The Truth

Let’s have an honest chat today if that is ok with you all?  Ok, good.  You may or may not have noticed that in the last month or so things have seemed a bit “off” here on LiveRunLoveYoga.  My posts have been lacking spark.  I’ve not been posting as much as normal and have been just skipping days altogether.  Truthfully, I feel bad about it but there are reasons for it and I think it’s time to share.

A few months ago I had an experience that reminded me that blogging is a business.  Unfortunately there are people who are just looking to cash in on bloggers, and brands.  This happens not only in blogging but in all areas of life.  In my experience there was a lack of communication and the level of professionalism exhibited that did not rest well with me.  I don’t regret my decisions or the way in which I handled the situation but it definitely left me angry, frustrated and discouraged.  As a result I haven’t been in the mood to write, post and share.  In fact, it left me wondering why I even spent so much time blogging and sharing my experiences as at all.

Since that negative experience I’ve been thinking about blogging and why I blog and want to share a few thoughts…

I don’t blog with the intention of having thousands of followers or big brand endorsements or to make blogging my job.  I can understand why some blog for those things but it’s just not for me.  I blog to share my experiences and talk about what I’ve learned from running and yoga.  I blog because I enjoy writing and like to relate to those who share similar passions to me.  I blog in hopes of inspiring people to run or practice yoga in order to experience the benefits I have.

I blog with honesty.  I don’t share reviews of products I don’t believe in.  I worked with Gatorade because I believe in their brand.  I’ve used Gatorade to fuel me since I was in high school sports.  I’ve reviewed yoga gear because I practice 4 times a week and it fits in with LiveRunLoveYoga.  While some of my reviews have been done in return for a giveaway or product others are done just because I truly  believe in a product and want to share with you its value.  I can assure you I’ll continue to only review and work with brands that I believe in and already use as part of my everyday life.

I’ve cut back on the numbers of days I post.  I used to have a self-imposed “rule” to blog Monday through Friday but I’ve since let that rule go.  It’s more important to me to blog when I am inspired and have good content.  If that means 5 days a week for a while and then 3 days a week for a month than that is ok with me.  Our lives are continually changing and so is what inspires us.  Currently I’m more focused on packing, moving and creating a life with Michael.  It doesn’t mean I don’t still love running, it just means it’s not something I’m talking about all the time.  When August rolls around and I start yoga teacher training I’m sure you’ll see a whole new type of post inspired by an entirely new experience.  To me, that’s what keeps blogs interesting.  Some once told me something and I’ll never forget it, they told me that sometimes we have a lot to talk about and share and others times we are meant to talk less and listen more.  I suppose blogging is the same.

I’m not going anywhere but I’ve realized I just need to approach blogging a little differently than I did before.  It’s a hobby for me and as a result it needs to be fun and something I enjoy.  I can’t worry about numbers, and products, and how often I post.  For me it needs to be about sharing my experiences and passions and connecting with readers who enjoy those passions as well.  I promise to have honest posts with good content inspired by my passions.  I may not post everyday but I will post when I think I have something valuable to share and can take the time to write a quality post.  In my opinion this is better for me and for you.

Posts that Inspire

I hope that you’ll keep coming back and reading LiveRunLoveYoga.  I’m truly flattered that all of you find my writing interesting and engaging enough to keep coming back.  I’m even more flattered that some of you take the time to comment and share your thoughts and opinions with me.  To me, connecting with readers and even making a few blogging turned “real-life” friends is what makes this worth while.

Thanks for listening to me today.  I hope in some way you can all relate and perhaps understand why things have seemed a bit “off” around here.

Have you ever had to change your approach to blogging?  Why do you blog?

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19 thoughts on “The Truth

  1. simpleehealthy says:

    I really hope you find a happy place with your blogging. It’s not worth feeling bad – !! From a fellow yogi/runner and newish blogger 🙂 we appreciate your honesty … Keep at it. From all the post you clearly have lots of readers and support.

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  2. Julio Cravenho says:

    Just wish to say your article is as amazing. The clarity in your post is simply nice and i could assume you’re an expert on this subject. Well with your permission let me to grab your RSS feed to keep updated with forthcoming post. Thanks a million and please carry on the gratifying work.

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  3. jobo says:

    This is eerie. Your blog is so similar in theme to so many I have read lately. cutting back on blogging, quailty vs. quantity. blogging with authenticity. YES YES YES! I love this. I love what I have read so far, you are real, blog when you want, don’t when you don’t. that’s my motto too! Great post!

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  4. Athena @ Fitness & Feta says:

    Whitney! First of all, I’m glad you are sticking around. Second of all, beautiful post. I have also been experiencing some of the feelings you wrote about lately. I’m happy you were able to get out your thoughts, your honesty, and will continue to write for YOU! I love reading your updates, no matter how frequent or not they may be. 🙂

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  5. Debbie Eck (running4shanti) says:

    I am not a blogger so I can’t answer your question specifically but… I think this is a good example of changes we all face in life. We set out to do one thing, set expectations and then change our minds for good, thoughtful reasons. This is a healthy, purposeful way to go through life so i salute you. And sometimes, those pain in the rear people present us with challenges that ultimately help to guide us and help refine our actions. So as painful as that negative experience was, it may have been a blessing. I’m so grateful you had the professionalism to recognize this and not walk away. So many of us value your words and will take those words one day a week or five days a week – whatever is possible.

    Thank you for speaking your truth – Satya!

    Debbie

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  6. Erin says:

    Whitney, wow this is such a beautiful and honest post that you nearly made me cry. You’re an amazing blogger and this just shows how open and willing you are to share your life, experiences and feelings with your readers. I’m so happy to hear that you have found your own stride within the blogging community. Rock on! 🙂

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  7. Christine @ Love, Life, Surf says:

    Whitney, I’m so very sorry that you had a negative experience but I really love and appreciate your honesty about all of this. I too blog for the same reasons that you do but it’s so easy to get caught up in the numbers and the hype and the buzz and all the things that I feel like I “should” be doing. I think that’s partly why, aside from work, I’m trying to pull back a little so that I can reconnect with the reason why I’m blogging.

    I keep coming back to your blog because I love the stories that you share and the reason why you share them. It makes sense and doesn’t seem arbitrary like others that I come across from time to time. I’m glad that you’re going to stick around because I’d miss you if you didn’t!! xoxo

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    • liverunloveyoga says:

      Thank you! I’ve wanted to write this post for awhile but always held back. It felt good to say some of that aloud. It is so easy to get caught up in the numbers, hype and buzz. Thank you for coming back, I always look forward to your comments! xoxo

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  8. norma Houston says:

    love your blog…have been following for several months when a friend mentioned it on his blog…I only follow 3 blogs including yours. my interests are yoga&running so I can totally relate to many things you say. I took yoga teacher training 4 years ago so I look forward to your thoughts&experiences as you progress through your program.

    don’t feel like you ever have to be committed to writing when you dont feel like it…its your blog&we are grateful that you feel comfortable sharing your life, experiences&opinions with us. Not everyone Is brave enough to “put it out there”. keep them coming as YOU feel inspired!

    I also ran Boston&Chicago in past year but also fredericton (new brunswick,Canada)&Philadelphia (wasn’t the plan) but 4 marathons, 3half,25k&Bermuda Triangle Series&other 5&10ks …all in 11 months…kind of left me feeling burnt out esp with the heat experienced in some local races, Chicago, bermuda&Boston. Now all the regular yoga classes seem to have heated rooms so you can’t escape it. I have a much better yoga class with a comfortable temperature&get deeper into my poses, etc but that’s another story on the “hot yoga fad that young females” are so drawn to…

    cheers&take care…you are loved&appreciated, norma

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    • liverunloveyoga says:

      Norma- I’m flattered that you follow me and so happy you can relate to me. I can’t believe we have had similar experiences…marathons, the heat, yoga, teacher training, etc. You are the type of reader I’ve always hoped to reach! Thank you for your words and support, it’s much appreciated!

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  9. Breanna says:

    Like you, I blog to share my experiences. Given, I don’t have as many people following them, but that’s not really the point. I started my blog so that my family and friends could follow a week-long run that I set up last August- I blogged at the end of each day to let my grandparents and friends at home know how I was holding up. I also wanted other runners to learn from my experience, or see how I made mistakes and learned from them.

    After my run in August, I pretty much stopped blogging, even though I wanted to continue. I just didn’t think I was interesting and that people really aren’t interested in reading about me. So I changed my blogging style this past spring to cover different topics, review products, and have some articles that hopefully spark some thought. If anything, writing the topics has helped me to remain open-minded.

    I completely understand the “having to blog while inspired.” I do the same. But hey, if it keeps the spark alive, go for it! 🙂

    I will forever enjoy your blogging, though- no matter how often (or not) you post!

    (@love2Bre)

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    • liverunloveyoga says:

      Breanna- It’s so good to hear that you re-invented your blog and are loving it again. I feel like blog is an extension of ourselves…always changing and evolving. Thanks for your kind words and for always coming back to read!

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  10. Jess Sutera says:

    I LOVE your honesty, so so so much. And you blog for the same reasons that I blog. For me. Ultimately, I blog for me. Sure that may sound weird or selfish or whatever, but you know what? It’s my blog, dammit! If you want to listen to my thoughts, and if you like what I have to say, I welcome you in. I love hearing from fellow bloggers and readers. LOVE it. And that’s what keeps me going. Not the allure of making money one day from the blog or anything like that. To inspire others is such a gratifying, amazing feeling, and that’s what I strive for with my words.

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    • liverunloveyoga says:

      Thanks Jess, I’ve been thinking about writing this for awhile but never did. Once I sat down to write it I ended up re-writing 3 times. I feel the same way as you! It’s my blog and my space on the internet and I’m in control. No one is going to make me feel bad or tell me I’m not good enough. It’s my space and I write for me and my readers!

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