I remember the moment when I said “I’m a fitness blogger” to someone and didn’t internally cringe. It was memorable because I felt legitimate for the first time. Even my apparently frail ego had acknowledged that I had become an established fitness blogger. It wasn’t until well into my second year of daily blogging that I finally felt legit. That was a good day.
I’ve been watching the number of blog posts creep up over the summer and today is my 500th piece for Lisa Johnson Fitness. (Scrape back chair, stand solemnly and look at screen, bow slowly, grin on the way back up, sit back down.)
What I Am Proud Of …
I’m glad I got people to think about living a little healthier. Many of you have told me that I helped a bit here and there and that truly is the purpose of this site: to get good information out there so people can live better lives.
I’m also proud that I’ve been trying to find ways for the medical and fitness communities to come together. There is so much that fitness pros can do to contribute to a healthier population and I hope we’ll see real changes soon where people can have appointments in the same office with both their cardiologist and their medically-certified personal trainer.
I’m proud of myself for actually doing this. I dusted off some brain cells from my journalism days, squared my jaw, and sat down several times a week to write again. I never would have guessed that my career was going to go this way, but here I am and I’m making a decent go of it. That’s just pretty darned cool.
What I Need To Improve On
Somewhere in those brain cells are all the proper grammar lessons. They are rascally little suckers and, gawd, I wish they’d stay still long enough to be of use. Perhaps my most embarrassing moment as a blogger was being in the VIP area at BlogWorld and fawning and blushing over Grammar Girl because she is just the coolest person ever! Grammar Girl, if you’re reading this, and you’ll let me move in with you, I can be there next week …
I need to get better at collaborating with other fitness bloggers. There are so many smart, motivated people in this niche. I have a tendency to touch base and then get busy and let connections wane. I need to be better at working with everyone. We all want the same thing, for our readers to be healthier, and if we work as a group then our voices can be that much stronger.
Big Hugs and Thank Yous!
One of my biggest thank yous has to go to my husband. He is constantly sending me links to story ideas, letting me vent a minor frustration, and the biggest reason, he’s my editor. He keeps the grammar in check and cleans up the sloppy posts when I’m really too tired to write. Thanks Greg.
My sponsors. FitStudio and ActivewearUSA.com have made it possible for me to continue doing something that I absolutely love. If it wasn’t for them, I wouldn’t be able to keep up with a daily blog. I love how passionate the FitStudio pros are and how much good information is piled together in one place. The fact that I get to contribute my voice with that team is very special. ActivewearUSA.com has been remarkable in letting me build a team of fitness pros to help spread good information while looking fabulously chic in our workout togs. Thank you to both of you.
You, you, lovable you. My readers, I’m trying not to get teary here … nope, it’s gonna happen (grabbing hankie). Thank you so much for your interactions and for spreading posts that resonate with you. Thank you for pointing out when I’m wrong and making the blog stronger. Thank you for giving me ideas to write about so I can address real problems that people face. Thank you, thank you. (Blowing kisses at the screen.)
OK, I’m snuffling now, quite verklempt actually. I’ve got 500 in the books and I have no plans to go anywhere. I’ll be just as ridiculously proud when I get to 1,000 posts and you’ll have to read another sappy piece like this.
Thanks so much for coming with me on this journey. You’ve changed my life in the best way possible and I am forever grateful.