Amy Glass is a wife, a mother, a runner, and a writer — she’s built up a loyal readership for her fantastic blog, Will Run For Ice Cream. There, she documents her personal journeys, and inspires others to find their passions. We caught up with Amy about how she started writing, the causes she cares about most, and her advice for those looking to get their voices out there.
When did you start blogging? What inspired you to do so?
I started blogging in 2008. For the first time in my life, I moved away from family, friends and everything familiar to join my husband in Pennsylvania. This was a way to let my family and friends back home know what was going on in my life.
When did you find yourself reaching a larger readership?
It wasn’t until recently that I started reaching a larger readership. I think most people who blog would like for people to actually read what they write! I had hoped my blog would grow, and it was something that I worked toward. Although, I have to be honest and say that it’s not really (or hasn’t been for me) that easy to do.
What methods did you find were successful for reaching more people?
I increased my social media usage. I make sure to share my posts on all platforms like Pinterest, Twitter, and Facebook. I also try to stay active on social media even when I don’t have blog posts. People like to feel connected. So, I think it’s important to try to connect with readers and potential readers.
What have been some of the biggest rewards? The biggest challenges?
I think one of the biggest is motivating others. And I know from my personality that sometimes, just knowing that someone else is going through the same thing that I am going through will help me know that I am not alone. One of the biggest challenges is finding the time to write.
As a busy mom, that must be so tough!
It’s the hardest part! My Lil’ Man just turned three, it’s definitely a struggle to find the time. I mainly write during his nap, or during ‘rest’ time. Occasionally, I will write at night once my Hubby is home if he’s busy with a project.
Let’s talk about giving. What cause is near and dear to your heart?
My grandmother passed away from a Glioblastoma. And just this year my Aunt also passed away from Glioblastoma. If you aren’t familiar with Glioblastomas, it is an aggressive brain tumor. In both cases, from diagnosis to death was a very short amount of time.
How do you like to fundraise, raise awareness, or similar?
I think awareness is especially important. My running partner recently ran the Boston Marathon as a Charity Runner. And I was totally inspired by her determination to raise awareness for her cause. In the future, I plan to try to raise awareness about Glioblastoma and Cancer in general.
Your blog is such a valuable asset for that kind of awareness-raising. Along those lines, what is the most meaningful part of giving to you?
To me, the meaningful part of giving is knowing that I am doing something that will help someone else. My actions, whether fundraising, volunteering, or raising awareness, can and will hopefully someday help someone else.
What’s your advice for parents looking to get their kids involved in giving?
I believe we teach our kids by example. Take them with you to volunteer. Explain to them what it means to make a donation. Educate them, because they are the future.
Similarly, what’s your advice for those looking to start writing and sharing their personal journeys?
First of all, you’ll need thick skin. It’s hard! I’ve let negative comments or feedback bother me, though I try not to. There will be people who will disagree with you, and sometimes they will do it in a loud and rude way. But if you have a desire to write, my advice is just to do it. Find what it is that you want to write about. Stay true and honest. And have fun!