This post was written for and first appeared on One Foot In Reality.
Yeah, I have published 200 posts since I returned to Blogger last August. It doesn't seem like that many, but at the same time my return to Blogger was an important step for me.
It was where I really started to look at things differently than I have in the past.
Instead of always looking for the "next" cool, big or cheapest way of doing things, I started to focus more on what works best for me and the way I actually do things.
What has changed since I returned to Blogger.
I like Google. There I said it.
Yes, I know that they collect all kinds of data about my online activities and you voluntarily give up some privacy when you use their "free" products. Guess what, in today's ever-connected world you do whenever you use any commercial product on your computer, phone or electronic device and often other places as well.
Google's applications do what I want and how I want to do it.
Oh yeah, I am using a 2012 Samsung Series 5-550 Chromebook as my primary computer and letting my i5 reasonably specced Windows 10 laptop languish on top of my bureau. I like the Chromebook enough that I ordered a 2015 Toshiba Chromebook 2 (Celeron) and was willing to back-order it - something that in the past I never would have done.
Me back-order something and being willing wait to get what I really wanted instead of settling for something on sale or a model from a couple of years ago on close-out. However, I know that I will be glad to get it, so hopefully the Toshiba ships as scheduled on the 14th.
I have gone from being a running shoe whore, using the newest and best I could beg, borrow or buy, so that I could keep up that fantasy of being a RunBlogger and thinking that my running shoe reviews were a necessary part of my blogging. I finally gave it up and I went all-in with Pearl Izumi running shoes in October, you know running shoes that don't hurt my feet when I run in them.
The kind of shoes that I have been looking for, for so long that when I found them, I didn't know what to do - they actually worked for me. So of course I had to stop using them and keep looking around. Looking back I can see how dumb I was, but sometimes you have to walk away from something to figure out how good they actually were for you.
That is the case with Pearl Izumi running shoes. I liked running in the Pearl Izumi shoes enough that I applied for and was accepted to be a Pearl Izumi Run Champion for 2016 and yes, I am excited about it.
Oh yeah, my running seems to be more relaxed and I don't have all those pressures to "do" what everyone is doing now. Now I just run for me and what makes me happy, not what is going to make me more...well you know those old dreams.
Back to Work
Going back to work was not easy and it took about three months to get my feet under me. The big thing that I had to figure out was that while what you did before might help you get the job once you step through the door - you gotta do the job you were hired to do. The ego can get in the way of things and you have to learn to let the past go and focus on now and where you want to go in the future.
In other words let go of who you were or what you did and give the job you have the respect it deserves.
Yeah, I still consider blogging to fill an important niche in my life, but it is not my life or how I make a living. I no longer care about going out and reviewing multitudes of running shoes/gear and all the other stuff, I will leave that to Sam, Tom, Pete and all the other runbloggers who work their asses off to give us great information on new trends, shoes and gear for us to run in.
Me, I will be on the sidelines, doing an occasional gear/shoe review on stuff that I use on a day-to-day basis, writing about my daily runs, gabbing/whining about the stuff I get to do around the house, what tech I am using lately and anything else that I decide to write about.
That a day in the life of Harold being Harold.
I am not worried about stats, hit rate, bounce rate, etc., (though it is cool that a certain number of people chose to read my blog from time-to-time), if I piss off a brand by writing honestly about my experiences with their gear or if somebody decides to stop reading my blog because I write about more than just xxxxx.
That is their problem, I don't plan to change what I am doing to please them.
Also if someone stops reading my blog because I don't cross my i's and dot my t's appropriately that is cool too. Yeah the Grammar police can go stomp on somebody who gives a shit about what they say.
Others have noticed that my writing has become a lot more relaxed and more of me is showing through. However, I also know that I have purposely chosen not to be controversial, political or religious and only give limited glimpses of things that I hold as true and will continue doing that. Many of my opinions and beliefs are just that - mine and they are private. I plan to keep most of them that way.
So if you are looking for me to give much more about me than I do now, you will be disappointed.
The reality is that
I actually am beginning to simplify my life (it took a long time to get to this point) and while I have been on that road for a while, but I never got to this level until I came back here and put One Foot back In Reality. :-) Yeah, I know but I couldn't resist.
Returning to Blogger and One Foot In Reality as my primary blog are not the reasons that I have made many of these changes. No, I would like to believe that they would have happened anyway and were part of the direction that I was heading. However, it does seem that the return here was an impetus for me noticing things that I was doing and happening in my life more clearly than I did before.
I am getting an opportunity to do things that I like to do, while not being distracted as much by things that really do not matter.
The big thing is that I am getting to be - more me.
A good thing, a very good thing.