A reporter for a local newspaper doing a story on area runners recently asked why I keep a running blog. I bumbled and stumbled out some lame answer when the truth is, I'd not really given it much thought.
Well, I've thought about it and my (missed) blogiversary seems like an opportune time to answer the question: "why blog?"
- Advice - I often get very sound advice from readers.
- Inspiration - I enjoy reading your blogs for inspiration - why not do the same.
- Vanity - It's fun being a publisher and I get a kick out of the results when typing my name into search engines.
- Family - All of my family is in the Midwest. This is an easy way for them to keep tabs on me and my running.
- Support - I have been contacted by several new runners looking for guidance. I don't pretend to be a coach but I can point newbies in the right direction.
- History - Much like I keep a running log detailing my mileage, here I keep a history of my thoughts and experiences on running.
- Exhibitionism - Those that know me (particularly socially) know I am a bit of a showman. Blogging is just an extension of my desire to be in the spotlight (I am a Leo after all).
- Writing - Pretty clearly I'm no Steinbeck. Nevertheless I enjoy writing and it is nice to have a venue to sharpen and hone my skills.
- Motivation - By publicly stating my goals and intentions I am far more likely acheive them.
- Because - Why get out of bed to to run in the rain? Why train all through the winter months? Why run 26.2 miles...
"Because it is there."
- George Mallory (when asked why he wanted to climb Everest)