Why I Stopped RunBlogging
It has only been a couple of weeks, but it seems a lot longer than that.
Since August I had been really looking at, thinking about and finally coming to a decision in October about where I wanted to go with my blogging.
My blog had become little more than a daily blog post about yet another run or why I didn’t run, with the obligatory proof that what I wrote about was what I actually did to keep the trolls at bay, take a photo of the course to show where and how beautiful where I run is, hop on some running bandwagon or other running related article, to be able to write another perspective that didn’t mean a whole lot, write reviews about gear or running books that I had read to become a better runner, failed training plans that I attempted after reading those books, whine about my latest injury or how I didn’t perform up to my expectations at the last race I ran.
That was the extent of my writing over the past couple of years.
Quite honestly, my writing was becoming routine, repetitive and dare I say boring for me and any readers that were left.
After 5 years of writing something about running almost every day, meeting lots of great people and doing lots of things that I never would have done otherwise – I decided it was time to move on.
I came very close to shutting up shop and stopping blogging completely, like some other runbloggers have done, but I enjoy the writing process and then publishing what I write to a blog – even if no one or only a very few might read what I write.
Yeah, I could have attempted to get into the freelance world or other stuff, but the chasing the next account or client isn’t who I am and why I failed at being a successful pro blogger a few years ago, when I actually had a chance.
So if I wasn’t going to be primarily a runblogger, what would happen?
If I was going to keep blogging, I needed to do things differently.
That meant I had to make a decision on what to do with One Foot In Reality – eventually I decided to retire it completely and delete everything off haroldlshaw.com to start over.
I have and Simply Aging is the result.
Yes, I will continue to write about running, but it will not be the primary focus of what I write and no, I will not be doing a daily runblog about that day’s run. If you are interested in my daily running follow me on Strava or Garmin Connect.
It should be an interesting journey, my going down a different road that needs to be travelled as I approach that magical 60th birthday next summer.