It’s hard to believe another year has come and went and I have just hit my 2nd year blogaversary. Where has the time gone. It is that time of year again to give a shout out to some new bloggers I have discovered over this past year that follow me and have had some interaction with me.
A year ago I decided to go “award free” with my blog. I just could not keep up, and finally I decided to go the award free route. Yet I still feel it is important to recognise new undiscovered bloggers, share their work and given them well deserved exposure. There are so many inspirational writers out there to be discovered.
The following 24 bloggers (representing the 24 months I have been blogging) I have discovered on WordPress (and a few other blogging platforms) over this past year. The WordPress blogs all have under 100 followers and write about a wide variety of subjects. I love learning new things. You have enabled me to expand my knowledge and started me on a blogging friendship.
Random Blogs (A Little of This and a Little of That)
Nehabazaz…..21 followers. The subheading is “Heartwanderer”, a very thought provoking blog with topics that we can all identify with. Some subject titles are “The Path”, “Letting Go”, “To a New Start”, and “Surprises”
Livin 365….7 followers. A very fitting title of a powerful blog about a young lady’s battle with a cancer that almost took her life and through it all keeping herself positive. Very inspirational.
My Frugal Farmstead….68 followers. Describing life on their 10 acre hobby farm it is living a life that I have always dreamed about. Living simply while working with a lot of things from scratch. With categories of baking, cattle, cooking, family recipes, farm life and much more there would be something for everyone.
It’s The Little Things….42 followers. With the header which reads, :”Life is not measured by the breaths we take but by the moments that take your breath away”, Carmen’s posts cover a lot for ground. From travel and photography, fitness and weight loss, her faith and mission trip travel there is something for everyone.
Airg’s Blog….24 followers. Everyone is on a journey called “life” and this blogger shares their perspective in this world we live in!
Racing Oprah…..47 followers. “Run, Eat, Travel, Train. Atlanta Running Blog”. The writers name is not Oprah, but instead is Sarah. The name came about as she trained to beat Oprah’s 4:29 time in her 1st marathon. Her blog is positive and upbeat. As a fellow runner/blogger she is very encouraging!
Karengeterdone…..30 followers. Karen’s blog banner reads “Addicted to Adventure, Nature, Challenges and Learning. Live Positive, and Play it Forward”. Coming from my area of Canada she writes about some runs that are within a day’s drive for me, as well as adventures far beyond such as climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro.
This Girl Caron…..8 followers…Yeah. I’m a bit partial to this blog as it is written by my niece Caron. The blog was introduced shortly after her 1st Ultramarathon at Pick Your Poison trail race in Southern Ontario.
Willa On The Move….2 followers. Having started to run in 2008 after her friend passed away from Leukemia, she has never looked back, persisting through injury and sickness. She is now running 50 mile (80 kilometer) trail races. Very inspirational!
Blog for an Average Runner. I connect with this blog mostly through my Twitter account, I find Kristi such an inspiration and encouragement. Her hubby and two boys often run the same event on the shorter distances, and Kristi will run the long distances. Recently she completed her 1st 50k ultra.
Kim Runs Miles With Smiles. You are not going to find another more fitting title anywhere, no matter how tough the race is, or how miserable the weather conditions are, Kim is always smiling. A great ambassador for the sport of running, Kim often drops by my blog with a word of encouragement. Her blog is on “blogspot”.
Get Off That Couch….49 followers. I always love reading about people’s journey into running, and for Kimberly it is no exception. A few months ago she completed her 1st half marathon. It took a lot out of her physically, emotionally and mentally, but she did. She is back running again, which is awesome.
Plodding Along Nicely….8 followers. “A British running blog brought to you by “drumroll”…an average lady runner”, this blog with a professional “feel” to it has gear reviews, race reports and much more.
Drty Runner….19 followers. First through connecting on Twitter we only started following each others blogs just very recently, not only is Sarah a run coach but she has run numerous ultras. Some of these races are 50 milers (80k’s) and 100k, reading her race recaps give me goosebumps.
Restoring the Body (Health, Activity and Fitness Blogs)
She Cycles….37 followers. The banner reads, “Sharing Stories From My Newfound Cycling Life” Jessica got seriously into cycling as a young adult. Reading her posts, it is easy to see her passion for riding. Reading her posts make me want to get more seriously into cycling!
Eat and Climb….36 followers. Writer and teacher Sarah Anne is based out of Quito Ecuador, which is a jumping off point for climbers, trekkers and adventure seekers. Her posts are show her passion and love for climbing…something I used to do 30 years ago, and loved it.
Your Body to Mind….50 followers. A healthy mind plays such a part in a person’s general overall health, and this writer provides great insight to help us achieve those goals.
The Gym Bug….89 followers. With the header title, “Follow My Mission to catch “The Gym Bug” this is the journey of Tasha’s quest to catch the gym bug like everyone else. And she is doing a marvelous job at it.
Brett Doyle–Fitness+Nutrition….45 followers. Brett is an ISSA certified personal trainer who also trains for body building competitions. On his blog he shares his knowledge about the proper exercise techniques, nutrition and what to avoid on your diet/fitness journey!
Sweet Blonde’s Fit Life. It was tough choice what choice to put category Sarah’s blog under. She is an avid runner (with many posts on running), but also has done a tremendous transformation through diet and exercise which in turn brought about a mental transformation. Sarah is an encourager!
Reverence (Faith Blogs)
Together Sisters….9 Followers. Written by a Christian mother named Bonnie, her encouraging posts come from the heart, as she writes about living out her faith on a day to day basis.
My Sunday Blog….11 followers. I debated whether to include this one, as it is my secondary blog which I write as a lay minister. The posts are simply a preview of our Sunday morning services. The biggest challenge is how to take a 30-40 minute message and put it into a 300-400 word blog post.
The God Culture. I’m not too sure how this young gentleman named Itofa from Nigeria, Africa found my blog, but I am glad he did. His blog is on the “Blogspot” platform. He has such a passion to share his Christian faith, and is such an encouragement to me!
It Was On My Mind….40 followers. I discovered this blog through another blog “shout out” and found the Christian based posts very relatable to everyday life. Subtitled “Things Worth Considering”.
Thank you to everyone for your support this past year of this blog. It has been a fun journey. There has been so many blogs I would have loved to have mentioned but have kept this “shout out” to blogs of smaller followings and readerships. This is not an “award post” so there is no need to nominate others. Hopefully this posts will have others drop by your blog and help your readerships and followings grow.
As far as my running goes, this marks 3 years of running myself. Running has helped me so much physically (blood pressure) and mentally (mental health). My goal this year was to complete a 50k ultra, which was checked off at “Pick Your Poison“. And now before I knew it I had registered for 3 more 50k’s, the next is July 16th at The North Face Endurance Challenge held in the Blue Mountains of Ontario, Canada. It is supposed to be ultra hot next weekend for this ultra, so this will be a completely new dynamic.
I turned 58 a couple of days ago (and incidentally was born in 1958). My wife gave me a cool ceramic figurine of an elderly man running which she wrote on the placard “Carl in 20 years time….2036 and still running”. I really do hope I am still running in a couple of decades. Thank you for all your support and for running with me this past year. 🙂