I think anyone who has been blogging for any length of time with a public blog and especially under the topic of weight loss understands the necessity for community, support and having a common ground with fellow bloggers. I have never come upon a weight loss blogger who did not have some kind of back and forth communication with their blog's readers and who did not love the comments. Besides an ego boost to get comments on your writing it is sometimes so awe inspiring to think that when you always felt so alone that there are literally thousands of other people out there traveling the same rocky road of weight loss. It's amazing to read that someone not only agrees with you but is going through the EXACT SAME THING as you are and you are able to commiserate over it, and hash it out and perhaps find solutions to the struggles - TOGETHER. The weight loss blogger community is truly an amazing tool for anyone on a weight loss journey.
That being said, I cannot speak for everyone but I can definitely say that for myself, I KNOW the feeling of having no one to turn to regarding my personal struggles with weight. Of course I have a great surface support system of my family. My mom is overweight and struggles as well but she doesn't struggle with binging - just crap eating and mild overeating. My grandmother is a nutritionist of sorts and has been on and off every diet known to man. She has struggled with her weight her whole life - not because she was overweight her whole life but because my grandfather told her she was fat and needed to lose weight. Mind you she married him at 18 and 99lbsat 5'4". She was still a little too 'pudgy' for him then. So, her struggles and issues are not the same as mine. I don't turn to the men of the family because they can lose and gain weight the way the earn and spend money. So, I have always felt alone in my binging and being severely obese. Until, of course, I found this community.
When I first started blogging I did not blog about my weight. I blogged about my family and my issues with my husband, my want for a baby and then my subsequent pregnancies and births. I dwelled on my husband and our problems as well as trivial other topics of my life. But when I started my weight loss journey in January 2010 I decided to not only start a weight loss blog but to consolidate my old blog (Then called 'On The Border X 4') and my weight loss blog into one.
I remember I started getting more followers and I was pretty ecstatic. When I reached 20 followers I was astounded. 20 people followed me? 20 people cared about what I wrote? No way! But then I came upon Monica's blog called 'Confessions of a Plus Sized Girl'. Sadly, I am not sure if she blogs anymore because I can't find her blog but not only did she inspire me beyond belief she was the one who gave me some blog love and my readers started pouring in. There is no doubt that having people who follow you, care about you enough to comment on your posts and give advice, criticisms etc can help tremendously on this journey.
So for anyone new to blog land and the weight loss community who is unsure how to get readers and support here is my VERY short how to manual.
- START YOUR BLOG
- WRITE OFTEN
- READ OTHER BLOGS
- COMMENT ON OTHER BLOGS - OFTEN
- WATCH HOW PEOPLE ARE INTERESTED IN WHO COMMENTS ON THEIR BLOGS
AND HOW READERS START ADDING UP IN YOUR FOLLOWER BOX
I am done writing tonight.
So tired. Gonna go read - maybe listen to some music. I'm in the mood to play SIMS. Odd. I haven't played that in years. Haha - kinda random.