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Posted on Aug 26, 2011 in Blogging, Dear Diary | 35 comments

Why I Love Blogging

I have to be honest with you guys. I hate the word “blog”. Don’t get me wrong, I am a HUGE fan of portmanteau words (as well as more than the occasional abbrev, bahaha), but every time I tell someone that I’m a “blogger” I feel like a giant toolbag.

Maybe it’s just the stigma that’s associated with blogging as it formerly was; in the days of Geocities, then Xanga, then LiveJournal, blogging brought out the worst and whiniest in us. Everyone’s personal blog was just a way to participate in memes or gripe (with poor grammar) about utter unfairness of life:

omg my moms went like totally psycho when she found out i got a c- on mr bowmans history test even tho i totally told her about how me and my so-called friend got in a HUGE fight the night before (i mean wtf! she heard us on the fone!!!!) so i couldnt study so it totally wasnt my fault but i still got grounded anyway!!!!!!!!1!! im so depressed.

… Er, yeah.

Thankfully, blogging isn’t like that anymore! Well, not all blogging, anyway. And especially not in the healthy living blogosphere (another word I frequently use now that just screams douchebaggery to me, hahaha.) Since beginning this blog, I have never felt so inspired, motivated, or supported. So thank you all for that. Really.

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Is this post cheesy enough for you yet?

And because the one thing that hasn’t changed when it comes to blogging is a blogger’s ability to talk incessantly about him or herself, let me go ahead and break down exactly why I love blogging so much.

The obvious.


I only look happy because I know there’s 10,000 calories worth of coconut shrimp coming.

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Oh, right. Life can be healthy AND awesome. Who knew?

Writing this blog has given me the accountability and motivation to lose 57 lbs on my health journey so far! I completely credit blogging with keeping me on track for over a year now (when is the last time I kept ANYTHING up for that long?) Taking back control of my life has been the hardest and best thing that I’ve ever done, and I am so, so glad I have this standing record of every part.

I’m in the know.

I must confess, I’ve never been one that you could rely on for current events. Fitting, given that I live in the political (and actual) capital of our country, isn’t it? But c’mon, are you really that surprised? As a byproduct of blogging, I’ve become much more active on Twitter and Facebook, so I feel like I’m constantly tuned into what’s going down! While I may be a little more technologically dependent than is good for me, overall this is a positive thing.

I’ve become more social.

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I used to have this image of bloggers hunched over their keyboards for hours on end (well, actually…) with absolutely no social life. Imagine my shock and delight when I suddenly realized that I’m now more social than ever! Between my fellow DC bloggers, local readers I’ve met up with, and, of course, the incredible conferences I’ve attended, I’m forging new relationships all over the place.

I’ve come to the realization that part of the reason I got to 246 pounds is because I really wasn’t very social. Of course I had friends who have always been very supportive (and continue to be!) but the sad truth of it was that more often that not I would rather have stayed in, stuffed my face with crap, and watched TV than have fun with them. How messed up is that? I can’t lie, there are still times when I’m feeling lazy and flake out on the fun stuff, but the difference now is that I regret it when I do. (Now if only I could make myself feel the same way about exercising…) I have made so many new friends through blogging: some online, some in real life, and many that I know will be in my life for the long haul.

I’ve become a better cook.

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I love to cook, and have always been passionate about good food, but my laziness and preference for convenience would always get in my way. Now I’m a true kitchen adventurer, and am constantly finding inspiration for new recipes on other blogs, at restaurants, and at the grocery store!

I’ve become a photographer.

Purple flower eaters.Take your places!Let them eat (wedding) cake!

There was a point in time when the extend of my photography knowledge was to try not not to get your thumb in the way of the flash on your camera phone. (Need proof? Just read some of my earliest posts, haha!) While my older brother, Ben, may be the true artiste in the family (musician and songwriter, photographer, entrepreneur… no big deal.) blogging has seriously sparked my love of photography. Getting to capture the world through the lens of my camera is fun, and hearing from you guys that you like what you see is just really just gravy.

It’s my creative outlet.

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Cooking, photography, and writing. Blog has literally combined the best of these worlds for me.

I’ve always loved to write. When I was 9, I used to write stories in black and white composition notebooks a la Harriet the Spy (I was OBSESSED with that movie, btw. Just ask my family how many tomato and mayonnaise sandwiches I demanded in 1996.) I made up entire worlds of faeries and gnomes and teeny tiny people, and I loved it! To this day (nerdy confession alert!) I still love coming up with story ideas (but unfortunately, have not developed the follow-through to actually write them down quite yet.) Blogging gives me the opportunity to write, plain and simple. And I may not be crafting any elaborate potentially best-selling fiction, but it’s helping me hone my skills nonetheless. Besides, to write well, you should write what you know. Well, this is what I know. (Who can name that movie reference?)

So! There you have it. All the reasons why, even if I do hate the word itself, I love to blog. And now it’s your turn:

Why do you love blogging? Or, if you aren’t a blogger, why do you love to read them?

35 Comments

  1. Oh my goodness – I was obsessed with Harriet the Spy too!! I had all the notebooks, and I even took it to the next level – walking around my neighborhood in my dad’s trench coat, spying on neighbors and making copious notes. Ah, those were the days….

    • I totally had a little fanny pack stuffed with binoculars, a compact mirror (for seeing around doorways, duh!) and did the same with the trench coat. We are two peas!

  2. Were you 9 in 1996? That’s when I graduated high school! Anyway, I love blogging for all the same reasons that you do. Although I’m still working on the being a better cook part.

    Another douchy blog word – blogoversary.

    • Urk, doing the actual math I realize that technically I was 8. Heh…hehhehhehhh….

      • I feel OLD!! I graduated the same time as Lee! I guess I am living my youth vicariously through the youngun’s blogs! πŸ˜›

  3. Funny you should post about this. I am working on a similar post for today as soon as my blog is healthy again. :/ Sucks that it takes something like a HUGE blog issue to make me realize just how much I love my little blog!

    • I saw that something was going on! My computer was like “WARNING WARNING” and then I cried for you. I hope it gets fixed soon!

  4. I love blogging because it has proven to me that I can be successful in something else other than my current career. I thought I’d be a designer forever. I am really pretty good at it (award-winning, even!) and I’ve been doing to professionally since I was 13. It never even occurred to me that I’d have a career change. And honestly, that depressed me. Because I am totally burnt out. But I never thought I could find something else to be successful at. I am still not at all confident as a blogger, but I’m getting there. And maybe, someday, it’ll be my “job”.

    • I couldn’t agree with you more. Who knew that I would become passionate about something like this? I know there are many, many, many, many more talented writers/bloggers/photographers/cooks out there, but a girl can still dream…

  5. 1. I still eat tomato and mayo sandwiches.
    2. I also feel like a toolbox when I use the words ‘blog’, ‘blogging’, or ‘blogger’. It’s funny, I started a food blog (buon-food.com) and because it’s a domain and not .blogspot.com, I refer to it as a “site” rather than a “blog”. hehe

    • Hahaha, maybe that’s the tactic I should take up next… it sounds so much more legit.

  6. Harriet the Spy! My younger sisters were BIG fans!

    What I love about blogging – getting to know other bloggers, getting feedback and encouragement from bloggers and readers, learning, having an outlet, having a place to keep track of my training, books I’ve read, etc.

  7. I loooooooved Harriet the Spy! I was 9 when it came out and I begged my mom for a new composition book the next day…good times.

    I really enjoy reading blogs with an emphasis on turning around unhealthy habits. I’m inspired me to make daily changes in my own life. And sometimes when I have something on my mind, a blog will just magically start talking about it. Bloggers must be psychic.

    • Curses! You’ve figured out our secret! πŸ˜‰

  8. I love blogging because it gives me a life outside of work. It’s so easy to stick inside my work shell and not interact with others. All my “real” friends are through blogging.

    I love having a reason to write just because I love it and not for papers, or school, or work. Writing what I love, when I love to do it.

    Blogging reminds me I’m me more and more and brings me out of my anxiety shell – bit by bit.

  9. I’ve been keeping a written journal since I was 8 and yes, I was one of those kids with a LiveJournal, that I got circa 9th grade. Haha. I started my blog right after I graduated from JMU as a way to keep up with people that I’d gotten used to being right down the road from. I wanted them to have a way to keep up with my life while we were all far away and hopefully for them to tell me about their life. Also it gives me the opportunity (when I’m not so lazy) to show off some of my photography.

  10. I LOVE this post!

    I too have made lots of little improvements in my life post-blog creation (more spontaneous, more creative in the kitchen, got courage to sign up for first 5k, etc.)

    Another reason we are soul-mates? I own the same dress in your Bubba Gump pic. Target-4-life!

  11. I loved Harriet the Spy, the book. I was so-so on the movie. I’ve always loved office supplies and notebooks and that book fed my addiction, even as a young girl! πŸ™‚
    My favorite part about blogging is the community. It’s so cool to have support from people you might not have met IRL. I <3 technology!

  12. I don’t blog but I enjoy reading them for the insights into my family/friends lives. It’s an easy way to keep up with what’s going on and also, on occasion, learn things! I think it’s a great movement and a fantastic creative outlet for people whose daily lives/jobs don’t provide it.

  13. I don’t consider myself to be a blog reader. Yours is the only one I follow. Why? Duh! Because I love you and you are hi-larious (in your words).
    Your blog is the best way for me to start my work day.

  14. Great reasons! I think I like it because it’s such a great way to reflect on what we’ve done over the course of time. This may sound weird, but I also use it as a way to store ideas for later – things I like, recipes I want to try or recipes that are really good and I’ll use later, that kind of thing.

    We don’t have nearly as many readers as you, so I don’t think it really makes us any more social – and I don’t have time right now to get out too much and meet other bloggers. ;( But I would like to get to that point… maybe. For right now it’s a fun outlet and a way to keep track. Because life changes so quickly, and it’s easy to forget all the fun you had along the way. I have a terrible memory.

    And my favorite reason – keeping a blog has made me a more grateful person because it forces me to realize how lucky I am! I complain occasionally (like today) but in general writing about our house, and food, and our family makes me realize how incredibly blessed we are.

  15. I love to blog because it gives me an opportunity to let my creative side go, be it with cooking, scrapbooking, taking pictures, etc. The actual writing about it is what helps me to come out of my shell. I just recently found your blog through Cassie’s and I am loving yours! πŸ™‚ Thank you for writing about your weight loss experience, I am still on my journey and I love to be inspired by “bloggers” πŸ˜‰

  16. LOVE this post. I love blogging too! I completely agree how it used to have the most negative connotation, buy lucky for us, that has changed! I love the accountability of blogging, but moreso the connections I’ve made. I’ve met some wonderful people – like you! – and that makes it all worth it.

  17. Hearing the word blogger makes me feel like I’m back in the days of LiveJournal and I’m posting tons of emo posts. Not that I did that. However, I too have noticed that since really taking blogging “seriously” that I’m a better photographer (not great, just better), I have really pushed myself to make better meals, and I’m all about going out to seek out new adventures even if it is “just for a blog post”. πŸ™‚

    Blogs can really do some fantastic things for people and I’m happy to be a part of that community!

  18. I like it for accountability since it is almost like writing down promises to myself and everyone else is a witness to them. I need to become a better photographer! You’re awesome!

    Happy Friday!! πŸ™‚

  19. I am pretty much obsessed with Seasons 52! Everything on the menu is good and it is so healthy and clean! Oh my gosh you make me want to go there right now!
    My story is very similar to yours, in the sense that I blog to stay on track, be more social and as a creative outlet πŸ™‚ It was so nice to meet you last weekend. I wish I was headed back to Philly right now to get ready for another amazing cocktail party!

  20. I love blogging because I can be creative, and I also am able to talk about whats going on in my life. And sometimes you just have to talk some stuff out! also, having the community of friends (who dont live next door) is really fun and exciting! you see and hear about things you otherwise wouldnt.

  21. I feel the SAME way about the word “blog.” When I tell someone I blog, I feel like they picture me sitting alone in my home wearing a black cape and crying over my keyboard. Or, that I have no “real life” friends. But like you, blogging has held me accountable for staying healthy, and it’s introduced me to a community that I love! πŸ™‚

  22. Although, I just starting blogging, I love it because I can finally talk to people about all the ‘weird’ healthy food I eat and nobody looks at me like I’m crazy!! πŸ™‚

  23. This is great! I just started a new healthy living blog in part because of seeing how everyone supports one another and how everyone uses them to stay healthy and keep the weight off. I’m experimenting more with cooking and I so want a DSLR to work on my photog skills. And I;m in agreement with the term blog (and blogger), we should try to come up with a new word for it!

  24. Such an inspiration- great work, keep it up! πŸ˜€ I recently just started my own blog after reading “healthy living bogs” for the past year- before I began reading, I thought blogs were places where people could vent their feelings, how wrong! It’s really great to see how supportive bloggers can be to one another and share common interests… I’m loving it [thanks, McDonald’s… not, haha]!

  25. I just started blogging in ernest a couple of months ago… I had a few other blogs that died in cyber space from lack of posts… and commitment! I really enjoy it. I do find that I am JUST allowing my family to know about it. It is hard to let them into my little world where I could possibly be judged.
    It really is funny how I can let myself be out there to strangers over the world, and nervous about telling my family and friends… but so is the life of a self-concious blogger.

  26. Loved this post today. I too have that “toolbag” feeling some times when I tell people I blog…. but ultimately, I love it.

    I’m blogging these days about my weight loss journey. So, I feel a strange accountability to all of my readers. In my mind, they EXPECT me to lose weight and to keep the weight off. It helps keep me VERY motivated.

    Reading… I love reading blogs and getting ideas/recipes. I also hope to connect with other bloggers as you’ve described above.

    It’s become my creative outlet, my side passion… and I too love it.

    Thanks for having such a fabulous site for inspiration and ideas.

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