Blogging is weird. There’s no way around it. It’s just… weird. We write posts about our lives and assume that people want to read them. It’s incredibly narcissistic in that way. For someone like me who suffers from a severe case of Ptolemy Syndrome*, blogging provides a very unique way for me to receive constant validation. And, if someone disagrees with what I write, I can just call him/her a “hater” and pretend that I’m important enough to have naysayers. It’s a pretty good deal.
*Ptolemy Syndrome: Coined by Carly Goldstein in 2013, Ptolemy Syndrome is the delusional belief that the entire universe revolves around you.
The other weird thing about blogging is that everyone has to have a niche. You’re a food blogger or a lifestyle blogger, a fashion blogger or a mommy blogger. You have to pick a side. No inbetweeners allowed! You have to pick a side, stick to it, and then people get irked if you try to make the move from one category to another. It definitely leaves you questioning where the hell your blog lies (lays? I will never figure that out).
I think this blog falls somewhere along the Healthy Living Blogger (HLB) continuum, which is kind of funny considering the fact I don’t really consider myself any more physically healthy than the next person. And I definitely don’t consider myself any more mentally healthy than the next person, as you guys have probably figured out by reading my psychotic rambles. But to me, being a Healthy Living Blogger, or just a healthy person for that matter, is about so much more than eating Greek yogurt and doing the trendiest workout. (I personally think the next big workout craze is going to be twerking. I see a Twerk Out class emerging in the near future. You heard it here first.)
To me, a good Healthy Living Blogger should:
Be relatable. I think my lack of thigh gap (what’s the obsession with this, anyway?) helps me on this one. Unless I’m straddling the floor, my thighs are touching. Basically, I look and act like a regular ol’ Jane. That shiz is relatable!
Be happy. Health should be about happiness. FYI, chia seeds and weightlifting do not a happy person make.
Be honest. Girl (or guy — we need more male healthy living bloggers), nobody cares if you ate four slices of cake in one sitting. Or if you skipped your workout. Or if you couldn’t figure out what the hell you’re supposed to do with the stupid psyllium husks sitting in your pantry, which you only bought because Jillian Michaels told you to, and you trust everything anyone famous tells you.
Be fun. Let loose a little. Have a drink. Have a cupcake. Talk about inappropriate things. And, for goodness sake, please, when you’re out to dinner, do not talk about calories, carbs, or the fact that you’re going to “work out extra hard tomorrow to burn off this blankity blank.” Major buzzkill. That ain’t fun for nobody.
People know how to be healthy. You freaking Google “how to be healthy.” There you go. I think people want so much more from a “healthy living blog” than tips or facts. YOU (yeah, you) have a unique perspective on the world. People want to hear it, so share.
And if they don’t, then they’re haters. Screw ‘em.
What does a “healthy living blog” mean to you? What does healthy mean to you?