Ironmadman Season 2: Help Wanted

Ryan | Tuesday, November 30th, 2010 8 Comments

OK, maybe I’m a little hooked on blogging daily.  Or at least almost daily.

But I want to get better at it.  I want to offer more compelling content.  Better visuals.  A greater sense of community.

Above all else though, I want to get to know the people who read this blog.  I’m delighted to receive comments from all over the world from folks who seem to connect with what I’m thinking or feeling.  It means everything and it’s a big reason I started this blog in the first place.

However, I wonder if there’s value in connecting all of you together?  Why are we commenting back-and-forth on a one-to-one basis?  When we’re all training together, in a sense?  We’re all feeling the same things. Sharing the same disappointments.  Rejoicing in the same triumphs.  Wouldn’t it be great to help each other with what we’re learning along the way?  Or share an inspirational moment?  Maybe even find a training partner in a nearby city?

Because training alone sucks, let’s face it.

Nothing would make me happier than if this blog helps a triathlete either discover the sport or realize that he or she isn’t the only crazy one out there in the world.

So, for the first time in more than a year, I’m going to ask that you help me with something.

Please, if you have a minute or two, would you mind telling me what you like or dislike about this blog?  What can I do better?  What’s missing?  Would you like to connect with other triathletes who read these posts?

Like the sport of triathlon itself, all I want to do is improve.  And I feel like there’s a LOT of room for growth at ironmadman.com.  As I head into the holidays and gear up for my second Ironman countdown (Coeur d’Alene 2011), improving this blog is among my top priorities.

If you have any suggestions, I’d love to hear them.

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8 Comments

  1. Sam says:

    Giveaways. Maybe a water bottle with “I’m an IRONMADMAN” on it or something.

  2. Brennan says:

    I wish I would hit the lottery too but come on, if you are driving readers through give-aways are they reading it because they want to share in an experience or they want free stuff? Unless you are getting free training from Forius (which by the way you should be because of the free advertisement you give them [and if you are not I'd love to help you in those discussion]) then you don’t need to simply drive traffic like a normal website does for larger number of click-through’s. Keep doing what you are doing and let everyone share in the experiences instead of getting fake people here that just want free stuff.

  3. Ryan says:

    Thanks Brennan. I really appreciate your passion. I know Sam is a loyal and dedicated reader as well and I’m sure he meant giveaways as a compliment to the folks who also are passionate about this (small but growing) movement. But I totally get what you’re saying.

    I’m not getting free training from Fortius but Coach Gerardo also quit his previous job to become a full-time coach last year and I certainly don’t want to put him in that kind of position. I want to help Fortius succeed as much as possible and if my blog can help indirectly, that’s cool. I think there are so many “givers” in triathlon that all the karma comes around anyway.

    Thanks again for the comments. I will keep doin’ what I’m doin’. I just wish I could find a way to connect the Brennans and Sams of the world even more.

  4. Robyn says:

    First things first, keep doin’ what you’re doin’! You have a lot of people tuning in and that’s the best start possible.

    Likes are definitely consistency and variety of posts.

    More pictures are always appreciated…maybe feature an athlete/week that could put their vitals plus list their ‘aha’ tri moments.

    My favorite post to date is still ’stick it’ – I’d love to see what others had for this!

    If you create groups, would be great to sort by race and year. It was so helpful to read your IMAZ journey as I was doing the same. Even if the ‘group’ isn’t in the same vicinity, the emotional journey resonates.

    So good to see you at the finish line! :)

  5. Sean says:

    I read blogs for 2 main reasons. Entertainment and Information. Not necessarily in that order. For exercise blogs, I find it boring to just see a listing of what they did for a workout that day. (www.sweat365.com is an example of this). If someone had a bad (or good) day and they detail the reasons behind it, I find that good reading. (www.FatCyclist.com is a good example of this.)
    Giveaways are nice, but I can generally afford to buy my own stuff. :) Besides, if you go that route you run the risk of becoming a sponsored blog and compromising the whole reason you started the blog. (http://www.runningandrambling.com/ does a nice job of balancing this.)
    In general–share your thoughts on your sport. Do you use a piece of equipment and like (or dislike) it? Let us know. I’ve bought almost every piece of equipment I own through recommendations and reviews.
    Race reports: I love reading about races but I love reading about the *logistics* of it even more. Like…where did you stay for Race X? Was it too far away or too pricey? How was the check-in/registration for Race Y? What would you do different if you were to do the race again? More to the point–what would you tell *me* if I was to do the race, assuming I had never been there before? (It’s all about me. LOL)
    For instance, I once used TriBikeTransport to ship a bike. Bike pickup was at packet pick-up, which was also T2 (and the finish). And no parking at packet pick-up so you had to take a shuttle from the parking to there. But the thing was…T1 was 8 miles down the road, which meant I had to pick up my bike, ride it back to the car and then go to T1. No big deal except I left my pedals (have to take pedals off when you use TriBikeTransport) in my car. Ever tried to pedal a bike with no pedals? :) I was not the only one to do this and the next year…I warned everyone.
    Really, your blog is fine as it is though. If it wasn’t I would not be reading it.

  6. Brennan says:

    I completely agree with reviews of anything you like… Somehow even though I know a product will work, it’s always better hearing someone else that likes it… It doesn’t have to be full blown reviews either, simply mentions of products, “went for a run today in my new pair of zoots, I liked them because…” “Ran 400 miles on a pair of XX, wouldn’t buy them again”….

  7. Ryan says:

    Robyn! So great to hear from you. Was hoping you’d check in. Tried to find you on Facebook in the days post-race, in fact, but wasn’t sure I had the right person. Thanks for the feedback. I will take that to heart. I agree on photos…I got to the point where I thought I was annoying my teammates with always snapping images but turns out they liked it. So more of that next year. AND, I’m thinking of getting a helmet-cam to record some fun bike ride moments too. Good call on the races, been thinking that myself.

    Anyway, stay in touch. I will never forget that moment at the finish line and you were a big part of it.

    PS: How are you recovering? I was fine after a few days but have been a total sloth this week. Burgers, shakes, fries, cookies, ice cream…OH YEAH.

  8. Brennan says:

    A helmet cam would be SO AWESOME!

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