We've always said that the best part of blogging is all the AMAZING people we have met. This still rings true! In fact, we look forward to meeting bloggers at race weekends and always have great conversation. There is definitely a mutual respect. We're all runners, we're bloggers, and that's a bond we have.
During our earlier days of running and blogging some of these conversations with other bloggers went quite differently. I probably would have been offended at some of these comments if I would have known better!
So if you want to actually keep your running/blogging friends you might want to stay away from making these comments.
Don't be THAT blogger who says...........
1. I NEVER read anyone's blog: One of the HUGE bloggers I once met at an event admitted in a room full of other bloggers and runners that she never reads other blogs. When I finally learned the extent of what blogging was all about I realized it was a give and take and sharing of ideas among bloggers. We were shocked that she would say this out loud. After further research it appears said blogger never responds back to any of her social media messages either. I often wonder how she became so huge when she neglected to interact with readers and followers?
2. It's on the blog: Another time I was engaged in conversation with one particular blogger (or at least I was trying to ). I asked her a question about a race she ran. Her reply was "Oh, it's on my blog". Later on I asked her about a recipe she was talking about. Again she said "Oh, it's on my blog". I heard her give that reply to several other people throughout the day. Gee, I wonder how she communicates with her real friends. Her Friend: So, what did you do this weekend? Her; It's on my blog. I suppose that is one way to ensure page views!
3. Wow, that IS slow: During a talk of a 5K race (mind you it was one of my first) I was asked what my goal time was. I said that I was kind of slow so I was hoping to come in at 30 minutes. This blogger replied "WOW, that IS slow". I was not offended because I know that I am not fast but I could not believe she said that out loud. And for the record, I ended up coming in at 29 minutes! ( I later went on to PR the 5K distance at 27 and some change). I wonder if she would still consider that slow?
4. With a blog name like that you are obviously not real runners: Since we've created our blog we've had some comments about our blog name. Some were negative but that's okay. We were told that with a name like Fairytales and Fitness, we were not "Real" Runners. I guess this blogger thinks we are just hobby joggers who lolly gag at races. Or maybe we were just meant to only do Disney races? Who knows.
5. Just plain old negativity: Comments #1-4 were comments that were made during actual conversations. We (like I am sure many other bloggers have) have had our share of negative comments left on the blog. I admit that since we have a pretty core group of bloggers commenting over the last year or so the negativity has gone away. The negative comments usually came from those who were not a regular reader. I understand that if we are putting stuff out there, it is free game for anyone to voice there opinion but we still think there ought to be some respect involved. Don't you?
We feel comfortable writing this post because these comments happened a long time ago and these bloggers (who should rename nameless) would never read our blog anyway. In fact, I'm pretty sure they don't even know we exist. So please rest assure, we are NOT referring to you.
We are linking up with the gals from the Friday 5