Brian Runnells (aka The Climbing Narc)
How did Climbingnarc.com get started?
I was sitting at my desk one day, and I just kind of started it on a whim. When I looked at all the different climbing sites out there, I didn’t see one that did what I wanted. It seemed like there were a lot of people with sites, and it was hard to keep track of everything. I wanted it all in one place.
I gave it that name the day I started the blog. My wife tells me I have narcissistic tendencies. I hope I don’t have a lot of those personality traits… but the name stuck, and people seem to like it.
What’s with “so obsessed with climbing it hurts”?
The slogan just seemed obvious when I was starting the site. I get hurt a lot climbing, and I have a very obsessive personality, so it just made sense. I don’t recall being this injury-prone in other sports, but there’s something about climbing where I just can’t help myself until it’s too late.
Did you have much experience with the web?
I’ve been playing around with websites since I was a kid. I have an aptitude for it, and I have fun playing around with all the technology of it.
What tends to generate the most traffic?
Anything with Chris Sharma. It doesn’t matter what he’s doing; people like to read about it. Also, controversial topics where people can take a stand, like when Alex Johnson posted some comments [on her blog] about the outfits some female climbers were wearing. That got the most comments ever.
Do you ever jump in and comment?
I usually try not to take a stance. I like to see what other people have to say about things. It’s nice that it’s not just a news blog. I can post random topics if I want.
You recently did some live blogging during the Nor’easter comp in Lincoln, New Hampshire. How’d that go?
It went well. I had things to say, and I thought other people might, as well. There’s a lot of traffic around those kinds of posts. Every time there’s a big comp, there are more people coming to the site.
How do you find the time for blogging?
It’s definitely a challenge, but it helps that my wife is as understanding as can be about my obsession with all things climbing and the Internet.
Would you have more time to climb if you weren’t blogging so much?
Blogging is way down on the list of things that keep me from climbing more.