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How To Become A Healthy Living Blogger

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Today more than ever it feels like healthy living bloggers are a community. There’s the Healthy Living Summit and Healthy Living Blogs. And, well, we all just love each other. In the spirit of inclusiveness, I thought I’d reveal the secrets of being a Health Living Blogger for those who may not belong to the club.

So here are the five rules of healthy living blogging, summed up in this handy-dandy acronym: N.U.T.S.O.*

To be a healthy living blogger you need hefty doses of …

Narcissism
Think you’re just kinda so-so? Get an ego, man. You can’t possibly blog three times a day (or even once, for that matter) if you don’t think you’re pretty great. We health bloggers assume we have something worth saying, after all.

Unlimited funds
Pecan butter. Goji berries. Coconut water. Do you think these things grow on trees? (Don’t answer that.) These things are expensive, so if you’re planning on being a healthy living blogger, make sure your bank account is well-stocked. Otherwise, how will you afford bottles of kombucha when it’s re-released?

Time
Now would be a good time to break up with all your friends. And mother. That’s because blogging once a day takes time. If you plan to blog multiple times a day, you better have a good chunk of time during which you’ll reveal your wonderfulness to the world.

Self-depreciation
As much as you might like to stroke your pretty little ego all day long, hold off. Readers like nothing else than to know our favorite bloggers are made of flesh and blood. So blog about your faults. For instance, if you were to, say, have a disease that turn your feet into torches, don’t hide the fact from your readers. If nothing else, it will make them feel better about themselves.

Obsession
This one goes without saying, really, since no one in their right mind would spend countless hours a day blogging if they weren’t obsessed. Non-obsessed people do not photograph their food. They do not move food that’s about to be cold to a different spot just to get the best lighting. They do not document their workouts. And they most definitely do not stalk other people’s blogs to find out exactly how they lived their day.

As you can see, the road to becoming a healthy living blogger isn’t easy. And it’s not for the faint of heart. Frankly, to maintain a blog, you must be N.U.T.S.O.**

* Said with love and a hefty dose of sarcasm.

** You know that, right?

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40 comments

1 Mary (A Merry Life) { 09.23.10 at 8:11 am }

This is AWESOME. Hilarious, but full of truths. ;)

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2 FoodFitnessFreshair { 09.23.10 at 9:07 am }

Funny, but true in so many ways….I could use a few more funds for that latest kombucha flavor!

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Tracey Reply:

I second that!

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3 Wei-Wei { 09.23.10 at 10:11 am }

Sometimes I do think about the “dark sides” of healthy living bloggers. Healthy living bloggers often turn blogging into their job, and then they start making money, and then there are giveaways and self-promotions all over the place. And then there’s the deleting of nasty comments… don’t get me started on that.

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Tracey Reply:

Thankfully, I’ve only had one nasty comment. (Which I deleted.) It was either delete it and move on or keep it, re-read it 40 more times, and stop blogging.

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4 Amy B @ Second City Randomness { 09.23.10 at 10:48 am }

You are seriously the best. I love this post!!! I find it hilarious. Because it’s sadly true… I’m a little vain and a lot crazy… sigh.

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5 Julie @ Peanut Butter Fingers { 09.23.10 at 11:06 am }

NUTSO is pretty darn accurate. although, to be honest, i include my dog sadie in my blog so much because she’s way cooler than me. but then again, so is my food. maybe that’s why my blog is dominated by food pics & anecdotes about sadie. :)

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Tracey Reply:

And also because everyone loves dogs. Seriously, I could scroll through dog photos all day long. It’d be totally unproductive, of course.

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6 Andrea Mitchell { 09.23.10 at 11:07 am }

So damn true. Laughing out loud.

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7 Struggler { 09.23.10 at 11:59 am }

Great post. Now excuse me while I go buy some coconut water :)

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Tracey Reply:

And I’ll go pretend I don’t have a can of it in my pantry.

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8 Lindsey { 09.23.10 at 12:06 pm }

New to the blog scene and just found yours–I love it! This resonates with me, as someone who is brand new to blogging–I don’t feel “cool enough” to have a blog, I’m too poor to buy the fabulous food/goods I see on everyone else’s blogs, and my husband is already tired of seeing me sitting at my computer!

Thanks for the laughs–I look forward to many more from you!

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Tracey Reply:

Thanks for your comment. I’m also not cool enough, as evidenced by last week’s posts. I checked out your blog and you’re doing just fine!

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9 Shanna @ Shanna Like Banana { 09.23.10 at 12:33 pm }

This is so cute!

I hear ya on the unlimitied funds to get all the great blogworld foods! I could go broke! ;)

And I’m already obsessed!

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10 ash { 09.23.10 at 1:16 pm }

very true- the food is so expensive! hope you knees are doing well!

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Tracey Reply:

Thanks, Ash. The knees are doing OK. With my foot problem taking center stage, the knees kind of got pushed to the side. It’s always a dilemma choosing between illnesses when you’re this messed-up!

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11 Sava { 09.23.10 at 1:17 pm }

Once again, you have just cracked me up. :)

I love how you made a working acronym out of the word “nutso” XD

::is jealous of your comedy skillz:

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Tracey Reply:

Really you should be jealous of the time I have to sit around and brainstorm words that start with U.

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12 workout mommy { 09.23.10 at 2:14 pm }

I love it! :)

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13 Maren { 09.23.10 at 2:45 pm }

hahaha this is hilarious! and I’m sure it’s true to an extent….maybe that’s why I haven’t grown brave enough to start my blog (even though it’s been seriously brewing in my brain the last few months). you’re dang right about us readers feeling better about faults. There’s nothing worse than to hear how perfect someone is every single day!!

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Tracey Reply:

Of course, there are a gazillion other reasons to start one. (For instance, the support you guys gave me last week when I revealed my Fire Feet.)

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14 Tracey { 09.23.10 at 4:16 pm }

So true! Especially about the funds and time. Great post.

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15 Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) { 09.23.10 at 4:54 pm }

omg this is pretty sarcastically wonderful :)

I always shake when i see girls spend $12 on cashew butter, that they put on their credit cards, and cant really pay off, nor can they really pay their rent and are living on mommy & daddy. That unlimited funds part of your post hits home :)

poo-poo platter, chinese restaurant, LOL, YES!

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16 Lee { 09.23.10 at 9:47 pm }

Haha, this is so true.

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17 theemptynutjar { 09.23.10 at 9:57 pm }

This is my fave post from you so far.

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18 Jessica @ The Process of Healing { 09.23.10 at 10:31 pm }

Haha LOVE it girl!

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19 Nicole { 09.24.10 at 6:53 am }

Ha, ha!!! Loved this!!

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20 Ameena { 09.24.10 at 12:56 pm }

This is so funny, sad and true, all at the same time! I don’t consider myself a NUTSO or a healthy living blogger – instead I am a sarcastic/narcisstic blogger. So I’m safe, right?

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21 kate { 09.24.10 at 2:01 pm }

Its all true! I wish that people would talk more about the other side of blogging, ya know?

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22 Nicole, RD { 09.24.10 at 2:02 pm }

Tracey, you hit the nail on the head.

…But I do hope I’m not too self-centered!

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23 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey { 09.27.10 at 6:45 pm }

I totally love this post – I am linking back to it tonight. It had me cracking up!

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24 stuck in a rut « { 09.27.10 at 8:54 pm }

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25 Natalia - a side of simple { 09.27.10 at 10:47 pm }

I just found your sit and Oh.My.Goodness. I just recently started a blog and this is perfect. It really made me smile. Now excuse me while I go photograph my food in my crystal bowl…
=)

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26 erin m. @ {{well in l.a.}} { 09.29.10 at 1:54 pm }

Just found your blog! Very funny post! I think you forgot an “O”… O = OpenSky Store… buy the products that make me… me!

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Tracey Reply:

Love that!

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27 Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) { 10.08.10 at 6:22 pm }

This was hilarious! Loved it.

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28 Katie B. { 10.27.10 at 1:15 pm }

This is HILARIOUS!

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29 Kelly Yvonne { 11.04.10 at 9:55 am }

Very true…especially about the funds part. I wish I had the funds to stock up with all the healthy goodies I wanted..but alas, reality! Great post!!

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30 Che' @ Knight at the Restaurant { 01.05.11 at 2:42 pm }

Psht, I hear ya. I have a restaurant review blog. In Boston.

AKA even “Unlimited Funds” are not safe from bankruptcy.

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Tracey Reply:

Ha ha ha ha. That’s even more dangerous than a typical food blog!

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