Six months before my wedding, I started Carrots ‘N’ Cake as a way to keep myself on track with health eating and exercise in preparation for the big day. It was a personal journal about what worked best for me.
My wedding day came and went, but my love for sharing my life on my blog continued.
Over the years, I’ve shared tasty treats.
Workouts and training schedules.
Major and not-so-major life events.
And plenty of stories about my family.
In the 2,681 blog posts that I’ve written to date, I’ve never once claimed to be a perfect eater or “health living” blogger. I write about what works for me, which I’ve noted time and time again on my blog. I’m not an expert on anything, except my own life.
If you haven’t heard already, the November issue Marie Claire magazine features an article entitled, “The Hunger Diaries,” where five other bloggers and I are highlighted. At first, I wasn’t sure if I wanted to respond to this article because reading it once was more than enough for me. I really just wanted it to go away, but ignoring it wouldn’t do any good either.
In general, I see the article as completely one-sided. Many (if not all) of the quotes are taken out of content to fit the story’s argument. (Caitlin, Heather, and Meghann all give examples of this truth-stretching in their responses on their blogs this morning.) I’m not going to go through the article and point out everything that is untrue because if you read my blog, you know the truth. On the flip side, getting totally defensive about this article would be a wasted opportunity to discuss some important issues in the “healthy living” community. I’m happy to see that there are already some interesting discussions going on around the blog world. In particular, I encourage you to check out Rachel’s post and weigh in.
I’m the first to admit that Carrots ‘N’ Cake is not the perfect “healthy living” blog. I do what works for me and, hopefully, it inspires others. I also realize that CNC may not have a totally positive affect on everyone who reads, and I never want to make anyone feel badly about themselves after reading my blog. I understand the responsibility that comes with blogging, but I hope readers will take responsibility for their own well-being when they decide to read my blog or other “healthy living” blogs. “Healthy living” means different things to different people and each of us needs to figure that out for ourselves.
For those of you who read CNC everyday, thank you for all of the comments, emails, tweets, and support in the past 2 days. It means so much to me.
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