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Why I Started Blogging

Wow ” this is a great topic! Truthfully I can’t really remember why I started blogging, as it was a really LONG time ago! Originally I started a blog called Ã…”Just Janice  which was about me, my running, wedding planning*, and life. It was a no-holds barred blog where I shared just about everything that came to my mind. Unfortunately, it became apparent that I shared too much … (It’s a long story, and I ‘ll leave it at that). So I deleted that blog and immediately started a new blog in October 2004 called CosmoGrrl, which then had it’s name and URL changed to Mom On The Run ” I still write there occasionally when inspiration strikes my fancy. And apparently I haven’t managed to offend anyone tremendously since then.

Over time, Mom On The Run had become a place to rant and complain about motherhood, post-partum depression, being lonely and solo parenting. Basically it wasn’t doing much to help me pull out of that funk, and a comment on one of my posts really struck me. My friend Jafer said to me: “I ‘m really worried about you.”

She was right ” I needed a change. I needed to change my thinking and my perspective and what better way to change your thought processes than to begin writing positive and inspirational messages?

In the fall of 2009 Fitness Cheerleader was born.

I just searched my archives, and my first posts was this health news round up (perhaps I should get back to writing those?) and this Mamavation Monday post.

I think En Vogue said it best:

Free your mind and the rest will follow.

Writing about health and fitness gave me a new focus. I stopped thinking and writing about how crappy life was with young kids that never slept and not having any friends on my new street and neighbourhood. Instead I started writing about my training, my return to fitness, and the things that inspired me. I began sharing (and using) knowledge I gained from my undergrad. My goal was to inspire other people, connect with other moms going through the same things as me, but something weird happened along the way ” I inspired myself:

Every post I write motivates me to stay active, and keep competing to run my fastest, so guess what? You’re stuck with me for a long long time!


Why did you start blogging?


* We got married in April 2004, so I believe that blog was started in the fall of 2003.

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  • Jill Conyers (
    August 21, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    Just joining and a day behind 🙂 It’s so interesting to look back and see how our blogs have evolved.


  • Cindy
    August 21, 2012 at 5:26 pm

    The origins of blogs are so fascinating! I love this topic!


  • Clarinda
    August 21, 2012 at 7:17 pm

    Great post! My evolution is somewhat similar. http://clarindas.blogspot.com/2012/08/why-blog.html

  • hikermom
    August 21, 2012 at 7:26 pm

    Great story:) I agree that writing about positivity helps me be more positive.

  • Kat
    August 21, 2012 at 8:51 pm

    I love your story Janice. The progression to positivity is great!
    I’m still a newbie so my story is short. I wanted to write and I needed a place to practise and connect.

  • dirtygirlrunning
    August 21, 2012 at 9:19 pm

    I have this challenge to thank for keeping my blog alive and kicking. Great story and yay for positivity!


  • sheslosingit101
    August 21, 2012 at 11:34 pm

    Thanks again for coming up with such great topics to write about. I’m glad you became the Fitness Cheerleader – you are truly inspiring me to follow my goals and keep writing. Kudos.

    Here’s my post: http://sheslosingit.net/2012/08/21/why-i-started-writing-a-blog/


  • Weight Loss Trainer
    August 22, 2012 at 5:11 am

    Started blogging to help people get through what I’ve gotten through. Plus it helps keep me a bit sane.

  • Forever Young
    August 22, 2012 at 5:32 am

    I’m trying to embrace turning 45 years old young like I did 32 years old. One day, I want to be able to say I’m 45 years old with 12 years experience, because my 45 th year was just that good.


  • Fancy Nancy
    August 22, 2012 at 5:48 am

    It’s so neat to see how your blog has evolved with you over time!!

  • Rosanna Soto-Luna
    August 22, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    I have a few blogs myself, “our family updates, a neglected craft one and now this fitness-related that sparked late last year. 😀

  • Carrie
    August 22, 2012 at 10:00 pm

    I also love reading stories about the origins of blogs – I didn’t write mine yet but will in a few days. Love your story and am so glad you are here cheering everyone on.

  • ~jenniferlynn
    August 23, 2012 at 11:52 am

    Here’s why I started blogging.. hope you all enjoy!


  • lorrie
    August 29, 2012 at 10:49 pm

    thanks for sharing the history of your blog i love reading this blog and you are an inspiration. I started blogging because I missed writing which I used to be a reporter for local paper doing features but then that ended.


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