Hi. This is me introducing a word vomit blog post.
Obviously, I’ve been a little busy this summer. For the month of July, my blog came last on my list of priorities. As I mentioned yesterday, I made lots of new friends by joining the theatre here, and I wanted to spend my time with them during and after rehearsal. I was having fun running when I felt like it and doing my fitmixer boot camp workouts. I didn’t have much to slap on here other than twirls, splits in the air, and shouts to the effect of “YAY! I LOVE SUMMER! THIS IS FUN! LIFE’S GOOD RIGHT NOW!“
Which is why you all got some righteous content this summer. 😉 Sorry about that.
But at the same time, I’m not sorry. I’m generally not a fan of my favorite bloggers apologizing for being M.I.A., and I won’t assume any of you were distressed by the absence. I don’t like feeling like I need to blog. This is obviously something I do in my spare time, and when I have no spare time… welp….
I try hard to maintain a grasp of individuality over here on LOB. In the Healthy Living Blog community, it’s sometimes hard to do . The same companies approach several bloggers at one time, and as a result, several blogs end up featuring the same product. It happens, and I don’t blame readers for rolling their eyes at repetitive product mentions and reviews.
I prefer to be the upside-downy girl.
And there’s another thing. I didn’t start a blog so I could get free stuff and throw it at my readers. I birthed this little bloggity because I love writing, I liked chronicling my running journey, and I like sharing little tidbits I’ve learned. I’ve never been an outstanding photographer, I make typos, I probably leave grammatical errors, and don’t pretend to be a professional fitness guru. This has become a spot where I can share things with people I’ve grown to love over my almost 2-year journey. I know each of us bloggers say we “blog for me,” but I’d be lying if I didn’t say it warms my heart when people do enjoy what I’m throwing down.
A few months ago while on vacation, I made the mistake of scheduling two review posts in one week. I was informed very quickly I was becoming a sell-out, and that (silly-ly — yeah, I just made up a word) hurt my heart a little bit. I want to make you laugh. I want to share things with you. I want to add a little happiness in your lives (WOAH, am I getting a little too sappy?) I want to share products I like with you. I hated the fact that I could come across as someone who will push something on my blog I don’t believe in, because I won’t. Nothing you see on LOB is something I don’t believe in.
This is actually what I picture my readers doing sometimes.
I don’t write reviews when I don’t enjoy a product. I’m learning to say “no” when I’m too overloaded with giveaways or when I don’t think my readers will be interested in what is being offered. Free stuff can be great, but I’d prefer to keep a blog more focused on content than product reviews. And it seems as if readers are unhappy if bloggers offer too many free products.
Moving forward, I plan on continuing in the theatre world (I hope), I plan on prioritizing fitness, and I plan on blogging when I can. I want to listen to my readers and I want to have a blog they enjoy visiting every so often.
SO, WHO WANTS FREE YOGURT/GRANOLA/BARS/JUICE/SPOONS/MARKERS/BANANA SANDWICHES? Leave 67 comments, hop three times, and yell your favorite condiment in your best Miley Cyrus voice.
But if you do want to comment on the kinds of things you do like seeing here and would like to see in the future, throw it at me.
I love you guys.