6 Reasons Why You Might Not Want to Read My Blog

…and 6 reasons why you’ll hopefully keep on reading Winking smile

Good morning, friends! Open-mouthed smile 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!

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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.

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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 Open-mouthed smile

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.

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3. Workouts…
…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.

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4. Honesty.

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.

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6. Trials.

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 Rainbow 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 Winking smile)

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 Smile with tongue out

2. Fashion.

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.

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3. Religion.

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.

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6. Politics.

I won’t be talking about politics here, like, ever. Probably because this is how I feel about them:

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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 Winking smile

Do you typically find yourself reading blogs that you can relate to, aspire to, or just simply entertain you?

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Comments

  1. HANDS DOWN I prefer shopping for workout clothes over regular clothes. Besides the only reason I own regular clothes is so that people don’t think I’m a total bum when I go out. Well, that and work wouldn’t be so happy with spandex everyday… ;)
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  2. Yeah, this is why I love your blog. You sound exactly like me! I can relate to every single one of these points, except for the fact that I’m not religious. I am, however. wearing black and brown together right now… but it’s workout clothes so it doesn’t count, right? :P
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  3. You and I are seriously IDENTICAL! My blog is the exact same format as yours (little bit of everything healthy life) and I also cannot do every-detail-of-my-day posts or anything fashion/politics/religion.
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  4. yep, those are the reasons why i read you. Plus you like wine, duh.

    we better really meet soon too!
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  5. I will definitely come back tomorrow :-)

    I tend to lean more towards the blogs I can relate too – busy people trying to eat well and fit in healthy food and exercise, while encouraging the occasional treat. I tend to stay away from super-healthy-vegan blogs (even if it’s not their goal, I usually end up feeling bad for loving my cheese and roasted chickens), and super-religious blogs (I appreciate people having faith, but I’m not particularly religious so I don’t really want to read about it all the time)

    I probably won’t ever blog about fashion either – it’s usually either workout clothes or jeans for me!
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  6. I love all your reasons … and they’re why I keep coming back ;) I think we are a lot alike in how we post. I too don’t share every single thing I do (mainly because, who cares?), politics, and anything that would embarrass my grandma since she reads haha.
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  7. This is an awesome post, Paige! I’m with ya– I find myself gravitating towards blogs that are very relatable to mine, but it also depends what mood I’m in. When I want to read something lighthearted I know exactly where to go, but if I’m feeling something a little deeper I have my sources for that too. Your blog is one of my go-to’s when I want to laugh and/or want some fitness talk in my life ;)

    Keep up the great work!
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  8. Kaitlin @4loveofcarrots says:

    I love reading your blog for how real and down to earth you are! I enjoy all the things you post about and all the things you don’t post about, and because I feel like we would be friends in real life!
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  9. Oh good – just what I like. :) I too am all about real workouts, realistic eating, and what I consider “normal” recipes that don’t take 10 hours to cook! Well… except for those ones that spend hours in the slow cooker… that’s another story. ;)
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  10. I LOVE this post — it shows exactly who you are and what your blog stands for and is absolutely WHY I love your blog as much as I do! It’s YOU and you are just fabulous :)

    PS for some reason I didn’t realize you’re christian too, so am I as you might notice from some of my posts. I don’t often write about it overtly but its a big part of who I am today. I love meeting others who are similar in their approach as I am..and are faithful, beautiful people like you are!
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  11. I went through a phase where I was reading blogs that were nothing like my life and then I started to get resentful of all the cool things that these people were doing that I wasn’t able to. Then I shifted focus to blogs that are more like my life and written by women (and men) that I can relate to. I find I’m much more engaged with the bloggers that I can relate to than those that were the complete opposite of me.

  12. My blog is always evolving. i went from almost every detail of my daily life to only showing aspects… i think this keeps it more interesting. :)

    And yeah… I will never talk about politics. Except maybe reference an issue once in a blue moon…
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  13. Love this post! I guess I never really stopped to think why I enjoy the blogs that I do but I definitely tend to gravitate to those with a fitness and health focus! All of the reasons you list here are reasons why I love your blog! I love the approach to balanced eating, that you do share your opinion on topics and that you are honest! Definitely a must have for me! I hear you on the fashion! Ask me to discuss Lululemon pants and I’m all over it but anything other than that is definitely not my strong point!
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  14. Great post, love the make-no-apologies approach to your blog! It’s your space, and you should definitely keep blogging about what you love and care about, and keep doing what works for you. I find myself mostly reading blogs that I can relate to, but also blogs of people that inspire me. Crazy incredible athletes, people who log more miles in a week than I do in a month, and food blogs that showcase beautiful recipes I want to try one day. And of course, blogs of people I totally relate to. I like a fun mix!
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  15. I find that I gravitate towards bloggers who share my sense of humor or my outlook on healthy living! They don’t necessarily have to be going through similar life experiences, but I definitely want the person to be relatable.
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  16. I think all around that is a fair list!
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  17. THIS is why I read your blog. It is honest, real and not following the fads. It is hard to find this most days. I think people have been trying so hard to fit into a niche they forget about who they are and why they started.
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  18. And this is one of the several reasons I love your blog… You’re real and you’re just YOU. Love that! My blog has gone through some transformations throughout the past year and a half. There’s things/topics I’ve tried to write about and then realized that it just wasn’t me. I feel like I’ve finally figured out my own writing style, and it just feels so much more natural. I like to read blogs that I can relate to on some degree, but that are also entertaining and talk about things that I am also passionate about.
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  19. This is definitely one of my favorite posts to date! I’m glad I’m not the only one would would rather shop for spandex over sweaters! :)

  20. This is great, Paige! I agree with you – I seem to read blogs whose authors are similar to me – interesting as I’d never really thought about it before. I appreciate who you are and how you blog – that’s probably why I read yours! :D I find you very relatable and real so I’ll continue to read on – thanks for sharing bits of your life with us!
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  21. I tend to stick with the blogs of people I can relate to, and that I feel like I’d actually get along with in real life. There are so many blogs out there, and if I don’t feel like I have a sense of who that person actually is, I lose interest. I like when bloggers act like real people and not some kind of example of perfection.
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  22. For all the reasons you mentioned…that’s exactly why I read your blog! Sadly I’ve felt the need to move away from some of my old favorites because I just feel like it’s all advertisements and no realism. I read a wide variety of blogs for similar reasons that you do. Honestly, I just like chatting with nice people (like you!).

    Oh and I love that gray coat! Super cute!
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  23. I loved this post! I tend to read all sorts of blogs, except mom/kid blogs. Since I don’t have kids, I really don’t care! Like you, I don’t put a lot of personal things on the blog, especially info about close family members. My mom would HATE it if I put her picture on my blog, so I have to respect her wishes. I think it’s though to find balance though – between sharing enough to make people interested without going overboard.
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  24. I agree 100% – I love blogs that I relate to. I definitely feel more connected to those bloggers. There are definitely some things I keep very separate from my blog, like my day job, my really personal relationships, and really deep things. I don’t share every time I have a bad day, which happens often. I love your blog because you’re real 100% of the time and share things that aren’t contrived just for the blog’s sake – like workouts that you ACTUALLY do! Thanks Paige!
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  25. Great post! Love your honesty, that’s why I come back everyday and read. I tend to read blogs that I can relate to, I relate in the balanced eating with you, I love the occasional cheeseburger! I also read blogs that inspire me on my journey to being healthy and fit. You also fit in that category too! Thanks for blogging :)
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  26. Haha, you’re adorable! I love that we have the same approach to balanced eating. I find there aren’t many blogs left that aren’t gluten-free, vegan or paleo. Not that there is anything wrong with those, it just limits my ability to find new recipes to try :)
    And I can promise you’ll NEVER see fashion on my blog. Everyone should be grateful for that, as I sit here typing in my North Face vest!
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  27. Everytime I read your blog, I think “I would totally go to Illinois to hang out with this girl.” :-)

    I love your balance in life, with both food and fitness. You are definitely someone that I can relate to.
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  28. You know I love you and your blog for all the reasons you mentioned. I have limited the number of blogs I read WAY down…only to people I relate to and have a personal relationship and connection with in some way. Don’t worry. You make that cut. Hahaha! ;)

  29. Great post! I love your blog for all the reasons above.

  30. This is why I LOVE your blog! I look for blogs that I can relate to, and that are balanced. I love how you are about everything in moderation. You are REAL and you don’t go off on rants. I look forward to reading your blog every day. It just makes me feel good… and I love that! :)
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  31. Yep. This is exactly why I love your blog!! I’ve been reading for quite a while and I always know you provide great posts, that I can relate to! And you are real. I get the sense of who you are through your blog, which I always appreciate. Plus, I love the workouts and recipes. Especially since you eat the recipes and do the workouts that you post. That’s always a winner for me. Plus, I like that you enjoy your drinks too:) Since I love my wine.
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  32. I filter my language on my blog, too – I have a lot of (elder) family members that read it and I kind of have a potty mouth in real life. ;) I think I read an equal amount of people who are similar and dissimilar to me in terms of life-circumstance, but I tend to read blogs whose authors have similar personalities as me.
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  33. I definitely read blogs that I can relate to.
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  34. Great post, Paige! I totally agree with everything you said. :)
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  35. Love this post! I typically read blogs that I can relate to with finding a balance between healthy eating and living in the real world. I do have kids, but most bloggers that write about the things I can relate to- healthy eating, recipes and workouts, don’t. I really enjoy blogs that I can relate to somewhat, but I don’t have to be able to relate to them in every way. BTW….love your blog!
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  36. Love the post, especially the part where you state you don’t piss rainbows & sparkles. I seriously LOL’d when I read that & just LOL’d again when I typed that. LOVE IT! I typically try to stay away from blogs that make it out like they do because I find that it tears me down instead of builds me up. So why the heck would I bother with that!?! ;)
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