Tuesday, December 11, 2012

2012 in Running Blogs: a Look Back

It's only December 11, 2012, but it's NEVER too early to try and be the FIRST blogger to pump out their "year in reflection" post.

But in a turn for the unexpected, this post is not (entirely) about MY year and my happenings.  It's about you! and us! all of us floating in the pot of running blogs!

Here we go, rev your engines, step into......

The Highlights of the Year 2012 in Running Blogs

1) Suddenly out of the ether, GOMI is invented by a fat lonely catlady (synonymous with "one who snarks," right?) and bloggers around the world realize "oh shit, I better reel in the intensity to which I sound like a privileged dunce," except for the bloggers who are, by nature, privileged dunces.

I learned that "white knight" is not a term reserved for corporation law courses, that there is no such thing as being a blogger without being narcissistic, and that YOU'RE just jealous, haters gon' hate, sad lonely life, etc etc.

I actually have no idea when the website began, but as far as I can tell, it popped up this year.

2) Janae, the one and only hungryrunnergirl, shook the blog world upside down by announcing her pregnancy, crushing naysayers who said it was not possible for her blog to get any more cute.  Now there is a baby on it, and so, it just got that much more cute.

3) Aron ran 50 miles and made the Bay Area look like the place to be if you enjoy beautiful things (trails, neverending trails).

4) The Boston Marathon was ferociously hot, in the first sign that 2012 would be the year of glee for people who wish for terrible conditions on Big Marathon Race Days.



5) Page's ankle :(  The worst timing ever for an ankle to spazz out, right before the pretty young thing's first attempt to become an Ironman, but she handled it (and continues to handle it) with good spirits.

6) Kris Lawrence came out of nowhere and became the mother hen (I mean this in the nicest possible way) to the rest of us.  She proved to have a maddeningly perfect combination of running talent, wisdom, entertainment, and good writing skillz.  Whenever we had a question about an injury, a running plan, a race, we crossed our fingers that Kris would comment and let us know what to do!

7) Oiselle became the new Nuun by pouncing on women running bloggers to market their brand, which seems to work for 90% of consumers,  and annoys the other 10% (is that too generous of a number for the minority?).

8) YOU got a PR! and YOU got a PR! and YOU won your age group! and YOU won a race! A lot of studly running took place this year.  Sorry for not taking the time to name y'all.

9) FitFluential confuses everyone as to its purpose, and with the passage of the year, clarifies its purpose with a strong message of "fitfluential means: fitfluential!"  Thanks for clearing that up.

What club!? I don't get it!?


10) I learn that there can be constructive criticism and great discussions on blogs, by the rad people who read this here blog and comment.  If you haven't realized it yet, I should alert you, the comments are far and away the most interesting thing about roserunner.blogspot.com.

11) Cely almost kills herself when a shard of glass attacks her arm, and I make a mental note to tell every blogger to PLEASE not suddenly die before I've ever met you.

12) NYCM was.....cancelled.  The blog world pounces on categorizations of people as either "classy" for not running/wanting it to be canceled, or "ignorant die bitch" for wanting the show to go on.  Ultimately, everyone turned into a zombie and said "so devastating, so sorry, take some of my money" so they didn't get in trouble.

13) Runner's World Magazine stoops to a whole new level of stupid typically reserved for People magazine by giving way too many shout-outs throughout the year to runner blogs as if they are worthy of sharing tips and jokes next to Ryan Hall.  

I pay for magazines for the professional content; I read blogs for free to check out the thoughts of my hobby jogging peers.  Don't mix up the two!

Yeah yeah, in the age of the internet, everything is merged.  Whatever.

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14) The CIM mini-monsoon (I'm coining this phrase).  Sacramento joins Boston and New York in knowing runners can rise to any occasion, and giving them the challenge they crave! (not me.  that's not me).

15) Some of my favorite bloggers start blogging less, down to a trickle, barely at all, and I crawl in a corner and cry.

The year is NOT OVER, and more epic moments will still be added to this blogger world.  Mark my word.  It's all about to go DOWN.  I don't really know what I'm talking about....

What running blog memories of sweet 2012 did I forget? Let me hear it, we have time yet this year for a Part II!

57 comments:

  1. I lol'd several times in this post. You have a knack for writing right on the edge...

    Can I go on the record right now though for saying that I think GOMI is idiotic? Like the world needs more random anonymous internet assholes. Something I really like about you is that you say things on your blog. You can be you.

    It will be interesting to see how the site develops - but I think whoever runs that site is playing with fire to be insulting a portion of the community that has money, reasonable computer savvy, and a hell of a lot of free time.

    And with that...uh...happy 2012? ;-)

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    1. I completely disagree about GOMI. I do think some of the forums are over the top, and attack bloggers who don't deserve to be attacked. BUT, there are a lot of bloggers who are making a living by basically portraying themselves as healthy living "expert", despite a complete lack of credentials. I do think there should be a site or medium available for critique of these bloggers, especially since most of them censor any dissenting point of views.
      Plus, I do think that blogging is inherently a narcissistic activity (sorry to offend), and every one needs to hear the truth every once in a while, unless you want to live a completely delusional life and think you are the most amazing person to every life. ever.

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    2. Sorry - wanted to first apologize for the typos, and second to add that I am a professor at a public university and my students can go online and discuss my teaching quality because guess what? I am supposed to be an expert in my field, and I deserve to receive objective evaluations whether I like them or not. Just like there are websites like Yelp where people can evaluate services. Most big blogs are providing a "service" and therefore should be subject to evaluation and criticism.

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    3. I definitely agree that a lot of bloggers portray themselves as experts when they really don't have a clue BUT I think the majority of people on GOMI aren't there to offer helpful criticism. Instead, they largely seem to thrive on being spiteful and downright mean....so I'm going with Margot's opinion that they're internet assholes :) Besides, it's not like people are paying for a blogger's service-- if people don't like it, don't read it. No one is forcing anyone to suffer through the monotonous food pictures other than yourself, you know?

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    4. People don't pay television stars directly either, but it is OK to criticize television shows. Every time you enter a monetized blog, you are paying the blogger, whether you realize it or not.

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    5. Sorry for hijacking the thread RR.

      Anyways wanted to clarify. I don't think everyone who uses GOMI is a jerk - there are good points made there sometimes. Nor do I think it doesn't have a right to exist - it does. But I think the result is net negative and that it's hurt a lot of people.




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    6. I disagree wholeheartedly. I think GOMI rightfully questions/criticizes a lot of the choices bloggers make, including the most basic choice of choosing to put their lives out their for consumption/criticism. Agree with the anons that it is particularly relevant for bloggers that don't allow negative feedback on their blogs' comments and for monetized blogs. They are operating their blogs as a business--GOMI basically serves as their Yelp page.

      Alice (the site's administrator) isn't "playing with fire"--she knows exactly what she's doing and a) doesn't care about "insulting" an entire community and b) certainly isn't it for the money.

      Also, us catbitches are downright hilarious, and I derive a lot of entertainment from the comments. So there's that factor too.

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    8. Hey Dolly,
      Yeah I don't think everyone is an asshole there - my comment above was probably too harsh. And thank you for any positive comments - they mean a lot. But I've seen so many of my friends ripped apart on the forums with comments that call their babies special, call them fat, etc. I've even seen it happen to friends who don't have blogs but are friends with bloggers.

      I think people should use their real names on that forum if they really stand by what they say.

      I'm glad the site serves a purpose for you and others, but I can't get on board with a site that promotes so much hurtful talk.

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    9. As a fellow catlady, I'm not ashamed to say that I have grown to love GOMI. Sometimes the threads get a bit ridiculous but; my favorite section of GOMI is the General Chat Forum where advice and stories non blogger related are shared. Margot, I can understand why you might have an issue with GOMI since you were ripped apart on a thread recently. But, don't group us all together as random anonymous internet assholes. I've actually given you some love on GOMI as a SOMI.


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    10. I haven't fully developed my stance on GOMI, but what I can say is that:
      a) I know readers have found me from it, and for that I'm thankful
      b) it has potential to be highly entertaining and a good outlet for readers of certain blogs that shut out naysayers, but as any wise catlady will agree, there are dicks in there who are desperate to stir up a controversy where none exists either for the love of drama or the desire for internet power, and it makes me cringe to think the blog writer may read it
      c) In this age, and to steal y'all's metaphor it is the age of Yelp, I don't think we can escape public forums for criticism (and compliments too!); it is here to stay
      d) someone down below made a good point that they are thankful GOMI reminds them not to permanently slap dumb things on the internet. Truth.

      The anonymous thing is the one that I am torn on. I understand the desire to shield your identity when you are stating an edgy viewpoint, but whenever possible I would really encourage people to use their name/blog pen name. You can still be brutally honest, but I think it protects from the proclivity to be cruel just for cruelty's sake.

      Oh and Margot: penis wrinkle.

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  2. This is absolutely perfect and everything is so true. I agree about Kris L dominating every race! I was rather torked off too when I saw some of the running blogs in runners world.

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  3. YOU DIDN'T MENTION MY PR NOW I'M GOING TO GO OVERDOSE ON NUUN AND HANG MYSELF WITH MY HANDFUL BRA.

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  4. I always learn from you. That for telling me about GOMI. I actually like it ; and I think people mentioned there should be happy too as they get even more publicity, ha!
    Love your list. And you forgot to mention yourself. You had a great running year!

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  5. Your readers' penchant for cupcakes making it difficult to decide whether you were talking about your buttcrease or if you really like buttercream. Oh, that's just me? Crap.

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  6. So many LOLs. Completely agree with you on RW. I'm not renewing my subscription because I don't need to pay money to figure out who to follow on twitter.

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  7. Hehe I love that people spend time complaining about things that they don't need to even have in their lives! Seriously think about it, I didn't know the blogger world existed until I started running and looking up things. But that said, there is some good writing on there :P.

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  8. Hey RR, Your writing is always clever and witty. It's a darn shame you don't make any $$$ off of this blog. Plus your running skills are also amazing to follow. I hope your hip/buttcrease gets better in the next calendar year.

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    1. Thanks Dolly. I wish you a healthy arrival of the new babe and a healthy return to running next calendar year!

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  9. I was going to make fun of you for doing a wrap up with 19 days left, but you made fun of yourself for that, so...Um....I've got nothing.

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  10. LOL always at your blog and the comments people post. Truly enjoy. Happy holidays and cheers to 2013!

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  11. I had no idea that GOMI existed, hilarious!

    And yea - seemed like every big marathon had a problem this year - Boston heat, NYC cancelled, CIM monsoon. Though Chicago seemed to have perfect weather.

    And I'm with you on #12, I don't subscribe to runners world to hear bloggers opinions! haha

    And I'm surprised that you didn't mention the annual Hood to Coast posts - though it seemed like there were less of them this year than in 2011. I guess I can't say anything though - since I did 15 posts about the Olympics lol

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    1. That's probably a good thing Nelly...it means you haven't found blog traffic streaming from gossip about you on GOMI. Yeah, HTC didn't make the cut cause it kind of fizzled out quietly this year...thankfully...

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  12. THIS WAS AWESOME. Why can't all running blogs be like yours? OH YES BECAUSE THEY NEED TO TELL ME THAT I NEED TO DRINK NUUN AND WEAR OISELLE AND WRITE IN BELIEVE I AM JOURNALS. BELIEVE I AM JOURNALS...YOU FORGOT THOSE.

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  13. HAHAHA!!! Oh this post brought me so much joy. High Five, RR, high five.

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  14. I found you through GOMI so it can't all be bad. But seriously, though, I appreciate the fact that there's a whole community of people out there cutting side-eye to some of these major healthy living blogs. When I see a lot of what passes for "inspirational" these days, I feel inspired to puke. Which I guess, considering that so many of them are just thinly veiled ED blogs, is kind of the point!

    Okay, I'm going to read the rest of your links now.

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  15. Yay, I made number 8!!!

    I hate GOMI...I read it every now and again and always come away feeling dirty and soiled, and vowing never to read it again. But it has made me think twice about what I post on my blog, the words I use, the things I take for granted. And I think that's a good thing. With social media, it's so easy to shoot your mouth off and not be able to take things back - I'm almost grateful for the reminder to be thoughtful.

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    1. Totally agree with that last thought -- I didn't think twice before permanently saying stupid things before GOMI

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  16. I found you a while ago thanks to GOMI - I enjoy that there's a site to call out the trivial bullshit (better than littering a blog's comment section with naysaying) like oatmeal, poor writing, and brand circle jerking.

    Also agree with #7 and #12!

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    1. You can also always come here to call out that bullshit :) welcome it with open arms.

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  17. I found GOMI in 2011, thanks to a Skinny Runner post where she was bitching about being bitched about (I don't read her blog anymore, but I'm forever thankful of her sending me on the way to GOMI). Funnily enough, I too found your blog thanks to GOMI (they were all "she is great and fast, worth reading!" and I was all up on google trying to find you).

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    1. I gotta add that I don't agree with everything that happens on GOMI -- the whole "she's privileged" and "she needs to acknowledge her privilege" shit is annoying. And some people there ARE downright hateful. But for the most part, they have sensible discussions and provide hours of entertainment.

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  18. The best part of the twitterati list is that there are people on there that DON'T EVEN RUN. Fuck you, runners world.

    And while we're at it, fuck Oiselle too.

    Maybe I should blog about it.

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  19. Yay for #8! And speaking of narcissist bloggers... I can't believe you didn't mention the birth of my blog as highlight #15! I kid, I kid. Seriously though, I had no idea such a cool running blog community even existed until the 6 months ago. I've gotten so much advice, support, and LOLZ from running blogs (and commentors!). Yay us!

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    1. Ugh, typo!! "until 6 months ago."

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    2. I didn't even know your blog was birthed this year! Can't wait for the token blogiversary post next year :)

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    3. I'm with you Jen: I don't know how it took me so long to discover running blogs. Once I did it seemed so obvious that they would exist, but it never crossed my mind before. They've been an awesome find, though!

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  20. As if I could love your blog more? Thanks for the shout out. It happened to be my birthday yesterday and it took every urge for me not to say that your mention was the best birthday present ever. My family would have been offended ;) You are awesome. I LOVE being referred to as Mother Hen. I own my naggy, motherly advice.

    I always want to type that GOMI is awful and ridiculous. 95% of the time it is but then there is that 5% truth.

    I don't subscribe to Runner's World. It's the same issue every month with the same articles about how to run faster while running less and while wearing more junk on your arms, head, calves. Also the same shirtless dude or girl on the cover. When they started posting recipes with chia seeds and coconut water I was OUT.

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    1. Fabulous take on Runner's World...amazing how much they've marketed "must have" accessories for such a simple sport. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!

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  21. I'm giving you a slow clap for this whole post, my friend.

    I do have to admit that I unabashedly love GOMI. I try to be thoughtful about what I post there (and I hardly post at all to begin with), and every once in a while I'll find a thread or a comment that makes me rulll uncomfortable, but generally I find it pretty entertaining.

    Also, Janae's baby announcement almost killed me with its cute.

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  22. I actually enjoy GOMI, or at least find it amusing. Why? Either because I agree with what people or saying, OR, I am amazed and shocked at how bitter some of the people who post are, and it makes me feel better about myself for having better things to do with my time other than tear down other people's blogs, but then I realize I must not, because there I am wasting time reading and enjoying GOMI. haha.

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    1. What do you know, sounds like more of my readers (who have commented) enjoy GOMI than don't! I can see the appeal of reading it for the rubber-necking appeal...

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    2. Haha. It's entertaining in a strange way, kind of like the gossip magazines. I hate admitting that I read stuff on that website, because most of the comments are just ridiculous and way off, and yet, I keep coming back for more.

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  23. NOOOOO NOT THE YEAR IN REVIEW POST!!!!

    You have never told me not to die before we meet. I fear that I have been offended.

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    1. I only made a note to tell people, but never followed through. Consider yourself warned to not die.

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  24. Thank you for being the first of the blogs I read to have a year in review post. Now everybody else will feel like a FOOL.

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  25. Loved this - such a refreshing recap. Spot on and hilarious. I still can't believe something like GOMI exists. Sometimes I find it entertaining, and other times I just picture 40 year-old losers who live with their parents hunching over their laptops trying to out-mean one another.

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  26. wow.....look at tall the comments you got on this one....the GOMI....I have to say...not a fan...being mean just because it is "easy" to hide behind the monitor...not OK with me...maybe I am just old...I think it is just so negative...life is too short for that crap...HTC escaped this year? See the good influence I had on the 2012 crop?!! ha ha just kidding of course!!!!

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  27. The only running blog I read is yours, and it's the best!

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  28. In my mind I picture you as a very tall and fast comedian where everything you say makes my belly jiggle like a bowl full of jelly. Love the comments here and your honesty.

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  29. So I'm not going to comment about GOMI, but rather the fact that I find it completely disappointing that it's almost 2013 and we still have yet to meet for lunch in P-Town. Can we make it a New Year's resolution to do so once a month. Thank you very much. Buh-bye.

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  30. Oh, and thanks for the <3

    Happy Holidays!

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  31. If just one blogger can be saved from death by their own garbage, then my accident was worth it.

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