August 6, 2014
This afternoon the original blog www.thefatgirlsguidetorunning.com ceased to exists as we transferred the site over to this new and ever so shiny new one, if you just clicked on the link you will see what I mean. So anyway, in the hour just prior to the change over earlier today I spent some time going over the old site reminiscing about the early days and remarking on how far it has come. You can see from the stats that over the past few years it has had well over 200,000 hits with readers from all over the globe, not bad for someone who didn’t even know what a blog was before setting it up. My first ever post When will I learn got less than 10 hits, and I didn’t get my first comment for months after that so it wasn’t like the blog was an over night success, no, it was more of a slow burner with it taking quite some time for people to start following what I was doing with any interest. But it still blows my mind that more than 10,000 people have read my 10 Easy Ways to Start Running post since its creation in August 2013. In all honesty the blog was never designed to be something read by strangers anyway, it was supposed to be more of a way to keep a record of my training and the highs and lows of trying to lose weight and become a proper runner – but you know all this already right? I got thinking today about how you guys came to find the blog, what drew you in and what made you keep coming back. I wondered if there was anyone still here from those early days that have followed the blog for more than a couple of years. So I thought perhaps to mark the end this first chapter we could play a game, hey I will even throw in a prize. It works like this 1. You must leave me a comment below 2. Tell me who and where you are 3. How you came across my blog and when (roughly) 4. If there were any particular blog posts you liked and why (if you can remember any) and here’s the important (prize-winning) bit 5. Give me a suggestion (ie a title) for my next blog post I will choose my fave 3 ideas and post them over the next few weeks, and the lucky 3 winners will get a free “Too Fat to Run” technical running vest (worth £25) with Free shipping (wherever you are in the world) for your efforts. Come on peeps, let me see where my loyal fans are.