A Lot Can Happen In Two Years…
At least a few times a week, I think to myself, “I wish I was still blogging.” Today, almost 2.5 years after my last post, I decided to try again.
I think the hardest part about starting over, is defining myself as a blogger. Prior to this experiment, which only lasted a few months, I had a blog for 5 years. I kept up with that blog despite working full time and being in school full time. That blog was (and still is) a picture of who I was at the time. It was easy to keep up with because it came so naturally. I was essentially keeping a record of my life over those years. Every now and then, I would write a serious post, but for the most part my subjects were always running, triathlon and life in general. Then came a few major life changes and I was burnt out. My life was changing and I no longer felt the blog reflected where I was going with running and triathlon. So, I stopped blogging completely. After a short break, I started this one…but it never really took off for me. I wanted it to be a place where I could talk about my favorite things- books, food, running…etc. I also wanted it to be a place where I could lay down the thoughts I intentionally shorten for, or entirely keep off of, Facebook. I went back and looked and I published exactly one post of that nature; my last post.
As I began to really crave writing again, and picking up blogging again, I tried to assess what went wrong. And of course, answer the nagging question, “how do I start over?” The answer came to me and it was fairly simple. I want a blog, where I can just write. No weekly themes, no specific amounts of posts a week/month; just writing about whatever I feel like, from silly musings to the issues that really matter to me. Talking about the things I love (or maybe the things I don’t love) and once again exploring my passion for the written word. Truly, that was the purpose of this blog when I started it the first time, but I quickly got away from it. So instead of once again starting over with a new blog, I decided to just pick up where I left off. This time, staying true to the original purpose behind Jillian Loves- writing, eating, running and living!