Wow ” this is a great topic! Truthfully I can’t really remember why I started blogging, as it was a really LONG time ago! Originally I started a blog called Ã…”Just Janice Ã‚Â which was about me, my running, wedding planning*, and life. It was a no-holds barred blog where I shared just about everything that came to my mind. Unfortunately, it became apparent that I shared too much … (It’s a long story, and I ‘ll leave it at that). So I deleted that blog and immediately started a new blog in October 2004 called CosmoGrrl, which then had it’s name and URL changed to Mom On The Run ” I still write there occasionally when inspiration strikes my fancy. And apparently I haven’t managed to offend anyone tremendously since then.
Over time, Mom On The Run had become a place to rant and complain about motherhood, post-partum depression, being lonely and solo parenting. Basically it wasn’t doing much to help me pull out of that funk, and a comment on one of my posts really struck me. My friend Jafer said to me: “I ‘m really worried about you.”
She was right ” I needed a change. I needed to change my thinking and my perspective and what better way to change your thought processes than to begin writing positive and inspirational messages?
In the fall of 2009 Fitness Cheerleader was born.
I think En Vogue said it best:
Free your mind and the rest will follow.
Writing about health and fitness gave me a new focus. I stopped thinking and writing about how crappy life was with young kids that never slept and not having any friends on my new street and neighbourhood. Instead I started writing about my training, my return to fitness, and the things that inspired me. I began sharing (and using) knowledge I gained from my undergrad. My goal was to inspire other people, connect with other moms going through the same things as me, but something weird happened along the way ” I inspired myself:
Why did you start blogging?
* We got married in April 2004, so I believe that blog was started in the fall of 2003.