This blogging world changes with the wind. One day it’s all about the content, the next it’s all about the page views.
I’ve noticed a lot of crazy things happening on the web lately, and I just want to clear up a few things because I really don’t want folks to get the wrong impression of why I blog. I have never publicly stated why I blogged, I really just thought it would come through with my writing. After several conversations with folks, I realized this post needed to be written.
I started blogging a few years ago as an outlet, like most. It became an easy way for me to whine talk about how much I missed exercise but because I was pregnant I couldn’t move the way I wanted to. No one in my real life thought this was a problem, so I decided to share my story on the interwebs.
Then I realized I could share so many other things about myself, like my love of my city, potty training woes with my eldest (He is almost 5 now and I really thought the potty training nightmare would NEVER end), and even the terrible twos. All of a sudden I had an outlet. People who understood… And for those that didn’t understand, they stood with me and held my virtual hand anyway.
Blogging has changed dramatically since then. Since brands have saturated the market a new level and layer of competition has arrived. I see it everyday in the Facebook groups I’m in. People brag on numbers and brands and folks eat it up hoping that next time, maybe it will be them.
Who do I Blog for?
First and foremost I Blog for the Mommy. Children are our lives. We would do anything in the world for them. Sometimes that means that we put our own needs to the side. I’ve been there many times. I Blog to show that if you make time for exercise, everything else improves. Your health. Your mood. Your waistline… All of this helps you to be a better mommy. Working mommies especially because not only do you have to be the best at home, but you have to do it for a bunch of people at work too.
Next, I Blog for my curvy girls. I know the struggle first hand. No one loves a big fat greasy burger like this girl. No one! However, I know what I want to look and feel like and greasy burgers are not going to get me there. I know what it is to get on the scale, see a number and go bezerk. I know what it is to have a chunky day (or two). But I also know what it’s like to win. To fit into a smaller size. To cross the finish line of a race that once seemed impossible. I Blog for the curvy girls because I get you. I am you.
Finally I Blog for everyone else. The super fit girls. The not so super fit girls. The I can’t stand the gym, but I feel you on those crazy kids–girls. The men who get curious about my Weekly Wednesday Workouts. The lurkers, who I love more that everyone because before I started blogging I was Queen Lurker. I was literally team no comment.
I think I might give off an impression that I want to be the biggest and best blogger. I don’t. I really don’t. I check my page views daily but I don’t get in a tizzy if they drop. I am here to inspire. I am here to show folks that you can find time to exercise. You can set goals, and reach them. I treat this blog like a non profit. I am doing work for the greater good.
If a brand that I like want to throw me a few dollars I will take that too. But please don’t get it twisted, if I can positively affect a few people in my community then I have done my job. Sometimes it really isn’t about being “big”, it’s about whom you are helping. Have you inspired anyone recently?
This blog to me is not something I do to stroke my ego. I don’t think I am the most talented blogger in these streets. However, I feel like I have a responsibility to share my story, whether it’s good or bad with the world. I believe so strongly in taking time for your health. I do it everyday, and if I can get someone else to, or even light a little spark of inspiration, then I have done my job.
For example: you all know how much I believe in strength training. Last week when I announced bamageddon, I did it to challenge myself personally. But what I didn’t know was that other amazing women would start tweeting me and instagramming me pics of the heavy weights they were using too. It was so incredibly touching and such a confirmation on why I do what I do here.
I don’t want to blog full time. I am not built that way. I love blogging but I could step away and not think twice. Social media is awesome but having a million followers/page views doesn’t mean a thing to my kids. Feel me?
I AM however, an event girl. I always have been. I am fascinated with going to different parts of NYC, taking pictures, and enjoying the details involved with planning a proper event. I love recapping on the blog because it’s fun! Recording the vlog covering the Super Bowl Blvd was seriously the most fun I’ve had in a long time!
I am a helper by nature. I love to help people, I’ve been volunteering since I was a little girl and I love every minute of it. I believe this blog helps women, mothers, but most of all it helps me. All of those years I spent reading blogs makes me feel like I am paying it forward from all that I have learned.
So in this state of the Union I hope that I have cleared up any misconceptions about why I Blog. Before you get caught up in the crazy of what other bloggers/people are doing, think about how you can help your audience. The rest will come naturally.