…and 6 reasons why you’ll hopefully keep on reading
Good morning, friends! I’m about to head upstairs and do some much overdue yoga.
I hope this morning you’re reading my blog because it brings you joy.
The other weekend when I went up to Chicago for a girls’ weekend, my girl Destiny, who also happens to be one of my blog’s biggest fan (love ya girl) and I were having a conversation about blogs that we read. She was showing me all her favorite blogs, which were pretty darn fascinating, and I noticed that her reasons for reading blogs are nearly the complete opposite of the reason I read the blogs I do. The bloggers she follows are pretty unrelatable to her (and me) in that their lives are pretty different that hers (in many aspects, at least) while I tend to only read blogs of bloggers who I can relate to.
Neither of us is “wrong” – we just each have our own preferences and choices of what we like to read!
I typically choose to read blogs of those who are like me! – into fitness and food – and a have a healthy relationship with each – who have a job, don’t get into super deep topics, who respond to my comments/emails/comment on my blog (some sort of conversation,) don’t have kids – or at least don’t focus their blog on their children – and are married. Some of my faves stray from those qualities, but for the most parts, that’s what I read.
In a world of a bajillion healthy living blogs, (see my favorite guys and gals here!) a blog reader has a plethora of options of what he or she can choose to read or not to read. If you’re reading this post (thank you, first off!) I probably qualify for your “blog reading criteria.”
But maybe I don’t.
Maybe my blog makes you feel annoyed, angry, sad, or stupider more stupid. I really hope it doesn’t, but it might! If you read my blog, I hope you agree – or at at least can appreciate – most of my points, get something out of my workouts/workout tips, recipes/meals, and leave in a generally happier mood
Thinking about this, and after reading my girl Lindsay’s posts about what kind of blogger she is or isn’t, I thought it’d be good for both of us for me to just lay it all out there. This is whatcha get. This is what ya won’t get. Ya dig?
What You’ll Get from my Blog:
1. A Filter…
…for my words.
Hey, I have readers that range from my BFF to my clients to my dad. YES, I lightly filter the content that spews out of my fingertips.
2. Easy, No-frills Recipes.
I’m not a chef, nor do I pretend to be one. I’m a person with a busy schedule who doesn’t like to spend more than 30 minutes on a meal. Nor do I like fancy schmancy ingredients that sends me running out to the store at the last minute. Typically, the recipes that come from this blog will reflect this.
…that I’ve Done Myself.
I post a lot of workouts on this blog, all of which either I’ve done myself or I’ve put clients through. You won’t find workouts that I’ve created on the spot just for the sake of a post. Promise. That would leave me a bit negligent as a trainer, anyway.
In a world of fads, trends, and strong opinions, I promise to be honest. I’ve tried some (just for the sake of knowing what they’re about) and then have been honest about what I’ve found, and have proven that here, here, and here.
5. Balanced Eating…
…or at least my best attempt.
I don’t follow any specific diet. I’m definitely not paleo, not a vegetarian (any more,) not gluten free, and not ANYTHING that absolutely restricts any one food group. You will not find protein powder in every single thing I eat. Nor will you find me trying to eliminate carbs and replace it with all protein and “healthy fats.” I like all the macros…even the “feared” carbs. You’ll see mostly healthy food, enough of it to support my activity levels, balanced out by a burger and fries every now and then.
I am not perfect. I’m FAR from perfect. I don’t share everything about my personal life on my blog, but I don’t pretend to be perfect either. I don’t pretend to piss rainbows and sparkles every day I deal with crap, and some of that crap will make its way to the blog. And as far as eating goes, yes, I strive for balance and encourage a treat (a REAL treat!) but that doesn’t mean that sometimes during movie night I won’t unknowingly eat half a bag of chocolate-covered popcorn and then feel guilty over it (this may or may not have happened this past weekend )
What You Won’t Get from my Blog
1. Every detail of my life.
Stemming from my last point of what you will get, you won’t get a day-to-day chronicle of my life. I tried that for a while, but it did NOT fit my blogging preferences, and it made me a little too vulnerable. Besides, that’s what Instagram is for
Just like I’m not a chef and don’t try to fool anyone, I didn’t go to fashion school, and won’t insult you by trying to pass myself off as a fashion expert. Heck, I wear yoga pants 5 days out of the week! I don’t even know if black and brown is acceptable to wear together yet (no, right?) I’d even go so far as to say that I like shopping for workout clothes better than regular clothes.
I’m a Christian, but I choose to leave my faith off my blog. Perhaps that will change in the future, but for now, I’ll leave that to some of my other lovely blog friends (whose posts about it I really do love.) I do enjoy talking about it on other platforms though, so if you’d like to chat about God or Christianity, please email me!
4. Posts about disordered eating.
Back in high school, I battled anorexia for a short time, but I don’t talk about it too much on my blog. I only battled it for about a year, and of course mentally battled it for several years after that. However, I was so young when I was in the midst of it, that I probably didn’t even go about the “right way” of getting better. It’s something I don’t feel I’m at all an expert on, and you won’t find many posts on disordered eating patterns here.
5. A filter for my personality.
I may filter my content a bit, but I don’t filter my personality. The goofy, imperfect, happy-go-lucky, determined Paige you get on the blog is the same Paige in real life.
I won’t be talking about politics here, like, ever. Probably because this is how I feel about them:
OK, fine, people care. I even care. I just don’t care to share my opinions (and lack of knowledge) on my blog. Or Facebook. Or any other social media platform, for that matter!
So there. That said, I hope you’ll come back tomorrow
Do you typically find yourself reading blogs that you can relate to, aspire to, or just simply entertain you?