278. It’s a Brand New Day

(Please sing the post title to the tune from Dr. Horrible’s Sing Along Blog.  Thank you – The Management.)

I’ve been blogging for nearly two years now, and in that time I’ve really struggled to find my voice as a blogger.  I’ve tried different approaches, and learned a lot about the content of posts that I enjoy writing (recipes, goal setting, random musings) and those I don’t really enjoy (chronicling my daily eats).   Prior to, my recent informal hiatus, I spent a great deal of time considering my blog.  I decided about a month ago I wanted to revamp it.  I’ve tried a lot of different things along the way, but one thing has become very clear.  This has always been about all the things I’ve gained since I started my weight loss/ healthy living journey back in January 2009.

So here we are.  The new and improved Girl Can.  I’ve got a brand new layout and a fresh, new approach.  I’ve always been resistant to labeling myself, and my blog is no exception.  I’m not calling this a weight loss blog, or a fitness blog or a food blog, but there will be elements of all of these things here.  If I had to label the blog, I would definitely steal Heather’s concept of a happy living blog.  Here are some of the things you can expect to see around here in the coming weeks.

New Layout: This is already in the works.  You may have noticed the new header, which had an #epicfail spelling error/ typo the first time around.  I’ve got a sweet new tagline Girl Can: Losing Weight, Gaining Life. I plan to add some more functionality and such in the sidebar.

Updated Categories and Tags:  My goal is to get posts broken down into four main categories:

  • Girl Can Eat will be the “food blog” aspect it will include things like recipes, restaurant reviews, my favorite food related things,
  • Girl Can Move will be the “fitness blog” element with fitness challenges, race recaps, training updates,
  • Girl Can Lose will be all things “weight loss blog” (more on this later), and finally
  • Girl Can Do will be the more “general life blog” posts.  Updates on my Mission 101, goals, general ramblings about things like my dog’s adoptiversary

A More Structured Posting Schedule: Going forward my goal is to post a minimum of three times a week.  I’ll be posting a weekly weigh-in, a weekly recipe, and a weekly training report.  I know there will be other posts sprinkled in, but these are my “bare minimums.”

More “fun stuff” Frankly, I have no idea what this means yet, but I do hope it includes more guest posts, a giveaway or two, and hopefully strengthened ties with others in the blogging community.

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