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The Big Idea

So, what’s this all about I hear you ask…

Well, I have this assumption / idea that I can help runners rejuvenate their running blogs, or for those just starting out, I can help them document their journey.

I know there are plenty of running blogs out there, there are plenty of places and activities to get blog topics from, but I consistently see sad, unloved, broken, forgotten running blogs. There has to be a reason… I know everyone that starts a blog does so with the best of intent, but something happens to cause it fall by the wayside.

Everyone is busy, everyone would rather be running than sat typing on a laptop, and the hassle of coming up with topics or getting the days activities together to write up – it’s often too much to be bothered with.

That ‘too much hassle’ to blog is a problem I want to solve. I want to solve it for myself foremost, and I want to solve it for everyone else also. If I can use to connect with more runners, get more training ideas, see what works for others, then all the better.

First things first – let’s solve the problem, because I want a solution for myself. I’m almost there (March 2015) with that. Next will be seeing if others can make sure of it.

Well, what is it?

I have a number of ideas floating around at the moment. The absolute simplest is an email list service that provides weekly running blog topics. A lot of people struggle with coming up with topics, so a weekly prod with some potential topics might be enough to get people motivated to blog, and (importantly) might build a little community. If you’re interested in joining this weekly email list then you can sign up here : http://runlogbook.com/sign-up

The next service is more about using the vast repository of data that each runner has as the topics – their training runs and races. I have a working solution (a working proof of concept at the moment) for integrating with Strava and RunKeeper, grabbing the latest activities, (optionally) letting you add a few notes and automatically posting it, in a chosen format, to a wordpress blog (directly publishing or publishing as draft).
I plan to add posting to other website types (Blogger etc)

 

Anyway, there you have it… I’d love to hear your thoughts and/or comments – email me and let me know… ken@runlogbook.com

 

training diaries

Training Diary Survey

A couple of weeks ago I conducted a short survey on what people use for a Training Diary, Run Tracking Apps and Websites.

It’s an area of high interest for me, the intersection of those three things. There is a utopia of those three working together to give us an unparalleled insight into our training history, and therefore clues as to future improvements. There are some neat applications and integrations out there today, but we are still a long way from what is ultimately achievable.

Anyway, back to the survey – there were a couple of reasons for it – firstly I’m genuinely interested in what other people are doing around here, and secondly I was trying to validate an assumption I have (more on that later)…

I published the survey request in a local facebook group and a wider, global ultra running group – again, those are the particular areas of interest for me. Over the space of a couple of weeks I had 60 people respond – enough to get a feel for the answers, rather than any sort of statistical relevance.

The questions were centered around peoples use of a runner training diary (two third do, one third don’t), run tracking apps (Strava and Garmin Connect being the most popular with around 25% each, 10 people using nothing at all and the rest being single digit percentages) and whether people had a website/blog where they wrote about their running – this answer surprised me – 20% did and 80% of the respondents did not (not sure why, but I though it would be skewed the other way…. probably a bias based on my own use case).

The other questions covered what people are paying for the various services (did they have the premium service, or use the basic, free service) and, if they had a website, how frequently they kept it updated, how difficult they found it to update etc.
Unfortunately most of these other questions became irrelevant as the majority of respondents did not have a website.

Not sure there are many conclusions I can draw from the data, but I do want to thank everyone of taking the time to respond. I have included the full results (after removing the publicly identifiable respondent data) in the link below. Feel free to copy and share the data as you see fit.

Get the results document here.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/17aOkAqkUnO4yFRFZiyP98JK2HeLl7x5KqjDHwZsPW_o/edit?usp=sharing

 

Once again, thanks if you took the time to respond.

 

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run logbook welcome

Welcome to the Run Logbook

Hi,

Welcome to runlogbook.com, a new service helping runners use their blogs as a training log.

To often we’ve seen runners blogs fall by the wayside. Months between posts, the runner too busy with day to day life to spend time on it. Let’s face it, we’d all rather actually be out running than sat in front of a computer typing about it.

Our new service, at Run Logbook, solves that problem, allowing you to run and keep your blog updated (with details about every run you do, if you want) by giving you simple options and processes for getting your tracked activities posted into your blog.

  • Integration with your tracker service (RunKeeper, Strava etc).
  • Fully automatic publishing.
  • Publish as draft and allow editing.
  • Multiple formats and post designs

There’s a long road ahead with getting the Run Logbook service up and running, but we’re working hard. Watch this space for updates and special offers. You can also sign up for our newsletter, so you get updates delivered direct to your inbox.
In the meantime, you can read more about the idea here.