Ran 5.75 miles in 42 mins and felt good. legs felt surprisingly perky after long time on the bike
My response, found at the beginning of this post, attracted the attention of several of his other subscribers. Some were private messages to me thanking me for having the guts to tweet what I did. Others were public postings from groupies, insulting my character and questioning my motives. @Armano pointed me to Morrissey’s blog posting on the tweet. Apparently I got him thinking. And he got me thinking, too.
In his blog posting Morrissey stated he started his Twitter account “not as a professional tool but a way to keep in touch with a few friends and family members”. 8,331 subscribers later, “it became something different.” Rather than start a new Twitter account targeting and relating to different audiences, Morrissey states that he would prefer to not “completely change what I share, even if plenty of people, like former follower David Felfoldi, find it superfluous.”
But I think my main point was missed in my 142 character tweet. My issue is not that he posts things outside his profession. In fact, my own Twitter feed is loaded with personal stuff including my own triathlon trials and tribulations. And I agree with Morrissey when he says that that it is often those very tweets that get the most response from my subscribers.
Rather, my issue is rooted in my non-personal relationship with Morrissey on a very-much public medium — Twitter. I started following Morrissey because of his professional vantage point. His bio on Twitter reads “Digital Editor at Adweek, marathon runner, cheeseburger connoisseur”. I had no problem with the marathon running tweets — it was the second thing on his bio! And while I haven’t seen many cheeseburger tweets recently, I share the passion. Morrissey, if you are ever in Atlanta I’d be happy to point you to the best hamburger joint in the Dirty South.
But then I noticed more and more posts on running. And then then Morrissey started posting his daily workout times and distances. I’ll be frank — I didn’t sign up to get a daily record of some guy’s workout. This reminded me of Jason Calacanic, CEO of Mahalo, who once started “Fat Blogging”. It wasn’t the fact that he was sharing his feelings about his health goals — I’d actually be OK with that. Rather, it was that he was giving daily updates of his actual weight. And, frankly, this behavior annoys me on both Twitter and in-person.
After a running or cycling race, several people — usually the loudest it seems — feel that it is OK to ask your or tell you their times. I truly don’t understand this. Unless you are an elite athlete, you didn’t even get close to the fastest time. So maybe it is a pride thing — you want to share how you did with others? But then I have to ask — are you also willing to share how much money you made last year with others? Your weight? How many calories you consumed daily? So why is it “ok” to ask or share your daily workout metrics? In other words, your personal best record is just that — personal.
So Morrissey, post away about your personal stuff. I’m with you on the triathlon training — I’ll update you on my progress if you feel that will make us closer. But I’m going to assume that most of your 8,331 subscribers aren’t that close enough to you to care. And, frankly, getting your workout schedule wasn’t what I signed up for. So I opted-out.