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Wife (to Shaun), Mother (to Danni), Dog walker of Archie the JRX, improving cyclist, reformed gym bunny, broken runner Collector of exercise DVDs & equipment. Cake is my weakness together with cider (Westons only thanks)and brandy. Noisy spectator of running & cycling events. Owner of Tribby the campervan

Friday, 10 January 2014

#Run With An Idea 9 Who cares what you think about running?

This weeks discussion topic is questioning the purpose of running blogs and why do you write one? Who is it aimed at? Which do you read? Top 10 turn offs in a running blog?

I write my blog because I find it useful to read back what I've achieved, how I was feeling at a particular event or point in my life.   It's also nice to share fantastic moments like the family's events and achievements.    The blog has been quite useful during this period of injury - it's been quite frustrating and putting everything down in black and white means I can offload how I'm feeling.  If people want to read and be part of my recovery then that's fantastic.   I've not got anyone in particular that I write for - but if I can help someone get running or exercising regularly that would be great.

I started blogging as part of Janathon a couple of years ago, I never imagined that I would still be writing now. 

I read loads of running blogs

Mrs B
Psycho Jog Blog
Marathon Widow
Stop the Jiggle
Fairweather Runner

and many more, especially during Janathon!
The one thing that turns me off is LOTS of stats - I'm a slow runner, I don't really need to know what each mile speed was, or proof of a negative split.  I am in awe of the fact that someone can run further than I can anyway.  
Don't get me wrong I like stats, just not a blow by mile of an ultra marathon!   I actually can't think of anything else that turns me off reading a particular blog.  I definitely like lots of photos.  I also like blogs that are general, incorporating running and lifestyle.

I know some of my posts, and my style of writing, aren't particularly funny, but I do like to read a blog that makes me chuckle, and one that makes me think "yeah I know that feeling".  

So, who do you like reading?   What are you blogging turn offs - be nice!    Why do you blog?


  1. I like blogs with personality - the feeling that if I met them, I'd recognise them and that they are real people who have good days and bad days.

    1. That's a good point, I prefer to read blogs that are like an autobiography than a glossy magazine.

  2. Well, I'm here reading yours, so what's that tell ya? :-)

  3. I cannot bear blogs that are just review after review after review. Tells me they're more interested in free stuff than actually running!