I am so excited! I woke up to an e-mail from Ryan at Chasing Daylight letting me know she was moving into an apartment that is LITERALLY 2.0 miles from my house! Ryan is a really sweet girl, and I’m super pumped to have a new neighbor!
It made my morning!
So did this bowl of oatmeal:
My oatmeal contained:
- 1/2 cup oatmeal
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 banana
- 1 dash vanilla extract
- Toppings: almonds, strawberries, and blackberries
Twas a delish bowl of oatmeal!
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of Food Blogs
So, obviously "food blogging" is kind of a strange hobby. I get a lot of weird looks from strangers at restaurants when I photograph my food, and when I tell friends I have a "food and fitness blog," I find it difficult to explain the concept to someone who is unfamiliar with this (huge) niche of blogging.
Way back in November, I asked what everyone thought about the relationship between food blogs and eating disorders. There was a variety of responses, ranging from "Reading healthy food blogs is helping me get over my ED" to "Food blogs are totally triggering for my ED" to "I don’t have an ED; I just really like food!" Ever since that post, I’ve tried to be extremely careful with what I write and say, because I don’t want some careless or thoughtful comment to negatively affect someone’s recovery.
"Food blogs" can be good, bad, or ugly.
So many good things have come out of blogging for me — I’ve made so many new real-life friends, and I’ve met a lot of electronic ones that I actually feel close to (strange how that works). It’s given me a creative outlet. I’ve became a better runner and now I’m a better cyclist because of blogging. I’ve learned a lot about healthy eating, and I feel better than ever. I’ve gotten to plan an AMAZING Healthy Lifestyle Summit that is going to be awesome (more information to come very, very soon — we’re signing contracts right now!). And hey, I’ve even earned some money.
But blogging can be bad— as Veggie Girl and Angela’s recent posts about negative commenting reveals. Yes, negative comments are just part of the game; fortunately, I don’t have a big problem with negative comments because I have a strict deletion policy (or cuss-out policy on the boards… yes — I do that sometimes, if you haven’t caught it yet! It’s pretty amusing) and that probably deters the trolls. Negative commenting really affects the bloggers. I cannot tell you how many negative comments have forwarded to me from other bloggers. You know, we’re human. I don’t think any blogger minds ‘dissent,’ but nasty comments are so unnecessary. (PS – We can tell who you are even if you sign in as "anonymous").
And blogging can be downright ugly - and I think this goes back to the eating disorder question. Some of the most popular bloggers openly admit they are recovered/recovering from an ED, and that’s totally cool — I love to read their blogs, and I think they have a special insight about health. But sometimes, I come across blogs that I think are triggering for other readers, and it’s painful to see. I’m not sure if blogging can "give" the writer an ED, but food blogging does make you hyper-aware of food and other people’s opinion, and it forces many bloggers to try to maintain this weird sense of perfection.
Overall, I think blogging is a very rewarding and positive experience (or I wouldn’t be doing it nearly 1 year later!). But, like all things in life, I think it’s important to assess why we do it and what we want to achieve.
What are your thoughts on the purpose of food blogs, the responsibility food bloggers have, negative commenters, and more? I’m curious!
I’m moving to Orlando, Ryan is moving to Orlando… 🙂