Why I blog

Do you ever come across people who don’t know you have a blog and say that blogs are stupid or they think people who blog are stupid, or whatever? That happens to me every so often and it happened to me tonight. These people are my friends; they wouldn’t say these things if they knew I had a blog, they just don’t know. In this case, I just changed the subject. I almost said, “I have a blog.” but chickened out. The way I see it is there is not really a big difference between keeping a journal or diary and blogging. I’ve pretty much kept a journal since I was 14 or 15 years old. I like to write and I really like engaging with other people about topics that I choose to write about. I think that’s really the point. Most of the people who read my blog are interested in the same topics – health, food, exercise etc. It’s nice to have a group of people who have the same interests. I could bore some of my friends ears off, and probably already have, when I talk about health related stuff. Really, most of my friends don’t want to hear about high-fructose corn syrup and the like. Which is what makes me so glad that I have found somewhat of a community that does share my interests.

I have had In My Tummy since February of 08. Before that, I had a marathon training blog which started at the end of 06. And before that, I was an active participant on a health-related message board (which some of you know!) where I had several journals. It’s almost like going to a free psychiatrist.

Why do you blog?

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10 Responses to Why I blog

  1. I first started blogging to hold myself accountable for what I was eating. But it has quickly turned into so much more. I love keeping a journal to reflect and hope one day to be able to go back and read these entries. Most of all, i blog because like you, I enjoy communicating with people who are interested in the same things as me, healthy living!

  2. Jenn Eats Nutritiously Now

    People who have never blogged, just can’t understand. I know that sounds cliche, but it’s so true. Blogging is just such a fun outlet for me, and I love it!

  3. GREAT post! I totally know what you mean and wish people ‘got it.’ I blog for very much what you said – I wanted to find people with a common interest, learn from others who are likeminded, farther along then me, know a lot about things i’m just now being introduced to. I don’t want to drive my friends crazy talking about strength training, how many miles I walk, new recipes, etc. – I try to limit it around them but it’s wide open on the blog. :)

  4. I started blogging to help me with eating and exercise…but it’s really become so much more than that.

    I wish I could tell all my friends/family about it, but I’m just not there yet. For me it’s just a great place to vent about things that I wouldn’t normally talk about in everyday life. And you are right – much cheaper than therapy. :-)

  5. how ironic, my friends and i had a big discussion about blogs tonight. i have two, most of them have none. they all say they have nothing to blog about. i say i like to blog about nothing!

  6. Same reasons you do. The old blog went way back (October 2006-ish). That got started because of that message board that shall not be named became a pile on anytime anyone expressed a alternative point of view – about, well, anything.

    I don’t advertise my blog to family, work peops, etc. It makes me uncomfortable (probably because of my ‘weight’ issues.)

  7. I started blogging a week ago lol, because I have been reading food blogs like Kath’s, Meghann’s and Jenna’s and I wanted to try blogging too!

  8. ahhh message board days :) i miss some of the people i ‘knew’ from there! but i like blogging way better.

    also i think people who think blogs are dumb . . . are dumb.

  9. Interesting post topic!

    I blog because I need some kind of outlet for my constant food, fitness, and health chatter. Better out than in.

    I’m a secret blogger as well. My friends and family don’t know. I’m considering coming out of the blogging closet to my closest friends soon.

  10. Hey thanks for showing me this! I think I needed the wake-up call that there are more reasons to blog than to get readers, make money, change people’s lives, etc. I blog because I enjoy it, and even if I post one a month or twice a day, it’s good enough for me. I love hearing people’s answers to this question! So interesting.

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