Disclaimer: This post is a big ole RANT! If you don’t enjoy rants stop reading right now.
Has anyone else noticed the rapid decline in content, honesty and integrity of running/running -ish blogs? It seems like over the past few months solid, motivational and ‘go to’ running blogs have turned into giant advertisements, sponsored posts and fake over enthusiastic semi related product reviews. What the hell is going on? It feels like I’ve stepped into the twilight zone of the stepford fitness running blog wives. So many quality running related blogs seem to have lost what made them special, lost the essence of truth, the honest motivation, the humanity, everything that made them good is gone.
It is no secret that I sometimes do review in exchange for the product. When I approach or a brand approaches me I don’t consider the product or brand unless I feel it aligns with my passions and is something I generally have an interest in trying and think you guys would like to learn more about. Freeze dried space food on a running blog? Microwave ready frozen meals on a ‘healthy eating/fitness blog’ ? Yoga DVD’s for someone who claims to ‘hate’ yoga? Getting paid to host bets and encourage people to lose (sometimes unhealthy amounts of) weight when your entire blog is about cross fit? Reviewing shoe after shoe after shoe after shoe after shoe … Getting paid to say protein power is great even though you are allergic to ingredients in it and probably never tried it. Again I ask What the HELL is going on?
I standing up and calling BS! BS to the fake and BS to the lies. I say bring back the honesty, be real in your reviews, (as a side note: explain to me how last month you can describe Mizunos as ‘the best running sneaker, awesome, and my favorite’ then say the same thing about Saucony’s last week and wait for it the same thing about Reebok today? and don’t let me forget that in all of your photos (that aren’t sponsored) you are wearing Nike) speak the truth, refocus, simplify, and most importantly don’t follow along with, play into or encourage the fraudulent behaviors.
Listen up bloggers, tweeters too… What we like about you is you! We read your blogs, follow your tweets, stalk your facebook page and <3 your instagram photos because of the real-ness, because of the grit, because of the ups and downs, because of the everyday you could be my neighbor, coworker, sibling or bestie feel. We don’t like the BS, we don’t enjoy the entitled pretentious attitude, we are so over the fake contradicting reviews, we miss you, bring you back! You preach #gratitude #proof #grateful #eatclean hashtag this and hashtag that … It is time to kick the BS to the curb, it’s time to say bye bye to the BS mmmk? #BeReal #justsaying
Be honest with me people, am I the only one bothered by this fake, fraudulent new trend? does anyone else even care? and how has this become the norm? Why do we as fellow bloggers and blog readers allow this to happen? and by allow this to happen I mean continue to follow the BS, like BS, RT the BS, comment on the BS and or ignore the BS all together. I want to hear it, am I totally off? wrong? have I lost it? or do you agree with me?