Thursday, November 16, 2017

November 16 2011...That Fateful Day!

On November 16, 2011 I published my very first fitness blog post. Who would have thought I would still be here six years later.

Technically speaking, I opened this blog account in January of 2009 and my first blog post ever was a recap of pictures of 2008. I would share that post for laughs, but for some reason I didn't upload the images directly. I used a third party image service which doesn't exist anymore (apparently) and all those old image links are broken. I certainly had no idea what I was doing. Back then the blog was called Lea-Bean (my Dad's nickname for me) and I wrote four blog posts that whole year.

I went on to write four more blog posts in 2010. What can I say? I take things slowly. The most memorable that year is a poem I wrote about a dream I had about a friend who passed away. 

It wasn't until 2011 that things started to take off in my blogging life. My first ever fitness post was published on November 16, 2011. I consider today my Blogiversary because it was when I started to focus on fitness blogging and gave my blog its first official name, Running for Dummies.

It was two years later in 2013 when I realized it was a dummy move to use the same name as the 'for dummies' book people and changed my blog name to Running with Ollie.

Running with Ollie


I can hardly remember a time when blogging wasn't a part of my life. Maybe I just have a bad memory (I do), but even though it's only been six years, it feels like a lifetime. It's such a big part of who I am and how I express myself. I wonder how I spent my free time back then, because I honestly have no idea.

Blogging changed my whole life. Running led to blogging and blogging opened my mind to the idea of  fitness certifications. I became a personal trainer and a running coach in 2015. I met so many amazing people, worked with great companies and traveled to fun places because of this blog.

I am so grateful for the doors that have opened and the amazing friends I have made over the years.

Thanks for following along, friends. I hope for many more years of blogging ahead.

Check out my Instagram account later today. I am going to do a fun #giveaway with a great prize for my blogiversary on instagram.com/runningwithollie - winner will be drawn on Nov 24th.

Do you know what today is? On November 16th 2011 I published my first ever Fitness blog post! It’s my 6 year #blogiversary! To celebrate I’m giving the gifts! Enter this #giveaway for Jaybird X3 wireless headphones To enter 1.) follow @runningwithollie 2.) tag 3 friends in one comment 3.) earn extra entries by tagging additional 3 friends in separate comments 4.) earn additional entry by sharing this post, tag @runningwithollie, invite your followers to enter and post a comment “shared” — must live and have shipping address in US to enter.—winner will be selected randomly from all entrants on Nov 24th—-entries will be verified—reserve the right to disqualify entrant if instructions are not followed— prize shipping from Fort Worth, TX— if winner doesn’t respond in 3 business days a new winner will be chosen.— this contest not endorsed by instagram. Good luck!!
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Lea

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