Happy Ten Year Blogoversary!
I’ve been blogging for TEN years. How many people can say that?
I started my blog in 2006. Like my Geocities pages of old, I wrote about what I knew. Trail running. I had no idea of what I was doing in both running and writing blog posts. There was a typo in the header post of my first entry. I’ve kept it that way for posterity!
Joing Blogland April 23, 2006
Well, well, well, I have finally joined blogland. But first I have to go for a run before I can work on this anymore.
2006 was my first YUT-C 50K where I met my good friends and mentors Bob Combs and Jim Harris.Blogwise: I didn’t know WordPress existed. I only knew of Blogger and it was free. I also had to upload images doing the old img=SRC. One at a time.
2007 was the year I attempted my first Mohican 100. I timed out at the race, back at the Grist Mill in the old days, mile 75 hour 23. An excerpt from the first short entry:
DNF timed out at Grist Mill, hour 23,mile 75, did not make the time cut off. I am perfectly fine with that. I had a great run and made a couple of personal race management planning issues that cost me my time cushion. I will write about those later-I am not making excuses, but I think if I explain what happened maybe it will help out someone else.
Other than not finishing the race, I had a simply wonderful weekend. I got to see old friends, ran with new friends, people told me that they read my blog. I think I am going to turn on the anonymous comment thingy so if you don’t want to register for blogger you can comment. Tell me who you are people!!
2008-the blog went on, this was the year of the Trails and Tribulations podcast. I can’t comment on the technological side, as my co-host did all that work.
I just wrote. No SEO no alternative text in photos.
I just wrote. Edit? Second draft? Nope, I just wrote and posted. I wrote for years. Every now and then I would wonder why I didn’t get many comments. Yet runners would comment, in person to me that they liked my blog. How many followers did I have? I have no idea. I had no idea there were blogging statistics.
2009-I finally had an epiphany that I should train like an ultra runner, instead of just acting like an ultra runner. An excerpt from the Bobcat Trail Marathon:
I came upon the last AS with the poor guys still stuck there. They advised me I was around mile 21, and the last AS to the finish line. As I trekked up another hill, I just wanted to be done with the race. I was cranky, crabby with myself. I was tired of being the poky last person, tired with being so tired. Do fast runners get tired out there? Do thin people get tired running? Honestly, I was really really mean to myself out there. Disgusted with being fat, disgusted with being so slow, hating to make people wait for me so they could get on with their day.
I stopped being so mean to myself. I was my own worst critic. I started to be more positive. I began to lose weight and train!
I listened to a podcast called Two Fit Chicks and a Microphone. I believe that’s where I found the Fitbloggin website. What, a conference about blogging and fitness? Wow, what a cool/great idea! Baltimore! That’s not far!! Ohhh..it was sold out.
But I got to read recaps and live blogging from the conference. I got some good ideas and didn’t understand others. I wished I had attended the conference!
I followed some of the bloggers from the conference. I noticed other bloggers getting
“free stuff”. I wondered how they were getting stuff from sponsors. How did I get these sponsors to knock on my blogging door? I admired the nicely designed website and blogs.
Before my first Massanutten 100 race, I decided to rebrand. I no longer felt like an ultra newby. I changed my name to a custom URL, but still on blogger, to Ultratrailgoddesss.com.
I wrote on. I didn’t edit, or post to my *social*. I don’t know whether I gained or lost readers, because I didn’t track any analytics. I just posted pictures, I took pictures right off the internet *gulp* because I didn’t know any better!
2012 was the year of Hardrock, my dream race. Blogwise, I did no more editing or revising than the year before!
2013-the year I hired a coach, Karl Meltzer, to attain a sub 30 hour MMT finish. It did not happen, but I was very pleased with my results.
Blogwise, I kept writing. I didn’t know why I wasn’t getting any more comments or followers. Twitter moved too quickly for me to do anything there, when I popped in once or twice a week. I didn’t *get* Instagram at all.
2014-a low stress year of going to Colorado to volunteer and pace at Hardrock. I went to Fitbloggin and learned that there was so much that I didn’t know about blogging and social media. I felt like everyone was light years ahead of me AND I had been blogging for years and years! But it gave me great ideas and action plans. I had four pages of notes .
2015-a year I could do without. My sister died and I DNF’d Hardrock again.
Even though I had just bought new business cards, I felt like I was in the need for a change, a rebrand, a fresh start. Maybe I need to try WordPress?
WordPress scared me. I took the plunge and started the new URL and blog-because, with it being brand new, if I broke it, it wasn’t breaking much! This was ultratrailchick.com.
I felt like a total newby on WordPress. This didn’t bother me because I love learning. I felt like I was being refreshed and a new blogger. I began reading blog posts about WP and tips and tricks for a *new blogger* and listening to podcasts about blogging.
I discovered FB Groups, which, get this! where other people will promote your post. Who knew? I found Blogher and other networks. I began reading about how other bloggers got traffic to their posts. I finally understood the saying “ I could write and write and write, but if I don’t promote it, “nobody will come’. “
I finally understood that it’s a good practice to ‘edit’ a post. Not to just write, wily nily and throw the first draft up. That I could re read and delete many “probably” and “so” from my writing.
Blog Changes: I bought my latest URL, kim.today but was scared to change my site!
2016-my ten years of spreading my heart out on the internet!
I also rebranded AGAIN. I felt like I am more than *just* an ultra runner. I want to reach out to people, to women of midlife and encourage folks to go out of their comfort zone and TRY new things and activities.
I am interested in writing about being a healthy active individual, at any age and want to empower and encourage people to stay fit and active. Look for me at the Indy Fitbloggin conference with a new URL, a media kit, and a fresh look on blogging and social media!
What’s your blogging history? Are you ready to make a change? Do you need to make a change? Are you going to join me at Fitbloggin 16 in Indy?