One Year Thanks & FAQ

One year ago today, this blog saw its first post. alyssagoesbang (2.0) is one year old today! (In case you missed it, my old creative writing blog was called alyssagoesbang too, but it now sleeps with the fishes.) Though I've been blogging since 2008 and have had a few different sites of a few different persuasions, I have to be honest and say that this space has been my absolute favorite.

Over the course of the last 12 months, I've made such great friends, and been lucky enough to spend time with some of you in person (and plan even more meetups for later this year!). I've talked publicly about things I never would have thought I'd talk about on the Internet. I launched a monthly linkup, and I've loved hosting it with an awesome blog friend. I've changed a lot, of course, and done a million things I never thought I would do. I've seen people come and go from my life, and go and come again.

It's been a fantastic year, and before I go any further, I must thank all of you reading this sentence for encouraging me to keep this space up and go ahead and do many of those things I've written about here. Thank you for being sweet, kind, sassy, funny, and fun to talk to every day.

Over the course of the last 12 months, I've also been on the receiving end of lots of questions. I've been questioned here on the blog, out in the world in my "real life," in conversations born from blog comments, etc. I've decided now is the perfect time to answer all your prayers and answer all those questions here, once and for all, in a nice convenient one-page resource:

alyssagoesbang FAQ: 2015 Edition

What kind of running shoes do you wear?
A: Currently I wear Saucony Kinvara 5s. I have previously worn Saucony Guide 7s and Ride 6s. BUT I don't recommend any of these shoes for you. I mean, sure, they could be the right shoes for you. But my shoe and your shoe have nothing to do with each other. If you're asking because you're looking to pick up a new pair of running shoes yourself, my recommendation is that you go to a running store and get yourself fitted after talking to a sales associate there. (You can thank me after mile 2.)

Have you ever seen [movie title]? 
A: Listen, I come from a broken home, okay? Gimme a break.

Wait, are you really a writer? (Variation: Is that what you do, like, for work?)
A: Yes. I do it for business and for pleasure. Funny how that worked out: I liked it and was good at it, so I went to school for it so my university could tell other people that I'm good at it too (because writing samples aren't enough proof when I could have a degree in English to give them credence instead). 

I work for an educational publisher, freelance when I can, edit an online magazine, and run a side business editing literary work. I worship the AP Stylebook, am awfully distracted by poor grammar and punctuation, and have strong feelings about the serial comma. 

(I'm also often questioned and challenged about my career because other people insist on glamorizing and/or trivializing a profession they know little about, and that makes me cranky.)

Is that from Target?
A: Yes. Probably.

What did you do now? (Asked in every appointment by my chiropractor in response to topics including but not limited to my headaches, bodily injuries, aggressive tension/stress knots a.k.a. "trigger points" in my back or neck, and my dating life.) 
A: Well, okay, it's kind of a long story but...

How long have you been running?
A: I started running on December 26, 2013, and I hope you're better at math than I am in order to come up with the actual answer to your question there. You can read more about my adventures on the run here.

How long have you been doing yoga?
A: I did yoga for the first time when I was 16. (I'll be 26 next month. See above.) I have been off and on with my practice ever since. Up until somewhere around the fall of 2013, I would commit for a few weeks, try to squeeze in DVD practices in the evenings, and then fall out of the habit. Since then, though, I've firmly recommitted to my practice, attended workshops, renewed my home practice with vigor, and made the studio a part of my practice as well.

Do you want to do a shot?
A: Probably not, but maybe.

Do you want my fries?
A: Yes!

Are you okay?
A: Yes, I'm fine. Way better than I seem, probably. I just have resting bitch face. And resting bitch tone of voice. I'm not being mean, that's just how I talk. And also, I'm not yelling. I'm just Italian.

Do you want to get sushi? 

What's your blog about?
A: Ah, the age-old question, plaguing "lifestyle bloggers" for years. It's one thing to be asked by a fellow blogger — "It's a lifestyle/personal blog" is enough answer to suffice there — but when a non-blogger asks? Deer in headlights. (I'm pretty public with my blog, I know a couple friends check in here every now and then, and I don't separate my social media. I just generally assume most non-bloggers don't care much about blogs and don't have much interest in reading them.)

So what's my "lifestyle/personal" blog about? Well.

I blog about running, but it's not a running blog. I blog about yoga, but it's not a yoga blog. I post some book reviews, but it's not a book blog. I've posted a recipe, but it's definitely not a food blog. I've posted about my family and relationships, but I'm not a mommy/marriage (hah!) blogger. I've posted more abstract, creative, writing-focused stuff, but this isn't a creative writing blog (anymore).

My blog is about my life. It's about what I think, feel, know, believe, do, wonder, explore, strive to understand, endeavor to share, and attempt to create. It's about my life as a Jersey-living, book-reading, yoga-practicing, writing, running twenty-something. It's about nothing and everything, and the only real goal I can say that I've always had for this space is that I hope it's always real and never boring.

Thank you for a wonderful and fun year. xoxo


  1. Happy Happy First Birthday to you! I'm so happy to see your blog is doing so well. Here's to another year!

  2. happy blogaversary!!! i'm glad your blog is a lifestyle one ; those are my favorite kinds of blogs to read because it's a bit of everything.

  3. i love this post so much.
    first off, happy blogaversary!
    next, explain serial comma. please feel free to ever point out if i spell something incorrectly or do something grammatically stupid. unless its something like spelling it grey instead of gray, then don't tell me because #australian.
    i love your blog! duh! and you! double duh.
    so i was thinking we should do a brunch when we are in DC because of unlimited mimosas? or we could just find somewhere with unlimited fries, because YUM. you can't have my fries. but i will not judge if the 3 of us eat enough for 6 people.
    when real life people ask what i blog about, i say.. um, stuff? but i love your explanation. i talk about running, but its not a running blog. i talk about books, but its not a book blog. love it! and you are always the most real and the most honest and most un-boring. so keep it up! :)

  4. Hehe happy blogiversary!!! So happy to have found your corner of the internet!!! I have to say - i'll eat fries with just about anything too! Answering what my blog is about is the HARDEST question ever!!! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

  5. Happy blogiversary! It's a milestone that definitely calls for some fries for celebration :) Looking forward to continuing to follow along in your next year!

  6. cleverest FAQ I ever did read... (is that from target? lol) happy one year!

  7. Happy Blogiversary!!! I always want fries and sushi too! Now that I have a treadmill, I think I can guiltlessly invest in a pair of fitted running shoes because mine hurt my feet. And my ankles! Love this Q&A!

  8. Happy blogiversary!! I'm so glad I found your blog and we've become blogging buddies and I swear once I get into Yoga I'm going to blow up your email!! :)

  9. I may be biased considering I didn't know about your previous blogs, but this one is definitely my favorite :)
    So happy to have "met" you and met you!
    I did not know that you have strong feelings about the serial comma (I call it Oxford, is that wrong?) but so do I am and I pleased to know that we apparently share those feelings. I knew we were friends for a reason!

  10. Congrats on your anniversary! I'll give you all my fries if you forgive my improper and (likely) frequently improper use of em dashes..?

  11. Happy blogiversary! I loved reading your FAQ. I definitely would let you have some of my fries, however I would not ask you to do a shot because I do not do shots either ha ha.

  12. Yayyy happy blogiversary! Answering what you blog about to non-bloggers is so hard. I remember when I was trying to explain it to a few friends and they just didn't get it! I'll share my fries if you don't hate me for being an Eagles fan :p

  13. Happy one year!! I am super glad I found you and I always look forward to reading the latest goings on in your life! I get asked the movie question a lot, and most of the time I have never seen it, so I get the same reaction as you do. My reason is that my fam didn't have a tv growing up! So I didn't start watching it until I was around 18, so I missed out on a lot. It's funny how people are so shocked by that.

  14. I'm so glad you started this space and even more glad we crossed paths! My grammar (lack of) probably makes you cringe even though writing is my dream and I still find it so cool that you do it in so many different aspects. I really do always look forward to each of your posts... annnnd end gushing!

  15. Happy belated blogiversary hun! Yay for blogging and making and meeting blog friends! I do hope I meet you soon and I still am bummed I didnt get to last October. This year once Im in the US I will!

    PS. sushi ... always wanna get sushi!


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