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