A History Lesson, and Where to Go From Here
For those of you that have been around a while, today’s history lesson might be unnecessary. But if you’re new around here, it might provide some helpful background.
When I started this website way back in 2009, I had no idea that 10 years later I’d still be at it. Initially, this site was born out of a desire to inspire healthy living for mamas-to-be. As an expectant mama myself, I was disappointed with the lack of information out there for those of us that wanted to continue rock climbing during their pregnancy. I began chronicling my journey into motherhood on the blog, both before and after my son was born. Those first early years of blogging and motherhood were filled with tips and tricks for all the “crag logistics” we constantly found ourselves running into on climbing trips – naps, diaper changes, camping, crag food, finding extra partners. Then eventually that turned into potty training, encouraging your child to hike on his/her own, etc. As my son grew, so did the topics I wrote about. You can find a lot of those “oldie but goodie” posts in the Creating a Cragbaby and Toddlers at the Crag sections of this site.
Then in 2013 our world was forever changed for the better when I found out I was pregnant with baby #2, this time a little girl. I was pleasantly surprised to find that much had changed in those 4 years since my first pregnancy. I now had access to climbing harnesses made specifically for expectant mamas, as well as MANY more options for maternity active wear. A few well-known female climbers started documenting their pregnancy journeys, such as Beth Rodden and Carrie Cooper. It became more and more routine to run into another pregnant climber, both at the gym as well as at the crag.
After my daughter was born, I found myself with a host of new material to write about, many of which were the “times two” version of older posts. (Some of those can be found here.) But once we began homeschooling in 2015, I realized I just didn’t’ have the time (or energy) needed to keep this blog rolling at the pace I’d been going. I had to prioritize, and family came first, so I backed off of my writing, sticking mostly with trip reports, and an occasional gear review sprinkled in here and there.
Fast forward to nearly 4 years later, and my adorable cragbabies have grown into amazing cragkiddo adventure buddies! And while I don’t have the HOURS of time to devote to my writing that I once did, I AM finding myself with a few more free chunks of time. And recently I’ve realized how much I’ve missed writing, collaborating with brands for gear reviews and giveaways, and all that great social interaction from like-minded adventurers.
So I guess what I’m trying to say is, if you’ve been with me for a while, expect more action on this blog than what you may have seen in recent years. And if you are a relatively new follower, hopefully you like what you see, because you’re about to get more of it! Look for some reviews not only of gear, but of experiences and activities, as well as a new feature called “Crag Profiles.
So for now stay tuned. And in the wise words of LL Cool J – “Don’t call it a comeback, I’ve been here for years.”