Last week, I wrote what I thought was an innocuous post entitled "I'm calling you out." It was geared toward a preponderance of blogs I'd seen lately, full of (relative) beginning runners telling their (even less experienced) readers exactly what they should be doing.
I thought it was pretty obvious that this post was written with a hefty dose of tongue-in-cheek. I mean, for goodness' sake, I write a running blog. I read running blogs. I participate in running forums. I read running books. I go to running classes. When I'm not working or sleeping, I spend probably 75% of my awake time either running or thinking about running. I love getting running advice. Some I take, some I don't. Some I take and then later discard. Some I don't take and then later wish I had.
So, on Friday, someone posted a link to this post on the Runner's World online forums. I'm flattered that she wanted to share my post. But the response! Here are a couple of highlights:
Ah, the internet. Gotta love the trolls. (To be fair, both of these runners later admitted they were being harsh.)
It's generated five pages (and counting) of discussion. I love that something I wrote has caused a lengthy discussion. But... much of the discussion has nothing to do with my blog post at all, and even the people who try to take me to task for what I wrote aren't always basing their critiques off my words. I weighed in twice, against my better judgment, and a few people do take my side (thank you, Aron!!).
My point in the original blog post was that many blog readers consider bloggers to be experts regardless of their experience - and I think this came across to the handful of you who are regular readers of my blog. Unlike what some on RWOL inferred, I don't think that credentials or a paycheck are a guarantee of expertise. However, simply having a blog does not guarantee expertise.
For the record, here is my running advice to you. Write this down, it's good: There's a lot of advice out there. The best thing to do is to figure out - through trial and error - what works for you. What works for you will be different from what works for me. That's it.
Now, if you don't mind, I'm going to tell myself that "any press is good press" and return to doing what I do well, which is running - slowly. Back tomorrow with a lighthearted and inane post that is decidedly not full of advice.