Thoughts About This Blog

When I started this blog 2 months ago, I didn’t expect anything of it. I figured a few of my friends would read it out of courtesy and/or interest in my progress, but that would be it. I started this blog mostly as a way to keep track of my progress, put my thoughts and feelings into words, and as a way to hold myself accountable to actually do my workouts (I don’t want to have to report that I’ve given up or otherwise failed).
But I’ve come to realize it’s much more than that. I’ve connected with so many great readers/commenters & fellow bloggers who share common ground of running, depression, C25K, or are just some truly fascinating individuals.
So thank you all for reading, commenting, and subscribing!

While I’m not someone who worries about my “blogging numbers” it did put a smile on my face to get a notification last night that I have reached 50 followers, and a quick peek at my stats showed that I reached 1000 views as well.

How I felt emotionally after the run

So now that I am nearing the end of my C25K training, I’m thinking about the future of this blog. I still plan on blogging my journey, as I still have a long way to reach my running goals and get my depression managed.

However, I’m thinking it might be time to start trying to monetize it. I’m not trying to be greedy here, but the fact of the matter is I’m a stay at home mom and Hubby works full time as well as being a full time student, so money is not exactly in abundance.

Running is an expensive hobby. People say running is the best type of exercise because it’s free, but that is a lie, unless you are just planning on jogging a half mile every few days. Proper shoes, clothes and other gear (like a water bottle) are necessary and not exactly cheap.
I was fortunate enough to have a pair of sneakers that work well enough for the short distances I’m running right now, but they don’t have much life left in them, and they aren’t really a running shoe anyway. We were able to scrape together about $100 to get me a sports bra, tech shirt, athletic pants and a water bottle when it became clear that running in blue jeans and a cotton tee wasn’t going to work (not to mention the problems I had drinking with my old bottle).
But I’m reaching the point now where I need a better fitting sports bra, a pair of proper running shoes, a long sleeve running shirt and/or a tech jacket, some compression sleeves (or proper running pants with compression built into them), not to mention money to actually enter events.

Some may argue that entering events isn’t necessary and why would I pay $45+ for something I can do in my neighborhood for free. But I’m a bit of a magpie. I like bling & swag; especially when it represents something I’ve done or seen and most especially when it is a symbol of something I’ve accomplished. And events like those hosted by RunDisney are the carrot I’ve been dangling for myself to keep me motivated to train even when it’s hard. That is why my first goal has been to run below RunDisney’s pace requirement of 16 min/mi, so I can participate in their events.

So I’d like to monetize this blog as a way to cover all these various experiences associated with running.

I’m thinking I’ll try an ad program. But that requires that I have my own domain (instead of the free WordPress domain), which while not terribly expensive is not in the budget right now. So I’m exploring my other options.

On the recommendation of some blogger friends I am looking at some affiliate programs. To start with I’ll be using Amazon’s affiliate program, which gives me a small percentage of anything you purchase using my link.
It’s a great and easy way to help support my site without having to spend any extra money.
When you do your shopping, come here first and access Amazon through the link on my Support Page.

When I talk about products I like or things I’ve just bought, I’ll be linking to them with my affiliate link, but I will always let you know when I do this. It will look something like this:

“I’ve put Amazon Prime (affiliate link) on my Christmas List this year, its the only video streaming service I’m not subscribed to ”

I don’t get anything for you clicking on it, just when you purchase, but I like being open and transparent, so I will always indicate when something is through any affiliate programs I may be involved in.

A few blogger friends have also suggested I add a “tip jar” where readers can donate if they want to support me. I’ve had mixed feelings about this. I understand some people want to just support blogs & websites they love without having to make additional purchases, but to me it kind of feels like I’m begging for money. But I’d love your input on this, leave your thoughts in the comments.

On another note I’ve added more social sites you can connect with me on. You can now follow me on Twitter and Instagram.

Thanks again to all of you who read, comment and subscribe and a preemptive thank you to those who choose to support this site monetarily.

Its been an amazing two months, and I hope there are many more to come.


21 thoughts on “Thoughts About This Blog

  1. I totally understand what you are saying here. I work 20 hours a week and the hubby works full time and we can JUST pay our bills and that is it. I still haven’t gotten new sweatpants/ pj pants that fit because of bills. But, compression pants/dress pants were more important to get. I’ll eventually get what I need in terms of my wardrobe.

    Good husband was just talking about getting ads on my blogs. I’ll think about it once my blog matures. My other blog (GeekSpeak) maybe for consideration sooner than later.

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    • Yeah, every time I talk about new shoes, or a new bra, or entry to an event, Hubby gives me looks. Thankfully I have friends who have a rather successful blog and they’ve given me some good pointers, as well as contacts for affiliates awesome affiliates when I grow a little more.
      At least this is a way I can get Hubby off my back about not working (which with the cost of child care is not an option…I’d only be making enough to pay for the child care)

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  2. Yeah..sometimes we’ve gotten in a situation where only one of us can work because of child care costs. I got ya there. Glad you know people that can help you out there!

    I haven’t even registered for an event due to finances. Oh well. I run for the joy of running and maybe someday I can actually get a couple races under my belt and get some “bling”. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  3. Everything you say is golden. I’m grateful to have found your blog. Running AND depression! Fits me well.

    Organized races are legit. There is an energy about them, a camaraderie that is wholly unlike the running you can do around the neighborhood. And although anyone and everyone is welcome, there is something special about races. They are our own thing, and I think they’re worth every penny. (Plus the bling and the swag.) Also, I’ve not had to buy myself a sports bra (though I do apply bandaids before long runs because: bleeding nipples), but all of the other gear you mention is mission critical, at least if you’re running long and frequently. And it ain’t cheap.

    Good luck with the monetizing effort. I haven’t considered that with my blogs, but if it works for you then I’m happy (or at least as close as I can come to happy).

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    • I’m glad you like my blog so much!

      I’m really looking forward to my first official race. I love reading race recaps and they all have me really excited. Even just in the recaps the camaraderie you mentioned is apparent.

      Bleeding nipples sounds horrible! I’m not sure if that is worse or better than having boobs flop all over the place (I’m not exactly well endowed, but even I’ve noticed the importance of keeping them in place, not to mention the long term sagging that can happen as a result of too much flopping). In many ways a good sports bra is the most important piece of gear for a female runner, and quality one will run in the $50-80 range, making them almost as expensive as a pair of shoes!


      • I pay $120 for my running shoes (and that’s after my 20% running club discount), and I generally buy 3 pairs a year. They’re worth every penny, but they are costly. And it is important to get fitted properly by a dedicated running store, at least to find the first pair that are right for you. (I’m sure other hobbies/madnesses have their prices too.) Yes, bleeding nipples are horrible. Until you step in the shower. Then they are MUCH WORSE! My daughter has run many marathons (I’ve run one), and now she is 7 months pregnant. So I think I’ll finally be able to get an answer to the question: Is finishing a marathon as bad as giving birth?

        I’m eager to read your recap of your first race. Every bitter, gory, embarrassing detail.


      • Yeah I was told to expect upwards of $100 for shoes, so that doesn’t surprise me. I’m planning on getting fitted at the running store at Downtown Disney when we are in Orlando next month.
        I shutter at the thought of how the bleeding nipples feel in the shower!
        Congratulations to you and your daughter! I’m still probably a year+ before I run my first marathon, and I am looking forward to testing that comparison as well. Please share your daughter’s results!

        My first race will (hopefully) be in January, so just a few more months before that recap


  4. It’s true. Running gear is definitely an investment. And as you continue, you’ll notice your shoes really take a beating. Do you have a Costco membership? I found when I was starting out that their workout gear worked well for me, and it wasn’t too expensive. Unfortunately, you probably won’t be able to get shoes there, though. For shoes, I’d recommend getting your first pair professionally fitted so you know what works for your instep/arch etc. Then after that, just watch the flyers to see when the shoes you like are on sale. Now that I know my feet (Asics work the best for me), I pick up shoes when they go on sale, sometimes for more than half price! Just a couple of tips from a fellow runner, take them or leave them. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • I don’t have a Costco membership, but I do have one for Sam’s Club, but I haven’t really looked at their gear.
      I bought the stuff I currently have a Kohl’s, which if you time it right for a sale or Kohl’s cash is pretty good deal.
      There isn’t a running store nearby, but I’m planning on going to Orlando next month, and I’ll be stopping at Fit2Run in Downtown Disney to get a gait analysis and a fitting.
      I like your idea of nabbing shoes when they are on sale, I’ll have to remember that.
      Thanks for the tips!

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  5. I enjoy reading your blog! We have similar interest! I have ADD and episodes of depression come along with it! I’m a beginner runner and love Disney, I found your by you commenting on mine, thanks! I hope you continue to follow along.

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  6. Just reading your blog was an inspiration to me. Running is expensive. I know the experts say you just need a pair of shoes and some shorts, but it really isn’t that simple. Good luck on monetizing your blog, the more followers you get, perhaps you can even get sponsors from some of the manufacturers or stores, that would be very cool. January will be your first race? Best of luck! I know you’ll do GREAT! I really look forward to reading your posts!

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    • Thanks! Running is terribly expensive! I do hope to grow my readership to the point where I can get some sponsors/affiliates, as that will help a lot!

      I’m so excited for my first race, and spending a weekend in Key West will be a blast.

      I’ve enjoyed reading your blog, so thanks for subscribing!


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