Saturday is a milestone for me—my blog turns two. Anniversaries of any kind are usually cause for reflection and so I’ve spent the last several weeks leading up to this day thinking about time, success, and what it all means.
Two years. My thoughts go to the negative—I should be further along with my blog. I should have more page views. I should have more followers on social media. I should have more involvement from the running community with Small Change. I should have sponsors. I should have…it’s actually quite exhausting thinking about it.
A year ago I wrote a cheery anniversary blog post with a shinning list of accomplishments. While I was a little disappointed at the time with my progress, I was content and believed a year later my blog would be more successful—I’d be more successful.
Ask most anyone how they’re doing and the likely answer will be “I’m so busy. Just so much going on.” A lot has been written about the culture of busyness and how this constant state of being is resulting in an epidemic of over-scheduled and stressed out people.
Maybe people are just too busy to read my blog? If they did how could they not see value in what I’m doing? In what I’m creating?
Are we really that busy? But many of us also seem to waste a lot of time (guilty).
Lately I’ve found myself constantly connected to my phone–checking email and my blog’s social media channels—Twitter, Facebook, Instagram. All of them. Constantly. I even stopped during a recent run to check my phone; this is not something I’m proud of or like to admit. I’m elated when I get new followers, but whimper when I lose a few. How did our success—my success get so intertwined with to the number of followers I have?
We tend to equate busyness with success and ambition. If I was busier, would my blog be more successful? Doubtful. Maybe I’m just where I need to be…for now.
I’ve used the analogy of a tough race before to describe the challenges of creating something special (read: my blog). I promised myself I wouldn’t use this analogy in my two-year anniversary post to describe my frustration. I also told myself I wouldn’t include a list of achievements from the past year. But I am. I need to see for myself I’m making progress, even though at times it seems I’m taking more steps backwards than forward. A few highlights from the last year include:
- Worked with a talented designer to create a new logo for Small Change
- Launched a new blog series to highlight the Small Change beneficiaries
- Increased Small Change donations from $465 to over $4,300
- Started a trail trash project to keep our wildplaces litter-free
- Created a contest with GU Energy Labs to prevent accidental gel top drops
- Received an invitation to speak at the US Trail Running Conference in October
- Battled mind and body at Beacon Rock 25K
A friend of mine is running Badwater 135 starting on Monday—I recently sent her a one-word message of encouragement: BELIEVE.
I realized after writing this post I need to heed my own advice and also believe—believe in myself and what I’m creating with my blog. Thank you to everyone who already believes in me and supports the blog and my ongoing efforts.
If you want to celebrate my anniversary with me here’s two things you can do: Make a Small Change donation in your next race or adventure community and pick up at least one piece of litter while on the trails. This is the best way to honor me and my two-year milestone.
A special thanks to my cousin Tracy (Tracy Woods Photography) for the special thumbholes picture used in today’s blog post.