To My Dear Readers,

Friends, I have some questions for you. I hope you don’t mind taking a few moments to give me some feedback in the comments section or via e-mail. Since I started this blog last year, I’ve tried to keep my posts varied and interesting — some running, some parenthood, some cooking, some research-based information, some day-in-the-life, some whatever I can get out on the page before I go to bed.

To make my life somewhat easier, I’ve included a few series. There are Power Songs and Runner’s Recipes and Mother’s Recipes (although, to tell you the truth, I’m not quite sure what the difference is between the two) and let’s not forget SoupFest because that was totally fun, right? And then there are Tuesday Training Tips and Runner Spotlights, too. Aside from the Training Tip, which I have been doing on Tuesdays for the past several months, and the recipes, which usually make their appearance on Thursdays, the rest of my series are kind of an occasional thing. And most recently, I thought I might start a series called “Bookin’ It!” which, as you might guess, would be about books — and possibly other media (articles, tv shows, movies) that I’ve read or watched lately and wanted to share.

So my questions are: Do you like these series? Which ones do you like? Which ones would you like to see more of? Which would you like to see less of?

And: Are there any other kinds of posts that you would like to see more? Posts about studies? Posts about motherhood? Posts about New York?

I recognize that not all of my readers are runners, so I get that the Tuesday Training Tip might not be your favorite thing. (And I thank you for reading anyway . . . I do try hard to write in a way that makes it fun to read even if you aren’t necessarily interested in the subject matter.) And I know that some of you aren’t mothers, and reading about motherhood might be boring. I thank you for sticking with me as well. I hope you will still take a minute or two and write a comment (or send me an e-mail — lizzie (at) motherrunner (dot) com) to let me know how I might be able to serve you better.

To make this easier, here’s a quick list of the series:

  • Power Songs
  • Runner Spotlights
  • Tuesday Training Tip
  • Runner’s/Mother’s Recipes
  • Bookin’ It

I look forward to hearing/reading what you have to say. Thanks!

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8 Comments

  1. I like them all, esp the Runner Spotlight as finding out more about real people is always good. and inspiring :). but probably my favorites are the ones that are just whatever-you’re-thinking kinds of posts. That doesn’t make it easier, but it’s always enjoyed.

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    lizzie Reply:

    Good to know! I’ll try to round up some more Spotlights for sure. And make sure I leave enough room to ramble. 🙂 Thanks for letting me know.

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  2. Totally unhelpful, but I love the balance as it is.

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    lizzie Reply:

    Oh, it’s totally helpful to know that things are fine the way they are. Thanks!

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  3. I love all the things you write about.

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    lizzie Reply:

    Thanks Becky! It’s good to hear from you.

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  4. I love the recipes and runner spotlights a lot. I’m pretty ambivalent about power songs. I’d definitely be interested to hear what you think about a book, maybe even let us know what you’re reading before you review it so we can join in the discussion better.

    I liked the run-cook-? challenge you hosted early this year. I think more challenges would be fun (30 miles in 30 days for new runners or something?)

    Also, I don’t know if you ever get a chance to run with a buddy, but I think it’d be fun to hear from said buddy (whether that’s Micah or a girl friend)

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    lizzie Reply:

    Thanks for the feedback, Heather. What do you mean about being ambivalent about the power songs? Like, it’s a good idea in theory, but the execution is off? Or is just doesn’t really seem like me? (I will agree with both of those . . . ) I had hoped that power songs would be something people would get excited about and submit their favorite songs, but it turns out I was wrong. Do you think it would be better if they were reader submitted power songs?

    I think I am going to add a “bookshelf” widget to the sidebar so I can share some of the things I’m reading. I admit that some of the ideas I have for the book posts are a little different than standard book reviews or book discussions, but we’ll see how it goes.

    I hadn’t even considered doing any more challenges, but I think you are right, they could add a lot to the blog. I’ll ponder on that a little bit more.

    Thanks again for taking the time . . . it is much appreciated as always.

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  5. basically, I love all your posts and the mix you currently have. But to be more specific, I love the recipe posts (It’s always great to get new cooking ideas), the training tips are fun and usually quite motivational for me, and my favorites are your “rambles” about motherhood, New York living, day in the lifec! I am ambivalent about the Runner’s Spotlights (seems like I’m in the minority there) and I love the theory behind Power Songs but it’s more a problem of me not taking the time to listen to the song. So now having just written that, I think I’ll go back and re-read those posts and finally take the time to add some juice to my running playlist. I’m not too interested in any more research-based articles, although you always manage to make it interesting, because I tend to like your own personal experiences and musings better than anything some resercher comes up with. But truly. I so enjoy your blog as is. This was all splitting hairs, at your request!

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    lizzie Reply:

    Good to know about the Power Songs. Now that I think about it, I wouldn’t really take the time to listen/watch music videos either. So maybe I won’t worry about making that a more regular feature. It is really helpful to know what works best, so thanks for taking the time!

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  6. One more thing– I love the idea of the bookshelf widget! I would love to know some of the things you’re reading (I always need new ideas) and thought your book review was a great change of pace. However, if i haven’t already read the book, I may be a little less apt to read the whole post, whereas the widget would be easy to keep tabs on.

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    lizzie Reply:

    Bookshelf widget it is, then! I’m trying to find one that will let me add articles, podcasts, and videos that I may want to share as well, so it may take a few days before it is up and working.

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  7. So many of your posts inspire me to get moving, in fact, your blog is one of my few “must reads” in my reader. I think it’s because it’s so real, a good mix of posts. I really like your current balance, but I would love to see more recipe ideas. (I make your slow roasted granola all the time) Since, I’m not a runner, the research based posts are my least favorite, but you do write them in a way that even I understand and learn something new. I too would like to see more book posts or the widget. As with most of the comments, the motherhood/rambling posts are my favorite because they capture real life in such a artful way.

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    lizzie Reply:

    I’m glad to hear that even non-runners do get something out of this little blog. It’s also nice to know that the recipes are a favorite. Thanks for taking the time to comment! I really appreciate it. Hope all is well with your family — and that the laundry situation is manageable. 😉

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  8. I especially like the recipe posts, and even though I’m not a big runner, I still like the training tips, because I always learn something new that is helpful. I liked when you posted about re-sizing a t-shirt. I guess other how-to things might be interesting.

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    lizzie Reply:

    I’m glad some of the running posts appeal to you as someone who doesn’t run a lot. I will ponder on the how-tos as well.

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