Me and My Blog

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.



At Disney's Boardwalk




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.



Lessons Learned As I Blog Along



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.




Pink tulips in Central Park





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 πŸ™‚












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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17 thoughts on “Me and My Blog

  1. So, are we twins or what? Except this was much more eloquently written and exactly what I was trying to convey. I want to share openly and be friends with everyone via my writing, but I also (and always) want to write meaningful content. Deciphering the two is easy for me in real life, so maybe it will just take a bit longer on my blog? I’m glad I’m not alone in my feelings πŸ™‚


  2. Wow, I love this, because I’ve been struggling with the same balance. I don’t want the blog to be my life, but I can’t not put myself into the blog. I want people to learn something from the content, but I don’t want to be curating content that isn’t me. I love that you are sharing your running adventures and eating adventures, because I learn from your training and your different experiences. I actually really love bloggers sharing their lives and what they are learning, because I think it helps each of us grow.


  3. First of all, OMG YOU SCARED ME DON’T DO THAT. I read the title of this post and the first few sentences and I thought for sure this was going to be a blog break-up post. I was SO SAD! Whew, thank goodness that wasn’t the case.

    This is so timely for me because, while I haven’t talked about it on the blog, I have been thinking a lot about the future of my blog. I feel like it’s at a crossroads right now where it needs to go in a new direction but I’m not sure where. I am excited to follow your NYCM training and as a fellow runner, obviously I do not mind if that takes over your blog for a while! I don’t follow a lot of rote training blogs anymore, but yours is one of the exceptions, I’m really excited for your journey. We’ll have to compare notes about Laura’s coaching πŸ˜‰ JUST KIDDING LAURA.


  4. Finding my blogging groove was definitely something I struggled with. I feel like I’m in a pretty good place right now, but it took a lot of tinkering to find subjects I wanted to write about. I keep my personal life pretty separate from the blog, but I make up for that by making sure I always inject a whole lot of personality into anything I write about. I hope that made sense. I’m not caffeinated enough yet 😦


  5. I totally agree with you! It’s OKAY if your blog changes along with you, and in fact I feel it should. Not only should it change, but it shouldn’t rule you’re life. We’re young! We should have lives way from our computers, phones, and tablets. Having a blog is such a good way to share your experiences and emotions, but it shouldn’t keep you from actually experiencing those things. I’ve struggled too, with finding a balance now that grad school is over and I’ve moved back to Maryland. I’m looking forward to following your NYC journey!


  6. I guess my blog is mostly focused on running, but I also mention food and life because its hard not to! I think it just depends on what feels the most comfortable to you. I don’t like sharing every detail of my life, but its also nice to get to know more about a blogger than just their workouts!


  7. I definitely think this is something we all go through with blogging. My blog changed quite a bit over the first year and I became more comfortable opening up because I am SUCH an introvert. You have said before I think (please correct me if I’m wrong) that you’re introvert as well, and I think it takes some time to find the right expression and balanced as an introvert in anything. Our minds spent twice as long processing and analyzing everything!
    I’m so excited for your training for NYCM!


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