Yesterday was a bit of a rough day for me on several fronts. Work wasn’t going so well – we had a few meetings that just didn’t go as well as we hoped. Meanwhile, I had stayed up super late on Wednesday night in order to get caught up on my Thanksgiving Half Marathon race report so that I could then follow up with the subsequent posts I’ve been writing in the meantime. I didn’t get to bed until 2am, and then had to get up at 6am – not to work out, but to finish up some more work before heading to the office by 8am.
I know that comments on the blog have been dwindling, and it’s probably in large part due to the fact that I am doing a terrible job of updating on a regular basis like I used to do (remember those days, long long ago?). But it still really hurt when after trying so hard to get up a complete race report and also publish some stories from the last busy holiday week, I instead got one lone comment reminding me how terrible I am when it comes to updating, and telling me that they didn’t want to read my blog anymore because of it. Trust me, I am well aware of this flaw, and I’m trying to work on it and post more often… but it’s a lot easier said than done.
There are just not enough hours in the day for everything I’d like to do (I haven’t even made it to the gym since my Monday tabata post!), and writing thorough race reports takes an inordinately long time. I used to try to write these the same day I ran the race, but that was a lot easier back when I was doing shorter races, worked shorter hours, and had more energy. Now, I tend to fall asleep after I run a marathon! As for why it takes so long, I like to write down as much as I can remember about a race – partially for your sake, but also partially for mine. It’s really neat for me to go back and see that a few years ago, I was really scared to do my first half marathon, and all the thoughts that went through my head while I was doing it; now, I run full marathons like they’re just another workout. I hope you enjoy reading that kind of stuff too.
I really miss all the comments I used to get, and the camaraderie I used to share with so many bloggers around the world. I am still valiantly trying to keep up with my Google Reader, but even with many of the writers I “grew up blogging” with eventually closing down their blogs, there are still a ton of posts to read. Plus, I always try to visit the blogs of those who have left me comments – and I’ve discovered quite a few new favorites that way.
So – what to do? I have been trying to get race reports up in a more timely manner, but they just take so darn long to write. It took me longer to write about my Thanksgiving Half Marathon than it did to actually run it! I don’t want to sacrifice the quality of my race reports, both for my own personal reasons (above) and because so many of you have told me that’s what you love about my blog. Before my first marathon, I read a race report of the Vermont City Marathon that described every mile in detail – and it really made the marathon special to see the descriptions I had pored over come to life. I hope that my blog helps some of you out there to do the same thing.
This isn’t a post telling you that I’m going to shut the blog down – on the contrary, I want to recommit to updating it more often and having more content for you to read. But I’d like to get your thoughts and advice on how I can avoid problems like today. For example, if I can’t write a full race report within a day of running the race, would you rather I:
-Hold off on posting it for a few days, but date it with the proper date (i.e. the day I ran the race), then mass-publish the posts from subsequent days all in one bunch, but dated properly? In your readers/RSS feeds, this will result in a slew of new posts hitting the feed all at once, but they will be dated and in chronological order.
-Or, if I can’t finish a report right away, should I continue posting other things in the meantime, then publish the race report on whatever day I finish it? This will mean that the date of the post won’t correlate to the day of the race, so I always assumed it would be more confusing to do it that way – but maybe not. (Note that if I can’t get a race report up for more than a week, I’ll default to this option – I wouldn’t want to go that long without an update).
Finally, I’d love to hear your thoughts about whether you’re still finding my content interesting now that I’ve passed my 50 state marathon goal. What do you think – is the drop off in readership simply because of my own drop off in posting, or is my content less interesting nowdays? Why do you read my blog and what keeps you coming back?
Please respond if you can – it would really mean a lot to me to hear your input.