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!

25 comments

  1. Ali @ Hit the Ground Running

    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!
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      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. Kim

    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!!!
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      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

    2. Kristen @ Glitter and Dust

      Oh my goodness, you both are way too sweet! I’m pretty sure this made my week!
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  3. Lou @ Running Through China

    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 🙂

    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

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

  4. Lou @ Running Through China

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

  5. The running schlub

    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.
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      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!

      1. The running schlub

        Lol I was on the cusp of getting cut when I started posting pics and totally saved myself??
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        1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

          Hahaha, no comment 😉 just kidding!

  6. Amy

    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!
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      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. dawn @ running the dawn

    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.
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      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. Sam

    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.

    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

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

  9. Kristen @ Glitter and Dust

    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?!
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  10. Megan @ Meg Go Run

    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. 🙂
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  11. cheryl

    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. Karen

    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!
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      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!

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  14. Yang

    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.
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