Thank you Shayla at DisappearFromReality for nominating me. And thanks for reading the posts on my blog. Answering the questions for this response has helped me have a clearer direction on what I want to do with my blog. So, an especially big thanks for helping me think.
Hopefully, I’ve figured out the process for completing the rules, which are:
Display the Award in your post, mention your nominator, link back to them, answer 5 questions and nominate 5-10 people.
- What made you choose WP as your blogging platform?
When I mentioned to a friend, my guru of all things intellectual, that I wanted to start writing, he suggested I start a blog and recommended WP. It took me a year of starting and stopping before I published Live Your Life Not Your Age.
The technicalities of WP are challenging for me. I am constantly updating my blogging skills by visiting other sites and taking the courses through the Blogging University. It has taken me hours to figure out how to create the links, ping backs, etc. as well as write my responses to this post.
- Introduce yourself and tell us about your blog
My goal when I started blogging, Live Your Life Not Your Age, was to create a source of information for my personal training clients on health, fitness and nutrition. It is important to me to contribute to the quality of life of my clients as well as blog readers. I am a very senior citizen and know that, while not unique, I am also not the average senior. I am strong, lean and fit and my workouts rival or exceed the intensity of most 30-year-olds.
My clients range in age from 16 to 83, but it is training women over age 40 that brings me the most joy.
The message I want to share is that getting older doesn’t preclude getting better. In fact, if we find the right combination of exercise and diet for our bodies and minds, we can be healthier every year. My personal experiences and the changes I’ve made in my health routine are testimony that age is just a number and that we can make our lives better every year with proper exercise and nutrition.
As a result of responding to the daily prompts and reading other blogs, I want to expand my writing to other topics and am considering publishing a second blog that isn’t connected to my profession. If anyone has any suggestions or comments on maintaining a second blog, please share them with me.
- Are you a once in a while blogger or a daily one?
I’ve been blogging for about four months and haven’t been consistent with posting. I want to blog more than “once in a while” but am not sure if I can commit to daily blogging. Sometimes I have posted my blogs too quickly without enough editing or re-reading, so right now I don’t generate something to post daily. If I take the time to read aloud, I am happier with the results, but this takes time, time, and more time. It takes me longer than I anticipated to write something I’m happy with.
- Do you wish to publish and if so, what type of book?
Publishing is not important to me right now. My current goal is to improve my writing and find my “voice.” Now that I’ve read and follow some totally amazing writers, I want what I post to be interesting enough to attract followers so I can benefit from their writing experience. From what I’ve written so far and what I think about writing, I would probably write memoir, short stories, or essays.
- What is your favorite thing to do besides write?
That’s an interesting assumption. I don’t think writing is my favorite thing to do-yet, but I want it to be my favorite thing.
When I was growing up I wrote every day and had so much to say and so many stories to tell. That’s what I yearn for now—to be passionate about writing and identify myself as a writer. I have to remind myself that I have good ideas that other people will enjoy reading about.
So while writing is moving up on my favorite “to do” list, health and fitness is pretty much what I do. It consumes a huge part of my day-not just physically but mentally as well. I love working out and eating healthy, but it doesn’t come easy so I’m constantly working on it. I love planning workouts for myself and clients. What I like most about working with others is helping them overcome the challenges of aging, disease, injury or lifestyle changes.
Yeah! I hope this fulfills all the requirements. It was a lot of fun putting together. So, again, Shayla, thank you.