Guest Post: What Healthy Means To Me

by Matt on January 22, 2011

Hey everyone! Bama-dad is here this weekend, so I am currently busy entertaining him!

I hope you enjoy this guest post!

Katy Widrick is a television producer by day and a fitness freak by night. She is the founder of and blogs about social media, healthy living and personal branding at .

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I was a terrible, terrible food blogger. But until recently, I didn’t know how bad I was. I thought the only way to fit in with my beloved community was to take pictures of everything I ate, create recipes from scratch and talk about nutrition.

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I did that for months, always scratching my head – wondering, where are my readers? Where are my fans? What am I doing wrong?

The answer was obvious, but it took until the spring of 2010. I was a terrible food blogger because I knew nothing about food. Took photos with awful lighting and composition. Screwed up recipes created by experts.

But what I did know; what I was passionate about, was helping people learn more about social media and using simple tools and technology to pursue a healthy life.

I had to do it wrong to do it right, and today, healthy living to me is all about balance, and being as real as possible. Healthy to me is giving it all in my 9-5 job as television producer, sweating it out in dance classes and during triathlon training, and posting technology tips on my blog. It’s talking about my vegetarian diet without turning carnivores off and connecting the community through the #Fitblog chats.

So, if you’re ready to strike a new healthy balance in your life, a few tips:

  • What would you do all day if you won the lottery – dance? Swim? Jump rope? That’s what you should do today. Right now. Because when you do what you love, you won’t stop.
  • Healthy is as healthy does. When I set my own rules, they’re easy to follow. So my rules include hard workouts AND chocolate.
  • When it comes to blogging, you have to be sincere. So if you’re not passionate about low-fat vegan cooking, don’t make that your focus. If you love to talk about collectible china, and you can write about that with energy and honesty, do that! Be yourself.
  • Don’t be afraid to be different. When I switched my blog focus, I wondered if I would lose all of my (dozens of) followers. Instead, my traffic shot up and today, I’m excited to get behind the laptop, which is much different than a year ago.

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Thanks Katy! If you haven’t checked out her yet, head over there! She has a wealth of information :)

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January 22, 2011 at 9:08 AM

Thanks for the guest post! I think it is important to go with your niche…writing about what you know. When you try to cover a field you aren’t comfortable with, your blog just ends up being a chore vs. enjoyable hobby. :)
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January 22, 2011 at 12:13 PM

You definitely found what works for you :)
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January 23, 2011 at 1:20 AM

Amazing post! Love the suggestions! :)
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January 24, 2011 at 10:30 AM

I love this post! Yes, I was a terrible food blogger as well!! As soon as I started writing about what I loved and my experiences, my readership shot up. It is amazing what happens when you start writing about what is passionate to you!
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