I Can’t Wait!!!

Over the past month, I have been pushing myself to get back into the swing of working. That’s right me – that guy who sort-of retired last year.

Believe it or not – I am going back to work.

However, it is not a 9-5 job or even teaching!

It is something completely different from what I have done in the past. This opportunity will definitely take or should I say has taken me out of my comfort zone – which is a GREAT thing.

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New Blog Header and What the Photos Mean

Why is getting you blog’s header “just right” so important.

It is usually the first thing that people see when they visit your blog and it can provide them a pretty good idea of who you are and what your blog is about.

I have chosen to go with a more personal blog header, since A Veteran Runnah is about my running and my thoughts on different running experiences or reflections. It seemed appropriate to have pictures of me doing what I love in my header.

Header for Blog

Each one of these pictures have a special meaning to me and I explain that below:

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Yep A New Theme–The Old One Wasn’t Me

I really tried to use a more minimalist approach to how my blog looks, I really did.

However, I am not a white blog theme/minimalist fan. I like color and contrast.

I tried to be very conservative in my choices, after all I don’t want to scare anyone off with my choice of  blues, yellows, oranges and reds or other bright colors that I would prefer to use.
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So I chose burgundy, white and silver as my primary colors, not too bright but still colorful enough to set it apart from all the minimalist blog themes out there.

These give my blog a little color, but not too much and keep it very readable which is very important (having been a Special Education Teacher, I try to be sensitive to the readability of my site).

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Updating the Theme

What’s going on?

Under Construction 6-27-12

I have been trying different themes as I approach my 6 month anniversary of blogging on WordPress.com as my blog host. To attempt to give A Veteran Runnah a slightly different look.

The old theme was boxy and a little boring to me. Each of the others that I have tried so far were, well not quite what I am looking for and this current one while it is close – I am still not sure that it is just what I want.

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Change Means – No Change

My rescued salamander

Over the past couple of weeks I have thought about what comes next, as far as my online footprint and social media presence.

In today’s competitive world of job searching, I know that I need a digital foot that is positive and helps me in my job search effort, while at the same time remaining who I am, not some fluffed-up character designed to impress a potential employer.

As a result of a lot of this soul-searching, I decided to do away with my Professional Crossroads blog yesterday and use the site http://haroldlshaw.com as a webpage/online hub that has links to my social media sites or other places someone might be interested in learning something about me. Continue reading

Back to Windows

P4120003PC vs. Mac, the age old dispute continues in the Shaw household.

So what does this have to do with a running blog? My computer is how I stay connected to my online running community and write to this blog.

My MacBook Pro has been acting wonky the last couple of weeks and finally on Easter it died. In all likelihood it is the Logic board and the cost of repairing it, would be the same a buying a cheaper, but new PC and the time I would be without it – about 2 weeks.

So not having my own computer (that works), to get things done has definitely put a crimp in my style over the last week or so.

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Runners – Who Do You Listen To?

Like they say it flows downhill

Many, if not most runners have a problem with listening.

It isn’t that we don’t listen enough to what others tell us about running, sometimes I think we listen too much.

I think  opinions are a lot like a$$*&@!$ – everyone has one. Unfortunately, it seems an awful lot of people and businesses seem to have opinions about how you should be running or what you need to make you a successful runner in today’s world.

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Questions about Brands being Loyal to Runners

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Image via Wikipedia

Yesterday I did a post on Brand Loyalty in Running and Eric alias “Running Moose” said in his comment: “Now if I can get them to be loyal to me…”

It got me to thinking – I know a bad thing sometimes, but not this time.

This is a pretty broad statement and yet I have heard this same sentiment from many runners and even myself over the years – that brands/companies are not very loyal to their loyal customers.

I want to ask other runners opinions on this topic, before I go off and spout my opinions and theories about brands being loyal to their customers.

Questions

  1. What is your definition of loyalty to a customer?
  2. In your opinion what do brands do now to show loyalty to their customers?
  3. What could brands do differently to show more loyalty to their customers?
  4. How could brands use Social Media to create better brand loyalty by customers?
  5. What do you personally expect in return for being loyal to a brand?

If you could respond to the questions in the comments section below, I will put together a post with the results after Friday.

No I am not doing this as a study for any of the brands, this is something that I am just doing.

Brand Loyalty in Running

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Probably it is better said, the lack of brand loyalty in running – at least from my experience.

Brand loyalty is something that companies have tried cultivate with their customers, ever since people began to buy/sell or trade. If a company can get you to believe that their product is better for you than their competitors, you will come back for repeat business when you need that product again.

Companies/brands also hope that you tell your friends, family or others that you have influence with, about how great a product that company has, so they will in turn buy from them. A very simplified version of marketing 101.

Am I an expert on marketing or how to develop brand loyalty?  Hardly. I am simply a consumer, who has bought a lot of stuff over the years. I have also been a runner for a while and have seen a lot of the running companies attempts to garner my brand loyalty, to their products or company.  Continue reading