:: First thing's first: What is Runner's Ravings?
This is a blog I created several months ago, originally under the name The Editor's Desk. I had no idea what I wanted to write about, and that name allowed me to write just about anything entirely guilt free. The mental image of the blog I painted in my head was the desk of a managing editor, who has articles on dozens of different topics pass over his desk everyday.
Eventually I decided to narrow things down a little bit, for both my benefit and the benefit of my readers. Runner's Ravings exists for two primary reasons: To help others enrich their lives, find focus, become fitter, and lead a happier existence. The reason is that blogging is extremely useful to my own goals, ambitions, and focus. Blogging keeps me accountable, clear, and allows me to share my experiences all at the same time. I couldn't be happier to live in an era when all of this is possible.
:: Why should you believe a word I say?
If you're looking for a professional degree, I recommend you look elsewhere. Here are a few things I think you should know:
- I'm a college student. Like I said, I don't have a professional degree. I'm currently working on a Bachelor's degree in Journalism and Economics, and I plan to attend graduate school in one of those fields. I'm still knee-deep in learning, and I enjoy sharing what I learn with my readers.
- I don't have six-pack abs. A lot of my posts are about running and fitness, which begs the question: What does someone without six-pack abs know about staying fit? Actually, a whole lot: In 2011, I lost 35 pounds and overhauled my eating habits. I'm far from perfect, but I'm always improving and becoming more disciplined.
- I don't do this for the six-figure salary. Actually, I make $0 off of this blog, and $0 in general. With that in mind, I have nothing to gain by publishing content that's false. I don't waste time promoting products for an extra-buck (although I easily could). I'm not infallible, but I write every post with the intention of helping my readers and being honest. Should I ever make a buck or two off of this hobby, I vow to stay this way.
If I'm not what you're looking for, I encourage you to look elsewhere for inspiration. Otherwise, I appreciate your company and welcome your feedback, suggestions, questions, and ideas. You're the reason I do this everyday, and so I jump at every opportunity I get to connect with my readers.
I'd be lost without an assortment of good blogs to keep me on my toes. Below is a list of blogs and sites I visit frequently. While I always strive for original content, you may notice me echoing these brilliant authors from time-to-time.
- Tyler Cowen and Alex Tabarrok's Marginal Revolution
- James Fell's SixPackAbs
- Leo Babauta's zenhabits
- Time Magazine
- Tynan's Tynan
:: A Guide to Runner's Ravings
Here are what I deem to be some of my most important posts. Of course, I always encourage readers to scroll through the archive and view all of my work.