Blog Frustrations

by Brittany on July 23, 2014

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?

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Jenny July 23, 2014 at 9:36 am

I couldn’t possibly agree more!! I’ve actually had a blog post about my “blog identity crisis” hanging out in my drafts for some time. I can’t relate with disordered eating. I can’t relate to people who complain about how “slow” they ran, and it was a sub 9 minute pace for like 8 miles. I’m not in to doing giveaways every other second. etc. etc. And so I find myself wondering if I even consider my blog a healthy living blog at times! And young girls just buy right in to it.

And don’t even get me started on the ones who live a lie online and I know their story in real life!

I’m actually going to be changing my blog name soon to just my name because I feel like I don’t want placed in any specific category. I don’t want to feel pressured to only write about healthy living stuff (which I don’t only write about now anyway), and I don’t want to feel like I need to compare myself to other healthy living blogs. I just wanna do me. :)
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Brittany July 24, 2014 at 8:53 am

yes, yes, yes!!! I have also considered renaming my blog for this same reason.
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GiGi Eats July 23, 2014 at 1:06 pm

I couldn’t agree more with you, but that’s why I do not read those blogs!!!! I am very picky with the blogs I read for sure… And I will NOT be bothered with the FAKE CRAP! On my blog, I say what’s on the brain and I really could give a crap-o-la if people like what I am saying or not! LOL! I think we all need to stop putting on a facade when we blog and just go for it, which is why I like this post – because you’re being REAL!
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Brittany July 24, 2014 at 8:56 am

I definitely have to be more picky and stop reading the ones that annoy me so badly.
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Yum Yucky July 23, 2014 at 3:01 pm

I agree with you. I’ve been blogging since 2009 and only talk about stuff I use and pay for with my own money. I hit he delete button on email pitches and would rather not post for days at a time if I don’t have something good worth saying. Too many have sold their souls to companies and brands. I’ve had to stop reading some of my formerly favorite blogs because of this. I’m glad this is finally out on the table for discussion. But perhaps you could also put out a slice of pie on that table while you’re at it? I need dessert!

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Brittany July 24, 2014 at 8:58 am

lol @ your dessert comment – hahaha!! I hear you though, I understand doing sponsored posts for people who depend on their blogs, but it’s easy to see through the ones who are totally faking it.
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Giselle July 23, 2014 at 7:18 pm

Definitely agree with you and have changed my blog feed several times since beginning to read blogs. I try to be as true as possible on my blog and have disclosed quite a bit of personal information in hopes that others will connect with the real me. I am also very picky about products I endorse or sponsorships but I’ll admit, there was a time I was scooping up opportunities I didn’t 100% agree with. Now I turn down quite a few and seek out products I support even if I don’t get anything in return. my goal is to share good, clean, healthy foods with everyone out there rather than endorse those that claim to be but aren’t.

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Brittany July 24, 2014 at 9:01 am

I need to go through my blog feed to pick out the bad ones and then add some good ones. I’m definitely guilty of trying to keep up with the more popular blogs and reviewing stuff just because I was paid to, but I felt so icky doing that and have vowed not to go down that road again.
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Jeffrey Dumonte August 18, 2014 at 3:33 pm

We could certainly do with a lot more integrity in the health/fitness blogging arena. Thankfully, I’ve gotten pretty good at picking out the ‘honest’ blogs from the paid shills. Nowadays, I’m more likely to follow blogs that detail the blogger’s personal day-to-day struggles and small victories rather than those that focus on pushing yet another “indispensible” piece of equipment or another…

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