Why blog?

How boring would lard-busting be without blogging? Pretty bloody dull, I tells ya. I've had emails from new folks who saw my Early Show appearance and asked how they can start blogging, and also why one would want to pick up such a nerdy habit in the first place. I thought I would answer that here!

The how is easy – you can create a blog in minutes at Blogger or Typepad or WordPress or BlogToLose or SparkPeople. They're very user-friendly so don't worry if you're not geekily inclined!

There are many reasons why – such as accountability to yourself and others, putting your hopes and fears and goals in writing, and having a place to celebrate and/or whine about the process. A blog can be whatever you want it to be – anonymous or exhibitionist; soul-searching essays or just jotting down your lunch. You don't even have to write one at all – reading blogs can be equally rewarding.

Personally I reckon without all the friendships, ideas, recommendations, advice, recipes, comments, challenges, support, insight and inspiration I've found from this blogging caper, I might still be plodding along on the treadmill yelling, "BORRRRRING!" at quarter-mile intervals. It's the spice, it's the flavour! There are so many things that are now fundamental parts of my life I might never have otherwise discovered. I've listed just a few at the end of this entry.

I think you need to have many different tools in your Toolshed o' Healthy Living, but blogging is one that won't just collect dust on the shelf. Ho ho ho.

  • Wendy linked to Krista's Stumptuous site in 2001 and I discovered the concept of chicks lifting heavy objects.
  • Nessajane blogged about Body Pump classes and got me thoroughly addicted.
  • Robyn blogged about the mighty Enell sports bra in 2004 and I could finally do cardio without clutching The Girls in agony. It's the ugliest garment known to mankind, but so effective.
  • Marla mentioned Cathe Friedrich fitness DVDs and turned me into a slobbering fangirl.
  • Wilma emailed out of the blue with knee-healing advice just when I was ready to stab my faulty joint with a pen.
  • Mistress Julia kicked my arse with her running expertise.
  • Kathryn wrote about her boxing classes and intrigued with the idea of punching real people.
  • I'm pretty sure it was Smaller Sue who blogged about low fat cream cheese and fruit spread on toast circa 2005, just when my breakfasts were getting batshit boring.
  • Jen got me hooked on the Jillian Michaels podcast.
  • Argyro introduced me to the wonders of Fage Total Greek Yogurt. I wish Argy would start blogging again!
  • In 2006 Elise of Simply Recipes blogged this recipe for a sauce with cilantro, lime and chili that we have made almost every week since (with less oil)
  • Mary got me onto Om Yoga DVDs and the brilliant The Low GI Vegetarian Cookbook
  • Sophie mentioned in passing that she puts porridge/oatmeal in a thermos jar for her commute. I promptly copied and can now have piping hot porridge at my desk at 10AM!
  • I wish I could remember where I first read about a spoonful of peanut butter in porridge. So good!
  • Bex blogged about the 30 Day Shred DVD which is great when you want your arse kicked in just 20 minutes.
  • Her royal buffness Kek gave endless weight training and healthy eating advice
  • Maggie at Caustic Musings mentioned Cardio Coach MP3 workouts which made gym cardio far more bearable
  • Kim reviewed the rockin' Element Pilates which is now one of my most beloved workout DVDs.

There are so many things. This is a work in progress, but will add more when as I think of 'em. It's nice to remember.

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32 thoughts on “Why blog?

  1. there are two things I love about blogging. Firstly it’s a place where I am just me, with no context – not Mum, wife, sister, student, employee – and I can faff on about what I’m essentially interested in. And that means I remember what Ilove (it’s easy to forget when life gets busy!)
    the other thing is the encouragement from like-minded friends. My imaginary internet friends (as my husband calls them) are like me – fallible, yet big dreamers, and readers, writers and cheerers-on! I *heart* my blog (and yours)

  2. I started blogging my dieting life last week in Annie Gets it Off.

    I have lost 3 stone so far and have another 7 to go.. I’m in it for the long haul. But, I’m writing a warts and all blog and am finding it my therapy. I’m spewing out all kinds of hidden fears, thoughts, hopes etc and being totall honest with myself. I’m finding that his is allowing me to accept myself and find out why I have eating and weight issues. Hopefully this time, by the time i get to my ‘comfortable’ weight, I will have accepted what I am and will be able to read back and remind myself of my deepest darkest worries and face them again, but also to remind me how far I’ve come.

    I’m not sucking up or creeping or anything, but I read your blog last week and it inspired me to start mine. So thanks! and keep it up!

    Annie

  3. I started blogging in August 2007 just for the novelty of it. A place to jot down my thoughts and keep track of my weight, and express the frustrations of being morbidly obese. When I started losing weight, people (strangers!) started elaving me supportive comments. I was shocked. I had no idea how they found me. A few months in, I started reading other blogs and getting so many great ideas. The best part is, now I *never* feel alone. Never. I have more friends in blogland than I ever could have imagined. It keeps me going and gives me the boost that I need to never quit!

  4. Just finished your book. I loved it. Couldn’t put it down. I am going to start my own blog, but am wondering what you and your readers think about whether or not to remain anonymous.

  5. I just have to say that it’s important that a person blog because she feels like she’s getting some benefit just from the act of blogging and maybe working things out for themselves. Not everyone is going to get oodles of support from the blogosphere. Blogging is just like any other social activity–some people will just connect better with the world that others. I’ve been lucky to connect with some very lovely people who’ve given me some great support, but it can be tough if you feel you’re writing your heart out and the response doesn’t burn the house down, you can’t let it get to you. Just sayin’, is all.

  6. very very very good point, GG.

    FatGirlWalking – I think it’s entirely up to you – do whatever you feel most comfortable with :) I started out anonymously as it felt safer, like I could be more open and honest.

    (thankyou for reading the book! :)

  7. very very very good point, GG.

    FatGirlWalking – I think it’s entirely up to you – do whatever you feel most comfortable with :) I started out anonymously as it felt safer, like I could be more open and honest.

    (thankyou for reading the book! :)

  8. I started blogging just a few days short of 4 years ago. I thought I’d write mostly about being a photographer, but I end up writing mostly about weight and family. I guess it’s on my mind more than my job. I am not anonymous, but wish I was so that I could vent more freely. I am as open as I can be considering my closest family members read me. I just can’t whine about them!

  9. The thing I’m learning to enjoy about blogging is communicating with people that are pursuing like-minded goals. The group effort helps out.

  10. I started blogging around April of last year when someone on the Canadian Weight Watcher site posted that they wanted to start a blogging group. There were 5 of us who signed up, now there are just 2 of the original group still active, but I’ve met many other wonderful weight loss bloggers as a result. It’s crazy how many blogs are out there!

    One of the things I love best about it is the motivation to have something to report- lol. It kind of makes you want to get off the couch and exercise or into the kitchen to try a new recipe. Kind of like scrapbooking made me want to take better pictures, this makes me want to work harder on my healthy eating n’ stuff.

  11. I’ve only been blogging for a few months now. I do not advertise the fact to all my friends, only my husband and a few fat friends know about it. I think that having your blog be your secret outlet when you start out is vastly helpful. it’s nice to have a place where it’s ok to rant and rave and bitch and moan about trivial things. I have only a few regular readers, but I appreciate their comments and support tremendously because they understand what I am going through, and do not point out that I can hardly moan about being a fatty when I am the one who did to myself in the first place.

  12. Blogging is awesome. You not only get to know great people and all those other things, you also have proof of where you’ve been. I’d never remember what runs I’d done or what I’d weighed last year or that I’d been through this crisis before and coped with it without my blog archives. Actually I wouldn’t even remember what I did yesterday if I didn’t blog it!

    Btw I’m so trying that thermos porridge.

  13. I started blogging for my slimming issues a few months ago. Within a very short time, I became addicted to blogging. I now have many separate blogs (some are brand new though) – my family life one (I have 7 kids), my dieting one, my one for writers, my one for photographers, one for fairy lovers, one for my kids to display their art and one for them to share the stories they write. :)

  14. I’ve been blogging for just over a year and I have realised that I am a blogger because I believe it’s a radical thing to take your life and share it. The internets to me, is a metaphor for how we are all connected.
    And you do make RLF (real life friends) with lovely folks that you wouldn’t otherwise meet.

  15. If it weren’t for blogging, I wouldn’t have ever found out about Body Pump (via your blog!) and I would not be the Les Mills freak I am now. Seriously, I have people coming up to me and asking me, “Are you the girl on the Body Jam 46 DVD?” ZOMG!!! :-D

    So many amazing friendships an opportunities; I would really be a boring arse if I weren’t a blogger – well said, Shauna baybee :-D

  16. Hi Shauna

    In your own words, this post rocks! It was a throwaway comment that you made about exercising in Dr G’s office that made me rethink WHERE I could do some moves. All I need is a laptop and some space. Doh!

    And you’ve introduced us to some wonderful things/people/places over the years (as well as some tear-jerking moments)!

    Blogging is ace and the blogosphere is full of kind-hearted, generous and super bright people. This weight loss malarkey is made all the more joyful (and less arduous at times!) for the support and wisdom that everyone shares. That’s definitely true for me.

    Hope your TV slot opens this world up to a whole new audience. : )

    xxxx

  17. Blogging for me is about the support and the catharsis of getting it out.

    I love reading blogs as much as writing them, too!

  18. Pfffft, nonsense! Your blog is just eeeevil… It was your blog that made me think signing up for the Edinburgh Moonwalk would be a good idea…!!!!! ;) Just started my training. Eeek! x x

  19. I’m a year into my weight-loss journey and have finally started blogging about it. I suppose it’s a “better late than never” thing but I think if I would’ve started right when I had the inkling I wanted to take losing seriously it would’ve helped the process immensely! I’m just now starting to discover all the online “support” from other bloggers on a similar quest and it’s amazing:)

    I will be checking out your book and passing it on to others for sure…congrats on all your success!

    Thanks!

  20. Okay, so I don’t get out much. I finally stumbled upon you. Woohoo! Instant identification, my goal is losing half of my body weight, too. I find blogging the best of both worlds – it helps me keep accountable without having to check in at exactly the same time/place/people every week, and, it helps me get re-inspired as I read the ups and downs of fellow (sister) fat-loss bloggers. And, what I find is most of those who are really doing this are really finding a better life, often better than ever before. Me too. Great stuff, enjoyed my first day and will be back. Gotta go clean up my links and add you… Thanks, Delita

  21. Oh nooo Sarah! My Moonwalk posts were sposed to be a cautionary tale! :P Good luck with the training comrade!

    Thanks for all your thoughts folks :)

  22. Oh nooo Sarah! My Moonwalk posts were sposed to be a cautionary tale! :P Good luck with the training comrade!

    Thanks for all your thoughts folks :)

  23. Blogging helps me so much with my weightloss journey. I don’t really even have a ton of readers, but just knowing that the people who do regularly read it will be checking in keep sme feeling accountable. Your blog was what initially inspired me to begin my blogging journey–and I’m so glad that I did.

  24. I just want to say that I loved your book, Shauna, and I love reading your blog and all your reader’s comments. I have blogged on and off over the years, and for me it’s always been because I feel like writing a diary is boring and pointless, but writing a blog is like putting a message in a bottle and tossing into the ocean… you don’t know who will read it or if anyone will at all, just doing it is a hopeful act… you hope that someone will read what you have written and it will make their day a little more interesting… or that they will get a good laugh, or a good meal, or that you they might comment on what you have written and you might make a new friend… I blog because I hope that there are people out there who think like me and who just might get something out of my experience or who might help me through something difficult.

  25. I think I first saw the “peanut butter in porridge” at Dotti’s Weight Loss Zone – in about 2001?! Still a regular fave brekkie of mine! Blogs and the net have helped to turn weight loss into an adventure, which is no mean feat! :D

  26. The difference for me about blogging is the interactive nature – I do food blogging and occasionally I read a newspaper article or cookbook where I want to reply and have to remember it is not a blog where I can just make a quick comment. Blogging is great because I receive feedback but also am able to let people know when something interests or affects me.

  27. Hear, hear! Blogging rawks, right? I think yours may well have been the very first I ever came across, back when I had no idea what a blog even was.

    Thanks for the lofty title, DG – Lately I feel more like Her Royal Whineyness. Or right now, Her Royal Sweatiness (it’s BLOODY hot here). :o)

  28. Hey Shauna!
    Wow, you spoke my words EXACTLY! I just started the diet/blog journey back in January, but it has made the WORLD of difference in my weight loss! I’ve lost 10 pounds and feeling very confident that I’ll reach my goals this time (yes, this is like the gazillionth time I’ve tried to diet . . .). It was actually YOUR blog that got me thinking about trying it and energized about the possibilities! I enjoy your posts so much and I love seeing pictures of Scotland! That is one of those places I’d really like to go one day — thanks for sharing that with us. Anyway, thank you for this post and I plan to refer to it on my blog today.

  29. It is fantastic to be able to interact with folks that live in different parts of the world that are working on their own lard busting endeavors.

    Blogging has made that possible. It is no longer necessary to trudge to a WW meeting at the end of a long day because I can easily hop online from the comfort of my own bed and get an even better support system.