Happy Wednesday!! After two really productive days and heavy strength workouts, I’m dragging a bit this morning. I had a 5:30 a.m. client and am skipping my workout to rest and get into the office early since I’ll be skipping out mid-morning for a Physical Therapy appointment. This will be the first time seeing a PT for myself, as opposed to shadowing a PT while he treats others, so I’m interested to see how it feels being on the other side. I don’t think anything major is going on, but I’ve been experiencing some shooting sensations and subsequent numbness in my right leg that I want to get checked out.
Before I sign off for the day, I want to get something off my chest that has been bugging me for a while now. Warning: rant below.
Part of the reason I haven’t been blogging as often is because I’m growing so frustrated and annoyed with the blog world and a lot of my fellow bloggers. When I started reading blogs, it was to learn new healthy recipes, get workout and meal prep ideas, and associate myself with other health-conscious people. The more I read, however, the more I realize I’m not like most of these girls at all. I’m beginning to realize that most of what they post is a crock of you-know-what. Too many of the blogs I read share awful (sometimes dangerous) workout advice, document unhealthy (and what I presume are unrealistic) eating habits, and shove products down readers’ throats despite whether they truly endorse them or not. Worse yet, it seems like the biggest offenders have the largest following. It’s scary actually.
I don’t want to go into specifics by naming any names, but have you noticed this? Does it frustrate you? Am I just reading the wrong blogs and following the wrong bloggers?
I’m not going to quit blogging anytime soon because I enjoy having a place to track my progress and like looking back on old posts to see what I was doing, how I was feeling, etc.
Rachel Elizabeth Murray, whom I interviewed here, wrote a post recently where she expresses similar frustrations, but with the fitness industry. There are definitely some parallels to the blog world. Here was my comment to her:
I’ve become increasingly aware of and annoyed by this lately myself. As a trainer, I encourage my clients to FEEL and MOVE better above anything else (weight loss, decreasing body fat, etc.). I genuinely care about them becoming better, HEALTHIER, more confident people. It seems the trainers and bloggers that share all the BS (gimmicks, #fitspo, empty inspirational quotes) are the ones that get the most attention and credit. It can be very frustrating. I guess we need to continue to lead by example and take a stand for our industry and hope that others will follow suit.
You can use the words, “trainer,” and, “blogger,” interchangeably in her post and my comment. I guess I will heed to my own advice and just continue to do MY best to create genuine, quality content, and hope more people catch on.
Q: What are your thoughts on this?