Ever since I started following the blogs of ultrarunners, one thing has stood out to me.
America’s ultrarunners, whether back-of-the-pack or elite, use Blogspot.
For those unfamiliar, there are two primary free blog hosting services, Blogspot and WordPress. I suppose there are others such as Typepad or, if you’re a hipster, Tumblr, but Blogspot and WordPress have always stood out to me.
However, ultrarunners seem to overlook the WordPress option. Who’s on Blogspot? Let’s use the Western States 100, the most famous 100 mile race in the country, as an example.
Geoff Roes, who placed first at the Western States 100 last June (and holds the course record), is on Blogspot. Runner-up Anton Krupicka is on Blogspot. Fourth-place finisher Nick Clark is on Blogspot. Sixth-place finisher (and Canadian, which doesn’t work well with the title of this post) Gary Robbins is on Blogspot. Coming in at eight place, we have Ian Sharman, who is on Blogspot. Andy Jones-Wilkins comes in at number nine and is on Blogspot.
(As for those left out, the fifth and seventh place finishers do not appear to have blogs, and third-place finisher Kilian Jornet of Spain has a non-Blogspot, professional-looking website).
Okay, you say, but that’s just one race. That doesn’t mean anything.
Fine, here’s a screenshot of the majority of the blogroll on the aforementioned AJW’s (Blogspot) blog. I’ve kindly taken the liberty of circling the Blogspot logos.
Honestly, I am slightly confused in all this, as I consider WordPress to be a significantly better platform. And I’ve used both – I had a Blogspot blog way back in the day before I launched my other blog and added this one just recently.
Ultimately, I don’t know why America’s ultrarunners love Blogspot.
Until I do, however, I am most definitely reppin’ this (likely easily disproved…but I’m not doing the research) title: Fastest Ultrarunner on WordPress.