Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Why Do You Blog?

I have seen this question a lot on different blogs lately. And I have answered it quite a few times in the comments...

I started this blog six months and two days ago because I wanted to focus on living my best possible life. I wanted to make sure I made enough "me" time, exercised consistently, and enjoyed life. I also wanted to get more organized and slowly started planning meals. Today, I can't imagine my life without planning meals; it's so much easier and less stressful. However, six months ago, if you had told me that I'd be planning meals, I would have laughed at you...

Soon after starting this blog, I started reading other blogs, and reading and commenting on blogs became part of my day. A part I love. I have learned so much from so many of you! There are so many things I take away from reading blogs every single day...

In the past few weeks, my blog has become my "escape." An escape from a reality I sometimes don't want to face, can't face, am too exhausted, physically and emotionally, to face. My blog is my way to focus on the happy moments in my life. Reading your blogs makes me "forget" for a moment... all my troubles seem so far away for a while... Thank you!

Now here are my questions for you: If you have a blog, why did you start your blog? When did you start your blog? What do you like most about your blog? If you don't have a blog, do you think you'll ever start a blog? Why or why not?

Be well,


  1. Anonymous9/16/2009

    Intersting question! It's something I think about a lot. I started blogging about 18 months ago (I think? Yikes!) and my blog was NEVER meant to be 'public' or anything. Just a journal for me to write my thoughts down in a space where nobody I knew in real life would see. It was several months before I ever got a comment. I have read food blogs for years, but mine was anything BUT a food blog so I just lurked. Over time, that's changed. It's been the last 3-4 months mostly- now, I use my blog to talk about all kinds of stuff. Sometimes sharing thoughts/ideas, sometimes just random musings and swinging between lighthearted to serious. It's a distraction, yes. For me it's a GOOD one. I was without internet for a while recently and realised quite how much I rely on blogging to inspire me, motivate me...keep me sane! Initially I thought this was a bad thing and I was too dependant, but really? I love it. I've 'met' amazing people and stepping into the blogging community was the best thing I ever did.

  2. Anonymous9/16/2009

    I started my blog almost a year ago, as a dairy, to record my food, my thoughts and my concerns. Within this year, I've met great people in the blog community, some of them I was lucky to meet in person. I can assure you it is the most exciting and weird experience ever! :)
    blogging and reading blogs is also my relax time, it's not just a ME time, it's already part of my life. Everything I do, mostly food/trip related, I think about how to picture it and share with my readers. I can't think my life without blog now and I'm so happy about it! ;)

  3. I had tried to start one in the past but found I was too busy (working a full time clinical job and then teaching 3 online courses, which was way too much). So when I moved overseas I wanted a way to share my adventures with friends, family and new people. I always write about nutrition (since I teach it) so I thought my blog would be a good blend over nutrition and my life on a tiny island. I have been blogging for just over a month I think.

  4. I started a blog when my son was born almost two years ago. In the beginning it was mostly to keep friends and family updated about the baby but it's morphed into a place where I talk about whatever's on my mind or things I like. I've met a lot of great people through my blog, especially those with connections to Korea like me.

  5. I feel the same as you, I use blog as an "escape" from my day and a relaxing time, basically. Like you I have learned so much from all of the blogs I read, and even from writing my own!
    I started this blog in April, as a way to release all of my nutrition knowledge and to finally put it to good use! I am always talking to my family and close friends about nutrition, and they love to hear it, so I figured why not tell everyone?! I really love it. And yours is one of the blogs I love most :)

  6. Oh it's my soap box for sure.

    I need to get my day off my chest and it seemed a great venue...that and the blogger freinds I've made is rewarding.

    we all have so many great stories to share and our life's experiences....

    that and I wanted to have a journal of our life for JJ, so when he's older he'll have something to show what our life was like when he was little.

    it's all good.
    I've had this blog since May...before that I had another one since 2006..but no one went to it (family) so I just unplugged it and started a new one where I could be free to write to an unbiased audience. it's been wonderful

  7. Anonymous9/16/2009

    i started blogging about 7 months ago to share my adventures in being more local and self-sustianing. i enjoy the opportunity to share, to be creative, and to learn about all the amazing people and things happening all over the world!

  8. I started mine about 8 months ago mainly to share recipes with my family and keep in touch with them. I love being able to get and give great ideas for keeping a good balance in life, new recipes and foods to try...all kinds of things!

  9. For the longest time I was a blog reader, and then I decided why not start my own? I figured I could share, learn, and connect with others in the blogging community. I've loved every minute of it! :)

  10. Anonymous9/16/2009

    I started my blog 3 months ago so that I could get to know the various bloggers and so I could share my meals and ideas with others :) I love the blogging community and the amazing people and support. Sometimes it takes up too much of my time, but I adore reading and writing blogs. Once school starts though, I might not be able to blog as much :(

  11. I've been blogging for several years on my personal one. It was just a way for me to write about random things like my various observations and what not with other. For the food blog, at first It thought of it as a fun little hobby, but the more I did, the more I found myself enjoying a lot. Now it's a part of my daily life. lol.

  12. I really started my blog to document my interesting lifestyle. (For the first year of my daughters life I was an over the road truck driver, and so I documented our experiences...) Now I keep it up because it's a great escape, and it's a great way for my family and friends back home to see how our family is doing!

    Reading/commenting on other blogs has become a HUGE part of my day. It's my relaxation and I greatly look forward to it.

  13. Why did you start your blog

    I started my blog because I was hoping it would breathe life into my weight loss efforts. Nothing was gelling for me. I knew what to do but I couldn't bring myself to do it. I needed something new. My blog was my something new.

    When did you start your blog? May 25, 2009

    What do you like most about your blog? So many things. I love that people actually seem interested in what I have to say. It can be hard to find people IRL who don't glaze over the minute you start talking about food and weight loss. I love that it opened the door to Blogland for me and I now feel as though I "know" a whole new group of interesting like-minded people. I LOVE logging on and finding out I have a new follower. And I live for comments. I've also gotten all kinds of inspired by the foods other people are eating and the exercising they are doing. So many things....

  14. I use to journal all the time but got out of the habit. Blogging is a way for me to bring a bit of that back into my life. I think it will also be a neat tool to look back on over the years...

  15. I began my blog in July, almost three months ago. Although it feels like a lot longer!

    I started my blog beacuse I loved reading other food blogs and I kept thinking "this just seems so fun! I want to blog!" Recently turning 30 has a lot to do with it too. I just felt like I'm not getting any younger, and I really need to pay more attention to health and fitness, and blogging keeps me accountable.

    What I like most is developing new friendships! I love reading and commenting on all the different food blogs out there. I also love that I always look forward to blogging because it's a topic I am passionate about(unlike work). If I could do it full time I would!

  16. cool question andrea. i started my blog in april to stay accountable and on track with my eating and workouts! but i have gained so much more from it and this awesome community!!

  17. Anonymous9/16/2009

    I started my reference site first to keep my 5 star restaurant reviews, then added a database for some of our favorite recipes. Only after that the idea of a blog came along. I thought I would be only posting restaurant reviews and only some occasional recipes, but turns out now on my blog it's the other way around :)

  18. Anonymous9/16/2009

    Ummm, this is crazy but I JUST finished leaving a comment on another blog about why I blog, and it wasn't even a question she asked. But here's my answer. (This is such a great post BTW!)

    I really struggled with emotional eating even after I lost 35 lbs last year. Losing the weight was easy once I figured out the math behind losing weight (calories in, calories out blah blah blah) - the scale going down was enough motivation for me to stick with it. But then when I hit maintenance mode I hit a wall. I could be "good" during the week but would over eat on the weekends and then restrict all week long to make up for it, only to go wild on the weekends again. It had to STOP. I read Intuitive Eating and realized I needed to figure out what I was really "hungry" for - and after some soul searching I realized it was my need for some mental stimulation and a creative outlet. Staying home with the kids is great but I missed the challenge that came from work. Enter: Mama's Weeds. The rest is history. Blogging has helped me on so many levels it's hard to believe it!

    That's my final answer!

  19. andrea you are too sweet!

    i love this question: you know, i may have to really dig deep and find out why i blog. i think the sense of community is great, it helps hold me accountable, its a creative outlet, i learn so many new things - i just don't know if i could pick one reason!

  20. So fun! I started my blog at the end of June as a way to communicate with so many friends and family members who live out-of-state. It quickly evolved into posts regarding one of my favorite passions - food! It has been a quick 3 months of learning how to post, getting excited to try new meals and comment on them, and now I especially love reading other people's blogs and hearing there comments! I just need to learn how to spice up the appearance :)

  21. This is such a great question! I originally decided to start a blog to help me stay focused on my weight loss journey. It has been a great tool and a place to "escape", also. I really enjoy chronicling my day of eats and all the feelings that go along with my day. It's almost a "dear diary" of sorts! I love visiting other blogs and seeing how others eat. I get such great ideas and insights from others; it's been really beneficial to me during some rough times!

  22. Anonymous9/16/2009

    I started blogging in June because I realized that while I like my job and the writing I do, its not about something I am passionate about. Now as I write more I hope to someday have a career in food/wine/travel. I have loved "meeting" so many great bloggers and being part of the communities of healthy living and foodie blogs!

  23. I started blogging regularly about a month and a half ago, and I love it. Like you, it`s sort of an escape from real life for me.

    And I find the more I post/read about healthy living, the more excited I am about it in real life.

  24. I started the blog as part of my website. I really started it to try and encourage other people.

    It's been a wonderful experience, and I learn something every day from the people who comment on the blog.

    And as I've visited other people's blogs I've so enjoyed seeing their successes, and feel like I "know" them in a strange way.

  25. What a great question! I started my blog because I had gotten so caught up reading other people's blogs and I wanted one of my own so I could get in on the fun! I love the interaction that comes along with having a blog. Now it has definitely evolved into something deeper than that and I am so glad I decided to do it!

  26. I started a blog because I want to share my thoughts about life to everyone. And also to express myself. :-)

  27. I started blogging in June when I was in search of work after moving 700 miles away. With the economic state, and nutrition jobs being sparse, I took it upon myself to start a blog in hopes of continuing learning daily about nutrition. I was beginning to get complacent just searching for jobs, reading books, exercising...but I was becoming rusty after just a few months. I have since found work and developed a love of helping others create a healthy lifestyle for themselves, and I feel I can best accomplish that by blogging.

    I like the variety on my blog. I try to include a lot of well-executed research, recipes, life's trials surrounding food, and a lot of humor!

    Great post!


  28. Interesting comment on my blog! Thanks for sharing about your experience with that book. Eating fruit in the morning, and only fruit, simply doesn't sound fun to me, however I wouldn't be against trying it out! In what ways did it make you and your husband feel better? Were you not having good mornings before?

  29. I really needed a hobby, which is why I started my blog. I already loved to cook, so a food blog made lots of sense. I'm a person who really struggles with a work/life balance and I had realized that my life centered around work and not much else. The blog was a great way for me to express myself creatively and have something, besides work, to be proud of. Now, not only do I love the writing, but I also love taking pictures for the blog, so photography has become a second hobby for me. I started my blog in May, but I was really shy about sharing it with anyone-- it wasn't until a couple of months ago that I really started sharing it in the community. I love reading other people's blogs and I can't start my day until I have checked out what other people are talking about!

  30. I mostly love the photography, i began to love site design, and then i fell in love with other's writing. I would say i do it for every aspect. It's a way to escape to a virtual adult world when my baby is napping, or in his own world, and a way to meet new people.

  31. Anonymous9/18/2009

    Very thoughtfull post on wellness. It should be very much helpfull

    Karim - Positive thinking

  32. So interesting. I started my original blog in the fall of 2004, at the beginning of my 3rd year of law school. For as long as I can remember, writing has been an outlet for me. My cousin started a blog and I thought, well, maybe I'll do that too. It was late at night. I kind of liked the idea of getting feedback to my ramblings.

    The blog has amazingly resulted in my getting a job and a husband (if you haven't read that post yet on my blog, I'll have to point you to it). The power of the written word. I've also been able to update friends and family scattered all over the world about what I'm doing with my life. I love reading other people's blogs to keep up with them too.

    Some posts I'm more proud of than others. Sometimes I get scared to share too much of myself and I hold back. I find the posts that get the most response and the most helpful feedback are those where I just let it all hang out, or when I happen to hit on a topic that has been ruminating around other people's minds too. I'm always amazed when that happens.

    I started my health blog in March of 2006 because I wanted a place dedicated to my efforts to lose weight and be healthy. Sometimes the 2 blogs overlap, but I like having the blog that is solely about food and exercise.

    I can't believe your blog is only 6 months old. It seems more mature than that, if that makes sense. I have enjoyed reading your Wellness Notes and appreciate all the comments you've left for me.