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Between the years of 2003 and 2005, I lived without cable or internet. This was of course, before everyone and their grandmother had smartphones. I was taking a break from school, and spent my days lounging on the beach and my nights waiting tables. I had no need for email or TV, so I really didn’t feel like I was missing out on anything. (And let’s be honest, at the time I would have much rather spent my money on cute swimsuits, surfboard wax, and alcohol rather than a cable bill).
Then, during May of 2005 I bought a laptop and my roommate and I stumbled upon the fact that someone in our apartment complex hadn’t password protected their wi-fi. That’s when I discovered MySpace.
Oh, the glory that is social media! I could connect with my old high school friends and my family up North. I could send my very best friend who lived just down the street a hilarious picture of cat wearing a sweater, or a bunny with a pancake on its head, despite the fact that I would see her in just a few hours. But my favorite feature of MySpace was the “blog”. And let me tell you, I used it.
You see, I had a lot to say when I was younger, as most youngsters with little life experience often do. (Who am I kidding, I have a lot to say now, the only difference is that as I age, I’m learning to bite my tongue when necessary.) Eventually, I became a mom, and had even MORE to say. Oh the rants I could spew about breastfeeding, I could have gone on for days! Thankfully MySpace was there for me to put my rants and raves into writing, because my infant child wasn’t a very good listener.
But then one day, seemingly overnight, everyone cleared out of MySpace and found their way to the facebook. Naturally, I did as well, but at the time, there was no “blog” feature. But I missed writing, and people told me they missed reading my writing, so I started a real blog.
Run Faster, Mommy! was born, and then it grew into something I never imagined. I honestly never thought that people, beyond my mother and a few close friends, would want to read what I had to say, never mind seek out my opinion for things like product reviews. I’ll never forget the time a woman stopped me at a race to ask if I was “Run Faster, Mommy!” and told me I inspired her. It blew my mind; I was simply a girl with something to say, not a public figure.
I wrote for years, sometimes a lot, sometimes hardly at all. And then I lost Run Faster, Mommy! because organization is not always my strongest point, but from that change came the current form of my ramblings: Relentless Forward Commotion. Different title, same Heather. And over the last 5 years this blog has been the outlet for so many huge life changes, so many opportunities, so much heartache and even more healing. I know it sounds silly, but this blog means a lot to me.
And while I love my blog, I’ve always ran clear away from the blogging business. Mostly because I don’t understand it, and it makes my head hurt. I’m not kidding when I say that the switch from blogger.com to self hosted wordpress took a few years off of my life (though not nearly as many as it would have if I didn’t have Hope’s help). HTML and code boggles my mind, statistics bore me (load rate? bounce rate? Want to know my VO2 max instead?) I still can’t tell you what “SEO” means, though I hear it is important.
Paid advertising has been something I’ve been hesitant to do for YEARS. I never wanted to “sell out”, per-se, or have advertising feel invasive to my readers. But at the same time, making a few extra bucks off of your hobby never hurts; and truth be told, making this blog more than a hobby would be a dream come true.
But in the end, if someone is going to find their way to my blog with a daily creepy search of “my first bra”, then damnit, I’m going to make money off of it. Sadly, that is a true story.
So as you may have noticed, there are now advertisements from an outside party vying for your attention here on the blog. I’m sorry and I’m not sorry at the same time. It’s blog evolution. The rambles around here will continue. The direction of this blog hasn’t changed. I’ve just taken the flying leap into the world of, I suppose, “professional blogging”. Here’s hoping I learn to fly before I hit the ground (or at least figure out what SEO means…)