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.
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!
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 🙂
If you’ve got a blog don’t forget to comment below so I can check it out 🙂