I’ve thought about giving up my blog many times.
When I first started The Runner’s Plate, I told myself it would be a great way to keep my family and friends in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and South Dakota updated on life here in Alaska. Yet at the same time, I had my eyes on a much bigger prize. I would be lying if I said I didn’t have high aspirations of turning this blog into a full-time job like a handful of bloggers had. It was probably naive, but I am an overachiever and set my goals high—what can I say.
After diligently posting nearly every day during the summer of 2010, I was eating up everything about the blog world. I was buying chia seeds, taking pictures of everything I ate, and documenting every minute of my life for the world to see. Then school started back up again (I was a teacher.), and it was hard to fit blogging into my day while trying to do the other ten million things I want to accomplish each day after work: cooking dinner, cleaning the kitchen, packing my lunch for the next day, stretching, abs, foam rolling, spending time with Craig, getting to bed by 8:30 p.m., and the list goes on. Despite this, I did my best to post as often as possible. But over the last 2.5 years of this blog, I have posted less and less.
I just don’t have the motivation or the time I once did, and when you have only taken four pictures within the past two weeks, it is hard to compose a meaningful post.
This is literally the only picture I took last weekend. I made breakfast for Craig last Saturday morning since I rarely cook for him during the week.
His favorite Greek Yogurt Pancakes + bacon (but not from my parent’s farm and by far inferior) + fresh mango slices.
A few pictures of what my life involves outside of work.
There has been a lot of cross-training going on since I am still trying to heal my hamstring.
But every once in a while, I am able to pound out a few miles.
I do enjoy blogging—don’t get me wrong—but I often wonder if it is worth it. Sometimes I think my posts are lame or my pictures aren’t that great, and I figure, “why even bother. There are a gazillion other blogs out there that are by far better.” And just as I am thinking about giving up my blog for good, without fail I receive an e-mail from a reader sharing how much they appreciate my blog. So that gives me motivation until the next time comes around that I start lacking motivation—like this time now.
I am NOT looking for your encouragement to keep blogging because I have to want to do this enough even without 50-75 comments per post. I just wanted to take your time and share my thoughts because it has been on my mind lately. I do plan on posting through the Boston Marathon since it will be a very momentous occasion for me—God willing I am actually able to run it! But beyond that, who knows where my blog will be in 6 months. Maybe I will regain inspiration (and find some extra time) to keep blogging or maybe a natural end will come. I guess only time will tell.