When I began blogging five months ago, I had no idea what I was getting into. I have been retired from a 30+ year teaching career for a year now and began blogging on a whim. I think it was mostly to satisfy the need to be creative. Yes, teachers are some of the most creative people I know. I missed that satisfying feeling of putting together an excellent lesson plan that clicked with the kids, of helping a student assemble a science fair project from scratch, of dreaming up an in-service class for my fellow educators that was helpful and engaging.
Of course, I had to write about what I know, and I know running, but I did not want to write a blog where I discussed running tips or training plans. There are plenty of other good writers who can do that so much better than I can. I decided to write about topics I think about while I am running, so I write a running blog that is not really centered on the act of running.
What I was not prepared for was the many interesting, talented and very, very helpful people I would meet through blogging. A pleasant surprise was the amount of networking that blogging entails. I am a social person, and I enjoy this aspect of blogging very much. I pictured blogging as a solitary experience, just me pecking away at my laptop, alone in my home, cut off from all human contact. These generous and knowledgeable writers have taught me so much about blogging and life.
I would periodically like to share with you some of the wonderful writers I have found through blogging. The blogs I read generally fall into one of three categories:
- running and fitness blogs
- faith and inspiration blogs
- blogs that are difficult to pigeon hole into one “type”.
There are so many talented bloggers whom I read. Finding a starting point for this enterprise is difficult. I have made a list (which I am sure I will constantly add to) of writers who have inspired me, made me think, and/or elicited an emotional response from me. I have selected at random (literally closed my eyes and pointed) three bloggers from my list for this first installment.
- Cora from My Little Tablespoon writes about food in the same way I write about running. Oh, she posts some delicious recipes, and I guarantee you will be hungry after reading one of her articles, but she also writes eloquently about her life, her dreams, and her adventures. In a recent post, she wrote about an expedition she and other women (some friends and some strangers) took to celebrate the new moon in May.
“We wrote in our journals… putting words to the thing we were ready to leave behind us, this new moon
What agreement did you once make to yourself, that you no longer believe?
What agreement that you are living is no longer serving you?
What are you ready to leave behind?
We then burned these pieces of paper, symbolizing their exit from our lives.
No longer needed.
Time for change.
Time for new.
2. Jan from Jan M. Flynn is a teacher and a published author. Jan is an extremely talented writer. The nuggets of wisdom that she casually tosses out in her blog take my breath away. She and I share some educational philosophy and a love for ordinary, pretty good moments. It beats believing that every moment must be spectacular, life-changing and “special“. Jan wrote in a recent post:
“The problem with the live-your-best-life mantra is that it leads to keeping score, to grading our lives as if they were term papers. This is when the ego kicks into high gear. On one level or another, we’re either worse than or better than pretty much everybody else. So we vacillate between feeling superior and inferior.”
3. Lexi and Pam from The Life Bus are travel and adventure writers. They make you want to get out of your comfort zone and travel the world. I now have a list as long as my arm of destinations I want to visit, thanks to them. They manage to make every location seem exciting and exotic, every adventure attainable. (But I am still firmly in the no-camping camp. That is one thing they cannot change my mind about.) Pam recently posted her thoughts about traveling solo in an article describing the five day Kumano Kodo trek she took in Japan. She is the epitome of a strong, independent woman. I would want her on my side if I ever got into a bar fight. (Of course the fact that I don’t usually frequent bars and have never fought make that scenario pretty unlikely!)
“I often travel alone….I like to go when I wanna go and for as long as possible without constraints! Sure others are invited, but not always. Mostly because I enjoy the time alone, don’t have to worry if my travel companion is having fun, and can come and go as I please.”
I hope you enjoy reading these writers as much as I do. Their writing ability, passion, and just plain friendliness have enriched my life immeasurably. My thoughts are already on the next three writers I will feature. I have my list ready, and I am closing my eyes…