2013: HillRunner.com Blogs Review

This article was originally posted by Ryan at the original HillRunner.com Blogs.

I know everyone does this and it can get old but there’s a reason everyone does this. It’s always interesting to reflect at the end of the year on what happened. What most grabbed your interest and what most had you commenting?

Most viewed posts in 2013:

You DO deserve a coach!

Man who killed Henry Dennis while driving drunk gets 90 days jail

29% of surveyed athletes at 2011 World Championships admitted to doping

Big news morning in the US

The 2:00 marathon barrier

From a broad perspective, it’s interesting to see the topics that garnered the most attention. Unfortunately, more bad news stories than I’d prefer to see but also some analysis I thought would be interesting is in there and a post I made based on some personal experiences topped the list.

Most commented on posts in 2013:

Starting a running blog

Thoughts on GPS watches after 6 months with one

Doping with thyroid medication?

Man who killed Henry Dennis while driving drunk gets 90 days jail

We will overcome

This is interesting to see the topics that spurred the most interaction. Again, more bad news than I’d care to see but that’s not totally surprising. Also some analysis on a hot button issue and, leading the way, Charlene’s introduction of her own blog.

It’s been a fascinating first year at the HillRunner.com Blogs. I plan to continue posting about the diverse topics you see above in 2014 and I hope to see some of you posting your own thoughts. Looking forward to 2014!

Site maintenance

This article was originally posted by Ryan at the original HillRunner.com Blogs.

I just wanted to give everyone an update.

If you visited HillRunner.com at just the wrong time this evening, you may have found it unavailable. I was attempting to perform a routine security update. These usually take 1-2 minutes and happen seamlessly. Well, this one didn’t.

HillRunner.com was unavailble for a short time (approximately 10 minutes) shortly after 5:30 pm Central. Until a little before 7:30 pm Central, the Forums were cosmetically affected. The sidebar was missing and a few other small things were not in place.

The good news is that all is working again now. You should encounter no issues anywhere on HillRunner.com any longer. If you do, please let me know. You can reply here, use the contact form you can find in the left sidebar or message me from the forums.

As always, I appreciate your visits. I’m sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused.

A few administrative notes

This article was originally posted by Ryan at the original HillRunner.com Blogs.

I’m sorry about no post last week. I intended to but I got sidetracked on a few other projects for the site and I simply ran out of time. A post will be coming later this week. I’m going to probably settle into a routine of normally posting weekly on either Wednesday or Thursday.

So what was I working on last week that prevented me from getting the post done? Three things primarily:

1) Comment links are now more intuitive: If you clicked on comment links previously, you probably noticed that they weren’t the most intuitive. They should now perform more as you would expect. If you click on a link to a comment, instead of going to the top of the comments section, you’ll go directly to the comment you clicked from. I hope that makes sense. If not, click a few links and it will probably make more sense.

2) Blogger RSS feeds: Later this week, you’ll be able to click through to a blogger’s profile page (such as mine) and the profile page will include links to RSS feeds for an individual’s posts or comments. This means that, if you wish, you don’t have to subscribe to all posts or all comments if you want to follow a specific person and not the blogs as a whole. I’ll comment here when these links are available.

3) New HillRunner.com singlets and shirts! To me, the most exciting thing I got sidetracked with last week. I finalized the design last week and will be placing an order Thursday evening. Designs are below. Do you want one? Two ways to get one for free right now. Either sign up for online coaching or join Team HillRunner.com at Al’s Run. If you do either, please let me know before Thursday evening what you would like (singlet, women’s singlet, short sleeve, women’s short sleeve, long sleeve) and what size. I’m also going to get some extras for giveaways and in case anyone wants to buy one (at a reasonable price, I’m not looking to profit on these).

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Note on upcoming blog posts

This article was originally posted by Ryan at the original HillRunner.com Blogs.

With the blog available, the "Articles" section of the site seems a bit redundant. I’m going to copy/rewrite the articles posted there into blog posts and redirect links to these posts. Eventually, the Articles section will be going away.

This means you will probably see some topics come up here that seem familiar. Some will be extensively rewritten as known facts have changed or my understanding of the facts have changed. Others will be largely untouched.

New features added to the blogs – and more coming!

This article was originally posted by Ryan at the original HillRunner.com Blogs.

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I’ve added some new features to the HillRunner.com Blogs over the weekend that should make it more robust as the blogs grow. Some of what you will see now:

Profiles: You can now update your profile (if you’re logged in) or view profiles (here’s mine). You’ll also notice that, when viewing someone’s profile, you will also see their most recent posts and comments.

Recent posts and comments: You can now view recent posts and comments in the right sidebar. This should help you keep up with what’s happening on the blogs. More features to keep updated on what’s happening will be coming in the near future. This has now become my top priority.

Recent posts on the HillRunner.com homepage: Recent comments will be added soon. Tip for those of you who want to keep up with what is going on throughout HillRunner.com: Make heavy use of the homepage. That is going to become your one stop location for updates on both the forums and the blogs, as well as other site-wide news.

Coming in the near future: More notification options for updated content on the blogs. Most notably, I’m looking into an email notification system.

Do you have any ideas? If you have an idea for what would make the HillRunner.com Blogs better that I haven’t mentioned here or elsewhere, feel free to bring them up. I’m very open to any and all ideas to make the blogging/reading experience here the best it can be.

Welcome to the HillRunner.com Blogs

This article was originally posted by Ryan at the original HillRunner.com Blogs.

I’d like to welcome everyone to the new HillRunner.com Blogs. About time we got some blogging going on over here, right?

Well, I hope I can make the wait worthwhile. As you can see, there isn’t much here now. However, in the next few months, several enhancements will be added. Most notably, everyone who is a registered member will be able to have their own blog. If you ever wanted to start a running-centric blog on a running only website, you just found the place to do that!

Of course, I’ll also be blogging here. My target is at least one post per week but I won’t force the issue just to post content that I don’t think will be useful. What will the posts be about? I’m sure most will be about training. Different concepts I’m exploring, common problems I see people encountering, topics I’m working through in my own running or with the runners I coach that I think would be beneficial to others, most likely even some occasional results personally or of the runners I coach. In addition, I will post my thoughts on stories in the running news world. Elite results, topics affecting the sport at both elite and non-elite levels, whatever I see in the news that interests me and prompts a post. I’ll surely also find other random running-related topics to post on from time to time.

I hope you like it here! If you use a news reader, you can grab an RSS feed from the right and add it to the news reader to follow the blogs here. Otherwise, check in every once in a while and please comment. Part of the reason I wanted to set up a blogging system is because the "Articles" section was too one-sided. I want to hear from you on what you feel about what I write. If you have questions, I want to read and answer them. If you agree or disagree with me, I’d love to hear it and have a respectful discussion on where our agreements or disagreements lie. I hope we can all learn something over here.