1000 Miles and 1 Year of Blogging Later

One year ago, I wrote my first post to launch this blog entitled “Goals.” I had this crazy idea to try to run one thousand miles in 2017. I also had an idea to start a blog and write about it. And pancakes. Oh, and my chosen profession, Human Resources. From that, the blog was born. I didn’t know what to expect through this journey, but I knew I wanted to get out of my comfort zone and try something new. After crushing the one thousand miles and one year later, here are 43 things I learned.

  1. Writing is hard.
  2. Trying to write everyday is harder.
  3. I failed at writing every day.
  4. I wrote 188 posts!
  5. I’m my own worst critic.
  6. There are others who are a worse critic than me.
  7. There is a correlation between HR, Pancakes, and Running.
  8. Some people actually read my blog.
  9. My family reads my blog.
  10. My wife can call bullshit on my blog.
  11. Be careful in sharing too much personal stuff on my blog.
  12. The posts I thought were real winners, didn’t resonate at all with my audience.
  13. Audience? Who am I kidding?
  14. Unsolicited feedback happens. A lot.
  15. This blog holds me accountable.
  16. People in my company read my blog!
  17. I wouldn’t be able to write this blog if I didn’t run.
  18. 87% of my blog posts were drafted on 653 of the 1150 miles I ran in 2017.
  19. Putting a goal out there helps you accomplish it.
  20. The pen is mightier than the sword.
  21. Impostor syndrome is real.
  22. Blogs are selfish and egotistical.
  23. I can be very selfish and highly egotistical.
  24. Solicited and unsolicited feedback reminds me of that.
  25. I write 78.2% of my posts on my train commute to work.
  26. 88% of all stat are made up.
  27. The WordPress app needs spellcheck.
  28. You can tie any event or topic to HR.
  29. I’ve become what I despise.
  30. It’s my blog and I can write what I want to.
  31. See #8.
  32. Be prepared to back up what you write.
  33. It feels good when people tell you they read your blog and like what you have to say.
  34. If you have a goal to run one thousand miles, start a blog and reference said goal every third post.
  35. Every moment can be an inspiration for a post.
  36. You don’t have to write about every inspirational moment.
  37. Writing a blog is not so cool in the eyes of 14 and 11-year olds.
  38. It’s truly humbling when someone references your writing in a conversation.
  39. Don’t take yourself too seriously.
  40. I have a day job and I’m not getting paid to write.
  41. Making lists for a blog post is a great way to fill a page. The experts say it’s great for traffic.
  42. I love lists!
  43. I have discovered blogs I had never read before and truly appreciate what it takes to make a blog happen.

This year has been quite a roller coaster and I’m glad I started this blog to share a little bit of the journey. I thank you for spending the time to read and share some of my content. I’ll be tweeting out some of my favorite posts throughout the day. I look forward to another great year!

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