Over on Reddit, I published one of my blog posts last week and got the following comment:
So what makes this guy an expert on being an expert?
The person later added a comment that they were not being critical and that it was just sarcasm. Which was cool.
However, it did get me to thinking and it was a good thing!
Who to hell am I and what am I an expert on or at least fairly knowledgeable of that i should be writing about it here?
- I am an expert on Harold Shaw and the things that I have done and would like to do.
- I am still a certified Special Education Teacher in Maine and have over 10 years experience working in Special Education.
- I have used personal computers since the old Commodore Vic 20’s came out.
- I have been a blogger for almost 6 years and published over 3,000 blog posts in that time.
- I have been a runnah since 1971 and involved with post school distance running since 1976.
- I have dealt with race anxiety since 1974 and it affected me to the point where I did not race very much (1-2 times) from 1986 to 2012.
- I have been a shoe whore and snob for many years, who loves to try the newest and greatest running shoes – even though that might be changing if the brand I am using continues to impress me like they have so far.
- I can share my experience with my injuries and how medical professionals treat an old cranky coot, who doesn’t like what they have to say very often (good and bad).
- I am resilient and have a positive attitude about most things.
What I am not:
- Not a running coach, personal trainer, nutritionist.
- Not a medical professional.
- No college courses or research that relate to running
- No college running pedigree.
- Have not worked with great coaches.
- Was not a local, regional, national or internationally ranked runnah.
So basically, what am I expert at enough, to write about?
My running experiences and mostly about:
- my running story
- my personal opinions on things related to running,
- whether I like or dislike running gear I am actually using,
- how technology is helping to simplify thing or is complicate things related to running,
- That we can do more than we believe we can.
- Every once in a while I will add my two cents about a book I have read or video/movie I have watched.
I am not going to write about:
- coaching runners,
- fitness training routines that others should use
- how to develop your own training plan,
- how to diagnose or treat injuries,
- how great it is to run in the Olympics or
- other “how to” do things related to running.
Those and many other things are beyond my ability or interest, even though I might offer a tip or two on things that have worked well for me once in a while, or if I have personal experience with a certain training plan or program, not to recommend whether you should use it or not, but only what my experience with it was.
Actually, I am glad that person decided to make the flip/sarcastic remark: “So what makes this guy an expert on being an expert?”
It did make me stop and think about what I should be writing here and to make sure that I limit myself to what I should be writing about, not what I could be writing about.