Running... Again?

  If you know me you know there was a time about 10 years ago or so where I was running. A lot. At least 5 days a week and at least 5 miles a run. I wasn’t training, I wasn’t preparing for a race or a marathon. I just found myself enjoying the time spent running. I wasn’t obsessed with numbers, but I kept track of them all and liked seeing improvements in time and distances. It was good physical health and mental health. Then I tweaked my knee. Not bad enough that I couldn’t walk on it, just a tweak that told me I needed to back off of running for a little bit. So I decided on 2 weeks. At the end of 2 weeks I aborted a run very early as the pain was still there. 2 weeks became 3, became a month, became 5 years. 

New Look

I've been playing around with a new look for this blog for a while now. In fact I'd say for the better part of the year I've been wanting to change the look here. I thought I'd try Blogger's Dynamic views, but I really wasn't happy with the look, though I didn't think I really liked the look of it prior to that change. Blogger is a great platform to build on because you can theme it how you like. But I really didn't have the drive to come up with my own theme. Basically I'm lazy about this blog. I want it to function, look good, and be easy to work on. So then I went template searching.

There are some pretty awesome templates out there for Blogger, and I'm just talking about the free ones. As I was looking around I had to keep in mind what I typically post on my blog, so I wanted something that would showcase the photos I post. And as I've already admitted to being lazy about this it had to be simple to use. And, since I was putting someone else's code on my blog, I needed to feel a level of trust that their code wasn't crap and that I could get help if needed. I had become fixated on a couple dark themes that did a great job displaying photos but not so great if I were to write anything with them, or if I were to do the odd non-photo post. They also weren't the easiest to update. Then I came across David Kutcher of Blogger Xpertise who was running a Hangout with Blogger. They have three templates available for free with lots of great built in goodies. Some highlights include the larger photos showing up in the post, a great Pintrest pin, if you're into that, and my favorite feature; using Blogger's own tools to edit the look and feel of the template. It's like using one of Blogger's built in templates. So if you're an RSS reader head on over to the blog and let me know what you think.

Other changes? Not much. I think I want to do a monthly post on books I've read the month before. I want to post more often, but I feel like I've painted myself in a corner with all the photography, and this feeling of needing to post long entries. We'll see how or if that happens. I'm still on track for the Project 52 challenge, which kind of surprises me. I thought for sure I'd have quit by the halfway point. With twelve more weeks (!) left, and barring any unforeseen incidents, I should finish.

Thanks for stopping by, and hope you stick around for more to come.

New Hardly Harley
New Hardly Harley


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