Acquiring blog readers is hard. Simple as that. At times, the vast technological universe that many of us partake in can make it difficult to attract those that are the target audience you are searching for. However, that involves you actively trying to attract an audience. When I started this blog back in January of 2011 it was for me to share experiences that were taking place at work, at home and within my day-to-day structure. I’ve blogged about my divorce, my job changes, working with other managers, fashion, sewing, dating, dancing, running and living with Fibromyalgia just to name a few of the most popular topics.
I started the blog as a way for me to get things off my chest that I wasn’t able to openly talk about until people started mentioning my blog. Placing links to my blog on my personal Facebook was a way for me to share with my friends and family what I was going though. During my marriage I lost touch with many people and have been trying to rebuild those relationships ever since. I thought that maybe if people had an opportunity to see all the pandemonium that was going on in my brain they would understand what had been going on when we lost touch.
Outside of my circle of friends it never occurred to me that there might be others out there that are interested in hearing about my sewing projects or management techniques. Who knew that my stories of being a 21st Century Gal would be that interesting to others? Oh yes, that’s right…my mother! Even at 29 it is still hard to admit that my mother is almost always right. See what I did there with the “almost” part? I’m sure there is something out there she might not be right about; such as biomechanical engineering or space travel.
It was my mother who started blogging before me and has shared her tips and tricks, so I guess I haven’t acquired these readers all on my own. I might make management sound amusing, but you should see what my mom can do with the topic of cancer. Never thought I could be laughing about cancer, but that’s how things work under her roof. Anything and everything has the potential of being funny. I’ll tell you what, it is rough knowing that as a teenager but quite amusing when you finally grow up and realize your parents aren’t as uncool as you once thought.
Thanks mom for sharing yet another life lesson with me. Check out her blog, The World According to Alexandra, if you’re looking for a good laugh. She even makes bodily functions funny instead of shamefully disgusting. Thank you to my readers who stop back regularly. For those of you who are just lurkers I invite you to subscribe to my blog and stick around for a bit. There are some big changes on the horizon and I can be you won’t want to miss out on them.
I’m a little behind on my update, but just a little over 2 weeks ago team “D.W.A.R.F.F. Awareness” participated in the Expedition Everest Challenge at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge. It’s an experience I would highly recommend to anyone interested in a night of fun.
*Sorry for the photo quality on these. The only cameras we had were the one’s on our phones.*
The challenge consists of a 5K race with a few obstacles sprinkled throughout it and then a scavenger hunt throughout Disney’s Animal Kingdom at night. Once crossing the finish line you get to enjoy a few extra hours in the park to celebrate your accomplishment with fellow racers and a crazy cast of character friends.
Of all the races thus far this was by far the one that I was looking forward to the most (and not just because it was only 3.1 miles). It was a really exciting experience. Matt’s motivating pace managed to help me shave quite a bit of time off of my usual run times. We crossed the finish line for the 5K just a few seconds before the 36 minute mark and for me that is a HUGE accomplishment.
The medal was really cool. After running the Princess Half Marathon with me, I’m sure Matt was glad that this medal is a bit more manly. It has a fully functioning compass incorporated into it. He was like a boy scout playing with the medal while we waited in line to ride Expedition Everest. It seemed like the natural choice after conquering the challenge. I fully recommend this event to anyone just starting out with the Run Disney events. It’s fun, gives you a good taste of the atmosphere these events have, and you only have to make it through 3.1 miles.
Next up for us will be the Tower of Terror 10 Miler in September. Right now I’m adjusting to running in Florida in the summer. When I started training last year it was already starting to cool down, so running in the thicker humidity and higher temperatures has been a big adjustment. I’m bound to not let it deter me. Now that Matt’s helped me to decrease my per mile time, I’m really looking forward to seeing how my time improves for the 10 miler. This is where I cross my fingers and hope for my knee to hold itself together while I take on another longer race. I know I’ll have Matt there by my side cheering me on, or holding me up, so I’m eager to get back out there and take on another challenge. I’m fighting like hell through my Fibromyalgia challenges and refusing to give up!
Today was the day ladies and gentlemen. Oh yes, we got up at 4:15 AM and prepared for the trek that was ahead. “What trek?” you might be asking. Well, as I mentioned in a blog post late last year, Matt and I agreed to take on our first 5K together and this morning was an amazing experience. It was on my 25st birthday that I ran my very first 5K after losing a bet. I ran it alone and although it was an interesting first experience I wasn’t motivated to do another one any time soon. Until now!
We rolled out of bed at an unnatural hour, but managed to pull it together and get to Disney in time for the Family Fiesta 5K. It was barely 40 degrees, which isn’t exactly something that my Fibromyalgia agrees with, but we toughed it out with 7,998 other people who were waiting to step up to the starting line. The music was blasting, the DJ was cracking jokes and I was excited to get going. Team “D.W.A.R.F.F. Awareness” sure lived up to their name (Dancing, Walking and Running For Fibromyalgia Awareness).
When we first talked about the 5K I told Matt I wanted to beat my run time from 2008 of 42 minutes. He agreed it would be possible and has been training with me to ensure that it happened. This morning I managed to run each mile in about 13 minutes and did squash my last run time! When I proposed this idea it was to get my head back into the game and remind myself that I’m can still do things. My diagnosis of Fibro was one that made me smile as I finally knew what was going on, but being an active person it made me feel as if I was losing myself. This morning was a reminder that I’m still me deep down inside. Although the recovery time is a little longer now then it used to be, I still had it in me.
In purple from head to toe for my support of Fibro, Matt and I crossed the finish line hand-in-hand smiling the whole way. It’s just 6 weeks from now that we’ll be facing the Disney Princess Half Marathon and this Sunday we start pushing our training so I’ll be able to get through that. I have no race time goal for the next run as just completing it is one of the biggest accomplishments in my world. The next six weeks will be tough, but I’m excited and ready for the challenge!