Signs of a Poser Blogger

16 May

I have to tell you guys, since I decided that I was going to use this blog to write about whatever I darn well please, I have felt great. You may have noticed that my posts have dwindled from twice daily to daily, to a couple of times a week. Somebody asked me why I never post on weekends and it’s because I like to use my weekend actually living my life and not just documenting it. I don’t get to see Stefano during the week because we don’t live together and his job eats up a lot of his time, so those weekends are precious and I don’t want to waste a moment of them sitting behind my laptop screen.

I came across and oldie but goodie post from Sarah at the Smart Kitchen and found myself nodding and smiling at all the ways she describes that she’s not your typical healthy living blogger. I wanted to say, “that’s me!” at so many of them because it’s true! Behind each blog is a different author but it’s amazing how uniform some of the blogs can be – same foods, same exercises, same recipes. I don’t know if it’s because somebody pioneered the definition of a “healthy living blog” and decided that you must eat and participate in x, y, and z, but it’s a formula that many seem to follow (with success, I might add!).

I tried that for awhile and it didn’t work for me. It didn’t feel genuine and I felt like such a poser. The title (for now) of my blog is Magia e Pasta, emphasis on the pasta. I like real pasta and when I get a craving for it, spaghetti squash just doesn’t do it for me.

Inspired by Sarah’s post, I came up with a list of “typical blogger rules” that I don’t adhere to.

Signs of a Poser Blogger

You don’t like kale. With the exception of Post-Modern Foods’ kale salad, I am not a fan of the stuff. I know it’s so good for you and it’s versatile and all that good stuff, but I just don’t dig it.

You hate running. Now this is something that is slowly evolving, but for the most part I am not a fan of running. I have no plans to sign up for a half marathon, a marathon, or some sort of Iron Man race. I love to be active and move and sweat, but, in the words of Frank Short, I just don’t really enjoy the bio-mechanical movement of running.

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You take photos with your iPhone. Now good photography is something I aspire to. I love food blogs that have gorgeous photography where the meals seem to jump off the screen and you think, “I HAVE to make that”. Simply put, I’m not there yet. I don’t have the money for a really nice camera and I don’t have the time to create all the recipes I have in mind nor edit all the pictures I do take. Which leads me to my next point…

You have a full-time job that is not work from home/blogging or social media-related. I am at the office from 8:30-5:30 and by the time I go work out and I am home from the gym, it’s past eight and all I want to do is make a quick dinner and call it a night. On the weekends I am spending all my time with Stef because it’s the only time we see each other. Call me lazy (you totally can, there are bloggers with full-time jobs and children who consistently put out quality posts – it baffles me) but I just don’t know when I would create, make, photograph, and post all the yummy foods I’ve got floating around in this noggin’ of mine.

You eat the same things every day. One of the main reasons I decided to call it quits on the standard ‘post what you eat and talk about what your exercise was’-type of posts was because I am so boring. I eat the same foods basically every day (it takes me 10 minutes at Trader Joe’s to get my weekly groceries, it is that routine) and my workouts follow a pretty regular routine. If all I talked about on this blog were my daily eats and workouts, I could virtually copy and paste the same post every single day.

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Overnight oats, all day, every day.

You eat real sugar. I can’t tell you how many times I come across a recipe that has a sugar substitute I’ve never heard of. Between Truvia, Stevia, xylitol, erythtritol, Splenda, Sun Crystals, dessert starts to sound like a mad scientist’s lab. Monday I talked about my need for the ‘real thing’ when I’m eating foods. I use real egg and actual cheese and *gasp* sugar when I cook/bake and I don’t plan on changing that. Yes, I enjoy making healthy substitutions when it’s convenient and doesn’t change the taste (shout out to the magical baking substitute, Greek yogurt!), but most of the time it is better for me to eat a smaller amount of the real thing than try to fake it and feel unsatisfied. Some people can feel satisfied with fruit as dessert. I am not one of those people.

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You aren’t vegan/vegetarian/gluten-free/Paleo. This is not meant to bash on people who choose one of the aforementioned dietary lifestyles, especially if you suffer from Celiac or Crohn’s disease or IBS. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with not eating meat (I myself only eat meat when I’m out, I never buy it at home) or avoiding grains if that’s your cup of tea, but certain diets (read: gluten-free) are turning into the latest fad and it drives me crazy when people blindly adhere to a specific way of eating as doctrine, especially without doing their own research or seeing if it works for their body. Everybody and every body is different – don’t be a cookie cutter.

You don’t advertise/tweet about your posts/blog all the time or work with sponsors. For many people, blogging is a livelihood and source of income from their families. It’s a business and they run it like one. I totally get it and I’m not knocking it, especially when it’s putting food on your table. It does drive me crazy when I see ten tweets an hour about your ‘What I Ate Wednesday’ post and every single new post you write is sponsored or a giveaway for a company or a free class/conference/trip you got because of your work with a company. I don’t read your blog because I want a review of how awesome that free product is, I read it because I want to know about you and your life! Again, product reviews, sponsored posts, and giveaways are all part of the game if you’re trying to monetize your blog, but keep it all in balance, please?

So there you have it folks: a step by step guide to being an outcast blogger by yours truly. I’m sorry if it came off as kind of rant-y, but it’s meant to be taken in jest and poke fun of some of the generalizations that come with healthy living blogging. I think the blogging community is wonderful and supportive and I am happy to be a part of it, even if it’s not paying my rent or allowing me to spend all day making and eating food (a girl can dream!).

Food For Thought: If you’re a blogger, what part of your lifestyle doesn’t mesh with the ‘HLB’-lifestyle? If you’re a reader, have you noticed that there are particular things that are rampant across all blogs?

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9 Responses to “Signs of a Poser Blogger”

  1. pickyrunner May 16, 2013 at 11:50 am #

    I literally do every single one of the things on your list (besides hating running, I can’t help my obsession) and totally agree with all of it. There’s this need to confirm to the HLB stereotypes sometimes and it’s so dumb. I spend my life conforming to an extent, blogging is what I do in my free time, I don’t want to spend it feeling pressured to act a certain way. I never planned on being the next hungry runner girl and I’m okay with that. Love this post! Posers unite 🙂

    • Sara @ Magia e Pasta May 16, 2013 at 11:52 am #

      I guess I’ll allow you one conformity 😉 Your originality (and hilarious commentary) is what I love about your blog, so keep it up and I’ll keep reading!

  2. Sarah @ The Smart Kitchen May 16, 2013 at 12:11 pm #

    This is so incredibly timely for me. I’m actually REALLY happy you dug up that old post, because I have gone through this crazy transformation AWAY from that girl who was realistic about blogging, and food, and exercise…and LIFE…and am now trying to get back there, not so caught up in everything. I’m planning a post soon that talks about that, and I’m really happy that you related to what I wrote back then. I hope you keep your wits about you and DON’T change (unless you want to). 🙂

  3. Sarah @ passionandlaughter May 16, 2013 at 12:21 pm #

    here here! I totally agree with all of this!

    Can the next ‘fad’ diet be “enjoy ice cream daily”? I think, it might totally catch on!

  4. Racing Bananas May 16, 2013 at 12:24 pm #

    This is awesome!! It sometimes feel like I am a poser because I don’t follow all the “typical” healthy living blog rules. But I don’t want to misrepresent myself either, so I do what I want! I definitely eat sugar and am definitely not gluten free! Thanks for this!

  5. Colleen Lerro May 16, 2013 at 1:25 pm #

    I can soo relate! Other than hating running – I’m crazy and actually do love it – I agree with so many of these things, especially eating real foods. I run and work out so hard so that I can have the real thing (in moderation) and not feel guilty about it. I don’t know if I can still call myself a healthy living blogger, but I’ve actually never tried kale. I’m working on it, but actually don’t like most vegetables! Despite having a nice camera, most of my pics are from my iPhone because it’s just easier. I could go on and on…thanks for sharing this and showing we don’t all have to fit into the same mold!

  6. bezzymates May 16, 2013 at 5:53 pm #

    Lol. This is me! Except I do love running.

  7. mary @ minutes per mile May 18, 2013 at 1:44 am #

    I try to be honest and positive on my blog. I think that’s the most important thing for both author and readers.

  8. chimes May 25, 2013 at 11:05 am #

    I LOVE THIS so much. I’ve been struggling for a while with this, and i went to Blend Retreat (Sarah was there too) and it gets worse when I get home because I feel like such a poseur. I used to love running, and I used to love working out, I used to love cooking creatively, and I used to love crafting, but I got to a place where I feel like I have to do it because of the pressure that’s put on me to do it, so I don’t want to do it. I hate feeling like I have to review stuff all the time. And I hate that it’s one giant popularity contest. I like to write. I like to tell stories. I like to share stuff with the world, whether or not anybody reads it. Nobody read my blog for years, and I think I’d like to go back to those days.

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