Technical Tuesday: How to get more followers

I wrote this post as a guest post on Blogshareconnect and thought it was worth posting here as well.

I started my blog last year so technically I am still a newbie, learning the ropes on how to blog and the top of mind question for me lately has been how to get more followers? If you are newbie like me, you will know how exciting it is when you check your blog and see you have a new follower – every single person that follows you want to find them and give them a hug and thank them so much for thinking you were worthy enough for a follow.

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For the this first Technical Tuesday post I bring you a very informational post on “How to get more followers” –Keep in mind I am not an expert, but this is what I have found is working for me:

  1. I recently switched from BlogSpot to Word Press, it was preference thing. I found BlogSpot limiting and Word Press has made it easier for people to follow my blog. Problem was I was worried I would lose the existing followers I had on BlogSpot if I moved. It’s actually pretty easy to avoid. I amended my feed burner account and redirected my BlogSpot account to Word Press and voila, I have kept my old followers intact. This is a really good article that shows you step by step how to do this. The most important note is DO NOT DELETE YOUR OLD BLOGSPOT BLOG! Just redirect it to your new one!
  2. Join Bloglovin.com. I joined Bloglovin, and claimed my blog as my own. At the moment I only have 39 followers on Bloglovin but I am hoping this increases. This is a great article on how to use bloglovin to get more followers.
  3. I link my posts to my Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Bloglovin – so EVERYONE sees my posts. The aim is to get retweets, likes and clicks-through to my posts this way. If people like your content enough, the idea is the more stuff they see that interests them; they will subscribe and follow you. If all goes to plan that is, you should get more followers.
  4. Pinterest, I am not sure if this is really working but the idea is if you increase your followers on pinterest, then it may spill over to your blog.

So this is what I am working on, to try and get more followers! Granted, I still have a fair bit left to do, but it is working. Remember you still need to put in time on your posts, making them read worthy of your followers to keep your followers. I hope this has helped and been informative – and made you want to follow me, right?

follow-meWhat do you do to keep and grow your followers?

Thinking Out Loud Thursdays #5: I workout because…

I stumbled across this pic on Google and I thought it may be a way to motivate me into running and working out if I thought about all the reasons why I run and workout.

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1. It relieves my stress. Stress from work, life, home, family… whatever it might be, I always feel like I can tackle any mountain after I work out.

2. It makes me happy. Truthfully I am always smiling after a workout, even a bad workout is still a workout.

3. It helps me stay fit and healthy.

4. It challenges me to push myself to succeed.

5. It makes me stronger, builds my strength and confidence.

6. It helps me sleep better.

7. It helps with my flexibility and toning.

8. I can eat without guilt.

9. It lets me fit into my own skin and clothes more comfortably.

 

What motivates you? Why do you work out?

p.s Not sure what Thinking Out Loud Thursdays are about? Check out here.

Get Your Sh!t Together September!

Following Ash’s lead, welcome to the first day of September which will now be referred to as “Get Your Shit Together” September (#GYSTS)!

GYSTS14Its the first day of spring here and summer is fast approaching, so its a perfect time to get your shit together! Plus this is the month that I run my FIRST HALF MARATHON – can you feel the excitement? The nerves are certainly kicking in!

So how am I getting my shit together?? Here is how:

1. Run – Run your day your way. I am taking this literally, by running A LOT. Also I am going to be in charge of my days/weeks and month by running my day and staying in check with all my goals.

while you were sleeping i was running2. Breathe – Don’t sweat the small stuff. I am going to not stress out about things that are totally beyond my control.

enjoy the little things3. Listen – Listen to my body and rest when I need to, but also listen to the advice from my support group as well. This is something I take for granted. I need to listen and take other people’s advice sometimes!

4. Health – Looking after my body and my health. Running looks after my fitness and body but I also need to watch what I eat. After my 21days no cheats experiment I realise how often I crave unhealthy food and how I need to curb these cravings by eating the right food at the right time.

5. Happiness – After my 21km, Rob and I are taking some time off work to have a bit of a holiday and relax at the end of September so this will be a great reward to look forward to. My happy place is with him.

So how what are you goals this September?

 

 

 

Week 9 of 12 Half Marathon Training

This week I didn’t do so great, but I didn’t totally suck either. I ended up running 3 days just not the total mileage I was aiming for, ended up with 12km, with 16km scheduled for tomorrow. I tried a cross fitness training class on Tuesday – it was a HIIT workout and it totally worked muscles I never realized I had. I am hoping to add this at least once a week going forward. I didn’t get round to RPM or Bodypump this week but that’s not really a biggie for me, what bums me out is my lack of improvement on my running.

Lately I have not really been enjoying my training to be honest with you. I kinda feel like I am over it really, I cant really be over it because I am committed to running the 21km but I dunno how much running I am going to be doing, lately its been a lot of walk/running. Truthfully it feels like this is the most I have walked my entire running career (ok so career is a big word for one year but you get my point).

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I really feel I am capable of more. So I am trying to keep myself motivated, keep my eye on my first half marathon prize.

This week I will be doing the following work outs:

Monday: 5km run; Bodypump
Tuesday: Rest Day
Wednesday: Cross Fitness Class; 12km Run
Thursday: Rest Day
Friday: 3km run
Saturday: Rest Day
Sunday: 16km Run

What is your plan for this week? How do you keep yourself motivated? Are you enjoying your runs?

Worldless Wednesday {Link Up}

I loved the idea behind Wordless Wednesday, get the full details here. Often I think I ramble and talk too much. So this post will allow me to post a pic or image that speaks for itself. It will be based on what is going on in my life, how I am feeling etc.

http://runningwiththesunrise.comSo here goes, my first Wordless Wednesday:

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Week 8 of 12 Half Marathon Training

This week flew past, no seriously!? Can you believe we are coming to the end of August?

I have a few things to recap on, in terms of my training, I ran all my runs this week (total of 40km) but didn’t make it to Bodypump on Monday. I am super chuffed at all the running I did though!

be a better runnerToday is also my last of the #21daysnocheats challenge. True to my honesty on this blog… I bombed this week at the #21daysnocheats challenge. I had dessert two nights this week. So I made it up to 16days without a cheat. I think what this challenge showed was that I have A LOT of sugar cravings during the day, and that when I cut out sugar I have learnt to eat better, healthier options to curb my cravings. I gave in and had pudding when we went out for dinner at a friends place twice this week. I have no regrets about it these 2 cheats. I had a healthy few days (19 days in total) and I enjoyed my little cheats too.

Right so going into week 9 of my training, what do I have planned:

Monday: Rest Day
Tuesday: 5km run; Functional Training Teaser at work; RPM
Wednesday: Rest Day
Thursday: 10km run; Bodypump
Friday: 3km run
Saturday: Rest Day
Sunday: 10km Wanderers run followed by 6km run to make it 16km on one day.

What is your plan for this week?

Confessions of a Runner

Following a blog post from Francesca I decided to write some of my own Running Confessions. I realised I could relate to a lot of hers and thought it would be fun to add some of my own:

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  • Lately I have had a lot of “bad run” days.
  • After signing up for my first 21km and following a training plan, I realise I don’t like following a running plan and much prefer just running when I feel like it.
  • I never really been fond of my feet, but since I have been running more, my toenails are in need of a pedi badly!
  • I can’t “eat whatever I want” just because I run. In fact if I am running I need to be super careful what I eat so that it doesn’t come back to haunt me on my run.
  • I wish I ran faster. Don’t all runners feel the same here?
  • I cough, sneeze and blow my nose while I run. It’s super sexy (not really).
  • I love my sleep but somehow getting up to run is the most exhilarating/productive part of my weekend.
  • I have massive piles of laundry each week- all of it consisting of running gear.
  • Gastrointestinal issues are a norm.
  • If I am stuck in traffic in my car, I will work out how fast it would take me to run the same distance.
  • I always feel like I have accomplished so much more in my weekend if I get a long run in.
  • Coffee must be drank after a long run, never before.
  • I secretly judge peoples’ running shoes. This is now since I have a strong pronation shoe, I envy the neutral runners.
  • I’m always kind of hungry. I am not sure this is related to my running.
  • Runners who are faster than me while pushing strollers and/or walking piss me off.
  • I have internal wars with other runners. Generally it is a speed walker or grandpa that I am chasing during a run.
  • Clicking submit on an online race registration is the most exciting part of entering. Then the planning begins.
  • The night before a race, I generally don’t sleep well, no matter what time I go to bed.
  • I fear having to go to the bathroom during a race. This is after a bad experience at the Nike Night Race in 2013. We don’t need to go there again but it was bad. I have nightmares that it will happen again.
  • Running is an instant way to make me angry that I don’t run fast and happy that I ran all at the same time. It’s a love/hate thing.

Whats your biggest Running Confession?