My blog is a wonderful outlet for sharing my running journey and new recipes, but can’t totally reflect my reality. I love running, and I am so excited to be kicking off my five months of training for the New York City Marathon in November. I enjoy creating new allergy free recipes, and only hope that I have time this summer to spend some time experimenting in the kitchen. Yet running and cooking together take only a couple of hours out of my day, and as for the rest of what I’m doing, I’m doing it as Alyssa, not as Renaissance Runner Girl. So where does that leave me and my blog? Right now, it has me thinking about where I personally leave off and the blogger begins, where the two overlap, and what I want the focus of this blog to be.
I’ve learned a lot in my 1.5 years of blogging, from the technical aspects of maintaining my own website to food photography technique, and from finding my voice as a writer in this sphere to engaging and connecting with others in the healthy living blog community. From finishing my last semester of law school through a summer of bar study, travel, and figuring things out before beginning my first job as a lawyer, to learning how to balance my career with a relationship, family and friends, running, and my passion for healthy cooking, documenting the journey here has been helpful and rewarding.
It’s pretty clear from that list that my life has been in a continuous state of transition the entire time I’ve been blogging. Major changes came last spring with graduation, last summer with the bar exam, and in the autumn with my new job. I’ve been open about how I felt about each one, greeting them with mixes of nervousness and excitement, and being able to write about what happens and reflect on what’s to come has meant a lot to me.
Now I’m more than halfway through the first year of this new post-school chapter, and if I’ve learned anything, it’s that life is what happens while you’re busy making other plans, because far from settling down, more change is on the horizon. I can’t share everything about it here on the blog like I did before. So I’m figuring out how to continue making this space meaningful for myself and the people who read what I write with that in mind.
For now, it means that a big focus of Renaissance Runner Girl is going to be marathon training, because it’s definitely a huge part of my life, finishing the New York City Marathon is a major goal, and I hope my journey to get there is interesting and relevant to other runners. I’ll keep sharing other tidbits as I go about my days and weeks. There’s no way I’m going to stop the photos of my eats and treats! And eventually, when things shake out as they will in the end, I think what comes next for both me and the blog will have been worth the wait 🙂
How do you separate your “real life” from what you share on your blog?
Do you find drawing the distinction to be difficult?
If you have a lot going on, is your blog a good alternate focus, or do you take a step back from blogging?
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