What I Like to Read About on Running Blogs

My favorite type of book is the kind that comes in a series. I get really invested in characters, and feel a little sad when I turn the last page of a good book. One reason I love reading blogs is because they are like never-ending books where I get to read a new chapter all the time!

I don’t read a ton of blogs because it would be impossible for me to genuinely keep up with that many people.  I subscribe to about 10 blogs at any given time, and about once every three months I go through my blog reader and delete the ones that I’m no longer reading (which makes room for new ones!). Yesterday was one of those blog de-cluttering days, which got me thinking about what I really like about my favorite blogs.

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What I love to read about and see on running blogs:

– How much you ran today, yesterday and the day before. I like to know how many miles you’re running because I’m nosey like that!

– What you do outside of running. I don’t need all the details, but I like to generally know that bloggers have a life outside of running. It’s helpful to know I’m not the only one who struggles to get up early on the weekends, or who sometimes feels like she’s squeezing in a run at night after work and in between other obligations.

– Your favorite cross training activities. I haven’t posted about my cross training much lately because it’s been seriously lagging, but I like to try out things I read about on other running blogs.

– Pictures! I feel like it’s hard to get to know a blogger without seeing pictures every once in a while. I really like to see pictures that correlate to your training. For example, if you run on really pretty trails I’d like to see them!

– Frequent updates. If you don’t post at least once a week, I will probably stop reading your blog because I will forget who you are. Sorry!

– Writing that feels conversational. Attention to basic grammar and spelling is appreciated, but I generally don’t want to feel like I’m reading an academic journal. I’d rather feel like I’m reading an email from a friend. I comment on blogs that feel conversational because it just feels natural to. (I read a couple of blogs that I never comment on.) 

About a month ago I stumbled upon the blog Glitter and Dust and it has quickly become one of my favorites. Kristen is a triathlete currently training for Iron Man Boise which takes place on June 7th.  Her training recaps are incredibly detailed and include pictures. I find them to be very inspirational! Check out Kristen’s blog if you haven’t already.

What kind of posts do you like reading about?  I’m asking for a friend : )

Least favorite thing to see on a blog?

– I don’t like seeing posts that are 100% dedicated to product reviews. I don’t mind reviews, but I prefer to see them incorporated into a regular post.

Drop a link to one of your favorite blogs so I can check it out!

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25 Comments

  1. May 16, 2014 / 7:01 am

    I love this list. I could’ve written it myself. I’d add that I don’t like blogs where the person posts more than once a day…I get overwhelmed, and really, whose life needs THAT much commentary??

    Don’t leave me for my lack of posts in May! Once school is out, I’ll be more consistent ;o) hehe. This final month of school is always a time-sucker. I was there ’til 8 last night!

    • May 16, 2014 / 2:15 pm

      WOW, I hope you had *two* glasses of wine last night!

      Your blog was one of the first I started following, I’ll never stop reading! 🙂

  2. May 16, 2014 / 7:40 am

    I look for some of the same things but I also read a lot of blogs that aren’t runners:)
    I love Kristen’s blog – that girl is amazing and I can’t wait to see how she does in her Ironman!!!

    • May 16, 2014 / 2:17 pm

      I only read a couple of non-running blogs — I follow two fashion blogs and one lifestyle/travel blog.

      I have seen your comments on Kristen’s blog, and I love feeling like we’re a group of friends since we “know” the same people haha

    • May 16, 2014 / 4:54 pm

      Oh my goodness, you both are way too sweet! I’m pretty sure this made my week!

  3. May 16, 2014 / 8:24 am

    Oh no! I’m worried I’m on the de-blogged list, hope not! I promise I’ll try to post more pictures! lol… 🙂

    I agree – love blogs with pictures and with extra details about the bloggers’ lives (although in a completely non-stalkerish way). Dislike blogs with product reviews or where it looks like a complete plug for a sponsor.

    Also like blog posts with pictures or details of pet cats or pet dogs! Haha 🙂

    I ahve just found Krsiten’s blog, via your blog comments, and I love it! So many things she has written about that I feel came straight from me head, although, no where near ever attmepting to do an irnoman yet. (Maybe in the future??)

    GREAT post Kristina! Keep em coming 🙂

    • May 16, 2014 / 2:18 pm

      NEVER! You are the only blogger I’ve ever emailed and said ‘omg you stopped blogging, please come back!’ 😀

  4. May 16, 2014 / 8:25 am

    ps – just reread my comment – sorry about all the typos! (Conversational, right?) 🙂

  5. May 16, 2014 / 9:20 am

    Great post. I agree with all your pet peeves. I like to see training updates and tracking. I really like pictures also, especially if where people run. Your beach pics are great because I don’t have a beach lol. I don’t keep reading if they don’t update often. Too many product review drive me crazy.

    Plus if your a Heat fan and go to the games, you better believe I’m coming back lol.

    • May 16, 2014 / 2:20 pm

      I’m a shopaholic so I like product reviews, but I don’t need to know *everything* about a product. I like when the blogger just says the top things he/she likes about it and then moves on to the normal stuff. If I’m interested, I’ll do my own research!

      I’m glad you started posting pics!

  6. May 16, 2014 / 10:51 am

    I hope I post enough pictures?!? I cannot believe you only read 10 blogs! I have like 60 on my reader! I really only consistently comment on like 15-20 though? I am not sure. I really only comment if I feel like I “know” that person. I just like people are are honest and strong. I don’t care if they run fast or slow, as long as they are REAL about it!

    • May 16, 2014 / 2:22 pm

      Haha, I follow about 10 “normal people” blogs, but I subscribe to a lot of elite ultrarunner blogs. They don’t post very often so I sometimes forget I’m even subscribed until racing season really ramps up.

      I love your blog and seeing pics of the pups!

  7. May 16, 2014 / 11:02 am

    i’m obsessed with race recaps. it’s actually what drew me to running blogs in the first place. i was researching something i was going to buy and i stumbled upon someone’s marathon recap and i was hooked. but i’ve come to learn that i only care about the recap if i care about the person and their training. so it’s important for me to know what goals the person has and what they are doing to achieve those goals. i love being a cheerleader and rooting for people.

    • May 16, 2014 / 2:25 pm

      I am probably the only person who loves running blogs but doesn’t *love* race recaps! I like them to be short and sweet, “I finished in XX and had a good/bad/hard day because of _______.” I love seeing people reach their goals though, especially after a tough training cycle. I can’t wait to congratulate you on a great half marathon!!!

  8. May 16, 2014 / 11:11 am

    Great Post! I’m a huge fan of race recaps & photos! The more pics the better in my opinion. However, I’m not a huge fan of training updates on mileage. I guess I assume that it’s just happening. Training posts are good with me but I don’t need a play-by-play everyday.

    • May 16, 2014 / 2:27 pm

      Hi Sam! I love watching people build mileage ramping up to a big race. Definitely agree the more pics the better!

  9. May 16, 2014 / 5:01 pm

    Kristina, this seriously made my day. I have a big ol’ grin on my face right now. I’m so glad that you have connected with me and so much so that you decided to give my blog a little shout out. WAY COOL! 🙂 I always enjoy your posts and authenticity! My favorite blogs are those in which I can relate, learn from, and feel connected to. Most of the blogs that I follow are people who I would totally want to hang out with. Maybe someday, right?!

  10. May 16, 2014 / 7:14 pm

    I like lots of pictures as well! The more pictures of the blogger and family, the better. This may seem weird, but I don’t need to hear about someone’s weekly runs/workouts. I like to hear about specific runs if there is a good story about it, but post that just list weekly workouts I don’t care about at all. I of course looooove animal pictures. 🙂

  11. May 18, 2014 / 3:07 pm

    I like posts where I feel like I can relate to the runner…I like the pictures and when they seem genuine about their training. Not a big fan of overly technical product reviews…
    I really look forward to hearing about people reaching their goals…

  12. May 18, 2014 / 10:23 pm

    I have a group of favorites I like to read. Blog reading really does help me to feel less lonely. I really only have my one run buddy in real life 🙂 Lately my life hasn’t been so fun on daily basis so I am having a hard time keeping up. I have a hard time posting a few times a week for sure…in comparison to a lot of fellow bloggers I feel pretty boring, often I will write something but never post it. I am going to try to get better about it!

    • May 18, 2014 / 10:40 pm

      Same here – I love that so many of us “know” each other. I only have one running buddy (who really only runs when she’s training for her once a year half marathon), so I love the community we have built through blogging!

      You should *definitely* publish those posts you’ve been keeping hidden away!

  13. May 22, 2014 / 3:58 pm

    Love you list! I look for pretty much the same things when I’m deciding whether I want to follow a blog or not. Unfortunately I never include enough pictures in my posts and I fear I ramble too much about things people don’t care about.

    Just like to add one more thing though. I like blogs with a positive voice. I like people to be optimistic and positive about their lives, even when they run into problems or frustrations. I don’t like to read about people complaining all the time. I mean, people can do whatever they want with their blogs, but I for one wouldn’t want to read whiny people. I find runners and their stores inspiring, and that’s also what draws me to great blogs.