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23/10/2009 at 16:56

Sophie, thankyou for voicing such thoughts on my behalf but I can assure you that I am quite capable of speaking for myself.

Now, ignoring those who dislike being disagreed with for a moment, here is why I tend not to read blogs. As Wilkie says, the world and his missus are bloggers now and most of it is, to my mind, pointless meandering. Me me me. That's fine if you like that kind of thing but I don't. It's no big deal, I just don't go in for it.

Secondly, I work in the media and I like to know who's telling me things as they tell me them. When I read a newspaper I know where it's coming from. Eg, I know not to believe anything about the BBC that I read in a Murdoch outlet. I know that the Telegraph is pro-Tory. And so on. It gets harder with websites but not impossible. And bloggers are just random people putting out their own stuff, grinding axes or not as the case may be.

Some blogs are very well-written. Most are not, imho, so I choose not to partake. But I have no problem with those who do.

23/10/2009 at 17:00
"but it seems a bit close-minded to dismiss the entire genre on the strength of that"

I've tried reading Emily Bronte and her ilk but the style of writing bores the shit out of me - am I wrong to dismiss the entire genre of that style of writing?? in my mind I am but I'm sure that some English Lit academic whose life depends on that genre would like to take issue with me

same with blogging - some you like, some you don't

personal blogs are tedious and dull ime - very few I've read (and not just running ones) have ever been interesting....but If people want to write them that's their call.

shite - I even tried starting one myself a couple of years ago but bored myself shitless in less than a page....

there are good blogs I read but they tend to be technology and business related and are good for information that I glean for my day job
23/10/2009 at 17:12

Muttley - who doesn't like being disagreed with?

In the field of polical blogs there's certainly bias, but surely you would learn from experience who is biased towards what? And anyway, any publication or blog can simply switch and back a different horse, like the Sun recently did with Labour. 

FB - That's my point exactly, you say you read technology and business-related blogs, therefore you haven't dismissed the entire genre. I suppose had I said "the entire medium" that might have been more accurate. 

I'm sure there aren't many people who want to read: "Today I ran 6 miles at 8mm pace and it was raining." "Today I had a rest." etc - but like most media, it's self-selecting - the crap ones just won't get read.


23/10/2009 at 21:24

Oh, well, that explains a lot. Muttley fancies himself as some kind of 'media' person, giving him the hubris of a smug git who, if he actually had the capacity for perspective, would realise that his opinion is no more valid than that of the average person.

As I touched on earlier, regardless of what you think of people's personal blogs, if you actually had some basic decency as a human you would either be supportive of a fellow runner regardless or content, or at least have the good manners to keep your fat, opinionated mouth shut. 

Sadly not, it seems. It says far more about you than the bloggers themselves.

08/11/2009 at 11:27

The Jogger's Nipple!

08/11/2009 at 11:54

Wow, I never knew there was such hostility directed towards bloggers.  I've built up a nice little community since starting my running blog and have made friends I never would have met without it.

I've got three blogs: a running one, a vegetarian one where I post recipes and one I've just started since commencing my latest OU course (which, admittedly, would bore anyone shitless were they not doing the course too).

08/11/2009 at 15:47

Oh you really must read my running blog, it's very exciting, well ok, it's not a patch on ditch water I agree but it's all about me!

I like my blog as I can track my training easily, most of it is private but I share route information as that is my main interest. I like to find new runs and have an idea of what they are like.

Are we not allowed to voice our opinions any more? Why is it so very wrong to say that we don't like something and give our reasons why without being attacked by those who disagree?

08/11/2009 at 16:21
Link us up then bikermouse
21/12/2011 at 10:14

Nothing like digging up an old thread Heres my blog. I post about my running progress here

As a webdeveloper I also blog about my work and opinions on the subject.

Merry xmas all

16/06/2013 at 10:36

This is my blog. I'm new to blogging and would welcome any feedback.

Please don't be too harsh.

16/06/2013 at 13:45

Not my blog, but a current favourite...

16/06/2013 at 18:51
Blogs: Heads, arses....get the connection?
16/06/2013 at 18:58
Ah bah crie!...that's your favourite. A blog that's eleven days old and whose latest post starts "When I done my 8 mile run"......I'm no Michael Gove, but even I can see that it's slightly wanting on the syntax front.
16/06/2013 at 19:31

Isn't The author the bloke on here targeting 1:10 half?

21/06/2013 at 23:35
"I done a 1:10 wonce"...just never felt the need to blog about it.

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