I thought I did. I can name quite a few people off the top of my head who follow my blog, mostly friends and family and local runners in my area (with plenty of overlap in those categories). I imagine the same is true for a lot of you reading this with the exception of some the famous bloggers who occasionally comment here. *grin*
But I'll tell you what - the answer may surprise you. It sure surprised me.
Wanna know who found my blog recently?
Ummm...well, I'll give you a clue! Two Cook County police officers showed up at my door on Monday.
(Does any story that starts with "I was interviewed by two police officers" end well?)
Yeah...you read that right. Monday after I dropped my daughter off at school and got my son down for his nap, two police officers from a different county than the one I reside in knocked on my door. (Woke Miles up from his nap, but that's sort of neither here nor there.) They made clear that I wasn't in any trouble, but wanted to come in and speak to me.
Don't worry, he handled it better than I did.
Whoooooo boy. So, they wanted to talk to me about the Muddy Monk races I've done this year. (I didn't know this at the time, but I found out after they left that if you google the names of those races, I'm on the front page of results. And, apparently after clicking on my blog, one of the officers recognized me from last month's race.)
They had stacks and stacks of paper printed out. They'd printed out my blog entries, my pictures, race results from at least the Frozen Five, some stuff about the race listings, and more that I didn't see. They had lots of questions for me - confirming dates for races, did I recognize the race director, was that my line on the results sheet they'd printed, and a whole lot more that I'm forgetting right now. It felt like a verrrry long interview, and then they asked for copies of my emails to and from Muddy Monk, explaining that there was an issue with the permits for the races and a whole bunch of other stuff (something about the company not having liability insurance for one of the races and not having a permit for another? I will be honest, I was so freaked out by having police in my house - because that's for criminals!! dude! - that I only caught about half what they were telling me.)
Can I just say, yikes?? I think I've mentioned before, but I'm not really much of a rule breaker. I felt guilty running under a friend's race bib - and that's not illegal. In my 30 years of life I've had one speeding ticket and felt super guilty afterwards. My only detention in school ever was from too many tardies (which, long story, was outside of my control). Anyone want to guess how I felt with two police officers interviewing me about races I'd run?
That about sums up my feelings.
And the worst part was, they asked me not to contact the race director or blog about my experience until Friday! Friday! That was particularly anxiety-producing because when running a race causes you to get a visit from the police - and not in a friendly, hey good job running! sort of sense - you kind of want to contact the company right away. (Or maybe that's just me!) Let's just say I've slept fitfully the past few nights. Although, I did find it funny that the officer joked about being interested to see what I'd put on my blog about this.
I spoke to the race director from Muddy Monk this morning to give him a heads up that, yanno, running his race had brought the police to my door. (If I was a race director I'd want to know that!) There's another race in the series tomorrow which the police had told me if it was in Cook County they'd tell me not to go, but since it's in Lake they wouldn't advise me at all. So I sort of wanted to know if things were good and if I had a race or not!
And here's where I feel a little bad, because I startled the race director. The police had made it sound like I could contact and blog Friday so...I did/am. But the race director hadn't actually heard anything from them yet...But he did reassure me that yes, there's liability insurance (whatever that's for at a race...we sign waivers so I'm not totally sure?) and a permit for tomorrow's race and as far as he knew it was all good to go. The race tomorrow is in Lake County, not Cook.
So that was my adventure. Have you ever been startled by who reads your blog or worried about someone finding you from your blog?