Sometimes other bloggers who I read frequently provide me with a shot of inspiration when I least expect it, so tonight’s post is inspired by Deb at DietSchmiet who writes a blog about health and fitness and finding her way. She’ll be surprised when she reads this that I haven’t mentioned ‘weight loss’ because I couldn’t care a fig about what she’s losing – I’m drawn in by the journey of what she’s gaining in fitness (even though she’s not a cyclist) and self awareness about all sorts of things.
The gist of Deb’s post tonight is her preferences when it comes to health and fitness blog topics/selections and seeing it is PMS week and I’m an expert at telling the truth during this time, I’d throw my thoughts into the arena as well.
Here are my top picks
- blogs in the health and fitness arena that are broad in scope, rather than focused upon one niche. I love reading blogs with a bit of everything in them – whether it be about running, baking, house design, living with teenage girls – essentially personal accounts of how others maintain a fit lifestyle in spite of various obstacles and situations.
- I gravitate towards blogs whose authors aren’t perfect and don’t lay any claim to be. I identify with struggle and achieving mental clarity about things through the act of writing. I’m particularly inspired when the author learns something from their struggles and goes on to apply the teaching with success in the future.
- I’m drawn to blogs where the author engages with the reader – through dialogue in the comments area of the blog.
- I love healthy food bloggers who post recipes that are simple to make and don’t have any weird hard to source ingredients (or if they do, accompanied by an explanation of why it’s in there, how it works and where to buy it)
- Bloggers that use correct grammar and punctuation – I don’t care how good the content is, if your lack of knowledge of the English language is poor - I lose interest and won’t continue to read it!
- People who ‘keep it real’
What turns me off:
- Like Deb mentioned, blogs that list down the minutiae of training – I don’t care whether you squatted 50kg or a small pony and even when I go to my strength coach, I take no notice of what I’m lifting – I do know however, when I’ve nailed a chin up (lol) and you will hear me blog about that!
- Bloggers who never acknowledge your comments – I am always trying to find good health and fitness blogs, particularly in Australia as I think it’s nice to develop a health and fitness community here that encompasses diverse interests. I get really annoyed when I make the effort to comment on a new blog and it’s never acknowledged or returned!
- “bigger bloggers” who never acknowledge you – it might be bad luck but a US blogger who is very popular has never once acknowledged me. On the flip side, in Australia, I’ve got nothing but positive comments for some of the most popular bloggers in the country – who always have time to help a fellow blogger out.
- Bloggers that whine constantly about their weight or fatness who a) are perfectly healthy and b) never actually do anything about it except moan and groan and blame it on an external situation.
- Bloggers that are always “fabulous”, never have any problems, and act as self proclaimed experts in their field of interest. For example – because you run, it doesn’t make you a running coach, because you eat, it doesn’t make you an expert in nutrition, neither talking about sex and love does a therapist make! Much prefer personal experience without the illusions of grandeur.
- Bloggers that try to sell you something with every post they put up. No, I don’t want to be on your email list, let alone buy your book!
How about you – what do you love/hate about blogging/bloggers?