Dealing with Blogger Stereotypes

Hi there!

So prepare for a bit of a rambling post today… I want to talk about blogger stereotypes.

Dealing with Blogger Stereotypes | 2 Generations RunningYou’ve probably got some of your own – self-absorbed, arrogant, narcissistic. After all, what other type of person would post their thoughts for all the world to see on the internet? At least, that’s what I used to think before I actually started reading blogs.

Blogger Stereotypes | 2 Generations RunningOnce I actually began reading health and running blogs,  I found myself thinking, “Hey, I kind of like these people!”  I found that I was considering completely new challenges simply because I had read other blogger’s posts about them (and they sounded fun!). For example, I WOULD NEVER have considered doing a triathlon if not for reading about Meghann’s experiences with triathlons, and seeing how she progressed from doing sprint triathlons up to a full Ironman!

And then, that inspiration somehow transitioned into “Hey, I think it would be kind of fun to write a blog too!”

So I decided to start one. And I told approximately 3 people – my immediate family members. I probably wouldn’t have even told them if not for having to explain why I was suddenly taking so many damn pictures. For the longest time, I felt extremely secretive about my blog, not even telling my closest friends. When I was away at school, I would do my readings and homework dutifully in the afternoons, followed by an hour or so of blogging, but I rarely brought this up to my friends. I actually told my boyfriend about my blog by accident – I tweeted a link to one of my posts from my personal Twitter account instead of the one I use to promote my blog. He obviously didn’t mind the fact that I had a blog, in fact he thought it was pretty interesting (and to this day, he reads every single one of my posts.). Over the years since I began blogging, I’ve definitely become more open about it… but it’s still not something I bring up quickly.

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Only a few weeks ago, I heard someone at work joking about “being important enough to have a blog.” I turned red and declined to mention the fact that I had one. Frankly, I know what the solution to this problem should be – I need to get over myself and stop caring about what other people think. But sometimes, things like that are easier said than done.

The truth is, I’ve really come to love blogging. I love this online community of health and running nuts, I love the support I feel from people all across the country (and most of whom I’ve never met), and I enjoy having a place to share my excessive thoughts on running. So for now, I think I am willing to deal with the stereotype that you have to be “important” (or at least perceive yourself to be) in order to have a blog. I’ll accept it and hope that someday, someone will stumble across my blog and feel inspired to try something they never would have thought themselves capable of – whether it be running a marathon or doing a triathlon for the first time. I hope that I’ll come across in my posts not as a narcissist, but as someone you might want as your running buddy. And maybe that person will even think to themselves, “I should start a blog too.”

Fellow bloggers, do you also feel shy about telling people about your blog? I’m interested to hear your thoughts/comments.

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14 thoughts on “Dealing with Blogger Stereotypes

  1. Kate Cooper

    Seems to me that blogging is similar to journaling except you’re sharing and learning from others. Sort of like long letters to pen pals.

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  2. charissarunning

    I don’t really tell many people about my blog either. I started it about a year ago now to just have my own release for writing about all my running dreams without bothering my family TOO much anymore lol. But gradually, I’ve started to tell a few people… it still feels weird to start combining my “real world” with my “blog world” haha, but slowly the two are meshing together 🙂
    I’d love being your running buddy by the way 😉 I think you’re pretty awesome and inspiring!

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    • I know!! I completely felt like my “blog world” and “real world” were colliding when I accidentally tweeted that link! Haha, I’m getting more comfortable talking about it, but it has taken me a LONG time. Haha, and we should TOTALLY BE RUNNING BUDDIES!!! 🙂 I’ll have to let you know when I finally get around to racing in NJ!

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  3. I love this post!! I completely relate. I think I told maybe 2 people about my blog, mainly because I don’t think it is that great. I am far from a writer and find I ramble and am often grammatically incorrect, but I love it! The main reason I started my running blog was because I could tell everyone was sick of hearing me talk about running. On my blog I can ramble on about races, speed and injury complaints, if someone wants to read it great, if not that’s great too! I have found inspiration in so many running blogs and read them daily. I love reading your posts, keep it up!

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  4. I can completely relate–I’m definitely really secretive of my blog. My brother does more promoting of my blog to people we know in real life than I do. (Which isn’t hard because I never do it, but mehh.) I love blogging and the friends I’ve made through it, but I have a tendency to like compartmentalizing my life, and although I don’t talk about people I know in real life too much, or in explicit detail, I always feel like it’d be weird if they were to read about themselves on there! I’m a little more open about sharing it these days, but I still definitely hold back. 😡

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    • I’m the same way – my mom is almost ALWAYS the one who will tell people about my blog! And yeah, I usually tell people or ask them if it’s ok for me to reference them or include any pictures of them on my blog because I know I would want someone to do that for me if I was in their shoes. 🙂

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  5. Ahhh this post!!!! My blog is a secret from everyone except my husband – I don’t tell anyone about it and have a twitter and instagram only for my blog. It’s like an entire secret life I’m living. Sometimes people will tell me they found my blog (like my pilates instructor and one time my sister in law clicked on a pin that was my blog post!) and part of me is totally mortified that they found it and read all my crazy posts about running. I have no idea why it’s such a big secret for me, but it is! It’s hard to be open and honest in my posts if a bunch of people I know in real life are reading it. I started my blog to connect to other runners, not to be important! I love your blog FYI – you always seem so real. Haters are gonna hate 🙂

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    • I know, I’ve felt the exact same way when publishing certain posts – like it would be easier if my friends and family WEREN’T the ones seeing them. But I’ve learned to live with it since my mom loves telling people about the blog 😉 Haha and thanks! I really love reading your blog too!

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