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I Didn’t Know I Was a Health Blogger until…

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A funny thing happened on the way to my first rodeo – or my first trip to Blogher.
I was signing up last minute as I do, because life is busy, when all the schedules started coming and they were addressed to this health and fitness track blogger. Health Blogger? Fitness blogger?
Now, I’ve been blogging a good three years easily. And I can tell you categorically that I have not once thought of myself as a health blogger. I am, at times, all over the map here. I know it. I like a lot of things and I like to stretch myself as well. I talk adoption, special needs, products, brands, advocacy, education, travel, technology, food, parenting and anything else I feel like chatting about. ย Lifestyle blogging they call that sometimes. Maybe that’s too much some days, I don’t know. I write what I am passionate about. I can be passionate about a lot of topics.
When I worked in newspaper and magazine publishing and freelance writing I enjoyed many topics. In fact that’s why I got into journalism to start out of university. Writing is my passion and will be for the rest of my life. But where writing takes me and what I learn is the real gift to myself.
Lately, I am writing almost all the time about my health, fitness, my daughter’s special needs and my Mom’s new diagnosis and eating and food and hey, wait a minute…
So I looked up the sessions and a funny thing happened…on the way to Blogher…before I even got there to the amazing and frightening city of New York, before the flight delays and all of that, I realized all those topics fall under the umbrella of Health.
So, even before I got there I had a revelation. Pretty amazing. That’s worth the price of admission and then some. That is why I come to conferences. Every now and then, it’s good to take stock and figure out how you are evolving. It’s healthy.
What do you think? Am I all over the place here or is that okay?

Mom of two beautiful active girls, traveller, fitness junkie, social media consultant, and keeper of the sanity.


  • krystle

    I know a lot of bloggers say you need find a “niche”. However, I like reading blogs with variety. Also, it allows you to appeal to a wider range of people.

    Don’t worry about it, just write about what you like! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Brandi Yee

    I like blogs like yours that have variety! I can be all over the place at times too and sometimes have a hard time categorizing my blog (even though there’s quite a bit of reviews throughout). Anything that I’m in the mood to discuss or write about really. And hey, Health is a great category to be a part of ๐Ÿ™‚ I like your blog!!

  • Deborah Coombs

    Isn’t it funny when something like that makes us stop and think? I think our blogging evolves over time and has much to do with what’s going on in our lives. If health related stories (which are also family and parenting stories, and possibly reviews as well) are where you are now – embrace it and see where that takes you!

  • Deanna T.

    I love that you had this revelation before even stepping foot out the door. That’s what wonderful about conferences and the ilk, they get up to stop and contemplate what we’re actually doing out her. Enjoy your time at BlogHer. Hope you come home with dozens more revelations and inspirations!

  • Nikki

    Variety is awesome. Finding your passion is pretty awesome too! I like blogs that have a little of everything, it’s a nice surprise every day to see what that day brings.

  • Christine

    I love being all over the map. I hate it when people pigeon hole others, as I think many of us have blogs that are so multi-faceted. It’s not that I’m offended if someone calls me a “Mommy blog”. I am, after all, a Mommy and I do have a blog. But, I’m so much more than that. Much of what I write deals with preemies, NICU, life on the farm, rural living, etc.

    This said, I agree with Deborah. If you’re mostly focusing on health related topics, embrace it and see where it takes you.

  • Denise G

    I agree I like variety as well! Talking about the same thing over and over can become old – and besides that is not what life is about