September 16th, 2010
Thank you all for your feed back on my last post! You all make it easy for me to be honest and open on here. Love you guys!
Did you know that today is Abby Normally’s first birthday?! Yup! Happy birthday, blog!
So in honor of this achievement, I’ll let you know who won the $55 CSN gift card (thanks to random.org):
Heather from Running Leaner and Greener!
Congrats, Heather! I will be sending you an email from CSN so you can redeem the gift card!
Now, enough about you…back to me! (just kidding…kind of).
Being that it is the one year anniversary of my blog, I’m going to get a little bit reflective.
Recently a friend asked me for some tips about blogging. I am by no means a great blogger, but seeing that most of the world does not blog, they figured I could offer some insight. I found myself giving some really basic tips, but I ended it with something that made even me ponder the content of my blog.
You see, I know that this blog isn’t anything fantastic. I know that you can click on anyone of the links on the left side of this blog and read about better runners, healthier athletes and tastier recipes. However, there is one thing that you will not ever find on one of those links, and that is MY PERSPECTIVE.
That’s all that I offer here. I offer my experiences, my insights, my opinions, my thoughts and no more. I am an expert on nothing except myself.
I want to encourage all you, bloggers and non-bloggers alike, to live life in that same fashion. There are so many blogs out there that are carbon copies of each other. And there are so many people living their lives trying to be someone else.
You are so unique and have so much to offer. I know that I am guilty of the same thing, and I appreciate all of you for sticking with me as I came to find my own voice and love it for what it is—not hate it for what it lacks.
I’m comforted to know that my attitude hasn’t changed in this year of blogging. On September 16, 2009, I wrote this:
So, for those of you who don’t know me, I do a lot of time running, thinking, and studying. And that’s great…for me. But how can I use my strengths and interests to help others? (…) It is with great humility that I have decided to make this blog more public than it has been in hopes that God will use it to benefit even one person who reads it. (…) I’m not saying that I’m good at giving advice, because I’m not. I’m just trusting that God will use me to further His purposes, even if it is on the cyber-world.
Besides the scene from Young Frankenstein, the title of my blog was an attempt to portray this attitude to all of my readers. Here on this website you find Abby and what is normal to her. Not what is generally accepted as normal by the public, or by the healthy living blogging community…simply Abby’s normal.
And it’s only Abby’s normal.
Find your own Normal, embrace it and then share it.