Today is my second blogiversary. As I sit down to reflect, I’m overwhelmed by how incredible the last year has been. I often forget how much EC.com has grown. During my first year of blogging, I focused on connecting with the New York fitness community. I published three posts per week to review fitness classes and share the start of my running journey. I ran my first half marathon and started training for my second. My first anniversary post ended by setting these goals: “write for a major fitness publication, plan an event for NYC fitness bloggers, and attend a fitness conference…I can’t begin to imagine what accomplishments I’ll be sharing on my second blogiversary.”
Since last August, I was featured by a variety of publications, hosted two events in the same weekend, and attended my first blog conference. In my recent Thoughts On Turning 27 post, I detailed other highlights from the last year. To name a few: I ran a 5K, a 10K, a 15K, two half marathons, and a full marathon. I attended my first New York (Fitness) Fashion Week events. I redesigned my blog. I was invited on my first blogger trip. I started my ongoing partnership with Finish Line. I registered for at least four more races. And just yesterday, I completed my first photo shoot on a real set with hair and makeup. When I said I couldn’t imagine what accomplishments I’d have during Year 2, I was right. Blogging became a second job that has helped me grow both personally and professionally.
The biggest lesson I learned over the last year is that you can do anything, but not everything. I accomplished more than I anticipated, but I also burned myself out in the spring. I tried to write four posts per week in Year 2, while also working full time, training for races, and having a life. It didn’t work well. I then decided to cut back and post once per week. Quality always wins. To make the most of what I’ve learned from blogging, I also created my own role at work that combines my digital advertising and influencer skill sets. I said it in my birthday post, but I’ll say it again: Your passions aren’t random; combine and pursue them. Start that side hustle. Pitch your big idea at work. Or maybe cut back to live life a little more. Do you.
What’s next for me? I’ve already shared that I’ll be traveling to race in Vancouver, New Hampshire, San Francisco, and Austin this fall and winter. I’ll also be visiting my parents a few times in Charlotte and might squeeze in one other trip. Woah buddy. I’m hoping to attend New York Fashion Week events again in September. Beyond that, I’d like to attend an out of state blog conference and incorporate more video into my blog. I can’t begin to imagine what I’ll be sharing on my third blogiversary.
Thank you all so much for sharing this wild ride with me. It’s because of you that many of these exciting opportunities are possible for me. It makes my day when I receive a comment or email from a reader, so please say hello if you haven’t. I’ll leave you with these top posts from the last year:
Top 10 Posts from Year 2
Nike Women Race Series 2015 Race Calendar
How I Use Erin Condren Life Planner to Plan Workouts
Nike Women Half Marathon SF Race Recap
The Monster Cycle + Studio
Walt Disney World Marathon Race Recap
Taking a Breather with Sam of Catching Dragonfly
8 Questions with Bengals Cheerleader Lauren Coben
FitReserve NYC Review
TomTom vs. Nike+ vs. Garmin GPS Watches
Nike Women Half Marathon SF Course Map
Photography by Nick A. Urteaga