Pedal and Pout – 1 Year Blogiversary

So today marks exactly a year since I posted my very first blog post here on pedal and pout (YAY). To celebrate this personal little milestone I thought it would be nice to share with you my thoughts and reflections from blogging in the past year.

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Why I started this blog…

So after years of deliberating whether to start a blog or not I finally plucked up the courage late last year. I’d never been able to decide what I wanted my blog to focus on so when I got  a very lovely bike for Christmas from Matt I thought a blog would be the best way to document this new journey and would help to keep me motivated and more likely to stick at it. As much as I love fitness bloggers and look at them for inspiration I definitely didn’t feel I could relate to them so wanted to showcase my experiences as someone who was very much unfit, lazy with exercise and starting from scratch.

Now I am by no means an expert in cycling, technical mechanical talk goes WAY over my head and I still cycle in trainers (I’m still too much of a wimp for cleats) but this isn’t what my blog is about. I’ve found a sport I can do which I love and become healthier both mentally and physically thanks to it and that’s what I want to write about.  Besides, you can watch GCN for all the technical stuff and I can’t resist writing a beauty or lifestyle post once in a while 🙂

How it’s gone this year…

At the beginning of the year I set myself the commitment of posting once a week and I did manage to do this for a few consecutive months but you know.. life kinda got in the way. Despite the odd few absences (I was clearly having too much fun in November) I have so far posted 44 blog posts (45 including this) so I am pretty chuffed with that! I have a whole lot of love and respect for bloggers who keep the fresh content coming EVERYDAY. You are goddesses – yes Hannah Gale I’m talking to you.

My most popular post in number of views was without a doubt ‘thoughts of a newbie road cyclist‘ which for me was actually one of the easiest to write. The whole point of this blog is that it isn’t meant to be serious and showcases that everyone has to start somewhere but you can make progress, so I like to think that this post encompasses all of that but in an entertaining way!

It’s also been an absolute pleasure to discover more bloggers in the North especially Leeds where I have found a whole new community and I love how much of their content is focussed on this fantastic city I get to call home. The support on twitter from ladies such as Jennie from lifestyledbyjennie & Emma from paperplanesandcaramelwaffles has been a pure delight (thank you very much) and superhuman active couple Sarah from goldilocksrunning and James from pedalsandpain amaze me with their determination in every Instagram and blog post. #fitnessgoals right there!

So…next year?

In an ideal world I would like to post more content or at least get a weekly routine down but if I don’t I’m not going to beat myself up about it. Sometimes, I really want to tell bloggers off for apologising about ‘not posting in a while’ or ‘having a few days off’. Why are you apologising? IT’S FINE. 

I definitely want to improve the quality of my photographs though and see if I can work out coding and WordPress to make it look a bit more swish. You never know I might also meet some more fellow bloggers. We’ll see!

Here’s to more blogging in 2017 and if you’re reading this – thank you for being one of very few who do! I appreciate it a lot 🙂

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Comments

  1. December 29, 2016 / 8:58 pm

    Sorry Sarah, I’m one of those bloggers that does tend to apologise for not posting in a while. When I was crafting a lot, I had a blog and I posted without fail at least once a week. I always had something new to share. I too had aimed to post at least once a week this year but life has really got in the way for most of it. I always worry that people will get bored of my endless Strava posts and new PB’s hehehe.
    Great blog and don’t worry about the trainers, but once you do go to cleats, you won’t go back I guarantee it.
    Sam x

    • December 30, 2016 / 2:40 pm

      Thank you Sam! Haha I have been told that exact phrase by a few people about cleats. We’ll see! x

      • December 30, 2016 / 2:52 pm

        I started (2nd time around) in my garden with one trainer on and one cleat with the foot I clip in 1st and then put the other on. Clipped in, pedalled, clipped out, pedalled a bit more, clipped in and out a few more times, then went out on the road. 1st proper time I went out, I plopped onto the road as my legs weren’t strong enough, but after doing it this way after I’d got stronger, I was fine. I did fall a couple more times, but not for months now.

        • January 3, 2017 / 8:53 am

          I’m thinking of practicing on the turbo trainer too before I go out!

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    January 4, 2017 / 8:47 pm

    Hi. I stumbled across your blog when I was reading my own (ha, we all do that sometimes?) It caught my eye because you did a post about your new Giant Avail 3. I bought one, I think in 2013, loved it but it kept throwing the chain and the gears were never right. After a couple of months of it going back to the supplier and a local bike shop I ended up getting my money back as it was just never right. Was just wondering how you’ve found yours. From what I can remember mine was OK going up the gears, it was coming back down where it would refuse to engage then throw the chain. I noticed on your post about your ride out in Yorkshire that you struggled with the gears on the hills. Great blog by the way ☺

    • January 4, 2017 / 10:04 pm

      Hiiii – thanks for the comment 🙂 I think struggling with gears on the hills is more me than the bike. I’m still getting used to everything! Sounds like you had a right drama with your bike though – I’m glad you got it sorted 🙂 I’ll definitely keep your comments in mind though if I notice anything – thanks for telling me 🙂

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