An Update & Thank You Message To All Of My Indiegogo Contributors!
First of all I would like to think the following people for their contributions to Angry Jogger – The Book.
It means a hell of a lot! (if you want removed from this list then comment on the post, thanks).
Yvonne H, Bill Lovell, Tracy Ann, Lyerin, Barry Adams, Born to Plod Jay, Justin, Rob Sorbo, Jed, Jules B, Carmel D, Nicola M, Lucy M, Les J (Mr Snazzy Cracker!), Jonathan McF, Robert Beech, Jacqui B, Michael McC, Sarah H, Matthew G, Dan G, Cacoastrum, Danielle L, Vikki R, Lucy T, Debbie A, Mike Mock Jogger (who I also still owe a pint to), Jocke, Lindsay L, Glenn M, Marian G, S Wright, Jean Marie, S Farran, Adam Walker and Sarah (if I’ve missed any names out I’ll be mortified but please tell me).
I’d also like to thank everyone who expressed support, offered their best wishes, liked the page, shared it on Facebook/Twitter!
How the book campaign came about
I started this month in a bad place. I was coming into work on the first day back from the Christmas break and had a major panic attack after getting off the train.
For half an hour I thought I was dying. I didn’t know what the fuck was happening but I could sense death and that it was about to do me up the wrong one.
So I got the train back into Belfast whilst on autopilot and sat in Starbucks for two hours in a daze.
That was a definite sign that something was wrong. I fucking hate coffee shops with a passion.
I needed time to think.
I’d only started my new job 2 months previously and I struggled with the daily commute to the point where I dreaded waking up every single day.
I didn’t want the rest of my life to be like this.
For the next 2 days I didn’t sleep at all. I couldn’t really live with myself for not giving my new job a proper chance, but at the same time I was desperately unhappy.
That weekend was a bleak fucking period. I didn’t want to run, I didn’t want to talk to anyone, I’d basically just had enough of everything as the last 3 months had been full of nothing but regret.
Then I came up with the idea for the campaign
It was a clear-cut choice between insanity and a shot at happiness.
I set up the Indiegogo campaign that Monday and I’d already written a chapter by the end of the day.
I knew it was the right choice instantly.
Since I’ve started this campaign my life has been so much better.
Here are a few examples of how I’m faring better.
- I spend my days doing what I want to do. I write the book. I read. I write blog posts that I think you might find useful or funny.
- I’ve lost 10lbs in weight – I’d been overeating a lot to try to disguise the fact that I was pretty miserable over the past couple of months.
- I’ve ran 200 miles in a month and I’m feeling very strong again. This excites me.
- I’ve been sleeping well for the first time in 2 years – Arguably I’ve been sleeping too much but I think my body has been playing catch-up, so I’m OK with that.
- I have hope that I’ll one day be able to make my dreams come true and make a full time living from this blog. I want to move to Southern Europe and live out of a suitcase and find the most beautiful places to run and actually make this website a happy experience for once.
So once again thanks to everyone who has contributed to the campaign!
You can pledge to over on the Indiegogo webpage and receive one of the exciting/appalling perks listed.
If the campaign falls short of the £1,500 total then I’ll still write this book and make it the best I can make it!