July 15, 2021

Looking for New Ideas/Submissions

As I mentioned before, I'm going up to my sister's cabin next week. Internet is spotty there and I'm going to be spending time with my family, so I'd like to try and prepare some posts this weekend to schedule to go live each day while I'm gone.

While I was trying to come up with ideas, I actually had several that I would like to do regardless of going up north. Most of these will have to wait until I get back, but I want to write this down before I forget about them.

I love getting to know the people who read my blog, and it's so cool to read about other people. I feel like I've shared just about everything there is to know about me, so I came up with some ideas to keep things interesting. But I can't do them on my own, so here is what I had in mind...

First, if you have a transformation for Transformation Tuesday, I'd love to get it ASAP. I only have one transformation for the week right now, and I really hope to be able have a couple more in order to post a Transformation Tuesday while I'm gone. Remember, just send a before photo and an after photo of some sort of transformation, along with a description and your name to me at: katie (at) runsforcookies (dot) com.

I would still really like to continue with the 'COVID Diaries' series. These are guest posts written by people whose lives were drastically affected by COVID-19, the lockdown, quarantine, etc. I would love to hear from healthcare workers, especially--what your job was like before the pandemic and then how it changed, how it affected your mental health, etc. You can see previous posts here.

A reader mentioned trying a "Thrifty Thursday" -type post, where I can share cool thrift finds--items from thrift stores or garage sales or even in the trash--submitted by readers. (You know how much I love thrift shopping!) I can certainly share some of my own finds, but I would love to see what other people have found. I don't have to turn this into a series (it would depend on how many submissions I get) but it would be fun to at least make one post of it.

So if you have a cool thrift item to share, please send a picture and a description (what is it? What makes it interesting or important to you? Where did you get it (thrift store, garage sale, etc? And definitely how much you paid for it!)

Here is an example. One of my very favorite garage sale finds was this brown suede coat (in 2010). In garage sale prices, it was actually pretty expensive--I usually won't pay more than $2 or so for an article of clothing (maybe $5 for a coat). However, I fell in LOVE with this coat as soon as I saw it. The quality was amazing and the tags were still on it!

The woman was asking $75 for it (she paid $350, if I remember correctly). My mom (who is thriftier than I am!) told me that I definitely needed to get it--it looked like it was meant for me. I asked the woman if she'd take $50 for it and she said sure--she agreed that it looked good on me. It's the softest coat I've ever owned. I still have it and I hope I'll be able to wear it again this winter--it's very snug right now! 

I did something similar to this with Motivational Monday, but I was thinking about just sharing fun news--if you have something exciting you want to share but you've already told all of your friends, maybe I can share it here. I'm thinking things like: an engagement or pregnancy, running your first 5K, adopting a pet, cancer going into remission, making Lifetime in Weight Watchers, buying a house, etc. Wouldn't that be kind of cool to read about and share in others' fun news? I'm not sure what to title this, so if you have suggestions, please let me know!

Last week, while I was looking for heritage recipes, I had an idea that I'd like to throw out here. I think it would be fun to have readers send me old family heritage recipes--then I will cook them and write a post exactly like I do in the heritage series. You can tell me the story behind it, if there is one, or at least who it was handed down from.

I'll do my best to follow the recipe, and it may or may not turn out! But I think it would be cool to see recipes from other areas, especially if they are native to that area. (I can't promise that I will make it--it may be very similar to other recipes submitted, or maybe I can't find particular ingredients, etc. I will try, though!)

I think that's it for right now. I'll have to gauge interest and see if I can come up with some fun new posts. If you have an idea or you want to submit something, just email me at: katie (at) runsforcookies (dot) com. (If it's something I plan to use on the blog, I likely won't reply to the email--just FYI.) I'm looking forward to seeing what you can come up with!


  1. Maybe a post where readers send in the success they've had by following one of your running/walking programs?

  2. What about a little promotion of reader run businesses? Etsy shops? Since you curate so well it seems like you could feature the little side hustles your readers have!?

    1. I've actually done that a couple of times, and I'd like to do it again! I love seeing handmade items. I did the post around the holidays so people could check out readers' Etsy shops ;)

  3. AnonymousJuly 20, 2021

    I love all these ideas!


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