2019: My Year In Blogging

I’ve now been doing this blogging thing for a few years. Every time I think I’m starting to get the hang of it, something else comes along and I realize I still have so much to learn.

But I do feel like I’m becoming a better writer with each and every post, so yeah progress!

My 5 Favorite Posts of the Year

I write at least one new post each week.

I’ll admit some of those posts are better than others. Some (I think) are great, but don’t find an audience. Others (I think) are exceedingly meh, and become popular.

It rarely makes any sense to me.

My favorite (or standout) posts of the year (in no particular order):

Consider the Starting Line

As I considered my upcoming 50 mile ultramarathon attempt (a distance I wasn’t sure I could do), I spent a lot of time focusing on the importance of trying.

Seeing the value in starting the race, not just finishing it.

Celebrate the start line

I Wrote A Book

This makes the list not necessarily because of the post, but for what it represents. In June, I self-published my first book on Amazon, crossing off a major bucket list item.

My first book was a day-by-day training guide for a half marathon. That was quickly followed up by a few training journals.

My Amazon publishing empire grows by the month!

half marathon training day by day

 

American River 50: My Unexpected Journey and Race Recap

I won my entry into this ultra, and the first post was largely me considering if I could (or should) do it.

The race recap is the longest post I’ve ever written and recaps a race that went better than I had any reason to expect it to.

Reading these posts back-to-back makes for interesting bookends and illustrates my changing and evolving thinking about myself and what I’m capable of.

American River 50 mile kick off

American River 50

Running by Time vs. Running by Distance

It’s never the posts I think will be popular that become popular.

A little behind-the-scenes from here at blog HQ: my posts are planned out roughly a month in advance. I also have a few dozen posts in various stages of outline and drafting.

Sometimes, try as I may, the planned post just doesn’t come together. When that happens, (hopefully) one of the random drafts can take its place.

This post was, for me, a throw away post I’d been toying with for a while. When the planned post for that week just wasn’t working, I quickly polished it off and published it.

It seemed to resonate with people and quickly rose to the top of my popularity charts. Based on its performance so far, I’m sure it will be on my top 10 most-popular post lists in future years.

I’m not sure what lesson to take from this: Spend less time on my drafts? Don’t bother planning and just throw something up every week?

Enjoying the Process

I think this is a good post with a great take-away, but I just couldn’t come up with the right title or summary to get people to read it.

In short, I like the post, but I don’t like the way I packaged it or presented it.

I’m calling it now, 2020 will be a year of behind-the-scenes optimization so posts like this don’t get lost in the shuffle.

 

The 5 Most Popular Posts of the Year

These posts were all written before 2019, but were my most popular this year.

1. What Not To Do After a Long Run 

I think this post has been my most popular since the day I wrote it.

Dont Do After A Long Run

2. Stages of Running a Marathon 

‘The marathon’ is more than a single race.

Stages Of Running A Marathon

3. Long Run Mistakes

Two long run posts are in my top 5 for 2019? I sense a theme.

Long Run Mistakes

4. Training for a Marathon vs. Running a Marathon

Race day is the just the icing on the cake.

Training For a marathon running a marathon

 

5. Runner Pro/Con: Wearing A Hydration Pack On Race Day 

I’m a bit baffled by the popularity of this post.

Like my time v. distance post, it was kind of a last minute idea that was just filling a gap on my content calendar.

Hydration Pack On Race Day

Onward to 2020!

 

 

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