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I'm Going to BlogHer '09

The 2009 BlogHer Conference is coming up in about a month, which means I need to figure out what the hell my blog is about. This will be my third BlogHer, and I can well remember the question, “So, what do you blog about?” which is repeated over and over in elevators and corridors and frequently at lunch right after you’ve taken a big bite of salad. I can also remember trying to figure out how to give a stranger an impression of the tone, style, and topic of my blog in just 2-3 sentences as I chewed that salad slowly.

At BlogHer 2007, I said, “I’m a weight loss blogger,” which made people give me curious looks because I wasn’t fat anymore and they had no idea how big I used to be because I only wave my fat pants around at special occasions. At BlogHer 2008 I said I wrote about health, fitness and weight loss, trying to place less emphasis on the weight part, since I was personally focused more on fitness and feeling good than being super skinny. Even that felt odd, because I knew I was planning to open up the blog to other topics as soon as I finished all the laborious work on my redesign.

So now I face this question yet again. What is my blog about? What can I say to people who’ve never read this blog that will make them understand the general vibe around here? How can I interest them enough to check out the site even though they’ll have a hundred other blogs hurled at them that weekend? I’m not really sure, so I thought I’d open it up to you guys. You read me. Some of you have been lurking around here for years. What the hell is my blog about, in three sentences or less? Thanks, and I am equally interested and terrified to read your responses.

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53 Comments

Megan • June 17, 2009 at 10:47 am

Your blog is about what happens AFTER the diet, silly. :)

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elty • June 17, 2009 at 10:56 am

Little moments of sudden, blinding enlightenment, interspersed with fruit and vegetables.

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dietgirl • June 17, 2009 at 11:01 am

That’s a tricky one… how you can you distill all that goodness into one little sentence? Life, adventures, insight, occassional feline-related content :)

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Rachel • June 17, 2009 at 11:13 am

life, insight, and all the good previous comments to mine. :)

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Jess • June 17, 2009 at 11:30 am

Your blog is about living your life and all of your wacky adventures while continuing to improve yourself!

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Tammy • June 17, 2009 at 11:31 am

It’s about living your life after a huge weight loss.

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Cathleen • June 17, 2009 at 11:37 am

Life After Weight Loss, of course.

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Kathy • June 17, 2009 at 11:37 am

your blog is about growing up, maturing,change,discovery,written with great wit.

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Heather • June 17, 2009 at 11:43 am

Life after weightloss, and the constant battle we all go through to keep it off, with loads of life thrown in!

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Les • June 17, 2009 at 11:49 am

“Health and fitness” should keep them from asking more questions.

;D

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Karen • June 17, 2009 at 12:06 pm

To me, your blog is about personal growth and self-discovery.

… if that sounds too ‘fou-fou’ then I’d just tell them “health and fitness’ ;-)

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wyn • June 17, 2009 at 12:10 pm

Like others said, Life After Weight Loss, or trying to keep up with your published book :P There are so many other weight loss blogs out there but I started reading yours the cheeky book name I would never dare call myself made me stop and listen – and I enjoy your blog because you have this undeniably techy-nerdy approach to life that I enjoy reading.

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Sue • June 17, 2009 at 12:15 pm

I feel you could say “my blog is about my life – the ups, the downs, the adventures, the travels, in a well written, entertaining way”

And tell them a reader told you to say that!

You write really well, and I enjoy it even though I am one of those lurkers that rarely comments! Thank you for writing.

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fd • June 17, 2009 at 12:19 pm

Life, thoughts and times of an articulate intelligent 20-something after big weightloss, minus your love-life and related anxiety.

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Deb • June 17, 2009 at 12:22 pm

More like “LIFE (after weight loss).” I feel like your blog has evolved to be more about life and less about weight loss or even maintenance. So life after weight loss is right, with the emphasis on life. I also like the self-discovery, growth, etc., but that doesn’t do it justice. Just send them to us — we’ll tell ‘em you’re worth reading, even if we can’t exactly describe how or why. ;-)

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Dawn • June 17, 2009 at 12:50 pm

Self discovery, maintenance and better health I think sums it up pretty good. Loved hearing all about your trip too.

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MaryFran • June 17, 2009 at 1:02 pm

Your blog is about the journey to enrich your life through various means, diet, exercise, health and travel (and whatever else you want to throw into the list when your talking…that way you personally don’t get so bored with your responses!)

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Jen • June 17, 2009 at 1:05 pm

I actually feel like you’ve been struggling lately to find a voice — maybe that’s why you can’t describe what this is about.

Maybe “Life After the After?”

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carolina girl • June 17, 2009 at 1:33 pm

Definitely maintaining a healthy lifestyle after weight loss – and all things health and fitness related.

And some funny travel stories and reviews mixed in between.

And some cute kitty stories.

And I-hate-headaches stories.

Oh heck, I see your problem… LOL

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anji • June 17, 2009 at 2:26 pm

Healthy Living

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Kasey • June 17, 2009 at 2:35 pm

To me, your blog is about inspiration. Whether you blog about diet and exercise, your travels, your oh so horrible headache or if you just post a cute kitten picture. It’s inspiration for me. You did it, you lost the weight and now you’re living your life. It’s all about inspiration to me through daily activities. :)

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Amy • June 17, 2009 at 3:00 pm

Maybe refer to it as a journal of (whatever description/topics you like as described by the previous commenters). I always think of blogs as being about something, but journals are more open-ended. Mine’s about nothing and that’s how I consider it. Then I can put whatever I want in it (like yours has evolved to lately compared to the previous years) and not worry about my ‘theme.’

Of course that may not be a useful description to figure out what panel you should join at a convention!

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Danielle • June 17, 2009 at 3:00 pm

Jennette Fulda is literally half the woman she once was. Her blog, Pasta Queen, chronicled her journey of losing 180 pounds and along the way, it evolved from a weight loss journey to include her marathon training, recipes and even travel trips. With her knack for clever, funny and personable writing, Pasta Queen is like a friend to many people she has never met.

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Kyle • June 17, 2009 at 4:07 pm

PQ’s blog is about being able to do whatever the hell you want, striving for the impossible and achieving it, whether that be losing half your weight or going to Europe.

It’s about living and enjoying an inspirational life (as corny as that might sound!).

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RG • June 17, 2009 at 4:23 pm

Yeah, being funny and taking on challenges. Headaches, travel, writing, losing half your bodyweight. Very self-improvement.

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Shari • June 17, 2009 at 4:24 pm

HI,

I confess I’m a lurker. What popped into my mind after reading your question was a title of a book by Douglas Adams (Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy author) called Life, the Universe and Everything; your blog is about Life.

I enjoy your candid comments on your life and loved the europe trip. You should travel more so you can write more travel blogs!

Thanks for writing,

Shari

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amanda • June 17, 2009 at 5:32 pm

I see your blog more like mini-essays, social commentary through a lens of personal transformation. Don’t know if you’d want to say that in an elevator though…

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Quix • June 17, 2009 at 5:32 pm

I agree – life after a huge weight loss. You may have lost half your weight, but you have certainly not lost any of your wit! :)

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Mindy • June 17, 2009 at 5:51 pm

Its about maintaining weight loss and the challenges that comes with that on a daily basis.

HTH

mindy

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MizFit • June 17, 2009 at 6:23 pm

We need sentences??

frick ;)

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Lynda • June 17, 2009 at 8:38 pm

musings about life and such

that popped into my head after your question.

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Ann • June 17, 2009 at 8:43 pm

I read your blog because 1) you can write 2) you are witty and 3) you make me think. Simple as Jello 1-2-3.

Just tell them you blog about quick yet fascinating desserts.

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Nicole • June 17, 2009 at 9:30 pm

Its a personal narrative – it is about what you want to write about.

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gknee • June 17, 2009 at 10:54 pm

I think is it is like Seinfeld.

It is about nothing and yet everything. Losing weight/ losing your mind/ finding your voice and your sanity/Growing up.

And its all about the journey, not the destination.

Who knows where you’re going anyway? Who would have predicted London and Paris??

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'Drea • June 17, 2009 at 10:56 pm

You know how certain words have connotations? Well, I started reading your blog because of your improbable weight loss.

Now, I did not stop reading it once you reached your goal and, like many others, I found your travel posts interesting but the hook for me was definitely the weight loss discourse.

So, to sum up my little two cents: weight loss feels like the core even though you’ve branched out to discuss other topics.

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Sandy • June 17, 2009 at 11:13 pm

It is about discoveries – sometimes surprising – that are made following the detours on your road – some that you have created, and some that have just happened to you.

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Rina • June 18, 2009 at 3:07 am

I don’t see your blog as “one themed” anymore. You’ve done what you sought to accomplish with it – lost the weight, blogged a lot about health and fitness – and now I see it as sort of a way for you to keep in touch with all of us. Now that your blogging goals have been accomplished, we don’t want to say goodbye to you, we’re hooked, we love your writing, so you come up with new and totally different and unrelated things to blog about. Like phone calls you would have with friends – on different topics, whatever is important right then – in order to keep in touch.

I don’t think there’s any overall theme anymore, which can be distilled in two sentences to make people want to come here. People read blogs because the content interests them, or because the writing is good. So I would emphasize that the writing is good and humorous, and the topics are interesting, but I don’t see it as a health and fitness blog anymore, or even, as others suggested, as a “life after weight loss” blog. It’s just a life blog. Life of a strong, interesting and funny person with a lot of fans who want to keep up with her.

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polishplankton • June 18, 2009 at 5:16 am

I always thought you were using fitness and weight loss metaphors to comment on U.S. Middle East policy developments.

Go figure.

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DonnaLynn • June 18, 2009 at 6:26 am

@elty – This is honestly the best answer! I love it!

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Pam • June 18, 2009 at 7:57 am

I go with the Life After Weight Loss theme too. Is everyone else at BlogHer so succinct in describing their blogs?

On a related note, your podcast list has all my NPR favs – Car Talk should be on that list too. Isn’t Terri Gross great? She asks a question, and waits for an answer! And she waits a bit, and people and answer some more! Amazing what happens when you shut up and listen.

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BrightAngel • June 18, 2009 at 8:16 am

@Megan – I agree.

I think this Blog is about Life in Maintenance -

After weight-loss.

Hopefully, showing how…one of the less than 5% of those who don’t regain… lives.

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Lisa • June 18, 2009 at 8:29 am

I’d say… self-improvement, although I *love* elty’s “Little moments of sudden, blinding enlightenment, interspersed with fruit and vegetables.” So true. :)

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Kris • June 18, 2009 at 12:44 pm

Life and transperancy. Celebrating the victories and dealing with crap. In case of the crap – building a bridge and getting over it.

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Braveheart • June 18, 2009 at 12:46 pm

Love elty’s comment too.

I’d have said:

The inspiring musings of a witty techie girl, who lost half her body weight, ran a half marathon and gained a multitude of insights.

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Ang • June 18, 2009 at 1:42 pm

To me, it is about the ordinary and extraordinary insights, observations and inspirations of daily life.

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PastaQueen • June 18, 2009 at 11:10 pm

Thanks for all your comments! It’s interesting to see all the different ways you guys see me. I’ll try to use this info to form my elevator speech :)

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stephanie G • June 19, 2009 at 12:49 am

After a major weight loss, there’ a whole lot of LIFE left to deal with. You’re tackling i all with a sense of humor, a headache, and a fresh take on the world as you (and we) know it.

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Tyler • June 19, 2009 at 9:31 am

I think this blog is about the incredible journey that you are on and your decision to share it with all of us.

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mk • June 19, 2009 at 10:18 am

@Danielle – @Danielle – I agree with this. Pastaqueens own words, consice 2 minute elevator speech. Quite succinct!

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crockpot lady • June 19, 2009 at 4:43 pm

@polishplankton – bhwhahahahahahaaaa!!!!

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AmandaLP • June 19, 2009 at 5:15 pm

@Jen -

I LOVE the “Life After the After” tagline. The blog isnt so much about living after weight loss, but more about re-exploring life. We arent doing anything that other people are not doing, but we have a completely different past perspective that the new things are new.

So, a general life blog is what it is, but its a life with a different past history. :)

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allic • June 19, 2009 at 11:33 pm

It’s about you and your transformation. It’s about you being half your weight and still being you. The struggle to maintain. You sharing your really funny and often heartbreaking stories and your beautiful smile. I love people with beautiful smiles.

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firewings • June 22, 2009 at 9:03 pm

Darn, so the term “life blogger” faded from the ranks of cool since I went, eh? I was rocking the corny Life Blogger title hard too. Boo.

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