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What would you put on your blog?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 23, 2012 at 12:05 PM

If you were going to blog about paleo or just health in general, what would be something you must include? (It would be nice to see specifics too like favorite recipes or charts). What sections would you want to talk about? Thanks!

93eea7754e6e94b6085dbabbb48c0bb7

on May 23, 2012
at 06:14 PM

I want to create a blog that has paleo, but also a general commentary on how to improve well-being whether it be thru exercise, recipes, my own trials and others' and different variations of the paleo diet.

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(2613)

on May 23, 2012
at 05:42 PM

1) You never know what will be relevant to another person. Why not put your ideas out there and see which ones get a bite? 2) "Think of it as a journal" doesn't mean "treat [it] like a personal journal". A lot of beginning bloggers (myself included) struggle because they overthink their content and hold onto the grandiose and creativity-suffocating notion that every piece should read like that amazing article that's trending on HuffPost. That's all wrong for a beginner. Start modestly and dream massively, and the gap will close with time. Do. Not. Overthink. It.

Da8e709acde269e8b8bfbc09d1737841

(1906)

on May 23, 2012
at 05:05 PM

Perhaps you should let us know _why_ you want to start a paleo/health blog in the first place. What's your goal? Are you using it as a method to write more in general, and you figure paleo is interesting enough to serve as a vehicle for this, or is there a more detailed reason?

Da8e709acde269e8b8bfbc09d1737841

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on May 23, 2012
at 05:04 PM

There's a huge difference between "blogging for yourself" and treating a blog like a personal journal. I agree that you need to blog about the things you enjoy and are interested in, but that's not the same as blogging about personal things that have no relevance to anyone but yourself.

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(2799)

on May 23, 2012
at 04:23 PM

http://www.google.com/reader News readers are great. You can subscribe to hundreds of blogs and only see the updates when they occur. Click the links in the left pane to take you to the actual blog if the post looks interesting. There are other news readers as well.

93eea7754e6e94b6085dbabbb48c0bb7

on May 23, 2012
at 04:08 PM

Oops I accidentally pressed "close question" and now I can't undo it. My bad... Keep answering though great feedback thus far :)!

93eea7754e6e94b6085dbabbb48c0bb7

on May 23, 2012
at 04:07 PM

What's google reader? Can you use that on any blog website?

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on May 23, 2012
at 04:02 PM

Hi, YPL. I see you already have one up. I just bookmarked it, but noticed there's no "about me" tab- at least that I could find. Personally, I always want to know a little about the person I'm reading, otherwise I don't waste my time. Like if I am going to red Crime and Punishment, I do a little research on Dostoevsky so I can get a sense of where he's writing it from and what's gotten him to this point. Knowing a little always helps the readers feel they can relate, too. A pseudonym is fine, a fake or nonexistent personality is not, IMHO.

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F694fc245d03b64d6936ddb29f4c9306

(2613)

on May 23, 2012
at 01:51 PM

If you're just starting out, blog for yourself. Think of it as a journal. Don't worry too much about what other people want. Write whatever interests you. Write down ideas that you want to develop and don't want to forget. Write about your weaknesses and how you're addressing them. Don't worry about readership--that comes with time, as long as you're interested in what you have to say.

F694fc245d03b64d6936ddb29f4c9306

(2613)

on May 23, 2012
at 05:42 PM

1) You never know what will be relevant to another person. Why not put your ideas out there and see which ones get a bite? 2) "Think of it as a journal" doesn't mean "treat [it] like a personal journal". A lot of beginning bloggers (myself included) struggle because they overthink their content and hold onto the grandiose and creativity-suffocating notion that every piece should read like that amazing article that's trending on HuffPost. That's all wrong for a beginner. Start modestly and dream massively, and the gap will close with time. Do. Not. Overthink. It.

Da8e709acde269e8b8bfbc09d1737841

(1906)

on May 23, 2012
at 05:04 PM

There's a huge difference between "blogging for yourself" and treating a blog like a personal journal. I agree that you need to blog about the things you enjoy and are interested in, but that's not the same as blogging about personal things that have no relevance to anyone but yourself.

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on May 23, 2012
at 02:01 PM

I agree with Elunah. If you blog on what interests you, you're more likely to keep doing it. If you blog on what you think people want, you'll probably abandon the effort in short order. Blogging is an odd thing really. What makes one blog highly read vs. another is truly unpredictable. There are some woefully under-read gems out there and danged if I can figure out why someone reads so-and-so's blog instead of those! Witness the meteoric rise of the truly unreadable blog of a controversial paleo figure. I suppose if you want to start from the get-go blogging for some sort of profit, you may want to target content.

There are so many blogs out there, and in the end, what drives readers? YOU. Write about what you're passionate about and you're more likely to write something others want to read. Just my two cents :D

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on May 23, 2012
at 04:16 PM

There are so many paleo/health-related blogs out there, that unless you're a top-notch expert, what is ultimately going to make or break your blog is your personality. This is because really by not being an expert you've become sort of an entertainer/informer. IF you want to blog to the world, you're going to have to let the world get to know who you are- probably through both a direct "about me" tab and also through what and how you write in your posts. I read a lot of economics blogs in which I could give a damn about the economists personality (personality being different from ideals, in this case). However, I also read a couple stupid (content-wise) blogs just because I like the persons personality.

Hope that helps you out.

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on May 23, 2012
at 10:07 PM

A nice number of happily presented links to other, better blogs. A couple of paleo blogs have become de facto bookmark folders for me. I'm not wholly ungrateful so will usually read their efforts too.

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on May 23, 2012
at 04:32 PM

I have a blog, of sorts! I started a new paleo community on livejournal.com, as the communities they currently have haven't been updated in many, many weeks. I don't update very frequently, but every week it gets more and more people "joining" it. But I also have a few websites (unrelated to paleo -- it's about cartoon dolls/pixel art) and a Palace Chat server, which I've been lax with updating as well, what with the warmer weather XD

I've been contemplating making a Paleo/Primal personal zine, which would be akin to writing a blog, I suppose. I've been thinking of modelling if after many of the vegan zines I've come across -- the basics of paleo & why it's good for the body to eat this way (if you are a healthy human with no medical problems, of course!). I would also include smoothie recipes!! I love smoothies now! Not only do they appear to give me energy...I'm actually HAPPIER. Go figure, because I'm quite a grumpy gal most of the time. And of course I'd try to document my own personal journey.

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Cf416725f639ffd1bb90764792ce7b8a

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on May 23, 2012
at 01:50 PM

I like before/after pictures even though I suspect most of them are fake. I can still admire a good fake.

I also use google reader. When you make a blog post it pops up. If you don't post nothing pops up. I hate pointless filler blog posts. If you don't have anything worthwhile to say don't post at all. Filler posts are just news reader spam to me. I'd much rather subscribe to a blog with insightful posts once a month than some blog that feels like it has to constantly crank out something, anything, every day.

93eea7754e6e94b6085dbabbb48c0bb7

on May 23, 2012
at 04:07 PM

What's google reader? Can you use that on any blog website?

Cf416725f639ffd1bb90764792ce7b8a

(2799)

on May 23, 2012
at 04:23 PM

http://www.google.com/reader News readers are great. You can subscribe to hundreds of blogs and only see the updates when they occur. Click the links in the left pane to take you to the actual blog if the post looks interesting. There are other news readers as well.

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on May 23, 2012
at 01:39 PM

It's best to write about what you know. Since you are a newbie to paleo you might look at writing about your experiences and challenges with paleo, a food diary with photos, what you've just learned or other things like that. Since you are not an expert, make sure not to present yourself as such but as an enthusiastic learner. Concentrate on what you are discovering, whatever that is for you.

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on January 24, 2013
at 04:51 PM

Sveiki, gal domina pasisakityti: http://papildomaveikla.blogspot.com

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