An Identity Crisis and Good Reads

Today is my 50th post! Which is exciting, but also makes me stop and think a little bit. When I first started writing this blog in January, I honestly just kind of started it without much planning. I knew I wanted to talk about nutrition, strength training, fitness, and other aspects of healthy living, but I didn’t really have one specific vision.

This is where I’m having trouble now. I feel as though I’m having some sort of Blog Identity Crisis, which I’m sure has happened to other bloggers at some point (hopefully I’m not the only one, anyway). I guess what my main issue is that I’m just trying to figure out exactly where I fit in and who I’m writing to, you know?

Blogger identity confusion is not nearly as adorable as animal identity confusion

There are SO many great bloggers out there, it’s hard to figure out exactly where I stand. Many healthy living bloggers write about their daily lives, giving readers daily updates about food, workouts, and life events. Yet others stick to strictly scientific and educational material, and then there are still others who I kind of think of as the “celebs” of the blogging world (My blogging world anyway), whom can honestly write about anything they want and I’ll read every word of it (Nia, Molly, Jen, Tony, Eric, Adam to name a few).

So what is my style? What am I writing about, and who the heck am I writing it to? Do people want more of my personal life or no? Do people want more educational material, more nutrition, more workouts… ?? This is where I’m stuck. Do I write for me and for my own enjoyment, or do I try to figure out the needs and wants of my readers and write strictly for them (you)?

Anyway, while I ponder my blogophrenia (Yes, I just coined that. Use it), I thought I’d take today to give you all some good reads that I’ve found recently, since I haven’t done that in a while.

After you’re done reading all of these awesome links, feel free to stick around and leave me some comments about what You would like to read more of here. I know you’re out there, and if you don’t comment on what types of things you want to read about, I might just end up writing stories about puppies and unicorns… Consider yourself warned ๐Ÿ™‚

Anyway, on to the links!

11 Day Diet – From Commercial Gym Conundrumย – Still afraid of fat and unsure of how important it is? Read this awesome recollection of a diet devoid of fat, and just how miserable it made him after just 11 days. Boom.

Stop The Female Body Hate – From Tara at Sweat Like A Pigย – An incredible post from Tara about a lot of the negative comments that muscular women get and why. Awesome read!

Minimum Training for Maximum Results – From Nia Shanksย – Think you need to spend hours in the gym to get fit and get results? Read this post and think again.

All About The TRX – From One Fit Foodieย – Have a question about TRX training? It’s probably answered here, with some helpful videos thrown in there too!

Never Grow Old – A guest post from Lou Schuler on Adam Bornstein’s blog. Some excellent, to the point, no bull-shitting fitness advice.

Enjoy!

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13 thoughts on “An Identity Crisis and Good Reads

  1. I think everyone goes through a blog identity crisis!!! I’ve had a couple. What I usually do is think about the type of reader I want to attract, and what that person is interested in reading. Sometimes I still miss my target, so to speak, and a post flops, but I’ve managed to attract a really intelligent, thoughtful group of readers & that’s what I’ve always been shooting for!

    I personally would love to hear more about your day to day life =)

  2. Congrats on the 50th post!
    I’ve been through some blog identity crises too. I personally love your blog– science, noms, random stuff, and adventures in your day to day life make it exciting and fun to read! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Thanks for the link love! I’m honoured to be up there alongside Nia and Adam โค

    As for the blog identity crisis, when I first started blogging I kind of made it my mission to not be like any other typical healthy living blog. I wanted to make my blog a good source of fitness information away from the magazines. I only follow a handful of personal blogs outside of the names you mentioned above, and definitely no oatmeal blogs! Haha but I think you're doing a great job. Your blog is informative, but it also has a good balance of personal stories.

  4. I just started reading your blog because a friend recommended it.

    I think when it comes to blogging you need to decide why you are doing it. If you are doing it for statistics, readership, and making money, you will have a completely different approach to the way you publish and what you publish than if you just write about you and what you are interested in…

    I enjoy following blogs with a good mix of personal and informative, I prefer blogs that have healthy recipes and links to great articles or books that the writers reflect on. So far yours seems to be that – which begs the question – why do you feel a need to change?

    Maybe a break – just publishing less frequently or taking time off hitting the post button – will be enough to come back and feel refreshed, without changing up the formula.

    Good luck!

    • Thanks so much for your comment! I must say, I don’t necessarily feel a need to change, I just have kind of been wondering whether I’m actually doing what I set out to do. I think that you have some great thoughts here, and I really just need to follow my own personal goals — which are really just to reach people and start some good, thoughtful, healthy conversations!

  5. I read your blog cuz you’re a bad ass, helloooo! i like what you’ve been doing because you have a really nice style of writing – witty, informative, down-to-earth…not preachy & overly scientific…so no matter what you decide to talk about, i’m down! i like hearing about your training, and if anything interesting happens with your athletes where you work i think that’d be pretty cool to talk about too. but honestly just keep writing things that you’re passionate about & i know i’ll make sure to send people your way … i’ll be like your blog bouncer, its fine. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Why Thank you!! And I rather like the idea of having a blog bouncer, so you’ve got the job ๐Ÿ™‚ Good idea to maybe mention some of the stuff I see at work.. a lot of it could definitely apply to the general population. Thanks again for your feedback, I know you don’t want to hear about puppies and unicorns!

  6. Congratulations on your 50th Blog…that’s awesome! I’m new to your blog having following you recently. I enjoyed reading your blogs as they are shared from your experiences and through your personality. The photos are lovely additions to your blogs. I’m a new blogger and finding my way around the world of blogging too. I blog about health and wellness as they are my passions that I like to share with others as I truly believe in helping others with my own knowledge and experiences. Plus I always love to write! Keep blogging from your heart and readers will connect with you.

    • Thanks so much for the feedback!! I appreciate all of it, and I’m glad that you’ve been enjoying it so far. I agree that writing what you’re passionate about seems to be the key to writing well and really reaching others…hopefully we can both keep it up!

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