There are many arguments claiming that advancements in technology and social media have caused people to have fewer real experiences. I would argue that starting a blog, a digital experience, has encouraged me to have more real experiences and interact with more people than I ever have before. That’s the beauty of writing a fitness blog–it’s about what I’m doing, not simply what I’m buying. In the last year, I’ve worked out in the middle of a closed street, in two museums, on a rooftop, in a retail store, and (will soon) at a fashion show. I tried indoor rock climbing, boxing, aqua cycling, and rowing for the first time. I also ran a half marathon for charity and am training for a second race. I met countless fitness enthusiasts, instructors, studio owners, and brands–both online and offline. I threw myself outside my comfort zone, so I could live the healthiest year of my life. Writing 175 blog posts about those experiences has taught me a lot about myself, but there are two things I want to share with you.
First, I want to say thank you. To all of you. Thank you to anyone who has read, commented on, or shared one of my blog posts. I appreciate your support. Thank you to anyone who donated to LLS on my behalf earlier this year. I appreciate your kindness. Thank you to any instructor who has shared their talents to train me. I appreciate your persistence. And thank you to anyone who has inspired or been inspired by me. Fitness is a never-ending journey that can feel pretty lonely sometimes. All of you have reminded me that there’s a healthy, global community out there that lives to support one another. You are all fantastically bad ass human beings.
I’m also very proud of myself, and I’m not afraid to admit that. I started this blog because I wanted to join the conversation about fitness online and get more involved with the NYC fitness scene offline. I thought that the skills I use at my day job in digital advertising would transfer well into the blogging world. I had a few loose, long-term goals, but I could never have imagined where EvannClingan.com would be after one year. Tens of thousands of people have visited my blog in the last year. For those of you who don’t know me personally: Hi, you’re awesome. I’ve featured the best fitness studios in the city–Barry’s Bootcamp, Flywheel, Bari Studio, SLT, Refine Method, and so many more. I’ve been featured in digital magazines and on a few blogs. I’ve partnered with brands that I admire–Reebok, Sweaty Betty, Puma, Lorna Jane, Cory Vines, Chobani, Chevy, etc. I’ve also partnered with start-ups and small businesses that I am thrilled to introduce to my readers and followers. I never dreamed that these things could happen in one year. Being consistent and kind has truly paid off. There is no magic involved in building a blog following.
I already have a few exciting partnerships and projects lined up for my second year of blogging that I’m excited to share in the coming months. I’ve also set a few more concrete goals for myself–write for a major fitness publication, plan an event for NYC fitness bloggers, and attend a fitness conference (to name a few). I can’t begin to imagine what accomplishments I’ll be sharing on my second blogiversary. Until then, a sincere thank you for being part of the last year. Cheers to what’s ahead.