Each Thursday in my Health and Wellness Bloggers Facebook group, I add a post and ask members to share what they’ve written. I encourage people to not “link and run,” but to also answer a question.
Health and wellness bloggers’ lessons learned
Recently, I asked the question “What’s the one thing you wish you knew before you started your health and wellness blog?” Here’s what the health coaches and other wellness pros who are part of my 882-member community had to say …
I love how Susan ends her recipe posts by saying, “‘Til next time, Fodmappers – Stay Fabulous!” True confesh: I had to google kedgeree. Here’s what I found. Thanks, Wikipedia!
Every once in a while, I’m fortunate to meet one of my Facebook group members in real life. That’s what happened last year when I had lunch with blogger and certified holistic health coach Tracie Inman. The post she shared on Facebook is from her Mindful Woman Running blog, The Art of the Snot Rocket, and her lesson learned was this:
Tracie’s blog’s tagline – My race. My pace. My life. – is such a great motto, don’t you agree?
Laura Madden, a stylist, lifestyle coach and blogger I featured here before (Can Guilt Be “Healthy” When It Comes To Social Media Marketing For Your Business) is an experienced vlogger (video blogger) who occasionally goes old school by writing a post like the one she shared with my group, The Path May Shift. She answered the QOTW this way:
You can find Laura’s engaging video blog posts over at Laura Madden Lifestyle.
Carla Bianchi Matthews, a certified holistic health coach who blogs at Grow in Wellness, shared her most recent post (Five “Get Healthy Without Really Trying” Food Swaps) along with advice for wellness pros who want to start a blog:
Carla’s one of the long-time members of my Facebook group (thanks for your support, Carla!). Here’s one of the recipe posts where she links to a PDF: Goodness and Joy – Oatmeal Casserole.
Armen’s always look for guest bloggers, so if you have an interest in pitching a health and wellness-related post idea to him, email him here.
When I followed up later to ask Rachael what she does to boost the quality of her images, she responded with, “When I take my own photos, I use my iPhone 4 but use the Snapseed app to enhance the photos. I also make sure I resize the photos and not just upload them as-is. Other times I search on Flickr for photos with a Creative Commons license, since these photos can be used without the need for permission. These photos are always of high quality, and you can adapt them but adding text for your own purpose.” (Great info, Rachael! I’m also a Snapseed fan.)
Yoga teacher and blogger Alex Nereuta from Montreal, Canada, responded by saying:
Alex has one of the more engaging About me pages I’ve read in a while. Check it out.
Edinburgh, Scotland-based group member Faith Canter describes herself as an “author, health well-being coach, therapist, nutritional consultant, food intolerance specialist, raw food and fermenting expert, environmentalist, traveler, wife, mother to three fur-babies and all-round lover of life.” She has this to say about blogging:
I like the vibe (colors, imagery, etc.) of her Faith Canter – Living a Life Less Toxic blog. Her most recent post is Earthing, and I agree with what Faith talks about here and vow to spend more time outside!
Well, that wraps up the contributors for the most recent Thursday Thread on my Health and Wellness Bloggers group. (You know you can join the group, if you want – right?!?) I hope you found some helpful take-aways about blogging and perhaps several new blogs to subscribe to. And if you have any “what I wish I knew” blogging advice to share, add a comment below or tweet it to me @meldeardorff. I’d love to hear from you.
And … if you’re interested in learning more about being a certified health coach, email me or check out the Institute of Integrative Nutrition’s program. I’m super-happy I did it, even though I’m not working as a health coach. My day job is a web strategist for a financial services firm, but I love the health and wellness community and truly value being part of it.