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Fitness Friday: Let’s Talk Blogging

Oh hey there! Happy day-after-the-4th-of-July to you! Hopefully it was filled with over indulging, cheesy decorations, and grown men acting like pre-pubescent boys playing with fireworks. I know ours was! I was a little worried about the state of the woods behind our house, but thankfully no fires were spurred. Thank. Goodness. All that stress of watching bottle rockets and roman candles blast into my DRY backyard gave me the worst zit I’ve had since I was 13. Perrrrfect. Thankfully, I can hide behind my computer today!

I wanted to write today about BLOGGING. Dun dun dunnnn.

I’ve noticed that there are approximately 93847294732 fitness blogs out there. And I’ve probably only tapped into .5% of them. But don’t worry, I’m sure they aren’t going anywhere so I’ve got all the time in the world. I’ve also noticed that on these blogs, there are tons and tons of different ways to talk about one’s fitness, one’s eats, one’s race recaps, etc. They are all so different, and unique, and I love reading them. But then I started thinking about why I read the ones I do, and why when I scroll thru certain posts I X out and move on to the next one. We’re all busy, we’re all rushed, and I often know instantly if it’s a post I want to spend my time reading. After realizing this, I THEN started thinking about who would WANT to read MY blog, and WHY. And then it hit me like a brick wall.

I want to write a blog that I would enjoy reading myself.

If I’m writing a post about something I wouldn’t want to read about on someone else’s blog, then what’s the point?

So I did some brainstorming and made a list of things I enjoy writing about, things I do and don’t enjoy reading on other people’s blogs, and things that make ME unique and why I want to share those things.

Now don’t get me wrong. I DO enjoy reading posts about things that I don’t usually write about. It’s healthy to step out of your box and appreciate other people’s favorite things that maybe aren’t so high on your list. But I think it all comes back to writing your blog from YOUR perspective. It’s YOUR voice. So don’t try to be someone else. The following opinions are my own 🙂

A Few of My Favorite Types of Posts to Read on Blogs:

1. Funny posts. If there’s even an inkling of humor involved, I will more than likely stick around. I don’t like to take myself too seriously, and I enjoy reading other blogs who think the same way. I try to write as if I’m talking to you in person, so reading funny stories from other bloggers is usually a win in my book. Life is too short to not have fun!  Who cares if you’re not prim and proper! Chances are, anyone reading your blog is sitting in their pajamas right now, glasses on, and hair like a hot mess. Or a huge rando zit on their head like me. Best example to check out- Shut Up and Run.

2. Posts with workout details or training recaps. I love reading about all types of fitness, even things other than running. (shocking I know) If your blog talks about your new training plan, or what you did this week to stay active, or how you discovered a new workout, how many miles you logged this week no matter HOW you accomplished them, or what you struggled with and/or how much booty you kicked during your work, I will also probably stick around. This is one of my favorite things to write about. I don’t know why exactly, but having a fitness blog is almost like having an accountability partner. It’s fun to document my journey, and be able to look back at my progress, good days and bad days, and remember why I love to run so much.

3. Posts with at least 1 picture. I try really, really hard not to blog a picture-less post. Sometime’s it’s just neccesary. But typically, if I come upon a blog post that’s full of only words, it’s REALLY hard for me to stay focused and read every word. Call it easily distracted, but I’m a visual person and I love SEEING what the blogger is thinking. Pictures help bring the post full-circle, plus it adds a bit of personality.

4. Posts with detailed race reports. This might be my FAVORITE thing to read. Probably because it’s what I enjoy writing about the MOST. Detailed race reports will keep me coming back for more. I want to know all about your time, your preparation, how you felt, how you came and conquered your goal, how you did something amazing, how you PR’d, how you didn’t PR but are cool with it, how you ran a fun race and didn’t care, how you got a non running friend to run with you, how you couldn’t breathe during the final mile but still dug deep and finished anyways. I just love hearing about how races went, even different types of races (tri’s, etc.). I find these posts to be fun, and encouraging, and inspirational. Plus, when I read a good one it always makes me more motivated to work out a little harder that day!

5. Personal posts. These are so fun to read as well! Some of my favorite blogs to read are ones that sometimes let you in on something OTHER than the main point of their blog. I don’t do this a lot on Sweet Miles but I try to link over to my other blog, Sarah Ingle Photography, so you can have a chance to see my non-running side of life. Reading about fun dates with your husband or boyfriend, spending time with your family, an awesome deal you got shopping, your silly dog,  etc., are a good change of pace if you always are posting fitness-y things. It’s nice to see the blogger behind the blog. It makes it a little more real. Julie over at PB Fingers is my favorite at this. She posts goofy pictures of her dog all the time! You know I love me some silly dogs!

6. Educational posts. I’m a nerd. And I’m okay with that. I love reading posts that can TEACH me something. ESPECIALLY if it pertains to blogging, exercising, a new product, or something creative. Kudos to you if you’ve ever written an entertaining, informative, educational blog post! If you REALLY want to read educational posts about blogging, you should really check out Pat Flynn’s blog, Smart Passive Income. I could spend all day reading all of his blogging-knowledge goodness.

A Few Things I Don’t Usually Enjoy Reading on Blogs:

1. Political posts. I hear the news ALL DAY LONG, so when I enter the blogosphere I don’t want to hear about it anymore. Blogging is my get away! Plus, the niche I typically frequent is fitness, so if I’m working out or thinking about working out, reading a political post will make me no longer want to work out, but instead throw my computer out the window.

2. Posts that are ONLY food pictures. I’m not a “foodie” blogger, and never will be. It’s just not ME. I already hate cooking enough and am more than embarrassed of my lack-of-Betty Crocker kitchen skills. I just don’t ENJOY it. My husband thinks it’s because I just won’t take the time to LEARN how to be better. But it’s hard to be motivated to do something I already don’t have a heart for. Foodie blogs are awesome. I DO read and frequent LOTS of them. But they have to catch my attention one way or another. Great pictures, delicious desserts, unique and creative healthy recipes, EASY recipes, funny accidental recipes, or PRACTICAL food posts. You will never see me blogging a post about my all organic, vegan-rific, low-fat 100 calorie WIAW. It probaly won’t happen. And if it does, look up because pigs are flying.

3. Posts I have absolutely nothing in common with. I’m probably not going to read a high schooler’s blog post about prom. I frequent blogs that I think have something I can relate to. Posts that have REAL personality shining through = love! When I first started blogging I was told “go comment on blogs!” While this is true, and I do still try and comment as much as possible, but I really try to comment only if I truly have something to say! Even if I just want to leave an encouraging line, I can feel good about that. What I don’t want to do is leave a comment on a post that I didn’t even understand or even agree with.

Things I Hope Will Shine Thru in Sweet Miles and Things I Want to Continue to Work on:

1. Positivity. I want to try and remain positive and light hearted in my posts. It’s not always easy, but I ENJOY blogging so it shouldn’t be THAT hard to keep things encouraging, right??

2. Truckee. I may be biased, but Truckee is one crazzzy labrador retriever. I love her to death and she is part of what makes Sweet Miles, SWEET. She is a huge part of my everyday life and I want to continue to include her and HER personality on my blog. If I didnt inlude her it would be like leaving out a huge piece of ME!

3. ME. My blog is about my life, and my life only. I love documenting it, and I want to continue to post more personal posts, and link more to my other blog/duplicate some of those posts for you.

4. Funny Little Finds. Laughter is the best medicine, and I do ALOT of laughing. It always makes my heart happy when people say my post was funny, or they enjoyed reading it, because those are the types of posts I like to read on other’s blogs! I’m always finding hilarious little things across the internet, with a little help from the hubs, that I want to share more of them! Call it goofy, but I say goofy is best.

Like this, Your Entire Work Day Explained by Dogs.

And there you have it. A lovely little novel to read on this fine Friday afternoon. I think the biggest take away is that to really enjoy blogging you need to blog about what YOU enjoy and what YOU like to read, and accept that all blogs are different and not everyone is always going to be interested in every single one of your posts.

What are YOUR favorite types of posts to read on blogs?

30 Comments

  • Reply
    Sarah
    July 5, 2013 at 4:31 pm

    I try really hard to make sure my posts all have a picture included, too. Another thing I aim for is for my paragraphs to have no more than 5 lines and my whole post is 500 words or less. I have noticed I tune on others blogs if it’s more than 500 words, and my I get distracted if the paragraphs are too long and I lose my place!
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      Sweet Miles
      July 8, 2013 at 10:18 am

      Sara @ courage2run- For sure! I’m definitely guilty of posts being longer than 500 words though 🙁 But that sounds like a good way to keep your readers engaged, limiting the wordiness!

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    Reba- Not So Perfect Life
    July 5, 2013 at 5:04 pm

    I am with you! When I started blogging i wanted to have great race recaps, because they are really important to me and to be honest about my failures and successes. Sounds like you had a great 4th! I ate way to much pie myself. Ran part of it off with an 8 miler early this morning 🙂
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      Sweet Miles
      July 8, 2013 at 10:17 am

      Reba- GET IT GIRL! 8 miles I’d say is a nice way to burn off that pie..which I’m sure was WELL worth it! 🙂

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    Cari
    July 5, 2013 at 7:44 pm

    Terrific, terrific post! I agree with ypu on almost all points. I do prefer educational over personal. Personal is best when there is a little bit of education thrown in.

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      Sweet Miles
      July 8, 2013 at 10:16 am

      Carli- Thanks!! I’m so glad you enjoyed it! Thanks again for the shoutout!

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    Melissa @ Freeing Imperfections
    July 5, 2013 at 8:28 pm

    I really enjoyed reading this! Sometimes I wonder what people like reading on my own blog. I find the best advice, like you said, is to blog about what you would personally like to read about.

    I personally think workout recap posts are boring, just because so many blogs do them and they become all kind of the same. But maybe I just gloss over them too much.

    I like reading really honest and personal posts as well.

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      Sweet Miles
      July 8, 2013 at 10:15 am

      Melissa- I’m glad you stopped by!! Definitly, we all have our posts that we are either glued to or scroll thru to the end! I agree with you that sometimes workout recap posts can be a bit boring! They need to be done just the right way to keep my attention 🙂

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    Nicole @ Work in Sweats Mama
    July 5, 2013 at 8:52 pm

    Loved learning that we have another thing in common besides running – the fact that we don’t like cooking! Don’t get me wrong – I LOVE to eat yummy foods, but I hate to spend hours in the kitchen making something that will take approximately five minutes to eat and then exponentially longer to clean up! You rock!
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      Sweet Miles
      July 8, 2013 at 10:14 am

      Nicole- Haha YES! Cooking is not my most favorite thing to do that’s for sure!! That’s hilarious! It really is disappointing when it you work so hard on a recipe and it’s destroyed in 5 minutes!!

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    Hali
    July 6, 2013 at 12:15 am

    Hi! I couldn’t agree more. I love bloggers that are able to really demonstrate WHO they are and what makes the unique (even when a lot of the fitness blogs are essentially about the same thing!). I also am a sucker for funny blogs and beautiful pictures. I think I struggle a little bit worrying about what I am writing and if people will like it. I think you’re totally right that you can’t like everything you read and not everyone will like what you write! Keep writing girl, I like it! 😉
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      Sweet Miles
      July 8, 2013 at 10:13 am

      Hali- I’m so glad you like it!! Thanks for commenting!! Yes, always remember, write what YOU want to write!!

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    Matilda
    July 6, 2013 at 3:44 am

    A runner and a photographer, yay you are my best bud in my books. I’m a runner and a photographer too. woohoo.

    great post too, and totally have to agree with you. I find if a blog is too wordy I’m like ‘bored now’. I like pictures but I don’t like picture overload.

    I love a good race recap too. So I try to make my recaps as detailed as possible, but to keep it entertaining to, it’s a balance.
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      Sweet Miles
      July 8, 2013 at 10:12 am

      Matilda- Woohoo!! Yay for photography!! Same here, if a post just LOOKS too long, it’s hard for me to read every word. BUT I’m guilty of long posts too so hopefully SOMEBODY reads them 🙂

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    Beth @ Mangoes and Miles
    July 6, 2013 at 12:47 pm

    “While this is true, and I do still try and comment as much as possible, but I really try to comment only if I truly have something to say” –> yesyesyesyesyes. It took me so long to get out of the “you have to comment on EVERY post you read” mentality. I do read most of the posts in my feed, although I definitely have stopped commenting on all of them.
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      Sweet Miles
      July 8, 2013 at 10:11 am

      Beth- I’ve even caught myself commenting before and being like, “that’s a pointless comment, move on!” Is that weird???

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    Anna
    July 6, 2013 at 3:59 pm

    Loved this. I’ll stick around for honest, humorous posts about fitness/life/dogs/avocados anyday.

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      Sweet Miles
      July 8, 2013 at 10:10 am

      Anna- Thanks for reading!! I’ll have to write a post someday that contains all of those things, including the avocados 🙂

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    Running LIbrarian
    July 6, 2013 at 3:59 pm

    I love reading blogs that just make me laugh too! Shut up and Run is one of my favorites..how can you not like reading about poop? The Boring Runner is another funny one I love reading too 🙂
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      Sweet Miles
      July 8, 2013 at 10:10 am

      Running Librarian- HAHA!!! Yes yes yes!! I need to check out boring runner!!

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    Joi @ Rx Fitness Lady
    July 7, 2013 at 1:18 am

    Hi Sarah! I have grown to enjoy reading posts like these from bloggers on what they do and don’t like & or their opinion on blogging. I’ve written a few posts as well as I’ve learned to maneuver this blog world the last few months. I agree with so much in this post. The one I wanted to key in on is not blogging about food. I was determined to have my lifestyle fitness blog without me talking food on a regular because it’s just not my thing. I can cook, I just don’t want to write about it. I’ve been emailed request to do so and had to stand firm by my original guidelines bc I don’t want my blog becoming a headache. That image had me dying laughing working this night shift! Amywho, more commonalities: I’m a new SPA & SITS lead. Happy to find you by way of Carli’s Real Into post & followed on Bloglovin. Chat with you soon.

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      Sweet Miles
      July 8, 2013 at 10:08 am

      Joi @ Rx Fitness Lady- I’m so glad you found me!! I just joined the SITS community!! Haha so true, sometimes I wish I had the patience to blog every bite I ate but I just can’t do it! Talk soon!!

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    Michelle @ Peanut Butter and Running Shoes
    July 7, 2013 at 2:18 pm

    Terrific post! Blogs that make you laugh are the best!

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      Sweet Miles
      July 8, 2013 at 10:07 am

      Michelle- Thanks girl! Most definitely!!

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    Kristen @ Medium Roast
    July 7, 2013 at 7:05 pm

    This is a great post! I really like your list of kinds of posts that you like/don’t like. I’ve never really taken the time to break down what I like in a blog, but I think I agree with you for the most part. The only difference being that I love pretty pictures of food. I might not sit and read every caption, and I certainly wouldn’t read a blog where that was all there was, but every so often I love to see what kinds of meals people put together – for inspiration if nothing else!

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      Sweet Miles
      July 8, 2013 at 10:06 am

      Kristen @ Medium Roast- Thanks Kristen! I love pretty pictures of food too 🙂 I wish I was creative in the food world!

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    Kristin @ A Mom on the Run
    July 8, 2013 at 2:29 pm

    I was thinking about the same thing last week while clicking through blogs on bloglovin’ and figuring out which ones I just HAD to read!

    I sometimes worry that I post too much about my kids.. but they are my world, how can I not post about them?? 🙂
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      Sweet Miles
      July 8, 2013 at 5:10 pm

      Kristin- Don’t worry about that! I post more pictures than the world needs of my dog but I love her so much that I can’t help it!! I love seeing fun stories about you and your kids! That’s YOUR life!! 🙂

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    Shawn
    July 8, 2013 at 7:36 pm

    Couldn’t agree more with this post and I think your blog definitely meets your criteria, it’s quite awesome. Workout/ training/race recaps and personal posts are definitely my faves.
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      Sweet Miles
      July 8, 2013 at 8:29 pm

      Shawn- Thanks for stopping by!! It’s nice to see another new face around here 🙂

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