Sometime back in October or November, I stumbled into the world of health, fitness, and food blogging. Instantly I was hooked. I no longer had to wait each month for a new Shape Magazine to come in the mail (although I still do! you know about the mail lady and me!). This information was available to me at my finger tips daily.
I found a few blogs that became favorites, and I kept going back for more. I found personal trainers and certified nutritionists who were willing to share this information with me each and every day. This world, that is still new to me, has enriched my life in so many ways.
I’ve learned so much about nutrition, eating clean, and about being a vegetarian. I’ve learned new recipes and have tried new workouts. I’ve read reviews for workout DVDs, almond butter, books, and more.
Most importantly blogging has enriched my life by providing me the opportunity to share and to be creative.
Don’t get me wrong. I am still learning about the blogging world and how it works, but I thought I’d put together a few tips for people who are even newer to this world than me.
#1 Blog Roll
As I mentioned earlier, I found a few favorite blogs that I read every day. In the beginning there were only two that I read regularly: The Fitnessista and Oh She Glows. However, occasionally these girls would comment about other blogs that they read. I also noticed that many of the girls seemed to “know” each other. I had found a community of like-minded girls striving for common goals.
I then started visiting these other blogs and clicking on their blog rolls. A blog roll is a list of blogs that the blogger recommends or follows. Each day I tried to visit a new blog by clicking on one of the links in someone’s blog roll. Quickly, I learned that there are hundreds of sites dedicated to living a healthy lifestyle! You can not imagine how much I have learned!
A new blog that I just found, and can not get enough of, is Peas and Thank You! This is written by a woman who has changed her lifestyle to lead a better example for her two adorable daughters. At this time in my life, when the possibility of children is on the horizon (a few years, mom!), it is wonderful to find such an amazing role model for myself! Oh, and did I mention that every time I read her posts I laugh my tush off!
So, if you enjoy reading my very mediocre blog, please visit some of the links listed in my blog roll! You will find many talented women sharing a wealth of information!
If you find blogs that you enjoy reading, you can subscribe to receive updates as they are made. You can do this two ways (that I know of!). You can subscribe to receive email updates each time a blogger makes a post. Most blogs have a subscribe button in the sidebar.
Another way to receive updates is through an RSS feed. When you subscribe to an RRS feed, it is added to a Common Feed List. Updated information from the feed is automatically downloaded to your computer and can be viewed in Internet Explorer and other programs. On Happy Heart, Happy Mind I have links for both the posts and comments feeds available in the sidebar. I will say, however, the RSS feeds are not quite as pretty. 😉
Another way to keep up with your favorite blogs, is to create a Health Blog Folder under your favorites.
There is nothing more exciting for me than to open my blog and to see that I have comments! To me this means that there are people out there reading what I have written and they want to talk about it!
When I first starting reading blogs I never left comments. I’m not exactly sure why. Part of me was afraid that someone might think that what I had to say was stupid. Another part of me was afraid that my inbox would soon fill with SPAM and other nonsense. However, after starting a blog, I realized that this is not the case. By leaving a comment you are in no way committing to receive any kind of email or SPAM. It is simply a comment.
One of the reasons I began this blog was to start a conversation about both mental and physical health. Please feel free to leave comments any time! I would love to hear your thoughts, comments, or suggestions! Is there anything you would like for me to write about more often? Less often?
This is something I have just discovered! Many bloggers sponsor giveaways of their favorite products. I’ve seen givewaways for Lululemon, nut butter, tea, soups, socks, sports bags, recipe books, the works! I’ve yet to actually win one, but that doesn’t stop me from trying! Keep checking your favorite blogs for new giveaways… Right now there is a tea giveaway at Confessions of a Health Nut.
Who knows? Maybe there’ll be a giveaway on Happy Heart, Happy Mind one day!
So, there you have! 4 tidbits of info about blogs you may, or may not, have known.
I’m off to make a salad that is seriously out of this world. Here’s a sneak peak of the mushrooms and the meat (for Larry, of course!) that have been marinating since last night! Check back later for the recipe!
Do you have a favorite blog? If so, what makes you want to continue visiting a blog on a regular basis? Is it the style of writing? The information shared? The Photography?