Linking up with the Thinking Out Loud party!
About 3 or so years ago I got into reading Healthy Living Blogs. When I first discovered them, I fell hard. I would read every single post by my 5 favorite bloggers, word for word. I would read the comments, but never comment myself. I was so excited to find bloggers who talked about things I was interested in- nutrition, health, cooking, fitness, etc.
Now that I am a blogger myself, I find myself gravitating towards different blogs. I’ve discovered not only the kind of things I really enjoy reading, but the kinds of things that I feel good about reading.
Here are a few questions I ask myself when reading various healthy living blogs:
(Keep in mind these are my own personal preferences)
-Do I feel good after reading this blog?
Does this sound familiar? Do you have certain blogs or social media accounts that you stay away from because they make you feel worse about yourself? Sometimes it is hard to put a finger on what it is exactly that makes me feel badly, but I know the feeling that I want to avoid. Remember that it is easy to paint a picture of perfection online. It’s easy to feel a little down on yourself when reading that someone else just followed an “easy” 10 mile run with an awesome grain-free/organic/every-vegetable-under-the-sun salad and you managed to sneak in a one mile jog. Find blogs that you relate to or that inspire you in a positive way!
-Do they engage with their readers?
I realize that it isn’t feasible for every blogger to reply to every comment they get, but I like to see a blogger responding to some and especially responding to questions (within reason). Commenting on others is another way to show appreciation. To me, a big part of blogging is building community, so I find it disappointing when a blogger shows a lack of consideration for readers who take the time to comment.
-Do they practice what they preach?
Alyssa wrote an excellent post (link) about how she personally feels about this, but I think it’s a great way to evaluate other blogs too. We aren’t perfect- we all can be accidental hypocrites from time to time, but is it a pattern? Does this blogger preach “balance” even though they never have dessert or hardly take a rest day? Does this blogger preach trusting your body and intuitive eating but still consistently report the calorie count of what they eat? These are the types of questions I consider.
-Are the real and open?
Do I find this blogger relatable? Do they share the not-so-good along with the good? Do they seem to do things like me, such as eating cake from time to time and contemplating life? I think this is the one that separates the blogs I go to just for their recipes and the blogs I like to read from beginning to end. I appreciate bloggers who have the tendency to overshare and show vulnerability.
-Are they consistent?
Posting frequency isn’t that important, except that it is hard to get to know a blogger when they don’t post often. However, the consistency I care more about is the writing style. When a blogger is all-over the place with posting styles, the blogger tends to get lost in it and not really shine through. Finding a voice in the blog world is so important. It’s okay to be inspired by others, just be sure to keep your own voice when blogging. A lack of authenticity can be easy to detect.
-Do I think they support a true healthy living lifestyle?
This one is completely subjective and probably treading into waters that can seem judgmental, but this one is simple for me. If I see a blogger promoting unhealthy habits, I’m going to stay away. I think it is totally cool to talk about your struggles with maintaining a healthy mindset (we’re human!), but I prefer bloggers who strive for a healthy, balanced life.
So you tell me-
What do you look for in a blog?