Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Lea Genders Fitness: Strength and Running Blog

If you've been following along you know that back in 2011 I started this little blog and named it Running for Dummies. I grew my blog, my social media accounts and most importantly, my online network of fellow bloggers. I made more friends and connections than this self-proclaimed introvert could have ever imagined.

After a couple years of blogging under the name Running for Dummies this blog was growing fast and I started to worry about possible copyright issues with the title. Those book people owned the 'for dummies' phrase and I didn't want to risk losing all my hard work in a possible shut down so I decided to change my blog name, which felt terrifying at the time, but turned out to be a seamless transition.

At that time we recently adopted Ollie and he was my favorite running partner so Running with Ollie was born. Ollie made a great mascot and my community started to build in new directions, now I was connecting with dog lovers and runners. These were the best people ever. I found my niche. There are a million running bloggers, not as many running with dogs bloggers. (Only a few thousand. haha.)

It was this blog that opened my eyes to the possibilities of following my passions. Running led to blogging and then blogging led to professional fitness certifications. When I started this blog I was a runner who loved to write, now I am a fitness professional and group exercise instructor who loves to run and write.

Things are changing and change is good and sort of terrifying.

Last year I launched my personal training website and simply named it Lea Genders Fitness at www.leagendersfitness.com. I immediately wrote four or five blog posts in as many days so that it wouldn't look like a brand new blog. I left it alone for quite a while but lately I have been focused on providing more consistent fitness content over there.

The truth is that it is very challenging to manage two sites. I am already working my full time marketing job with a part-time blog, teaching two group fitness classes a week and being a wife that keeps her house spotless at every moment (totally kidding about that last one). Thank God my husband loves to cook and vacuum. (Loves to vacuum? Well, loves not to have Ollie hair all over the floor.)

After five years this blog is well-established so it receives a steady flow of traffic without a ton of effort. My new Lea Genders Fitness blog? Not so much. I know it will take time and a lot of work to establish that site. But I do know I am starting from a much better place than I was when I started this blog because when I started over here, I had no idea what I was doing. I learned a lot over the last five years and am applying that knowledge to make Lea Genders Fitness blog the best it can be.

Lea Genders Fitness
Lea Genders Fitness Strength & Running Blog

I would love it if you would click on the blog link and sign up to receive email notifications on the right side bar (or on any page in the footer). I write about running and strength training topics.

Running with Ollie blog isn't going anywhere either. I promise to continue to share pictures of Ollie running lying around, to tell the stories of my races and running adventures, the people and gear that help me cross the finish line at races and in life.

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