Creating a blog and sharing your life online is both daunting and rewarding. You subject yourself to judgement every time you hit upload on a new blog post and I feel a lot of the time a ‘blogger’ is expected to be a certain way depending on what genre they write about. I want to tear down any misconceptions or expectations of what a fitness blogger ‘should be’ as we are all human, all individuals and have the freedom to do whatever makes us happy.
We ‘eat clean’ all the time
This is certainly not true in my case and I am not afraid to admit that. We all know that a combination of a balanced diet and an active lifestyle is what’s healthiest and I make sure my main meals the majority of the time are balanced, fresh and nutritious. However I have a devilish sweet tooth and I am a self-confessed chocoholic so I do indulge in sweet treats throughout the week. After a period of restricting my food intake I now know that to me food is to be enjoyed instead of adding stigma to it. Some people do eat completely clean and I respect them for doing so; but for me right now it isn’t the right thing for me.
Working out is our favourite thing
Again, so not true. Most of the time I love working out and feeling the benefits both mentally and physically. However, being human, there are days where I finish work and just want to curl up on the sofa in my dressing gown instead of heading to the gym, and that is totally fine! Knowing when to rest is just as important as working hard. Plus we all have a life outside of exercising; circumstances change or we have to prioritise doing something else so we shouldn’t put the added pressure or feel guilty for not exercising one day.
We must be lean all the time
I wish! But no. For me all I want is to be happy and feel confident in myself both mentally and physically, so my own picture of ‘balance’ may be very different to someone else’s. Mine includes chocolate and pizza which can sometimes stop me from being as lean as I could be, but I won’t be giving those up just to look a certain way. We are all different shapes and sizes and need to start embracing and loving ourselves despite what we look like.
Blogging is easy
This one reaches out to every single blogger and not just fitness bloggers. I guess you can’t really blame those who do not blog for not really understanding, but it is so much more than writing something online and hitting publish. We plan, we photograph, we check and check again. We market ourselves and reach out to PR companies and brands. A lot more goes on behind the scenes than many realise. Plus so many of us juggle blogging alongside working, children, marriage and general day-to-day life.
Posting photos means we are vain
As my blog has grown I have realised the importance of your viewers getting to know you as a person as well as just your brand and blog. So I have had three photo shoots this year which is completely out of my comfort zone but I thought it was important to take my blog to the next level. Plus it is a confidence booster so I would highly recommend booking yourself in to do one. I would recommend Alexandra Cameron and Kaye Ford!
Have you come across any misconceptions of being a blogger? Share your thoughts in the comments 🙂