Why I Blog

by Danica on October 10, 2013

Being a part of the Healthy Living Summit last month really got me thinking about why I blog.

And I’ve realized that I blog for several reasons…

First of all, were any of you around for the first year of my blog’s existence, when it had a (slightly) different name?
(for the record, this isn’t meant to be a rhetorical question, I’d actually love to know!)

My blog started off with the name: It’s Progression Not Perfection

I chose this name because it summed up all of my health goals into one mantra, which I still live by today – make one healthy choice/ goal at a time.  Practice it until it becomes a habit, then part of a lifestyle, then add on another healthy choice or goal.  By doing this, I created a significantly healthier lifestyle for myself – I didn’t rush it, I didn’t aim to please or be perfect, I educated myself and made the choices I knew would be best for me in the long-run.

I started my blog about 5 months after I made the decision to start living a healthier life.  I made this decision on January 3rd, 2011 (I remember right where I was, too!) and I started blogging on May 1st, 2011.  I was learning a lot about exercise and was slowly “cleaning up” my diet at the time…

I thought a blog would be a great place to not only record my workouts, but also to share what I was learning about healthy living, all while keeping my family and close friends up-to-date on “life things.”

It seemed like an easy place to record it all, and since I had so much fun reading other blogs, I figured I would have fun writing my own – and I did!  (still do ;)

I view my blog as an online scrapbook.

Anna's wedding

It’s a fun place for me to document what’s happening in my life, especially the little things.  For example, I can easily look back on our engagement announcement, wedding planning, college graduation, my first (emotional) half marathon, Christmases, weddings, birthdays, when our godson Preston was borndate nights, trips/vacations, bringing Zida home, and so much more.

baby Preston - meeting for the first time

It’s fun!

I love to write, and this is an awesome outlet for that.

Writing is extremely therapeutic for me.

And if sharing my writing with my readers can impact their lives too, I’m all for it.

summer morning walk

I still enjoy sharing what I learn about nutrition/exercise/health.

Knowledge is power, right?  When I learn something that positively impacts my health/life, I can share that same piece with all of you and maybe it’ll have the same effect?!  which leads me to my next reason…

I love that I have a public platform to inspire people to make healthier, happier choices.

I’ve said this before, but it is my true goal that I can impact at least one life by writing this blog.  I know the “scrapbook”-type stuff I write about may just be for fun, but it’s posts like this, this, and this in which I hope to strike a chord with someone.

Sunday morning reading

If I can make a positive difference in even one person’s life, then all of this time spent blogging will be absolutely worth it.

And finally,

I write this blog to connect with all of you.

Meeting people (both online and in person) because of this blog has been a truly priceless gift, and it’s opened up a lot of really awesome opportunities for me!  Thank you so much for reading, commenting, emailing me (thanks again, Kelsie <3) and going on this journey with me.

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1 Kat October 10, 2013 at 7:03 am

I love how your are looking at your blog as an online scrapbook! I looked back at your link and totally ‘awwww’-ed over you engagement announcement, so cute, so sweet, and how nice that you have this memory even in digital format on your blog. You two are such a cute couple on your pictures. :-) I absolutely love your ‘it’s progression’ approach. Life is a journey and you are so right, the intentions, the steps, the progress that counts. There is no such thing as perfection (something I struggle to let go of :)), but you can always improve and always discover new things to enrich your life, make it healthier, happier and better all around. I love your honest, down-to-Earth, simple and sweet approach. When I read your posts I feel like I just sat down with you in a cafe and had a small inspiring chat with a sweet friend (and I don’t even know you). Thank you for blogging.
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2 Danica October 10, 2013 at 2:44 pm

Thank you so much for this comment, Kat. You’re so sweet…thank you for reading!

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3 Kelsey @ Ramblings of Change October 10, 2013 at 7:29 am

I’m trying adapt that same approach to my own healthy lifestyle – just one step + change at a time. I cannot WAIT to become more involved in this community and be more consistent with my blog posts. This was inspiring to read and congratulations on finding this happiness with your blog. =)
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4 Danica October 10, 2013 at 2:45 pm

Thanks, Kelsey :) The balance part comes with time and practice, and I’m still (very much so) learning every day!

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5 Holly @ EatGreatBEGreat October 10, 2013 at 7:43 am

A lot of the reasons why I started to my blog are similar to yours. I also started my blog because I needed a distraction. Without going into details, there was something emotional in my life that was taking up all my time and focus – it was all consuming. My blog has helped me in such a big way – it’s been therapeutic and wonderful creative outlet for me to focus my efforts on. I absolutely love it!
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6 Danica October 10, 2013 at 2:46 pm

Holly, I love that your blog has been such a helpful tool for you! Props to you for finding an outlet like this to use for your benefit <3

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7 Amy @ The Little Honey Bee October 10, 2013 at 8:08 am

I could not agree more! I never thought blogging would become what it has in my life. I thought I’d share some recipes, some workouts and move on. But it is so much more than that and I am grateful to be a part of such an amazing community.
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8 Danica October 10, 2013 at 2:47 pm

It really is so much more than that! I’m not even close to being one of those “big bloggers,” but the opportunities and connections made just from this little blog have been amazing.

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9 Kelsie October 10, 2013 at 8:42 am

It always makes me happy to hear when I have made a difference for someone- so I love to share that when others make a difference for me!
This post has definitely inspired a newbee blogger like me to keep at it! My blogging experience started as an outlet to vent about being a 20-something adjusting to “adult” life, and has sort of expanded into much more! Thanks, again, for the inspiration!
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10 Danica October 10, 2013 at 2:48 pm

I think that everyone’s blog changes over time, because it’s about our lives and our lives are always changing! I like to think of it that way – it’s exciting to see where our lives (and blogs) will be down the road, isn’t it? :)

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11 Amanda @ .running with spoons. October 10, 2013 at 8:59 am

I honestly have a hard time imagining my life without blogging… I’d miss the people, the feeling of belonging to a community, the creative outlet, the chance to look back and remember fun events, the opportunity to inspire and help others… there are just too many great things about blogging.

PS – you started your blog during a time where I was taking a break from mine, but I’m super happy to have “met” you now :)
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12 Danica October 10, 2013 at 2:49 pm

I know, I think sometimes about stopping because it can really take up a good chunk of time, but I know I’d miss it too much! I don’t even know what I did with my time before I blogged/read blogs! :)

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13 Diane @ Life of Di. October 10, 2013 at 9:10 am

I can relate to a lot of these reasons :) While I don’t have as many followers as other bloggers, I still enjoy my blog as a writing outlet and to keep a record of what’s going on in my life – my little journal!
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14 Danica October 10, 2013 at 2:50 pm

I agree! I’ve accepted that I’ll never be a “big blogger,” and I’m perfectly fine with that. There’s less pressure and I feel like I really get to know my readers, too! <3

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15 Runner Girl Eats October 10, 2013 at 9:51 am

Great post! I blog for many of the same reasons. It’s such a great outlet for me creatively and I love looking back on past events.

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16 Katie @ running4cupcakes October 10, 2013 at 12:42 pm

Yeah for blogging!! I love all of your reasons. I think the thing that I am most suprised about is the connections that I have made through blogging – my now real life friends!!
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17 Danica October 10, 2013 at 3:00 pm

I agree! And it’s weird to explain it to people who don’t blog (or read blogs), but there are definitely awesome friendships formed through it all!

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18 Alicyn October 10, 2013 at 2:06 pm

I love your blog! And all of your reasons are so great. I look forward to reading your blog each day. Your positive and inspiring which is always needed! Plus I love new recipes too!

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19 Danica October 10, 2013 at 3:05 pm

Aw thanks so much, Alicyn! I love how your name is spelled, by the way :)
I was just thinking today that I haven’t share a recipe in a while – that may need to change soon! If you ever have any suggestions, I’m happy to hear them!

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20 Emily @ Perfection Isn't Happy October 10, 2013 at 2:14 pm

I can relate to all of these reasons!

In my head, your blog is still “It’s Progression, Not Perfection” :).
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21 Danica October 10, 2013 at 3:07 pm

love it :)

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22 Tara@PNWRunner October 10, 2013 at 4:49 pm

I never realized how therapeutic blogging would be until I started. I am so glad I did. I feel like I’ve become more outgoing in a sense and making new “blogger” friends! The blogging community is awesome. I hope to go to a convention or two next year. It would be great to meet everyone I speak with online face to face! :)
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23 Danica October 11, 2013 at 7:38 am

The blogging community really is awesome! I just love how supportive it is…
I’m hoping to attend the Blend Retreat in June and then the Healthy Living Summit again next year! If you go to either of those, it’d be so fun to meet!

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24 Lindsay @ Lindsay Weighs In October 10, 2013 at 9:44 pm

I’m so glad that you blog! I love reading it, and I love thinking that posting may help other people. I hope to meet you at the next Healthy Living Summit so we can be real life friends as well!
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25 Danica October 11, 2013 at 7:46 am

I would love that!! I definitely plan to attend HLS again next year :)

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26 Jessie October 10, 2013 at 9:54 pm

It’s been such a pleasure getting to know you a little bit more every single day. You are such a beautiful lady & I’m sure have made such a positive influence on so many people <3
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27 Danica October 11, 2013 at 7:47 am

Thank you so much, Jessie…I can say all of those same things about you!

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28 Laura @losingrace October 11, 2013 at 9:00 am

I love reading this, and I am very glad I found your blog earlier this year. True inspiration!
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29 Heather @fitncookies October 11, 2013 at 9:34 am

I love reading why people blog, and you are not exception! I love all the tips you provide, and being able to call you my blend! I love the connections blogging has given me. This is a great post topic and making me think even more about why I blog!
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30 GiGi Eats Celebrities October 11, 2013 at 10:27 pm

I couldn’t agree more with ALL OF YOUR POINTs… However, I don’t use my blog as a scrap book – that’s what Facebook is for ;)
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31 sarah @makingitmyhome.blogspot.com October 12, 2013 at 10:43 am

i blog for many of the same reasons! mostly a way for ME to remember what I want to remember!
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32 Stephanie@nowirun.com October 13, 2013 at 12:35 am

I love your blog… it sounds like it was started as a labor of love itself! Thanks for sharing your story :)
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33 Becky October 13, 2013 at 8:55 am

I love all of your reasons why you blog! I have to say that most of your reasons are the same reasons I started blogging! And it is definitely nice to be able to look back and see some of the big milestones in your life documented.
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34 Amanda @ Diary of a Semi-Health Nut October 17, 2013 at 2:39 pm

I blog for the same reasons, although when I started I had no idea blogging was a thing! I love that perspective of helping just one person. I think sometimes we put pressure on ourselves to impact the world, but really each life is important! I remember the first time someone e-mailed me saying I was helping her…it seriously blew me away. Thanks so much for sparking that reminder for me! :) Also, your engagement post is adorable and I LOVE your ring!
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