Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Where do I fit in?

Get off my lawn, and TURN DOWN THAT MUSIC.

A lot has changed since 2007.  Hashtags were still that strange thing on the phone (a pound sign? Pound what, exactly?) that no one really knew what it was for, the iPhone was still just a twinkle in Steve Jobs' eye, and blogs were just starting to be known for an online journal instead of someone who mispronounced those shoes that Dutch people wore. Blogging was simpler: something happened to someone, that same person typed it on a keyboard, it was published on the interwebs, and that was that.  Hopefully there was some entertainment value, but lets be honest...not always.

Fast forward 8 years and things have changed. People have personal brands, opinions, and countless ways to count impressions. Now that I am getting back to blogging on the regular (having taken most of 2014 off) I can't help but wonder if my "aww shucks, this is just my life" style of writing is a thing of the past.  Am I clinging to my AOL email address while the blogging revolution passes me by? (I just love that 'you've got mail' sooo much. Makes me think of Meg Ryan.) Where does my blog belong?

To be clear, I don't see anything wrong with the healthy living blogger shift. Sponsored posts and giveaways certainly fill a niche. In fact, some of the most popular blogs that I know of are healthy living blogs - quick to dispense information, and advice, and the all to frequent product review on a wide range of topics. Some well thought out and knowledgeable, and some....well...are not.

My blog has always been extremely loosely based on running. I basically use running as a vehicle to dispense my snark and lame jokes. Sure, I'll tell you how far I ran, MAYBE what my splits were, but more often than not you're going to hear how I about pooped my pants at mile 4 resulting in nearly getting hit by a bus as I turned the corner and oh by the way here is a pic of some crotch chafing.  I will admit that I did go through a "OMG FREE STUFF" phase, but it was short lived and fleeting at best.

The question I keep coming back to in my head is: Should I keep on keeping on? While I write more for me than for others (sorry), should I change my blog to have 12 sponsored banners on the sides with guest posts and sponsored posts thrown in more frequently than not? Ultimately, the answer I always come back to is not changing. This corner of the internet is my life story. Not my running story, or my dad story, or my which chocolate energy gels works best story.  So, look forward to more of the same. Hopefully, a lot more boring stuff. And seriously, you call that noise music?  Get off my lawn.


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After that missive, I would be remiss if I didn't post a quick update on my weekend and my running. Simply put, this weekend was exhausting, amazing, and one of the better weekends in recent memory.

My son started soccer which essentially consists of five minutes of twenty 4-6 year olds kicking a ball and 55 minutes of that same herd chasing after 20 separate soccer balls.  It is as adorable as you imagine it being. The class he signed up for isn't a ton of actual soccer matches I don't think but instead teaches more fundamentals. The plus side is that I haven't taken a soccerball to the crotch yet while practicing, but I assume that is right around the corner.

The highlight of the weekend was watching monster trucks. Simply put, I have to think that this was the highlight of his year so far. They were VERY loud (even for me), so in spite of being scared at times he loved watching the seemingly larger than life trucks fly through the air.  Oh, and watch them do backflips. A truck. Doing backflips. Insane.

This is what I get now when I tell my son "at least look like you're happy!" after a series of bad pics

Like I mentioned before, I've been a single dad for 2.5 years or so. Up until recently, I've worked my running schedule around the 50% of the time that I have my son. That involves plenty of night runs, noon time runs, and often front loading or back loading my miles in the week. It is tough, but I work through it.  No excuses.

Recently however, I've started to hire a babysitter once a month so that I can get in a 16-20 mile run w/out pushing the running stroller.  The reality is that pushing the stroller for much further than 8 miles really messes with my legs and makes me get very cranky.

This past weekend I was going to do 18 miles but instead I did 12. No really GOOD reason why I dropped those miles, but I think part of it is that I no longer have a spring marathon on the books (I don't think).  More to come on that later this week.....

"Pleeeeeese daddy can I play my iPad while you are running!?!?!?!"
(Just go ahead and ignore my lime green underwear here...)




13 comments:

Emily H said...

I'm glad you're not changing! I'm much more interested in reading about people's lives / thoughts than reading advice or research.

T-Rex Runner said...

I used to think about changing my blog, but honestly, it wouldn't be fun to write if I did. I'm just not motivated enough to ever really become "big time" or make money off my blog. I started it as a place to record my thoughts and memories, and that's how it will stay.

fueledbylolz.com said...

I agree that there as been a huge shift in blogging. I have been blogging 4 years and so much has already changed. Everyone wants to blog and earn income from it. That's not a good or a bad thing...it's just a fact. I don't mind sidebar ads but when you are trying to click out of an ad box instead of reading a post...it's a problem.

Michaela said...

This is why I hardly ever tell anyone I have a blog -- I really wanted it to be a forum for my own thoughts. After grad school and a few years working in journalism, I had to "re-learn" to write again for myself instead of writing for an audience and worrying so much what people think. My blog became the place for that.

RunningLaur said...

But how will I know "your own opinions" about pre-grated radishes from Walmart, sleepy-time tea, Greek yogurt, compression socks, Hershey's chocolate, a star-naming company, essential oils, trips to Hawaii

Pam @ herbieontherun.com said...

DO. NOT. CHANGE. THIS. BLOG. I have unfollowed so many that i used to follow because they got too damn big for their britches. I hate the commercialism and unpersonal feel. If I'm reading a person's blog, it's because I'm interested in them as a person. Not their Top 10 Tips for Running Your First Marathon.

paullamb said...

Yeah, don't ever change!

Al's CL Reviews said...

I like your blog as is.

Emmaclaire said...

First time commenter, I had to write to support keepin' on with your blog the way it is. No better place to fill up on snark, poop talk and cute kid pics!

Kovas Palubinskas said...

As Ralph said, "A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds," so a little change might be good. Or it might not be. Not sure.

Jamoosh said...

Be who you are. Most of the blogs I used to read morphed into sites that were more about getting clicks and trackbacks and ads. I do not read those blogs anymore.

Running In Boise said...

Yea don't change your blog. The blogs that I read since I've started blogging have not really changed. Yours, SUAR, a few foodie blogs... I don't feel like I have much to say anymore on my blog with all the changes I've gone through the last 2 years. I've been doing the sponsored posts to just have SOMETHING posted. It's not what I want to do but I really like freebies I can use, or post on ebay ;-)

Elaine said...

Looks like the votes have been counted. We like your blog just as it is.
Of course, if you change it a bit, we won't blame you. You will probably be the first (and only?) blogger to admit you HATE some of those awful products that get reviewed in the blogs that I used to read.
And don't go knockin' AOL. I confess it's still my favorite for email.