Naysayer: a person who habitually expresses negative or pessimistic views…
The Right Fits has existed for over four years. It’s definitely changed throughout that time, but it has always been a place where I share my journeys in fitness and fitness fashion. We live in an “over-sharing” culture with so many forms of social media with which one can share, but blogging takes it one step further. Likewise, it then opens you up to a lot of criticism. I chose to share my life on here, so I have to take the good with the bad. The bad is that I occasionally receive not-so-positive comments, either through the blog or just about the blog IRL. I thought I could share some of these comments and my thoughts on them.
– Blogging is so narcissistic.
Ha! It is, isn’t it? Writing a personal blog like The Right Fits is inherently self-centered. Sharing my life on here implies that I think my life is interesting enough that other people would want to read about it. My life is pretty #basic, but I do run a lot of races and feel like I have something to share about fitness and running. I’m writing to connect with other people with similar interests, not because I’m a great writer or a great runner.
The nice thing is that if you don’t find it interesting, you don’t have to read it! There are so many other bloggers out there that might be more up your alley. I never expect my friends or family to read. I write this blog because I like writing it. I really like sharing my running journey; it’s a fun hobby. It’s my creative outlet. When I stop enjoying it, I will stop writing it.
– You share so many pictures of yourself.
I think Matilda gets her fair share of screen time too, don’t you think? Just google “Matilda the vizsla’ and click on images and you’ll see just how much I’ve shared of her! I think she’s the true star of this blog.
But yeah, there are a lot of pictures of me on here. It’s a personal blog; it’s my account of my journeys and my reviews of gear and apparel, so it just makes sense that its me that’s pictured! I try to occasionally share guest posts to give you a diversified voice, but ultimately it’s my personal blog and my voice…and my pictures too.
–But you’re not pretty.
And you’re not nice. I’m not a model- I’m a regular person.
– You run way more miles that I do. It’s not relatable.
I follow other running bloggers who run way more miles than I do, but I still find a lot of them relatable in some shape or form. A lot of the challenges runners face are the same whether you run 10 miles a week or 100 miles a week. I know that I don’t have kids, but I do work a demanding job and have to work hard to fit in running with the rest of my responsibilities. I share my training in my weekly recaps to hold myself accountable but it is not meant to be a comparison or make you question how much or how little you run. Everyone is different. You should find a plan that works for you. My plan isn’t perfect, but that’s why this is a journey. I’m trying to figure out what works and doesn’t work. It’s not about comparison or competition but ideally a supportive place where we can help each other and build the online running community.
If you read my blog, I hope it’s because you find it valuable or interesting in some way.
– Even though you run 70+ mile weeks, you’re still not fast.
Well, “fast” is all relative. I have been running for a long time (20 marathons, 10 years). Since working with my coach, I have cut more than 15 minutes off my marathon PR with several PR’s in shorter distances. Running more has made me “fast” compared to the “me” of 15 marathons ago! But it’s true, I run a lot and I’m by no means a competitive runner. Fortunately that’s not the only reason I run.
– I only run 40 miles/week and I am much faster than you. I am glad you have a training plan that works to make you the strongest runner you can be. Unfortunately, low mileage hasn’t worked for me historically to be my strongest running self. And I actually really like spending my free time running…Dare I say I love running?
– You life seems a bit one-dimensional. All you do is run.
It’s true that running is a big part of my life. I love running. But even so, its not my whole life. There are a lot of other things that I am passionate about; sometimes those other things make their way onto the blog but normally they don’t. I try to stay focused on fitness/running on here.
-What happens when/if you get injured?
I’ll find another hobby. I wasn’t always a runner and I may not always be able to be one (though I really hope I am.) Or, I’ll write about my rehab and journey back to running. Fortunately, I don’t run to make a living. Life will continue even if I stop running.
-But all your friends are your running friends…
A large majority of my free time is spent running so its awesome (and inevitable) that I have friends who share this passion! Running builds friendships; when you’re spending an hour together every morning and up to three hours together on Saturdays, you get to know each other quite well. The shared experiences, the ups and downs of running, the mere time spent together really helps to develop strong bonds.
If you stop running, you might discover that running was the only thing that you had in common. You might lose touch and not find the time to maintain that bond that you built with running. I’ve seen in my own life that friendships change throughout life. People come and go based on where you are, but it’s a big, big world with a lot of people in it. Choose to surround yourself with people who support you in your passions. You will find friends that share your interests and are going through similar phases in life, i.e. new moms build bonds with other new moms, dog people bond with other dog people. People are in your life for a reason, a season, or life. Make the effort to maintain the “lifers.” 🙂 Be willing to let the others go.
-Running that much is bad for you.
I agree that training at a high intensity for an extended period of time isn’t sustainable forever. Even the elites have down-time on their cycles. But right now, I am training for a marathon; it’s intense and I’m putting a lot into it right now to achieve a goal. Fortunately I have a coach who is monitoring me closely. He helps to ensure I am recovering between runs and races.
I also prefer to focus on the good things that running gives me, not the few bad things. As I talked about in this post, running has give me travel, friends, health, confidence, and so much more.
I hope this post doesn’t come off as whiny, as that’s definitely not the goal. I love writing the Right Fits. I love the running blog community and 99% of the time, it’s a very positive one and one that makes me excited to be a blogger.
** If you’re a blogger, how do you handle the naysayers? Do you delete negative comments? Welcome the debate? Let me know!
Great post Jessie – I certainly don’t have thick enough skin for blogging! Keep those running recaps and Tilda pics coming 😉
Thanks Laura- you are so sweet 🙂
I have days where my skin is a little thin. But I am getting better at it!
You’re amazing Jessie!!! I love reading your blog. It’s so easy for people to say negative things online where they don’t have to say it to your face.
I’ve been running vicariously through your blog the last few months and it has helped me stay sane! 🙂
PS I have a total girl/dog crush on Matilda. She is so adorable.
Thanks Julia! I’m looking forward to your return from injury.
Haha, I figure some people are coming here for Tilda 🙂
You are amazing and I love reading your blog in between our many runs. Love that you keep doing it for you and not for anyone else!! 🙂
Thank you Lindsey. Cheers to many more miles together! 🙂
Hi Jessie. I found your blog a while back because I am a runner and have a vizsla as well and have been running with her more and more. I thank you for all of your insight and interesting topics. I don’t understand why someone would make the effort to say something negative. If you don’t enjoy what you read then move on. Keep up the great work!
Michael, so glad you found me! Vizsla owners definitely flock to each other, don’t we? It is a special breed and I think it takes a special kind of owner to love and appreciate the quirky love of a vizsla. And yes, they are such great running companions 🙂 Thanks for stopping by and commenting!
Another great post – you’re honesty here is inspiring! & You’re responses are so positive.
Also, there’s no reason to pretend there aren’t naysayers out there – we all get negative feedback for things we do, sometimes deservedly, sometimes not. But it’s something we aren’t supposed to talk about? I think that’s just crazy. No one is perfect. Let’s share the experience of an imperfect life with each other!
Finally, ‘A reason, a season, a life’. This phrase has a lot of meaning for me. It’s helped me understand & cope with a few transitions in life.
Monica- thank you for your comment, especially “Let’s share the experience of an imperfect life with each other!” Right on!!
Roses are red, violets are blue, internet trolls are ugly, but you’re not. You’re quite pretty. I know “haters gonna hate,” but I want you to know that you’ve provided me with a tremendous amount of inspiration, joy, laughter and knowledge. I’m thrilled that I started by reading your blog, and can now call you a friend. I think by directly addressing your naysayers, you’ve shown a tremendous amount of bravery, self-kindness and thoughtfulness. If those people want to say something, they can start their own blog. And we don’t have to read it. I’d rather read yours and then… Read more »
Sara, like I said you are the nicest person in the world! And eloquent- much more than this girl 🙂 That is definitely a skill of yours!
Thanks as always for reading and being a friend.
I am meeting my friend Laura (first commenter above 🙂 ) tomorrow at 6 for a few warm-up miles and then FLAPJACK FRIDAY 🙂
See you tomorrow!
I love your blog and blogging in general! I also love running and blog mostly about running. I am new to blogging and thankfully haven’t received any harsh comments (yet?) but as they say “people talk whether you’re doing bad or good” so just keep doing what you do!
Thanks Jill- I hope you received your Yak Trax!
I have my WordPress settings so that new commenters have to be approved. If its anonymous and mean, I just delete. Its rare though, like I said- its mostly a positive environment, and hopefully you never have it-
Keep blogging, lady! Your blog is great!
People really say this crap to you? I think you hit the nail on the head when you said people don’t have to read it. Idiots!
Keep up the good work!
Thanks Nathan- same to you!
Jessie, keep doing your thing! You’re awesome, beautiful, and inspiring.
Jenna, YOU are awesome, beautiful, and inspiring- and an amazing chef/blogger 🙂
I love this post!!! I am all about taking negative comments and turning them around, which is exactly what you did. I, for one, love your blog, it’s one of my favorites, if not my top favorite that I read. I can’t believe someone would just go out and say “you’re not pretty!” that’s terrible!!!! (and it’s not true!) Also, I really appreciate the photos you post of yourself–I find it inspiring to see someone who loves running getting out there and doing it! Plus, it’s helpful to see how clothes and product fit on an actual body. Oh I… Read more »
Katie, you are so awesome! Glad we found each other’s blogs though our shared love of running and vizslas 🙂
When I saw the subject was naysayers, I thought I was going to get a mention…
Phil, do you consider yourself a pessimist??
Jessie – I can’t believe you’ve gotten some of those comments…..people have some nerve your blog is awesome! I want you to know that your running adventures and posts have only left me inspired and refreshed over the past 5 years. You have been a part of my own running journey and I love seeing your own growth in running. You are an inspiration to MANY! Thanks for sharing – all of it, the good, the bad, the ugly – you have no idea how your blog is leaving a positive impact for so many of us runners (definitely me!).… Read more »
Yay-sayers!!! I like it thanks for reading and for commenting Alli. I am so happy to hear such wonderful feedback.
I won’t say I’m surprised to hear this, because I’m not. This type of abuse happens on the internet all the time, disproportionately to women and minorities, and it really sucks that you have to bear the brunt of it. Thank you for speaking up. Think of your blog as a conversation that you are having with friends and acquaintances in your home, or at a restaurant. If these anonymous trolls showed up and spoke to you like this in that situation, you would kick them out immediately. They deserve no better on the internet. Ban them immediately and delete… Read more »
Thanks Eric. I have my settings set up that I have to approve first time commenters. It’s not that people can’t voice their opinions; they can and should! Sometimes it’s just mean to be mean though. I figured it was time to address the naysayers 🙂
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It sad to see that people would say such negative things. I had to chime in and let you know that I just found your blog a month or so ago and absolutely love it! I have a few marathons and a whole lot of halfs under my belt, but this is my my first time to truly “train” for time a time goal at the marathon distance. At 41, I’ve decided it’s time to stop dreaming about a BQ and see if I actually have it in me. (Yikes!). I’ve found your weekly mileage and workout recaps, and thoughts… Read more »
Stephanie, thank you so much for reading and commenting! I’m very happy to hear you have found value here and I’m excited for you to do Richmond. It’s a great marathon- happy to share more (though I suppose my recap shared a lot, haha!)
And best of luck to you on your quest to BQ- let’s keep our fingers crossed that we will be crossing paths at Boston 2017!
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WOW. I just don’t get why people have to comment such negative things. I mean really…. they are literally thinking their words and then taking the seconds/minutes to TYPE IT! There is room and time and OPPORTUNITY to edit!! What ever happened the polite manner of “if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say it all”? seriouslly people! Think before you type! Think and re-read and EDIT before you post! I mean they actually took time out of their day to READ YOUR BLOG and then spend more time ranting to you? SMH I have been in a… Read more »
Thank you so much Larissa. It’s true, the mean comments probably aren’t really personal towards me, vs. a reflection of the commenters’ own issues.