When I first entered the blog world, I can confidently say my bloglovin’ reader was close to 100. Now, coming close to the 5 month mark, I hesitate to say that even half remain.
The reasoning behind this as through getting to ‘know’ the blogger through their posts- the more disgust builds up internally. Why? Lets break it down.
Firstly, how many blogs have you come across where you’ve been alluded to follow a specific way of eating? A cult style of working out? Or foods labelled as ‘bad’ or ‘naughty’? I most certainly have.
Secondly, how many times have you subconsciously been influenced by said blogs and questioned your own choices regarding diet and fitness? Guilty as charged.
Not all of it is bad. There are some blogs out there whose advice in fitness is completely warranted- as evidenced by their qualifications and clientele. There are several blogs of registered Dieticians I regularly learn new information from and am inspired to try new things to improve my health.
However, there are some blogs out there who constantly preach fitness routines and provide dietary advice- yet their highest qualification is personal experience. I’m not saying personal experience is bad- its good- for the BLOGGER themselves. But to use that as the right to provide advice to readers- it can be detrimental.
Furthermore, bloggers need to realise certain pictures they paint on their blog is not reality- its not all rainbows and butterflies and what is good for the goose is not necessarily good for the gander. Posting minuscule portions of food, excessive exercise routines and self images of clearly emaciated self is damaging- to themselves and their readers- especially those who have experiences or are experiencing disordered eating.
The blog world is an open space for anyone to be apart of- and that is something that readers need to affirm to themselves. There are no strict guidelines in place regarding content and no ‘blogger police’ to monitor what’s being posted- regardless of how inaccurate or detrimental it might be. Bloggers need to realise that they have an unspoken responsibility to their readers to ensure they are fully aware that what they blog about.
Not naming any names and being honest here- I have received emails from a number of readers asking for diet recommendations or workout advice. I’m more than happy to give my experience with workout programs I’ve done in the past, however to provide an actual program? No dice. In fact, what I’ve been doing is linking them up with Tara’s blog who is actually qualified to do so. I post updates on my workouts and random recipes I think readers might like. However, I will never ever dictate or suggest my ways are effective for anyone else out there. I have no qualifications in fitness nor do I have qualifications in nutrition or dietetics.
Being a reader to ANY blog, whether it be fitness, food, fashion or film– at the end of the day, it is your choice to continue to read them or your choice to follow their advice. However- unless they are have actual qualifications- should be taken with a grain of salt.
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Are there blogs out there you once read religiously yet now avoid due to any of the above reasons?
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