"The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; because there is not effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly. So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat." -Theodore Roosevelt

Tuesday, 18 June 2013

What makes a good blog?

I feel like all I've done for the last month is write race reports, and lets face it, there's only so many ways you can say 'I ran this bit quickly', 'this bit slowly', and 'I finished the race in this time'.

-My posts feel a little monotonous of late, but then, it's a running blog, so race reports are bound to feature heavily, right?

Anyway, this got me thinking; what makes a good blog? Well, I probably like blogs which are similar to mine - or what I try to deliver with mine:

Those that don't always take themselves too seriously, focus on running but throw in other subjects, as well as having a bit of witty humour to boot (ok, so maybe mine doesn't have all that much of the latter category !)

I sometimes think I post too much, but then, I really like IronLucy's blog by Lucy Nickells, and she blogs everyday... (Of course Lucy does wear superhero underwear, something my under garment collection sadly lacks)

Blogging about running and chucking other bits of life in mixes things up nicely, and Goldilocks Running's blog by Sarah Marsden does this excellently; check out her thigh gap post here. (Somehow I don't think I'd have thought to write about this subject)

Finally, getting quite technical about their running as well as humour-filled is something the Dreaming of Footpaths blog by Sarah Fry has got down to a T, shes also a little bit famous due to her escapades as part of Asics Target 26.2 (not jealous, honest)

So, with those 3 blogs in mind what makes a good/interesting blog for you, and whose do you enjoy?


  1. It's a bit egotistical to comment on a blog post you feature in, but I'm going to do it anyway, because this is lovely, THANKYOUUUU! Especially honoured to be alongside the Speedier Sarah!

  2. At least your blogs are WORTH a read! Some people just rant or vent or both!