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by Janetha on July 16, 2011

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Hello mealers and movers! I’m Eden.


You may remember me from my guest post earlier this year and from Janetha’s enchanted trip to Palm Springs (yes, it was “enchanted”. Lots of unicorns were spotted).

When Janetha gave me the chance to write another guest post, I was elated but also a little perplexed. Janetha has A LOT of readers, so the pressure is on to present myself the best way possible. What better way to it than to simply tell you why you should be reading my blog!

So allow me to play the role of promotional whore and tell you why you should be reading my blog.

(WARNING: sarcasm is my first name, cynicism is my middle name, and Eden is my stage name).

Janetha Thinks I Should Get A Book Deal

I don’t exactly know what Janetha wants in this book, but she also requested I just make here a CD of me talking. She told me I should do stand-up which I honestly could never fathom since standing up is just too much energy exertion. If she’s lucky, I’ll be a sit-down comedian (and with a lame joke like that, I’ll just be a sit down hobo).

I Write Things On My Blog That You Wouldn’t Want Your Children to Read

I swear to gosh I don’t do this for attention. But in my posts, cursing is standard, I often insert a random remark about genitalia, and I sometimes like to infuse some random stuff about ponies (actually, your children might like that!).

I Have Very Delicious Recipes

The majority of the traffic I get is simply from people wanting food porn. Who can blame them? But that being said, my recipes make me an unpopular food blogger because I will never make a “green monster” (as far as I’m concerned, green monsters are boogers), oatmeal, “amazeballs”, etc. I’m, however, a big fan of butter. I’ve realized that not being vegan/vegetarian/gluten-free/dairy-free/carb-free/taste-free
automatically makes me very unpopular in the blog world. But who needs popularity when I can eat butter?

I Write Things That Are Not Written About

Work out tips? Nope.

“What I ate Wednesday”?. Uh-ugh.

Giveaways? Rarely (you can read more about why here).

So you’re probably wondering if there is any content in my blog at all! There is! It’s all the stuff that people are for sure thinking but rarely express. Sure, I get hate mail and I’m not surprised if I will be assassinated by the health blog mafia (I think they will pelt me with nut butter jars). But I don’t like BSing and I find it makes me feel SO much better just to write it out! It’s like peeing after holding it in for soooooo long! Ahhhhh…..feel so good!

My Posts Are Good, But The Comments I Get Are Gooder!

I’m sure by now you think I’m an egotistical bitch.

“Oh read my blog! It’s the best blog! Blah, blah, blah!”.

To be honest, I blog because for some magical reason, my posts generate entertaining and pee-in-your-pants worthy comments. I even post some of the funny comments as a blog post! How cool am I???? I let READERS be the BLOG! It’s like my blog becomes YOUR blog! So by reading and commenting on my blog, you are essentially giving me new material! My readers are “amazeballs”. (Nah, totally kidding. The word “amazeballs” should die a slow, painful death. Trust me, Janetha agrees).

So there you have it! Trust me, I’m that cool that I have TONS of other reasons why you should be reading my blog. But I didn’t want to seem cocky and list them all.



1. Why do you read the blogs you read?

2. What is your one (keep it to one!) blog pet peeve? let ‘er rip.

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Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga July 16, 2011 at 5:28 pm

What is your one (keep it to one!) blog pet peeve? let ‘er rip. =

WORD VERIFICATION on blogger blogs.

I freaking hate it.

I mean, are they *really* getting that much spam? I get 200 spams per day, give or take, but I don’t use word verif. You get a spam folder, you let it go in there. You set up keywords, you get askimet, you do other things….but not word verification! That extra step makes me 110% less inclined to comment on blogger blogs who use it. There, I said it :)

I am taking after you, Eden. As always I love your blog, your honesty, and you.

And that pic of you…is simply STUNNING!! You are gorgeous! If it’s an instagram pic, you need to be their spokesmodel!

Sonia @ Master of Her Romaine July 20, 2011 at 4:41 pm

I agree!
And, thank you so much for asking me to remove my word verification- I was a new blogger and had no idea it was even there…and you were one of my first commenters :)

Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga July 20, 2011 at 4:46 pm

Really? Ok wow that’s a pretty ironic twist! Haha! The blogosphere is really a small world sometimes isnt it :)

Lee July 16, 2011 at 5:33 pm

Pet peeve – when bloggers say, “If you missed it…” and then link to their last couple of posts. If I missed it and am interested in reading, I’ll just scroll down.

Jessy July 17, 2011 at 12:47 am

I second this!

Krystina (Organically Me) July 16, 2011 at 5:34 pm

Girl, I love you so much for this. If I see one more bowl of oatmeal or another blogger deciding to go gluten free or adding protein powder to anything and everything, I will scream.

Eden July 16, 2011 at 7:07 pm

I love me too! I should really just date myself.

Paige @ Running Around Normal July 17, 2011 at 9:38 am

co-sign on the oatmeal.

cathy July 16, 2011 at 7:09 pm

i love your blog, eden!
i pick my blogs for the blogger’s personality, not for photos, workouts, recipes…i like to read about someone’s life, their interests, their day…like what janetha writes! and eden, you’ve got personality, that is for sure!
glad you guested here today!

Ariffa July 16, 2011 at 7:14 pm

You’re my new favorite person. Would it be ok if I spread the word about your amazing blog via several social media websites?! Well I’m gunna

Eden July 16, 2011 at 7:16 pm

you are my new favorite person.
Second to Janetha.
Actually, you guys tie.

Pure2raw twins July 16, 2011 at 7:34 pm

Oh Eden how we love and adore you! We read blogs for many different reasons but to name just a few for inspiration, for friendships, for motivation, for getting new ideas. Blog pet peeves would be how not many blogs really ‘support’ other blogs or give credit where credit is due! But than it gets tricky because what if you really do not read that blog so you would not know that credit is due, does that make sense??

Eden July 16, 2011 at 7:55 pm

you guys gotta clear up one thing for me: which one of you is commenting? I never know!

ali July 16, 2011 at 8:03 pm

Hmm…I would say what keeps me coming back to certain blogs is the “personality” of the blogger (LOVE your blog, btw, just started reading it recently). If a blogger is interesting and a witty/engaging writer that keeps me coming back. Lately I’ve grown very tired of basic healthy living blogs. I like a dose of cynicism/humor/edginess in the blogs I read or at least something ORIGINAL. I like Janetha’s blog b/c she just comes across as a cool person and I get a sense that she is very honest/not afraid to write about some controversial-type subjects (I’m specifically thinking of information she has written about her past-being bullied/drug use, etc.).

Oh, and I very much dislike “cluttered” blogs. I can’t explain it but if there is just a bunch of text and random pictures that don’t relate to the text and un-inviting colors I can’t read it. I also don’t like blogs that are only recipes…don’t get me wrong-I love great recipes but there has to be more content than that.

Sarah July 16, 2011 at 8:05 pm

My absolute pet peeve is cutesy words like “bloobs”, “strawbs”, “nanners” and the one that gives me nightmares, “foodgasm”.

Seriously, use the real damn word. Although I don’t believe that “foodgasm” is a spinoff of anything, it’s just obnoxious.

ali July 16, 2011 at 8:51 pm

ugh…”nanners” drives me craaazzzy.

Eden July 17, 2011 at 12:11 am

“nanners” and “cukes”… rhymes with “pukes” and thats not fun!

Paige @ Running Around Normal July 17, 2011 at 9:39 am

I feel dirty saying foodgasm!

Lindsey @ Gluten-Free Lindsey July 16, 2011 at 8:07 pm

it worked..i read your blog! i also read your “infrequently asked questions” and you are f’ing hilarious. even if i am gluten free. don’t judge. :)

Eden July 16, 2011 at 8:21 pm

I never judge.
I only jugde celebrites.

Missy July 16, 2011 at 8:22 pm

I read the blogs that I read for entertainment – I much prefer reality blogs to reality tv. I also like the “connectedness” (new word) I feel on some blogs ( ah-hem, yours, Deb’s, Janetha’s to name a few). I used to read for recipes, but 98% of those I have never made. Quite honestly, my life is boring and I like living vicariously thru others ;)!
I love your blog (and you) because you call BS on all the.., well, BS.

Pet peeves? hmmm, all those pictures of cupcakes/sweets that I know good and well were not consumed by 90% of those posting them. If they did, they maybe ate half. I am not saying everyone obviously, but to me there are some that just post so they can look “normal”. And also these portion sizes in the daily eats. 1/4 cup oatmeal? Really? After running 9 miles? Uggh, it drives me nuts. I have cut my blog reading way back – for my mental health!!

I mainly read your readers blogs that I click on from the WONDERFUL comment section – that is quality entertainment right there!!

Great post and as I have said before, GORGEOUS picture!

julie July 16, 2011 at 8:56 pm

haha i read your blog because i’m waiting for the day you have nothing to say but amazeballs.

and my friggn biggest pet peeve in blog world is what i ate wednesday. something i will NEVER participate in. i don’t care about the kamut puff you put in your mouth at 11:53am 30 seconds before you at lunch hahaha.

Annette@EnjoyYourHealthyLife July 16, 2011 at 10:01 pm

Hahahaa. This post had me laughing….will be sure to check you out. Er’— I mean, check your blog out. HAh.

Pet peeve? When everyone jumps on the same train (you can totally tell via blogs and their writing). BEEEE yourself, people!! :)

Deb (SmoothieGirlEatsToo) July 16, 2011 at 10:02 pm

Shameless self promotion! Kidding. If I wasn’t your biggest fan, you’d probably think I was a hater hahah!.

Well, as you know…Derek found your blog around Foodbuzz Festival time when everyone had their beautiful photos of the cupcake display. I’m not sure how or why he was trawling like a creeper, but he was, and all of a sudden he found your blog. He said that it was totally different from all the rest- that you really told it like it was (not with unicorns farting cupcakes) and he thought that I would really like it. He was 100% right. Your blog is very unique. Very raw. And NOT for the faint of heart. Wussies need not apply.

By the way, you’re not just a self promotion whore (and you know I mean that lovingly), but when I clicked the link from your last post about your perfect boobs it went into the cybertriangle. Don’t be a tease girl! Deliver the goods you promise!! ;-)

Deb (SmoothieGirlEatsToo) July 16, 2011 at 10:09 pm

PS As per usual I forget to answer “the question”. So here’s my answer to the Pet Peeves: I HATE when bloggers have 9493887234 links within all of their posts to other posts in their blog, just to get hits. There was one instance where a blogger was describing that she was very sad and wasn’t posting that morning. “To find out why I’m sad, click here”. No way. You couldn’t just come out with the bottom line on why you’re sad? But you needed the extra 2cents (at the expense of a small family tragedy?) THat is not cool in my opinion.

Eden July 17, 2011 at 12:13 am

I just farted a muffin.

Julia July 16, 2011 at 11:57 pm

Clicking on your blog now, and wishing that I had done so roughly 2.5 or so years ago when I started reading blogs. Refreshing!

Katherina @ Zephyr Runs July 19, 2011 at 5:53 pm

Agreed. Thanks for being so real & refreshing.

Jessy July 17, 2011 at 12:54 am

Blog-related pet peeves? I have way more than 1, that’s why somehow I think I should just stop reading blogs alltogether. ;)

Paige @ Running Around Normal July 17, 2011 at 9:37 am

Awesome comments completely MAKE my day. I love that your filter is minimal, honestly. It’s true you say a lot of what many of us are thinking.
Blog pet peeves? More than 1 (ok, more than none) picture of oatmeal in one post. And putting things like cake in it. Whyyyyy?
Also, repetitive posts.
The blogs I read are either a) well-written and keep me hooked or b) provide information that’s helpful to me.

Eden July 17, 2011 at 2:04 pm

In that case maybe you shouldn’t read my blog. Nothing I say is helpful! I think it might even make your life worse!

*Andrea* July 17, 2011 at 8:54 pm

hahahah i never got the random oatmeals with CAKE or CUPCAKES and candles in them! so glad i’m not alone here

Cameo July 17, 2011 at 11:04 am

I read your blog already. It’s one of my favorite reads! I am impressed with your sense of humor and must agree, you should market that shiz!

I am drawn to blogs with personality and/or sound information about things I am interested in. I am a nutrition/fitness minded person, and I do love reading about the latest fitness trends, good workouts and medical type stuff equally as reading great recipes that are gluten and dairy free. (If I eat dairy I get constipated and if I eat gluten I crap my pants, so…)

I think that there are a handful of bloggers out there who give being health conscious a negative stigma – like you have to be cutesy and take lots of pictures of your boring life in order to be a “healthy living blogger”. I don’t subscribe to those blogs. As soon as a blogger annoys me I unsubscribe…is that bad?

I also like blogs about beauty, feminism, art and interior design.

The word foodgasm makes my skin crawl.

Oh, and my blogger pet peeve is people who don’t read my blog…:(

Eden July 17, 2011 at 2:04 pm

I heart you so much.
And I think “hearting” is annoying, so feel special!

Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli July 17, 2011 at 11:29 am

The blogs I always go back to are the ones that make me laugh, make me think, or make me want to drop everything and head to the kitchen to bust out a recipe! And I can’t help but be a sucker for some good foodie pics…obviously avoiding the word that starts with an F and sounds like “oodporn” ;) Ugh, I feel dirty!

Blog pet peeve: 7363 links to other posts, or posts that ONLY contain pictures of recipes and their previous links. The only time I see that that makes sense is around a holiday for recipe ideas…any other time, you’re just wasting my time! If I wan’t to see all of your recipes, I’ll go to your recipe page!

I’ve read a few of your posts and you always make me laugh! Adding you to my Google Reader now (sadly the only way I can keep up with blogs…I blame my goldfish-sized memory)!

Ange July 17, 2011 at 11:57 am

I adore janethas blog, I find I can really relate to her. Some healthy living blogs I follow sometimes make me feel deflated(not exercising enough, eating too much) whereas I feel janetha keeps it real. She comes accross as honest and true. I hate these blogs where the personality comes accross as forced and fake(no-one can feel AMAZEBALLS 24/7) p.s I hate that word!!!!!! I look forward to cheaking out your blog!

Eden July 17, 2011 at 2:05 pm

Janetha IS honest and true. As much as I love her blog, I love her in person even more.

momma b. July 17, 2011 at 5:51 pm

Eden you amaze me! Your honesty and candor is something we all need more of in our lives from others as well as ourselves – great post and I’m already a reader just not much of a comment-er! :)


Eden July 18, 2011 at 12:09 am

best comment yet!

Katie July 17, 2011 at 9:47 pm

I for one like you and think you are also hilarious. I am sorry I never comment, that will change. You will start to know that I like you!:-)

Eden July 18, 2011 at 12:09 am

I’ve had a secret crush on you and your apple sweater for a while…

Kathryn July 18, 2011 at 7:08 am

I can’t stand when a blogger posts a huge salad and says “get in my belly!” It’s a salad. I just can’t relate. I also stopped reading a particular blog simply because they posted about the fro-yo they had everyday. So boring!

Mary July 18, 2011 at 8:54 am

This is a totally different complaint than the rest of these, but I can’t stand grammatical errors. I get that some people have a style (like not capitalizing – that’s fine by me), but when you mess up the English language multiple times in a post – not cool. You are posting something for everyone in the world to read. Try not to look like a doofus.

Mary July 18, 2011 at 8:55 am

Also, I had never seen your blog before. It looks awesome, and I’m subscribing now!

Chelsey Justis March 13, 2012 at 9:47 am

I really liked your blog article.Really getting excited about read more. Will read on…

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