So the blog is getting more hits (hopefully that's not 100% Russian bots), and now that I am posting a little more on the regular, I'd like to get a little more exposure and to give readers a way to reach out to me if they'd like. I feel like I've got a lot of lurkers here who are shy, which I totally understand so I want to give you the option to be able to email me questions or comments privately if you'd like. I had an email set up when I first had the blog, but was horrible about upkeeping it and responding to emails. First of all, I totally apologize to anyone who emailed my email address before and didn't get a response. Beside the cray times of my life back in 2012-14, I was having issues with that Gmail account and was unable to get in. I've fixed that now so we should be good to go. I definitely want to hear from people and answer questions! So the official email you can write me at is firstname.lastname@example.org
So some email house rules:
When I got logged into my email today I noticed that I had a few emails asking me if I allowed guest posts. My answer for right now is no, I do not. I'm pretty much a one woman show here. There could be exceptions to that rule in the future depending on my relationship with the person asking, and if I feel what they have to say is relevant to the blog. For instance, health insurance is not relevant to what I'm doing here, so I would say no to a guest post about that. I don't mean to come across as a dick, but Blogger is free, so if you are passionate about your subject you are welcome to create your own content, build a reader base and post to your heart's content. I'm open in the future to inspirational stories about weight loss, running, eating in moderation (etc) from people I know and trust, but typically this is going to be the Mary show.
Also, everyone who has ever posted here or sent emails to me has been nothing but lovely. Seriously, I love my regular commenters, and the sweet emails I've gotten have made my day. Part of the reason I haven't been more aggressive about putting my blog out there is that there are TONS of negative people on the internet who think nothing of being jerks. I realize by putting myself out there that I may get a snatchy email or nasty comment, which I'm a little more mentally prepared for now. Please note however that I tend to be on the feisty side and have no issue publicly shaming someone if I get a really jerky email and I'm feeling my Irish that day. Otherwise you're getting ignored because I barely have time for my own douchebaggery, much less a stranger's.
I also began a Twitter account for RTGW so that I can reach more readers with the fancy hashtags that the kids are using nowadays. My Twitter handle is runs2getwaisted if you'd like to follow me there. I'm mainly going to use it to blast out new posts, which I already do on Facebook anyways.
My new contact stuff should be on the right bar of my blog too. Y'all knock yourselves out.
I have been dreaming about being a writer since I was a kid, so I'm pretty excited and nervous to try to put myself out there and earn a little more readership. I really want to try to grow and get more eyes on what I'm doing, and to also encourage people and let them know that they are capable of anything they set their mind to! I've really grown to love my blog and the people I've met through it, so hopefully that can continue and I can help more people.