I have now been blogging for a little over a year. Back when I started blogging, I actually had no idea that there were so many running blogs.
I’m not even kidding. I never researched/read any other blogs and it had always been a fun idea in the back of my brain to start my own blog one day. Good thing I didn’t do any research because this blog most likely wouldn’t have happened!! The week I created my blog, I was sitting on my back deck and I thought “I wonder if there are any other running blogs out there!”–> 100% honesty. I had ZERO idea.
Of course, the 1st blog I stumbled upon was Hungry Running Girl. (oh, if you aren’t aware, she is awesome/a great mom/incredible runner..and OH! One other thing..prob the most popular running blog in The good ole US OF A. You’re Welcome.
Anyway. Blogging. There are a lot of things that I absolutely LOVE about being a blogger. For example…
*I have made some connections with new friends all over the place. I feel like I could hit up a marathon in nearly every state and have someone really cool to run with!
*I’ve made new friends not only through blogging, but via other social media sites too, such as Twitter and Instagram. I have loved meeting new people and I definitely get a lot of inspiration through other runners. AND FOOD—OOOH, FOOD…..—I follow a lot of food bloggers on IG like Skinnytaste, and I love seeing their posts that give me new amazing recipe ideas!!!
I have really come to enjoy following/commenting/interacting with the blog world. I consider it a part of my daily routine to come onto the World Wide Web and check out what’s happening in the “real life” of someone else. I have said before—This is one of the reasons blogging is so popular—Its like reading a book, but its real so its got a different feel to it. And more fun than the newspaper, no?
Still, even though I love my blog family, There are some things that I never will disclose on the blog.. I used to advertise my newest posts on my personal facebook page, but then I ended up making a page just for TGWRE. In hindsight-maybe it was not the BEST idea to connect “The Blogger behind the blog” to my personal friends and family, but oh well. I created TGWRE as a way to help answer running questions from my friends, co workers, family, etc. It was a great way to help raise awareness of my blog, so I guess I wouldn’t change it. I’m always surprised at the randomness of who reads my little blog-Happy surprised though! I LOVE hearing about how I helped inspire someone on their running journey—that is one of my very favorite parts of blogging!!
There are a bunch of local runners who read my blog, I love that!!! And it is a public domain…. So, technically….anyone in the whole world can read it. I think I’m pretty fun and (sometimes) funny…so good lord knows who will be amused by my ramblings. I’ve never had a “crazy stalker” of the blog (as far as I know) or even any negative comments by haters, but, still, like I said: this is a public domain. Anyone can find me.
I love writing about my awesome friends and family, but I try to conserve their privacy. A little over two years ago, we (Greg and I) were devastated when our house was broken into. It was mostly my things that were taken(and I’m not really that cool that someone would want to steal my stuff), and I’m still angry about it. It was just a few months before our wedding and the robbers took the only heirlooms my grandparents had left me: a beautiful opal ring that was my great grandmothers wedding ring, and a locket that was my grandfather’s mothers. I was going to wear both of these things on my wedding day, and even thinking about how they were taken still makes me cry. I would literally do anything to have those two priceless items back. All the ipods/ipads/computers that were also stolen pale in comparison to things like that.
Since then, we have gotten a crazy sensitive alarm system and cameras. Still, even with these things, I’m wary of putting certain things up on the blog. I think my house was broken into because the wrong person saw a facebook status that a mutual friend had “liked”. (If you use facebook, then you know what I mean) I am actually CRAZY with security now, and I wanted to pass on my tips to all of you because they may not be things that are going through your head.
*I use my real name, but I try never to disclose the real names of friends and family members because I want to protect their privacy. I have no problem writing about what happens AFTER a big event, but beforehand, I am top secret. If I wrote about how I was visiting a friends vacation house for the weekend, it is actually crazy easy to discover the whereabouts of someone’s regular home address and break into their home. I would never, ever want that to happen to someone I love. OR even someone I don’t love because that is EXTREMELY DIFFICULT to recover from, trust me. It is Both emotionally and physically damaging.
*I never say where I’m going ahead of time, unless I know for certain someone is home at my house and there is no reason to worry. I will give you an example: Last summer, I went to the Kenny Chesney concert at Gillette Stadium with two of my girlfriends. Until I was POSITIVE that someone was home at both of their houses too, I would not upload a fun picture from the show. It is amazing what you can figure out from the internet..isn’t it??
*No matter HOW MAD I am at someone, I will not put it in this blog. Well, unless its like….The President. Or Miley Cyrus, that chick drives me NUTS. I mean people in real life. Privacy yo….Once you put something out there on social media—it is out there For.E.Ver and you cannot take it back.
*I’m now super careful with putting pictures up. Once I accidentally posted a picture on the blog (of all places!) that had a friends debit card in it. A very nice reader pointed that factoid out to me and I immediately deleted the entire post and let the friend know. You have to be very careful checking over pictures before you post!!
*this is something I learned once from Will Smith. Back when he was still “just a rapper”, someone had asked him how he came up with such smart/swear free/terrific lyrics (actually, I made that up. I have NO idea what they asked young William) But he said the the never sang/rapped a single lyric that he wouldn’t be proud enough to let his grandma hear. And I loooooooove my Memere..so anything that goes on here, I automatically assume that my mom, dad, Memere are reading it too. #keepingitclassy
These are just a few of my security tips for keeping yourself safe, and keeping your blog safe!. I ever surprised at what I can find on google nowadays!
Any tips to share??