Friday Feature: Life + Running

FridayFeatures3In our weekly Friday Feature, we share a 5-question interview with one of the fantastic members of Take the time to get to know your co-members, pick up tips and tricks, blogging know-how, and recommendations from your fellow bloggers. If you’re an HLB member and haven’t gotten your interview email yet, don’t worry, you will in time! We’re working our way through a list of 2,000+ members’ blogs at random.

1. What’s your name, blog name, and how did you create your blog title?

Calee (Himes) Cecconi and my blog is Life + Running.

I created the title for my blog way back when I was running every day. It was originally Running+Life, but I flipped it when running became a smaller part of my life. My blog has gone through many iterations in the last 9 years. Here’s a blog post with the origin story of my blog:

2. How would you describe your blogging style?

Off the cuff. Most of my blog posts aren’t edited (neither are these answers), although I’ve been trying to do a better job with editing because I write (fiction/non-fiction) in my spare time and my blog isn’t giving me any credibility in that realm… (oops).

3. What are some of your favorite blogging tools?

My blog is only one of the outlets for my writing, so for others who like to write I highly recommend using Evernote and/or Scrivener to keep track of your ideas. Both of those are nice to organize your thoughts into virtual post-it-notes that you can revisit later.

IFTTT is great, too, because it uses algorithms (that you can program to do just about anything) to get more mileage out of the social media/blogging you’re already doing. For example, I have a recipe (their term for their algorithms) set up to schedule a draft of my Creative Challenge post the first of the month. It doesn’t have all the content in it, but it gives me the basic outline of this type of post so it remains consistent, and I don’t even have to think about it!

I also LOVE the editorial calendar plug-in on WordPress. In my blog’s formative years I’d write 3-4 posts in one day and post them all because I didn’t know about scheduling. The editorial calendar makes it really easy to drag and drop posts onto different days.

Oooh, and I just discovered that there’s a post clone plug-in on WordPress. This is really handy if you have a post series that has similar content. I have been using this feature for my wedding invitation giveaway posts since the main content stays the same but the details of each wedding invite are different.

4. What is your healthy eating philosophy?

Keep it simple! I used to have major disordered eating, but discovered Intuitive Eating back in 2013. Once I became comfortable eating intuitively, I realized the easiest thing for me to do is to not think so hard about it. I now pretty much follow Michael Pollan’s food rules (not to a T, but we are subscribers to “Eat as much junk as you want—as long as you make it yourself” and have become prolific ice cream makers). I try to eat mostly plants and eat something green every day, even if that means cheating and tossing some spinach into something not super healthy.

5. Spread some blog love – which Healthy Living Blog do you read every single post from?

Anybody out there remember Blend Retreat? I still read every post that my Blend friends write! Shoutout to (and I know I’m forgetting some):

Amanda from Diary of a SemiHealthNut
Laura from Sprint2theTable
Sarah from Smart Kitchen
Lauren from Me and the Mountains
Janetha from Meals and Moves
Kelly from Nosh and Nourish

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