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5 Ways to Support Your Favorite Bloggers

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Not going to lie, this post is a little self serving but I also think it’s important.  These kinds of things don’t come naturally to some folks who may not understand how blogging works.

I’ve also been in the “blogging” mindset with FitBloggin‘ around the corner. On a call last week with the new FitBloggin’ advisory board we discussed how blogging has changed and how more and more folks are abandoning their blogs in lieu of only social media interaction. Frankly, I find myself doing more of that as well, too. There are times I share fairly long Facebook posts (like this one today) that just a few years ago I would post here on the blog instead. I also rarely ever post my “Notes to Self” anymore as they are more suitable for Twitter with its 140 character limit.

For me, blogging has always been a way to connect and share. I’ve been using it to get out of my own head for years and there’s no doubt it’s been a huge part of not only my weight loss success but my journey into fitness as well. I changed a lot in 10 years and this blog has been a catalyst while capturing it all.

Over those 10 years my style of blogging changed from weekly weigh-in posts to daily journal entries to article styles and now back to daily journals. I have always used my blog for more personal reasons while trying to balance what you, the reader, may find interesting as well. It’s quite a juggling act but I’ve come to learn that it has to be more about me than you.  I’ve rediscovered the power of simply daily postings and it’s reminded why I fell in love with blogging in the first place.

I feel like my style of blogging is a bit antiquated. Most of the “popular” bloggers or the ones who “make it” are much more article driven, even magazine like. I (and many others), however, have no desire to go down that path. For some of us it’s more about the self-expression, journaling, connecting, and the therapeutic nature of doing those things. There’s no denying I get a lot out of it and my philosophy has always been that if only one other person relates and my story somehow helps them then the blog is a success.

All of that being said, sometimes blogging reaps little reward. You can easily pour your soul into a post only to get no response in the comments, or worse, only spam comments. All those ads you see on people’s sidebars make them pennies, literally, pennies — that’s not even me, the exaggerator, exaggerating. And sure, we may get lucky enough to get on a few PR reps’ lists for free products now and then but most want something in return and as soon as you mention any sort of compensation they go running for the hills.

Don’t get me wrong, this isn’t a woe is me blog post. I love what I do and I’m grateful I get to do it. Not everyone is as lucky, and as I see more and more blogs abandoned I can’t help to be a little sad that the era of blogging is dying.

Things change, of course, they have to, but if there are bloggers you enjoy reading I urge you to support them by:

1. Leaving a Comment

So simple but SO powerful. It doesn’t even have to be a long, thought out comment! Just a “I get you” or a “Congrats” or a simple “hope you feel better.” Right now I’ll bet you that someone who is reading this has read my blog for years and never commented. I get it. It’s scary. You have to leave a name and an email address. You think we don’t read them or won’t care. I have read every single comment I’ve ever gotten and I appreciate every single one. Most of the bloggers I know feel the same way. It’s a little about validating us, sure. It’s not a stretch that we are kind of attention seekers — if we weren’t we probably wouldn’t be blogging. Everyone wants to be validated in some way but commenting can be so much more than that. It’s connection. It’s reassurance someone is out there. It’s a keep-doing-what-you’re-doing-becuase-I-appreciate-it-and-I’m-here pat on the back.

Next time you read a blog post from one of your favorite bloggers and it makes you smirk or laugh or nod in agreement, let them know that and be confident you just made their day.

2. Visit their actual blog now and then

I publish full feeds here on Roni’s Weigh and have since pretty much the beginning. That means if you subscribe you get my full post delivered to your inbox, which while convenient for you screws me out of any sort of income generation from ads. I’m not complaining, I’m just being honest. If it was a big deal for me I would simply not publish my full feed. And some bloggers don’t for that very reason.

Let me take a moment to shed some light on all the ways bloggers make money. I agree that shouldn’t be why bloggers do what they do, but let’s for the sake of argument, pretend blogging is work. Most bloggers blog on top of their full-time jobs. I did when I started. I would put a full day in at the office, come home for family time and then once the kids were in bed “blog” from about 8 until midnight.

You may think all that means is writing something really quick and hitting the publish button but behind the scenes there’s server management, spam control, web design, photo editing, site maintenance, upgrades, social media promotion, and so on and so forth. Of course the amount of work folks put into all these things is variable and it all depends on how serious they take their blog but it’s there. I finally hired an editor and server guy after eight years of blogging, not because I didn’t need them earlier but because I didn’t make enough to justify the expense and that was me attempting to generate an income from two blogs.

So back to how bloggers make money. Basically (and I’m simplifying here) there are four ways: Ads, sponsors or sponsored posts, affiliate links and their own products. I’m focusing on ads here, as that’s where the benefit of visiting the actual blog comes into play.

There are basically 3 types of ads:

  • CPC ads — Blogger makes a few pennies if ad is clicked
  • CPM ads — Blogger makes a few pennies for every time the ad is seen (like a billboard on the highway)
  • CPA ads — Blogger makes a small percentage every time you click on ads and then purchase something.

Ads suck and I long for a day I can remove all of them from my site forever, but truth be told, they are a majority of my income and I’d guess most other bloggers as well. They are passive, require little work from me day-to-day and in the case of CPM ads, require no work or money from you besides visiting my site.

Most CPM ads are network based, which means the blogger joins a network and installs a little code on the blog. The network then manages the advertisers and feeds the ads. Frankly, I don’t even look at them. I don’t even know what’s being advertised on my site half the time. Now and then I’ll get a complaint from a reader there’s some quick-fix diet or man boobs ads or something and then I’ll contact the ad network and ask them to remove that particular advertiser.

I’m not saying this is right or wrong, right now it just is. Ad management is at the lowest end of my priority list because I’d rather spend my time writing, connecting, responding to comments and so forth.

All this is to say, visit your favorite blogs now and then, ignore the ads and smile knowing you just earned them a nickel or so (if they’re lucky.)

3. Follow them on social media and interact!

Since we opened the money can of worms, you may not know this but a blogger’s social media “status” helps them land sponsors. The more followers they have on Twitter or Facebook or whatever the social media du jour is, sponsors notice that. They like bloggers who not only have large followings but interact with those followers.

But this isn’t all about the money. As I said, I’m all about the connection. I love interacting and that’s what social media is good for. Sure, there are bloggers who just push stuff out never responding to tweets or Facebook posts, but for me and many others these social media channels are more than a way to promote. Social media gives us more interaction and most bloggers I know crave interaction. It’s another reason we do what we do.

(side note: If you are a Facebook person did you know you can select to get notification from your favorite Facebook posts? see below)

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4. Share posts that resonate with you

Since we’re on the social media side of things I have one more word for you: SHARE!  Share blog posts from your favorite bloggers who resonate with you. Retweet bloggers when they promote their posts. Share Facebook wall posts that you like. I’m not saying do this to a fault and spam your friends and family, but when something really entertains you or makes you smile or hits home then share it.

As cheesy as it sounds, sharing is caring in the blogosphere.

5. Purchase blogger products

This one falls into the money-making category again but when you see a blogger pushing their own products whether it be books, T-shirts, stickers or whatever you have to give them at least a small pat on the back. They are trying to carve their own path. Why should the only option be to peddle brands?

(UPDATE: I forgot to add this point and it hit me at the gym this morning — sad I know. Review! If someone *cough* has a book or product and the site you order from allows you to leave a review… DO IT! They are invaluable and really help the blogger get on the radar of others. Yes, this is totally self-serving with #wycwyc out. I’m learning so much about publishing and how Amazon works!) 

I know in my case I hope I can generate enough income from book sales, sponsors and other potential income streams (speaking possibly) so I can remove most, if not all annoying ads on my blogs. How awesome would that be?

There is no road map when it comes to blogging and I truly believe there is no “right” way to do it. Most of us do what we do out of instinct. We learn as we go along making wrong turns and stumbling, a lot. But as blogging continues to evolve and change I hope we can hold on to at least some of what made it great in the beginning.

I don’t normally blog about blogging stuff because I find blogging about blogging well, pretty annoying.  The way I see it, niche magazines don’t post articles about the publishing industry unless they are a magazine for magazine publishers. I used to have a separate blog to blog about blogging for bloggers (I had to do it — it just sounded too funny) but I dropped it years ago and absorbed it into this one for archival purposes.

Bloggers are some of the most passionate people I know and it saddens me to see more and more walking away from something they enjoy. I can’t wait to see my fellow bloggers next week in Denver and I hope this posts helps in some way.

~*~*~

Food Journal

  • 7:15 a.m. Post-workout Recover Shake (1 scoop)
  • 8 a.m. Banana Oatmeal Cup with added hemp seeds
  • 9:30 a.m. Leftover salmon and brown rice — my stomach was GROWLING so I just attacked some leftovers instead of grabbing a typical snack. I’m trying to do this more.
  • 12:30 p.m. Avocado and crab maki with a spring roll and a green salad.
  • 6 p.m. Ryan’s Birthday dinner out (He’s TEN TODAY! — blows my mind) I had scallops, fried rice, noodles, veggies and a bite of his birthday cake. :)

Activity Journal

  • 6 a.m. Row and Stretching for warm-up
    Back Squat
    5 @ 33 lbs
    5 @ 83 lbs
    5 @ 103 lbs
    5 @ 123 lbs
    5 @ 133 lbs
    5 @ 123 lbs
    5 @ 123 lbs
    Workout was 3 rounds through the “stations” – 60 seconds of work at each station with 45 seconds rest. The number is my total reps. I took it pretty easy, still recovering from this weekend.
    Calorie ROW – 43
    GHD Sit Up – 46
    Ground2Overhead(65#) – 20
    Wall Ball (14#) – 55
  • So my #milestreak ended. Honestly, I forgot about it on Saturday with the comp and Sunday I wanted a full day of recovery so I did nothing. Today every moment has been accounted for. My plan it to restart tomorrow. As I said on twitter….

Unfortunately this weekend I was so busy my #milstreak ended. :( But that’s ok, I’ll just have to start another. :) #wycwyc



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Discussion

There are 75 comments so far.

    MaryAnn Erickson

    June 15, 2015

    This was an excellent post! Thanks for explaining how the bogging works. I had no idea what it takes to blog or how you make money off it. I’ll pay more attention now that I know.

      roni

      June 16, 2015

      Thanks! It was fun to peel back the curtain a bit. :)

    Kaye

    June 15, 2015

    Roni…
    This was a very enlightening post for me. Thanks for sharing.
    I DO read all your posts and they pretty much inspire me EVERY day. So I’m glad you still prefer to do the personal blogging. I pretty much feel like I know you as a person since I am “involved” in your life every day :)
    I rarely leave a comment because I do think maybe it should be more THOUGHT out…but since you encouraged me to leave a comment, I wanted to.
    THANK YOU for blogging. Looking forward, as usual, to tomorrow’s post!
    Kaye

      roni

      June 16, 2015

      Thank YOU for continuing to read!!

    Debra

    June 15, 2015

    I will consider your points now that I know how blogging works.

    Rebecca

    June 15, 2015

    I read everything you write! There are lots of times I think I should leave a comment, but, I worry you’ll think I’m a stalker or something. I “get” where you are at and the way you think. I feel a true inspiration from reading your blog and all of the lovely healthy choices you share on Greenlitebites. Thank you!

      nancyabc

      June 16, 2015

      I thought I was annoying also so I wouldn’t leave comments after awhile go figure.

      roni

      June 16, 2015

      HA! It’s funny because I used to have really regular commenters and I would start to feel like I get to know them and when they stop commenting I assume they just don’t read anymore and, honestly, it makes me sad.

    Mary

    June 15, 2015

    Thanks for a very enlightening post, Roni. I fall into the category of “I’d better not comment or “Like” something too often for fear of a having a restraint order filed against me. :). I’ve been following you for years and have really enjoyed your evolution over that time. I also curse like a longshoreman and appreciate your authenticity!

      roni

      June 16, 2015

      OMG I feel like I curse ALL THE TIME now. lol I can’t stop myself it’s weird. Feel free to comment, I miss you. :)

    Jennifer Lefforge

    June 15, 2015

    Love this! For awhile now I’ve been thinking that we need to pull back the curtain of this whole thing and explain how it works (and how it doesn’t) to those that read. I recently went on a “stats fast” because I was becoming obsessed with page views and bounce rates and letting it ruin or make my day. That’s not why I started blogging and it won’t keep me in the game. Love.

      roni

      June 16, 2015

      I NEVER look at my stats unless absolutely necessary. It sucks all the fun out of it in my opinion. :)

    Jamie

    June 15, 2015

    I set up my #milestreak so that it was a goal to move 30 miles in the 30-day month of June. Sometimes I’m over, sometimes I’m under, but I’m on track to hit it (without having to trek 10 miles on June 29 ;-))! Not gonna lie either- I’ve been counting walks with the dog, which are so much slower than I’d like, but the kids are out of school so I’m #wycwyc-ing it and happy to see how those slow, shorter than I’d like walks are adding up!

      roni

      June 16, 2015

      That’s a great idea! More of a mile goal for the month instead of a flat daily goal. Hmmm I may have to ponder that one!

    Nicole

    June 15, 2015

    I loved this post so much. I’m currently at a fork in the road with one of my blogs and you listed the reasons why. Thank you!

      roni

      June 16, 2015

      YAY! I really think people don’t realize how valuable and a part of a blog THEY are when they read. It’s such an interesting relationship between reader and blogger.

    nancyabc

    June 16, 2015

    And here I thought bloggers didn’t like all those comments.
    This blog post really has a lot of good information.
    I started back at WW and found you when I was looking for recipes about 2009/2010?
    Then I checked out all your blogs but I really liked the Wednesday weigh-in and your challenges.
    I know you have moved beyond this but I still check in to see how you are doing(and of course the recipes.)
    I’ll be sure to leave a comment now.
    I have your first cookbook and I’m ready for your second one.
    As for the ads I thought someone once told me you could get a virus from clicking on them but I get the first graders at school to help me with the computer–ugh.

      roni

      June 16, 2015

      WOW.. see I’m SO GLAD i wrote this then. I love your comments! You’ve been commenting for a long time and I really appreciate it!

      Ads are tricky I would not click unless it was a reputable brand but just visiting helps out the bloggers so no need to click and chance it.

      And one of the reasons I’m stepping down from FitBloggin is so I can focus more on GreenLiteBites and #wycwyc so maybe I’ll start planning a new cookbook. :)

    Brenna

    June 16, 2015

    I recently discovered your blog and I love it! Thanks for sharing! I also love your recipes on greenlitebites! I tried the beet cupcakes and they were surprisingly delicious– what a great idea! I plan to try the spinach ones next

      roni

      June 16, 2015

      Awesome! Thanks for the comment!

    Shannon

    June 16, 2015

    I love and appreciate this post, Roni! I often hesitate when thinking of leaving a comment. I guess I feel like it makes more work for the blogger- time to read and answer. Plus, I feel like an interloper sharing my thoughts on YOUR platform. I mean, I didn’t do the work, why should I bend your reader’s ears? This was info and encouragement I can use. I appreciate your journal entries and your expertise. Reading blogs ( and dreaming of starting y own someday) has become a true interest of mine. Thanks for pointing out simple ways I can show appreciation.

      roni

      June 16, 2015

      That’s funny, because it is more work and when I get busy I let a lot of comment slide — I read them but don’t reply as it’s very time consuming (this post as an example) but I have a personal rule that IF the comment has a question I ALWAYS reply.

    Rhiannon

    June 16, 2015

    I do occasionally comment and sometimes I go to comment and change my mind. Even though you’re at a completely different stage in your life you still resonate with me so I love coming to your website. I don’t do feeds so hopefully that helps with your ad revenue :) I also bought the Kindle version of your wycwyc book :) Keep on keeping on, reading your posts makes me smile. Thanks for doing what you do.

      roni

      June 16, 2015

      Thanks! I hope you like the book!!

    Jessica Ford

    June 16, 2015

    Thanks for the reminders. I usually visit the actual webpage and click on an ad or two, but when I’m super busy, I forget to do that. Gotta get back into that habit.

      roni

      June 16, 2015

      That’s so nice of you!

    Laura

    June 16, 2015

    Longtime reader, first time poster. Thank you for entertaining and educating me over the years.

      roni

      June 16, 2015

      I KNEW it.. another lurker. ;) lol thanks for commenting. Appreciate it!

    Vicki

    June 16, 2015

    Thank you for explaining how Blogging works, it was very informative. Your blog is one of the few I read EVERY day. The thing I enjoy most about your blog is you’re just real, not magazine like so keep up the great work. You’re always informative about subjects and entertaining when talking about your family. I hope you keep blogging just the way you are. Thank you for your time to post.

      roni

      June 16, 2015

      Thank you! I have no desire to go that direction. For a few years I thought I had to but it felt forced and unnatural. I much rather just brain dump at the end of the day and share my journals. It’s very therapeutic for me.

    Elaine

    June 16, 2015

    I’m so guilty of not doing some of those! I rarely visit the blog’s actual site and prefer to read it in feedly. Some blogs, not yours btw, are just a pain to actually visit! Flash this and pop up that, it slows down my browser and I end up closing out before it even finishes loading! I will say that I have visited your blogs more than others and have probably commented more here, as little as that is, than other blogs. I come here because I enjoy hearing your story. I’m not trying to lose weight, just be healthier, and you are really great inspiration for that!

      roni

      June 16, 2015

      Thanks for this. I’ve been actively trying to clean up my site and reduce ads so it IS faster. Glad to see it kind of working!!

    Cat B

    June 16, 2015

    Hi. I’m a reader who never clicks through. But I’m here, I read, I hope to achieve what you have at some point, and I appreciate what you do. :)

      roni

      June 16, 2015

      THANK YOU! :)

    Megan

    June 16, 2015

    Wow, thanks for this. Like other commenters, I’ve always wondered how blogging worked. This post was not annoying at all, and not self-serving, as you’re helping us understand other bloggers too. Also like other commenters, I’ve stopped commenting on my favorite blogs (crazy now that I think about it) because I didn’t want to be annoying and didn’t think my comments were being read. But, positivity is powerful, so I’ll try to remember that if I can put a positive comment “out there”, that’s not a bad thing! I use my Favorites menu to visit my favorite blogs, which I thought this was a bad thing versus subscribing, but who knew I was helping by visiting the actual blog?! Thanks for the info, and please keep blogging! :) (and Happy belated 10th Birthday Ryan!)

      roni

      June 16, 2015

      That’s a great thing! And positive comments are never annoying! I don’t know any bloggers who would think so either. And if they do they are in the wrong line of work. :)

    Betsy

    June 16, 2015

    i had no idea about much of this-great post. Looking forward to interacting more and not just passively reading :)

    Thanks for sharing all you do with us!

      roni

      June 16, 2015

      yes! Please do! :)

    nancyabc

    June 16, 2015

    Another Question: I’m only on here and pinterest but I send a lot of your recipes to friends and family through emails does this count or not??
    I really have no one to help me with technology so I limit what I do on here. So I haven’t joined any of those social media places (I needed Pinterest for school.)

      roni

      June 16, 2015

      Ok, course! Pinning is awesome too! I get lots of traffic to GreenLiteBites from Pinterest. That’s a great way to share!

    Chris

    June 16, 2015

    (Not to ignore your whole post here but) OH NO! I missed your Tweet about your #milestreak! I have been so pleased with myself for continuing, and have started feeling that “happy obligation” to get my mile in each day. Even The Hubs has checked in a few times.

    I’ve been thinking it’s time for another of my “occasional blog posts” – I never really found a groove or an identity / purpose with my blog but I do still write every now and then when a subject grabs me. All that “after-work” work to write was more than I was willing to commit on a regular basis, but I do LOVE reading yours, Carla Birnberg’s and Michelle (Diary of an Aspiring Loser), quite “religiously.”

      roni

      June 16, 2015

      Yup.. it happens. But that’s ok. I have so much going on right now I’m cutting myself some slack. That said I’m about to head out for a walk in a few. :)

      Oh and Carla and Michelle are both good friends of mine! So that’s stinkin’ awesome!

    Kathy

    June 16, 2015

    You win the bet! I’ve been reading everyday since 2009, and this is my first comment! I read many blogs, but yours has been my favorite for years, and your attitude has been the single biggest influence in my journey towards self-acceptance.

    I like your posts because they are not of the “I’ve figured it all out, and here’s what you should do” variety, but more of the “I tried this, and this part didn’t work for me, but this part was awesome!” ilk. The former is tempting to read, because I want to feel like someone knows all the answers and can just tell me, but I find the latter more honest, more vulnerable, and more respectful of me to find what works for me. Your style is refreshingly non-judgmental (both towards your body and towards your readers). It makes me feel like we’re on an adventure together, where the unknown is exciting, because instead of being afraid to “fail,” there’s only fun in trying and encouraging each other. After reading one of your posts, I usually feel like how I do after yoga–grateful to my body, and a little bit warm and fuzzy about the world :)

    Well, that ended up being more long-winded than I intended. The point is, I love your work, thank you so much!

      roni

      June 16, 2015

      HA! I KNEW IT! lmao. And I’m going to share what your comment on facebook because you’ve nailed exactly what I’ve been thinking for years. I’m not an expert and I’m ok with that. I’d much rather learn and grow WITH my audience than pretend to know all the answers. That’s why I think blogging is powerful and special. They will never put someone like me on TV or give me a radio show but here I’m “allowed” to do my thing and it’s helped me immensely and hopefully I’m touching others.

      Thanks for that long-winded comment!! It made my day. :)

    Kathy

    June 16, 2015

    Long time subscriber here. I always read your blog in my email, but after reading this post I will always now go to your blog to read your daily posts so you get a little something for that.
    I have a handful of blogs that I read daily, and I do understand that it is work for you guys and you need and want compensation for your work.
    One of the things that I have noticed for a little while now on some of the blogs I follow is the endless and almost daily posts they do on sponsored reviews of products. I do understand that their opinions are their own, but it has been getting annoying that they are all doing it, and so often the same products …. like the Stitch Fix. I guess if maybe one of the bloggers I followed talked about it it would be interesting and informational, but then they all do it, and it’s like an endless commercial. Or the free trips they take and then have to blog all about the details. It just takes away from the original reasons I had first signed up to follow their blogs, which was of course to hear about their thoughts and experiences with what their blogs were about, whether a weight loss journey, clean eating, running, etc. I have even considered unsubscribing to some of them, although have not yet in hopes that this “make the sponsor happy” of pretty much turning their whole blogs into a commercial for all the various products they receive to review. I have hopes they will return to their original reasons for blogging and keeping it interesting to their subscribers.
    Thanks for explaining the intricacies of what you bloggers do.

      roni

      June 16, 2015

      Yes, this is becoming a thing. I try to keep mine pretty light and I when I do them I really work with the brand to make it more personal than just a review but not all bloggers do. I’d rather have the ads out of the way in the side bar then clutter up my content but now and then they are fun.

    Anne

    June 16, 2015

    Thanks for the insights Roni. I’ll be sorry to see when blogs are no more because it feels more personal that FB etc but I am sure we will all adapt.

      roni

      June 16, 2015

      Yup, things change. But I’m holding on too. :)

    Tina

    June 16, 2015

    Found your site in 2006 when I was google-ing Weight Watchers (while at work one day). I read daily and must say that your journey to healthy living has helped me immensely take the plunge to live healthy and be active!

      roni

      June 16, 2015

      I know you have! You’ve been commenting for some time now!

    Sam

    June 16, 2015

    Hi Roni,

    I’ve been reading your blog for probably over a year now, and never commented, so figure I should probably take the opportunity on this post to do so! I personally love the “old-fashioned” way that you blog in a diary, rather than article style, and although I don’t fully read every entry, you always put a smile on my face when your posts appear on my feedly lists.

    Take care,
    Sam

      roni

      June 16, 2015

      Thank you! :)

    Melissa (@TheDailyMel)

    June 16, 2015

    Thanks for reminding me about the basics, Roni. I freely admit that I’ve become a big jaded over the years having been a blogger for nearly 15 years. Accordingly, I’ve become very remiss in visiting actual blogs and leaving comments because I do most of my reading via Feedly. This was a great reminder that I need to interact more and let my favorite bloggers/writers know I appreciate their words.

    Sheri J

    June 16, 2015

    Read you daily for along time now. Don’t comment often anymore and I don’t really know why as I know I’ll be reading until you quit writing.

    Feel free to tell me its none of my business but did Judy ever get her special needs dog?

      roni

      June 17, 2015

      Next month!! She’s gets it at the end of July. I’m sure I’ll be blogging about it. :) It was a bit of a show with the non-profit but my mom was finally able to figure everything out.

    Alissa

    June 16, 2015

    I couldn’t agree more! Thanks for putting this out there. :)

    Lesley

    June 16, 2015

    I have read your blog for longer than I can remember and I would be crushed if you stopped (holy crap I just realized that I have been following you for around 8 years).

    I learned a lot from this post. I don’t always comment and have done so even less the last few years for three reasons. First I am never sure if it is better to comment on the blog or on Facebook. Second, I am afraid of looking like a stalker or a crazy groupie type. Finally sometimes my comment turns into what seems like a long rambling and I just give up and erase the whole comment.

    I love how you have always kept with the same message of each individual doing what works for them in both the food and exercise departments. Other bloggers can at times come across as condescending and push their way as the right way. You also encourage open and honest discussions. Others do not and will attach those who do not share the same views they do. I will be sure to comment more often, and share the post that move me the most. I hate feeling like I am spamming people with shares. I think we all have had that friend that fills up our feed with tons of shares to the point where you no longer even read what they share until eventually you unfriend or hide them.

    I send people to greenlitebites all the time. Usually when I have a general idea of what I want to eat I will go to there and see the types of recipes you have before searching elsewhere. I think we have the same taste in food so I trust that your recipes will be something my family and I enjoy.
    I miss your videos especially with your kids in them. My son would love to sit and watch what Roni and Ryan were making (they are only a few months apart in age). He would talk about you like you where someone he knew. It was so funny. The videos with your kids helped inspire me to make my kids more involved in the kitchen. Although as a mom of two kids I understand how hard it must be to do them now.

    Again thank you for sharing your life with me so open and honestly. I hope you continue blogging for many years and I will keep commenting and sharing to ensure you do.

      roni

      June 17, 2015

      Ok, the blog/facebook question is a good one. I think blog is better but facebook is nice too. I’d say do it where it makes sense for you though.
      The stalker thing is cracking me up. Bloggers throw themselves out there TO connect so have no fear, we don’t think you are staking for commenting. :)
      As for rambling, ramble away! That’s pretty much what i do IN the blog post. lol

      Thanks for the feedback on GreenLiteBites. I’m hoping once I wrap things up with FitBloggin that I can increase frequency over there. I realized I had to pick what I wanted to focus on and that included #wycwyc and GreenLiteBites. Those are my two favorite things and I simply haven’t been able to keep up with this huge looming conference over my head yearly.

      Thank you for the “ramble” I really appreciated it.

    Debbi

    June 16, 2015

    Commenting! Because you suggested it … and because this was a good post to nudge me into putting more effort into my blog. I usually read blogs on my phone, in bed, and is so hard to comment on the phone. But worth the effort.

    I took 2 walks today. Hadn’t planned to, but I needed to mail a couple things and the post office is less than a mile from my house. Another #wycwyc opportunity.

      roni

      June 17, 2015

      The phone does prove annoying with comments. I’m considering going app based one day to solve that. :)

    Melissa

    June 16, 2015

    I am one of those readers that has been reading your blog for years and has never commented! I so appreciate your blog and read it everyday!!! WYCWYC has had a huge impact on my life!! Thank you!!

      roni

      June 17, 2015

      Thank YOU! :)

    Jeri Lyn

    June 17, 2015

    Hi Roni!! I’m a day behind, but just read your post & I want to say I LOVE YOU BLOG & PLEASE KEEP DOING WHAT YOU’RE DOING!!! I don’t comment often, because honestly I just figure you don’t really care what I might have to say (but, not in a “mean” way to you, I just know you’re VERY busy & get lots of “comments”). Though, since you’ve requested it, I’ll try to “comment” more often. ;)
    I’ve always enjoyed your blog & your honesty. You’re actually the only blog I read on a regular/daily basis. I do always try to “read in browser” @ the bottom of your posts, mostly because I did figure you made a little if I opened the sight with the ads & also to check/read others “comments”.
    So again, THANK YOU & KEEP IT COMING!!!!

    Jessica

    June 17, 2015

    A thoughtfull post, thanks!

    Joints

    June 19, 2015

    I’m here. I’ve been here since Ryan was about 2 years old. I started reading your weight loss blog and quickly became obsessed with reading every single post. I have commented a few times here and there, but for the most part I’m a silent stalker. I really enjoy your blogs and I will say that I am not much into the weight lifting/crossfit stuff, but I do enjoy everything else about your blogging. Keep up the great work and know there are a lot of silent stalkers out there that appreciate all your hard work!

    Carol

    June 20, 2015

    I just came over from the feed to support your blog! Thanks for the informative article. I don’t blog, but I appreciate those who do and I prefer the personal, sharing blogs to the article driven blogs.

    GiGi Eats

    June 21, 2015

    So pumped for this weekend!! I am ready to present on Saturday D and of course meet EVERYONE!!!

    Sara

    June 22, 2015

    Nice post, thanks for clarifying how ads are broken down. I just started a new blog that right now I don’t have any interest in monetizing it. However, I have a writing degree and it’s in the back of my head that after I hit that magical 5 year mark for maintenance, I’d possibly like to write a book about my experience. I know that established blogs can be a great launching pad for published work so we’ll see what happens :)

    Lynda

    June 25, 2015

    Roni, I loved this post about blogging. I was curious how bloggers made money and I wasn’t aware of the different ways that produce revenue. I love your blog and your style of writing. You are so relatable in sharing your ups and downs in life. I also love all the creative recipes you post. Thank you for a great job!

    Lori

    June 30, 2015

    Here’s my brain dump for you:
    1. Your sites are the only blogs I go to on a daily basis yet I’ve only left comments a handful of times. {hangs head in shame} Sorry. I know I should comment more. I have no excuse (actually I have lots of excuses, just no valid ones so moving on…)
    2. Your transition from runner to crossfitter has been an inspiration. I am a runner (something I NEVER would have said or thought 6 years ago) and recently started thinking more about how I strength train. I tried a demo at a crossfit box not too long ago but didn’t feel like it fit me but just last week I hit a couple kettlebell classes and think I’m in love (not enough to abandon my marathons though lol).
    3. I am currently behind on the wycwyc podcast but that is only because I save it for my walks so I can be completely focused. I walk everyday but the goal is for it to be a family walk. Luckily solo walks when I can listen to the podcast are few and far between (I’m sure you understand.)
    4. I also follow you on Facebook (never took to Twitter) but I’m always afraid to comment for fear it would seem to stalkerish or weird. You know absolutely nothing about me but I know so much about you.
    5. Please don’t ever stop what you do. You are an immense inspiration and motivator. I wish I could give you a hug (too much?)

    tisha @ quiltytherapy

    July 2, 2015

    Good point on comments. I’m trying my best to leave comments on blogs and FB posts to help others.

    Tristan

    July 3, 2015

    I agree with this post, if you like and you think the blog you read helps you or share good ideas with you, leave the author some comments or follow his/her social accounts. And the best thing we can do as a reader for a blogger is to share their post, so that we can spread helpful blogs.

    Emily M

    July 8, 2015

    Does it count if we click on the link on our facebook feed? When it opens in facebook do the ads pop up? I’ve never noticed because i’ve been following your feed in my inbox. If, I can do this, i’ll unsubscribe from the email and click on the link when it posts to facebook.
    Thanks for answering some questions about this!

      roni

      July 9, 2015

      I think so but it’s cool. Read in email if it’s more convenient. You can’t always trust Facebook to show you the latest posts and they sometimes hide wall links.

      Anyway you read I appreciate. Thanks for asking though! :)

    Kate Sloan

    July 17, 2015

    Great post. I’m a huge fan and have been following you for years on here and facebook. I’m one of those dreaded non-commenting types. Sorry! Please don’t feel bad about having ads on your site. Considering how much work you put into it you should be receiving compensation somehow. You have created a really pretty site and I find that the ads do not interfere with my enjoyment of your work.