discovering blog land.

by Janetha on August 24, 2011

in Featured,questions answered,random rambles

did you guys catch julie’s post today talking about how she first stumbled upon “healthy living blogs” <—i don’t like to use that term, because they are all just blogs to me—healthy or otherwise. i call my blog a “living blog”.

anyway, julie mentioned that she first discovered blogs through a health.com article by tina, which led her to carrots’n’cake and the rest is history.

this got me reminiscing on my own experience with discovering this fun-filled, close-knit community i have the pleasure to be a part of.. which i often refer to as “blog land”. i thought i’d share the oh-so-random story with you guys today!

first, let me tell you my history with blogs in general.

once upon a time, my sisters had their own personal blogs that documented fun filled events in their lives.  i loved reading their blogs because it was a great way to see what was going on with them without picking up the phone. disconnected much?  that’s aside the point, though. i read their blogs along with a few other blogs of people that i knew in person.

i didn’t read blogs of strangers.. only real lifers (as i call them). i did have a few online communities where i interacted with “strangers”—most note-worthy was the body for life tracker website.

i loved reading blogs so much, i decided to start one of my own.

enter: blog #1.

i hated the actual word “blog”—which is short for “web log”—so i called my personal blog, “i don’t love the word blog”.  i started this blog at the very beginning of 2008 and my post was titled, “sure, ok”, which really says a lot about my attitude when deciding to blog. sure.. ok.. whatevs!

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my first blog post on that blog contained information that is still true to this day:

  • i don’t capitalize when i type
  • i type the way i talk
  • i use a lot of “…” instead of creating new sentences
  • i have pet peeves with bad spellers and i am a grammar nazi
  • i have a slight obsession with dogs

my first post was a lot of fun! i received comments from my mom and each of my three sisters—it was great to hear their feedback.  some of my friends started reading my blog, too, and started blogs of their own. it was great!  i ended up blogging about life on this blog through 2008 and most of 2009.  i posted about five times a month—give or take—and had a wonderful outlet to post photos and random rambles. i ultimately stopped blogging at this personal blog near the end of 2009 (because i wanted to devote 100% of my time to meals & moves.)

about blog #2.

at the beginning of 2009, my mom and i decided to do another 12 week body for life challenge after having an awesome success with the first one.  some people we knew were also wanting to try body for life, so we decided to start a motivational blog to stay accountable, track my meals and workouts and also to share thoughts with our friends.

still, i had NO IDEA food blogs, exercise blogs or “healthy living” blogs even existed.

there is a quote by ralph marston that says DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT!—so that is what we called our blog. also, the URL was http://bflparty.blogspot.com, this makes me laugh.. because it really was a BFL party! yaaaay body for life! party!

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things started out strong! i posted so many accountability posts in january and the ball was really rolling on this blog.  february came and i was hit with the plague. i don’t remember what happened, but i got SUPER sick. this was the winter that i got sick over and over and over and eventually had to have my tonsils removed that may.

i tried to make a comeback in march, but did not post as often. i loved blogging, but i really didn’t have the time or energy to keep documenting my eats and exercise all day every day. i posted sporadically, but it wasn’t worth reading.  additionally, i was still trying to keep up with my personal blog at the same time!

april came, the 12 week BFL challenge had ended (with bad results, mind you, i was sick AND vacationed in mexico.. what do you do?) and so i stepped down from the BFL party blog in this post on april 9, 2009. (by the way, if you go back and read those blog posts, please don’t laugh too hard.)

sometime between april 9 and april 20, when i started meals & moves, i discovered food blogs.  this is how it happened…

i purchased an awesome mini omelet pan from bed, bath and beyond. i wanted to show a photo of the pan to my mom and also post a photo of it on my personal blog. i thought it was the cutest little pan. you all know my LOVE for mini things!  anyway, i googled “eggy mini omelet pan” and clicked on google images…

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i found the image of the pan and clicked over to the site where it was hosted.

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it was on a blog called moving out.  i thought it was an interesting blog even though i had never read the blog of someone i didn’t know in person.  i ended up getting really into the posts from this total stranger and read several entries of her blog.

that sure was a time suck.

i noticed that she had a blog roll of fitness, motivation and… wait for it… food blogs.

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i had no idea what i was in for.

you probably see a few blogs on that list that you read, right?!  i actually remember that the few blogs i clicked on and started reading immediately were:

and, aside from MFTGITLBD, i still read those blogs today! i also took another look at her blog roll and noticed i currently read a LOT of those blogs today.

i got super click happy. like suuuuper click happy. i couldn’t believe this wonderful world of food blogs that i was missing out on! why didn’t anyone TELL ME!??!

kristie’s blog, lighter portions, is actually the one i got ultra hooked on. i was so into the idea of actually photographing my food and posting it rather than just posting the words as i had done on my BFL blog.  sure, i had posted photos of food when a recipe was involved, but never my day to day meals.

i was actively participating in the body for life forums and was on a virtual support team. we regularly posted our accountability on weekly posts that were called “meals & moves”—yes, that’s right, i didn’t come up with my blog name on my own.  i decided that i wanted to start a food blog, and when i was dreaming up names, i originally thought of “vanilla bean and everything in between” since i am obsessed with vanilla bean ice cream. however, i didn’t feel this captured the realm of what i wanted to blog about. that’s when i decided to steal the “meals & moves” alliteration from my body for life forum team and tacked on the “and everything in between”.

on april 20, 2009, meals and moves was born. yep, only about a week after finding out food blogs existed, i started one. i had NO idea that there was a big, supportive community of bloggers, but i wanted to post my food! it looked fun! i never thought people i didn’t know would actually read it OR that i would make friends with other bloggers.

i know lots of people read blogs for months, even years before deciding to start a blog. i just went in head first without knowing about the community that existed and honestly just accidentally wound up immersed in blog land! it was a strange experience, to tell you the truth. it was all so new to me! i loved it. lots.

i became fast friends with people like susan, danica and brittany (some of my first commenters!)–all of whom i have met in real life.

i wish i had a screen shot of what my original layout looked like.. but sadly, i don’t.  i do have a jpg of the original (janky) header that i made in paint shop, though.

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that pretty much summed it up, right? ha. i had that header for a REAL long time, before designing another one, it paint shop again, that looked like this:

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that probably looks familiar to you. i used this header until i switched to self hosting earlier this year. my new look was designed by zesty blog consulting.

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and that, my friends, brings us current!

i am so glad that i googled an image for an omelet pan back in april of 2009. had i not discovered this community, my life would not be the same today. i feel like i have become SUCH a better person through blogging. i have bettered my quality of life. i have achieved many goals. i have become very service-oriented. i have discovered my passions. and, most importantly, i have made lifelong friends who i never would have known about had i not started meals & moves.

i am grateful for each and every one of you reading this. i am so glad we have the chance to interact on a daily basis, share our thoughts and opinions, realize our similarities and learn from our differences. the blogger bond is one like no other.

hope you enjoyed reading how i stumbled upon this community. i would LOVE to hear your story.

Q~

1. how did you discover food/fitness/healthy blogs? how long have you been reading food/fitness/healthy blogs?

2. if you have a blog, what made you start one? if you don’t, have you ever had the desire to start one?

xo. janetha g.

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i promise i am not a moron. i keep forgetting to announce the izze giveaway winners! here they are:

#23: Denise

#100: Tiff @ Love Sweat and Beers

#124: mary @ what’s cookin with mary

i have emailed all of the winners. congrats!

 

 

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Keelie (SweatEqualsSuccess) August 24, 2011 at 8:11 pm

I came across food/fitness/healthy lifestyle blogs when I was considering training for a figure competition. I started my blog as a diary for my figure competition training (which quickly fell by the wayside), and it turned into a “sweat, fuel and adventure” blog. :)

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lindsay August 24, 2011 at 8:13 pm

Oh JG! this is totally like my story. But it all started with my husband blog and his triathlon buddies. Its fun to look back and see how it all started. You were one of my first “food” blogs to ever read. So Cheers to YOU!

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Hillary August 25, 2011 at 11:40 pm

replying to linds and janetha here because i found you all through TGFA, which i found through lindsay’s blog, which i found through triathlon! so thank you lindsay, and, of course, janetha for uniting this network of amazing people and blogs through the auction!

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lindsay August 26, 2011 at 6:18 am

Hilary you are freakin awesome! Love this connection! Couldn’t agree more. THanks JG!

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Chels August 24, 2011 at 8:18 pm

I am not sure how I really actually stumbled upon blogs, I think just browsing through the forums on bodybuilding.com. My first blog I ever started to follow was Foods of April, from there I branched out and decided to create my own. I have a hard time finding a lot of friends who are addicted to eating healthy and working out, blogging about it gives me a chance to share my ideas and also relate to others who have the same things in common as me.

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Erica August 24, 2011 at 8:23 pm

Love this!! I had no idea you had,had other blogs!! I discovered kerf, loved the concept and started itzys kitchen!

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CJ Weaber @ http://healthy-happy-whole.com/ August 24, 2011 at 8:25 pm

Gosh I cant even remember how I started reading blogs. I think it was through Self Magazine, Eat Like Me, and then I found Tina and Kath and it just spiraled from there! Now I read about 30 different ones daily! I started my blog to assist in my own personal recovery, to keep me accountable and to express myself creatively. But at first I didnt want anyone to know. Now I just the blog community and HLS gave me the itch to try and expand Healthy, Happy, Whole a little bit more!!! I loved your story Janeetha! Thanks for sharing!

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Jenn August 24, 2011 at 8:34 pm

Awesome post! I started my blog to connect with other health minded people. Unfortunately, my closest real life friends have no idea what healthy eating is and have apparently never heard of exercise!

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Karen August 24, 2011 at 8:35 pm

I don’t even remember what blogs I started reading first. I do know that I started reading “mom blogs” first – because I’m a mom and all : ) – then I somehow found a “healthy living” blog and I was hooked. I was reading blogs for about a year and a half before I decided to start my own. I had originally tried to write a “mom blog” but I just couldn’t get into it. I scrapped the whole thing and took a break. Finally, September 2010 I started Health in Real Life and I’ve been going strong for almost a year.

PS – I have the same omelet pan and I think it’s so cute!

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Laura (On the Threshold of Greatness) August 24, 2011 at 8:37 pm

I don’t like the term “healthy living blog” either. :) Healthy is so relative and vague…

I first started reading Kath Eats Real Food in 2008, and soon after started clicking on her blogroll and discovering others. I started On the Threshold of Greatness a few months after discovering food/fitness/weight-loss blogs.

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chelsey @ clean eating chelsey August 24, 2011 at 8:38 pm

Such a neat post! I remember first finding “Eat Like Me” on Self’s website, and then I remember finding “Damn the Freshman Fifteen” from a thread on My Fitness Pal!

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Stacy @ Stacy Eats August 24, 2011 at 8:41 pm

Love hearing your story! I joined tumblr last summer and randomly read an interview with Theodora from Losing Weight in the City. In the interview she mentioned the blogs she loved to read. I clicked to her suggestions, started reading, became strangely addicted and had my own blog a couple months later! I have loved every aspect of it so much already!

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Naomi August 24, 2011 at 8:48 pm

ahh i love this post! I want to do one like it and get all those flashbacks and memories from when I started! i remember my first header was so nothing…it was an image I found on the internet and I was all whacked out with the color scheme etc. My 2 friends and mom were the first commenters too HAHA

What a journey you had and I am so happy I was there for it all! :) I loved each and every one of your blogs and so proud and happy for you and where you are to this day. Meals and Moves will forever be one of my favorites!

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julie August 24, 2011 at 8:54 pm

wahhhhhh i’m sorry me and marsh didn’t win!

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Missy August 24, 2011 at 8:55 pm

1) I honestly don’t remember how I started or the first one I read but I am sure I clicked a link somewhere! I know I did read Eden’s earlier blogs, Nutritous Junk and This Waif Cooks. I have read your blog a long time but never commented (here or anywhere until last year) I was scared to comment(?) plus I didnt figure anyone cared about comments from a nobody
2) No I don’t think I could have one. I am busy enough keeping up on Twitter and Instagram!

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Jessica @ Stylish Stealthy & Healthy August 24, 2011 at 8:59 pm

I found food blogs just by searching for recipes, and I found I was way more of a fan of cooking food that people were able to give their honestly opinions on and walk through it with them. And I thought about starting a blog for a few months but was too scared!then I attended a seminar where the speaker said: What would you be doing today if you had no fear? And I started my blog that night. And haven’t looked back since ;)

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Kristin @ eat healthy. be happy. live well. August 24, 2011 at 9:05 pm

I loved reading this! Makes me feel better about how I randomly started a blog too! A grad student where I work had a blog and I read hers, then found her blog roll and read one from there. Then I found Clean Eating Chelsey from that blog roll and got sucked in to this awesome community that was talking about the things that interested me most: healthy eating and working out! It was maybe a month after I found all of these blogs that I started my own. I’ve only been blogging for two months, but I’m absolutely loving it!

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marisa August 24, 2011 at 9:12 pm

Happy 3rd Birthday to Sofi for you to start blogging! :) Also, I still have a blog. You probably don’t read it since it isn’t current… but you just wait: Now that the girls are back in school, I will be up to date in no time! (Also, a grammar question: I thought a period went inside of quotes? Maybe I’m not as smart as my baby sister.)

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emily (a nutritionist eats) August 24, 2011 at 9:14 pm

My story is sort of similar – I had a friend who wrote a blog about random, random things (nothing to do with food) and I thought, “I want to write a blog about food, nutrition, new products, etc.” – I finally got around to starting it (still had NEVER read a food/healthy living blog) and after a few months somehow started clicking around blogger and found out a whole world existed! :)

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Lara August 24, 2011 at 9:15 pm

Love it. As I wrote on Julie’s post, I discovered food blogs through EatLikeMe’s Cristin. In the comments section, a bunch of people were comparing her to Kath, so from there I found KERF and her blogroll, and it was all over from there! :)

I think you were one of my first blog friends, along with Susan, VeggieGirl, and Gliding Calm :)

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glidingcalm September 11, 2012 at 2:07 pm

:D

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momma b. August 24, 2011 at 9:24 pm

SO glad you have this awesome blog now and I agree I have NEVER been so impressed by so many people I have never met (calling them strangers doesn’t feel right because I feel like I know everyone who leaves comments!)

I read some of that first blog – totally forgot about it but it was a fun ride down memory lane – maybe when I’m really bored I’ll go back and read Nana Sue’s News…….oh well that was then.

You continue to be a huge source of inspiration – I’m who I am now because of you……I love it!!!

xoxo

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Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga August 24, 2011 at 9:26 pm

first food blog i ever found was kath b/c i did a google search for oatmeal and all her kerf oats showed up

then i found tina, gina/fitnessista, jenna, and was like whoa…i need to do this.

thought about it for a week. and said what the hell and just started!

had NO IDEA what that meant. on every.single.level.

from community, friendships, photography, food/recipes, sharing, learning, growing…i could go on and on

love this post!

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BroccoliHut August 24, 2011 at 9:39 pm

When I was a sophomore in college, I started out reading the Eat Like Me blog in Self.com, and that led me to discover Kath’s blog. Soon enough, I was obsessed, and couldn’t get enough of them. A week later (during a bored moment of spring break) I decided to start my own on a whim. Three and a half years later, I’m still addicted:)

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Lisa @ Fit in the Midwest August 24, 2011 at 9:39 pm

I discovered blogs almost exactly the same way as Julie did. I got a trial issue of Health magazine and they mentioned Tina in there. I was hooked on Carrots N’ Cake and then just kept discovering more blogs like hers that were a blast to read.

I started my own blog almost a year ago now as a way to fulfill my interests in fitness, nutrition, and food.

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Ellie@fitforthesoul August 24, 2011 at 9:42 pm

hahaha!! I think I was searching for some type of exercise and that certain blog talked about HTP’s eats, etc. and then I was like huhhhh? And boom blog reading was birthed lol. And THEN! went to Angela’s OSG, and slowly but surely ended up here! So funny that you googled pan omelet!

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Kerryne August 24, 2011 at 9:52 pm

I started a blog YEARS ago for my family when we lived overseas, it was a way to keep up with them, post pictures, let them know what we were up to, etc… a couple of years ago when I started competing I started another blog to just keep me focused on what was ahead. I don’t even know how I came across all of the blogs I read other than just from one to the next to the next and before you knew it I was reading a ton of blogs every day. I am addicted. I love the support, the feeling of “wow they totally get what I am going through too” or just not feeling so alone in this crazy world. Its wonderful and I am so glad you started your blog! I enjoy everything about it :)

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Lindsay @ Lindsay's List August 24, 2011 at 10:18 pm

I’m working on a post about this exact topic…I discovered you through Mama Pea..and her, through some crazy, vegetarian friend on FB.

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Paige @ Running Around Normal August 24, 2011 at 10:18 pm

I remember the original meals and moves blog! :D
What a cool story. I found HLB through a fitness board I used to be really active on (and still frequent.)
Someone called my blog a “life style blog” today. I thought that was a pretty good description, too.
Regarding the word “blog” – I hate the word “vlog.” It doesn’t even make sense! It should be olog (video + log) right?

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Lindsay @ Lindsay's List August 24, 2011 at 10:19 pm

I’m working on a post about this exact topic…I discovered you through Mama Pea..and her, through some crazy, vegetarian friend on FB. SOOOOOO glad that I did!!! I can’t wait to see what the future holds..and I can’t wait to meet you…
suuuriously!

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Ali Mc August 24, 2011 at 10:30 pm

I found this community through YOU! :D I started a blog b/c Janae from HRG inspired me. I ALSO started my first blog back in Jan of 08 after brining in the new year /w a bunch of bloggers that told me they’d LOVE to read all about Ali. I deleted that blog (though still have it zipped ready to import if need be) b/c I just didn’t feel like the same person once I got pregnant…..but now being a foodie and starting my road to healthy living- I thought WHY NOT! and plus my friends also bugged me to put up my lame recipes.

You probably won’t want to visit my page if you hate spelling errors and grammatical ones at that :D I am very negligent in that regard.

I love your blog though and I hope to self host one day!!! I think right now my blog is just finding out who it is and I am excited to see where it goes from here :D

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Carla in Sydney August 24, 2011 at 10:42 pm

I didn’t realise you had other blogs before this one and it’s great that something so awesome grew out of a google search! By the way, don’t hate me for being a bad speller (eg. realiSe, organiSe, Mum instead of Mom)…..This is how it’s done here in Australia. I always panic when commenting on American blogs that people with think I am a bad speller because I spell things differently. If my dreams ever come true and I manage to score myself some sort of US visa I will have to re-learn to spell in the American way! :-)

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Alayna @ Thyme Bombe August 24, 2011 at 10:46 pm

I had a very boring job with nothing to do for 7 out of 8 hours I was there. Installed StumbleUpon to have something to do and came across Choosing Raw. I had never read a blog before and knew nothing about raw foods, but I was transfixed and ended up reading her entire backlog in about 3 days! After that I needed more, so through blogrolls I found Kath and then The Front Burner (before it became Daily Garnish.) It was about 5 months later that I quit that job and started my own blog and I just had my one year blog birthday this past weekend!

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Susan August 24, 2011 at 10:48 pm

I think I have told you this before, but I am very picky about what gets added to my Google Reader, because those are the blogs I read every single day. Usually I limit it to about 30 blogs, and most I read for a few months before I even put them in there. One day you commented on Trying For A Tri and I clicked over to see your blog. I was hooked!! It was right before you got your tonsils taken out. I added you to my Google Reader the first day I read your blog and it’s been in there ever since.

Anyways, I first found food blogs in the fall of 2008 when someone posted Caitlin’s old blog See Bride Run in a forum on The Daily Plate. I thought it was really strange that someone would take the time to photodocument all their meals, and yet I was strangely enticed. I started my own in Jan 2009 because I wanted an excuse to take pictures of my food too!

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Liz Wallis August 24, 2011 at 11:09 pm

I actually got introduced to “healthy living” blogs through my sister-in-law, Emily. She told me about your blog. That was in Oct. 2009 and I’ve been reading it since. It’s introduced me to a whole new world…and I love it.

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Lauren @ Recipes for a Quarterlife August 24, 2011 at 11:11 pm

what a great post! as a new blogger (is that word as gross as “blog” to you?) it’s nice to hear how you got your start and still have the passion to blog every day so many years later.

meals&moves was one of the first blogs I started reading months ago, actually
i found food and fitness blogs through:
pro photog blogs> gourmet food blogs> not as gourmet food blogs >fitness blogs
I was external link happy those days

I blog to keep in touch with friends and keep them updated on my life now that I’ve moved across the county and as a sort of time capsule of my life

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Jessica August 24, 2011 at 11:35 pm

I love this post!
Now that I am thinking about it, I don’t even remember what took me to my first blog. I do know that I stumbled upon blog after blog from each new one I came across and enjoyed. I read both “healthy living” blogs, and cooking/baking blogs, which sometimes overlap, and other times are complete opposites!

I am currently working on starting my own blog, as in I signed up at wordpress, but have been waiting to write and publish because I don’t know how to “start”. I have one idea for my very first post (a recipe) but I feel like I have to keep them coming once I start, and don’t know what to write about. I want to talk about life, cooking, food, wine, sort of “healthy living”, I just can’t nail down an angle.

Been reading your blog though, for quite a while and your one of my favorite bloggers! :)

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Janetha August 30, 2011 at 12:46 pm

Don’t sweat the angle, just start typing! Thanks for reading :)

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Kate (What Kate is Cooking) August 24, 2011 at 11:55 pm

I was searching for vegan recipes and I came across ‘This is Why You’re Thin’ (or something like that?! I think it was by the person who wrote ‘Vegan Lunch Box’) and I saw (never home)makers on there- love at first sight!

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Carrie@shrinkingcarrie August 24, 2011 at 11:55 pm

I wish I still lived in Utah because I would love to get together with you in person, you’re so fun! I loved this post and it is almost a mirror of what I experienced with blogs. I had my own personal blog that originally started as a weight loss blog, but then turned into a “life” blog and all of my family had their own blogs. It was a great way to communicate (I have all brothers and they are not big talkers). Then I was on facebook and an old neighbor posted a blog that her Daughter-in-law was writing (she has since decided that blogging was not for her, she could not take the criticism). She had a bunch of different links to other blogs and I spent days wasting time at my computer looking at the never ending posts. I finally narrowed my google reader down to my most favorites (meals & moves was one, of course!). Then I decided that a lot of these blogs were giving me the motivation I needed to get back in shape and so I started my own. So far it has been an amazing experience! The blog land is a magical place!

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Janetha August 30, 2011 at 1:03 pm

Carrie–I wish you lived in Utah, too! Where did you live when you were here? Do you ever visit?

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Carrie@shrinkingcarrie August 30, 2011 at 4:50 pm

I lived in Orem and my mom still lives there and my dad lives in West Jordon. We visit about 4 times a year. The next time we are in town will hopefully be at the end of October for my babe’s first birthday. We should meet up and have lunch or something?

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Janetha August 31, 2011 at 2:19 pm

YEs! Definitely. Keep me posted :)

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Abby @ Abz 'n' Oats August 24, 2011 at 11:57 pm

I came across blogs when searching for recipes. I started clicking around and exploring blog rolls and the rest was kind of history. I read, read, and read some more. I commented on posts and hoped people wouldn’t think I was some weirdo creeper because I didn’t have a blog so they didn’t really know much about me lol. Finally I decided I wanted to join the party in June! I love blogging…I think the outlet and the other people in the community help keep me sane! :)

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Tara August 25, 2011 at 12:27 am

What a great story! I followed one blog for about a year before branching out into others. i devoured health and fitness blogs for about two months before starting my own. My husband had been encouraging me to start a blog for years but I wasn’t confident that I had anything interesting enough going on in my life. Now I do and here I am :)

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Deb (SmoothieGirlEatsToo) August 25, 2011 at 2:34 am

Fun history lesson on your blogging dayz! I didn’t think your old headers were bad at all but Zesty’s is super swanky.

Ironically, one of my ‘normal’ real-life friends who is anything but so-called “healthy” spotted Kath’s blog from a magazine online and forwarded it. I got sucked into the vortex going from Kath to Oh She Glows to Fitnessista to Eat live Run and See Bride Run. I must admit however that I felt like it was taking up way too much time for it to be a normal activity for me. So I’m very protective and selective these days due to the time-suck factor.

Now I pretty much limit my blog reading to my real-life friends. I’m 100% sure I’m missing out on some amazing people but dude, there are only so many hours in the day and even though I don’t have a ‘real job’, my days are long and full without ever opening a laptop, so thems the breaks folks. My loss I’m sure.

Love that we are real-lifers :-)

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Eden August 25, 2011 at 4:06 am

I love that we had like a real life blog love threesome….of sorts…..;)

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Eden August 25, 2011 at 4:05 am

I feel sorta special that I knew about your previous blog…hee hee!

Anyhow, I started my first blog, nutritiousjunk.com in 2005. yikes! I’ve been blogging for far too long! Anyhow, it was mainly quirky food reviews and recipes. Nothng groundbreaking. In 2007 I started ANOTHER blog on top of Nutritious Junk called, “This Waif Cooks” about my adventures in culinary school. But shortly after culinary school, I went into my eating disorder treatment rehab and pretty much gave up blogging for about a year. I did return to nutritious junk for a little bit, but I was fed up with being a “healthy” food blog or whatever.

So then I started Eden’s Eats (now known as Eden Eats Everything ;) ).
I must say, Janetha, you were one of the people that inspired me to get back into blogging and be more “real” with my content. Your content was always so down to earth and honest, I decided it must be my policy as well.

And the rest is history. Like Deb, I limit my blog reading to a few real life friends which yes, doesn’t make me very popular but this isn’t a contest. I just do my thing and tell people about farts.

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cathy August 25, 2011 at 5:55 am

what a cool story, j! i had no idea that you had another blog before this one.
i found “healthy living blogs” through a link from a runner blogger’s blog that i was reading. i started my own blog, though, as my 40th bday present to myself and because i wanted to track my 1970 kikiproject this way. i loved blogging right off from the start!

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Cameo August 25, 2011 at 6:35 am

Thanks for sharing! I love blog land. I don’t mind the word blog either, though I think it would be cooler if it was B-Log.

I dabbled in blogging back in 2007-8 when approached by “Hub Pages” to be a blogger for them. I don’t remember how they found me….maybe Myspace? I think I had a “health/advice” page on Myspace but have been forever locked out of my account over there and haven’t looked back. I wrote a couple crappy articles about dieting and fitness (this is when I was deeply entrenched in an exercise addiction that was fueled by disordered eating. I had no business giving advice, despite the fact I knew a lot about health and fitness from years of OCD dieting (hence reading up on the subjuect).

I had no idea health blogs existed until Twitter came along. Having always been very in to health and fitness I started a twitter handle (@diet_diva) that was all health and fitness focused. I started following other health and fitness people and soon discovered their blogs. By this time 3 years had passed and I had come a long way to overcome my “issues” and decided I wanted to blog about it. I jumped right in.

I know nothing about how to make a pretty home page or how to make my blog marketable…I just like to write. (I also like, “,…”)!

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Cameo August 25, 2011 at 6:37 am

Oh, and just in case anyone is dying to follow me on twitter, after about a year I decided that @diet_diva was a stupid handle. I am neither dieting nor a diva. I changed my handle to @CM_Star cuz it’s like my name and stuff….ok, bye!

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Tara August 25, 2011 at 6:47 am

Thanks for sharing! I actually found food blogs (kath first) when I googled a recipe for healthy something or other. I was so surprised to have found a “real” person’s website and not a famous chef or something. I started reading and then found others. It’s been a few years I’m following along now!

I just started my own blog – beinyoga.wordpress.com – as a way to document my yoga teacher training and generally get more involved in the blog world that I read every day! This is actually my first comment – hi janetha!

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Janetha August 30, 2011 at 12:45 pm

hi! thanks for commenting!

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Janetha August 30, 2011 at 12:46 pm

awe dang, i tried to check out your blog but there were no posts yet :P

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thegriotte August 25, 2011 at 6:56 am

Your blog took my virginity, but I have no idea where we met.

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Janetha August 30, 2011 at 12:45 pm

ooo–dirty! glad it wasn’t a one night stand!

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Claire @ Live and Love to Eat August 25, 2011 at 7:30 am

I found this community from features on FitSugar, but Julie’s was the first blog I read on a daily basis – she made me want to start one!

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Corey @ Learning Patience August 25, 2011 at 8:09 am

I never knew this whole blog world even existed! When I started my blog – I mainly did it for family to keep up with what were doing – now it’s turned into this whole other thing! I LOVE the food blogs- EAT LIVE RUN is one of my favorites! They give me great ideas, inspire me to try and cook/bake new things and my husband has never eaten better! hee hee xoxo from Trinidad

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Pure2raw twins August 25, 2011 at 8:18 am

loved hearing about your story of blogging ;) I am so grateful for foodbuzz event, because it lead me to you!

I remember first coming across Eat Live Run, and loved everything. And then from there found other blogs that I love Fitnessista and CarrotnCake. But my list has grown to a lot more now and love the variety of blogs I read, not just food blogs. I love reading about anything, okay maybe not everything, but love the support the blogging community has.

I continue to look forward in getting to know you better :) Truly one of my favorite blogs to read
xoxo
Michelle

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Lindsay@ In Sweetness and In Health August 25, 2011 at 8:40 am

I’m honestly so glad you decided to blog! I LOVE yours :). My first experience with blogs was fitsugar…and then I found Julie’s through that one. After that I read a bunch for about a year. I finally started my own a few months ago, and I’m so happy I found something that I’m passionate about!!

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Liz August 25, 2011 at 8:43 am

I discovered this blog world thing trend from my long-time Livejournal friend (yes, I still have a Livejournal, shut up), Cass. She has a blog (www.backtoherroots.com and it is FABULOUS!) and I found a lot of my current reads through her and other blogs I found through her.

It’s been hit or miss with a lot of blogs. I stopped following Mama Pea after she became extremely rude over constructive criticism in her blog, and I have a love/hate relationship with Kath and her stupid smug face.

I mean… her face.

… that was mean, wasn’t it?

What can I say, I’m snarky.

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Janetha August 30, 2011 at 12:45 pm

You also aren’t afraid to state your opinion which is admirable.

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Hope August 25, 2011 at 8:59 am

Great post! :) I first discovered healthy living blogs when I randomly found Julie from Peanut Butter Fingers blog. Her blog really inspired me to start cooking healthy and to create my own blog. The rest is history. :)

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