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What is it about blogging?

November 14, 2011

No, I haven’t died, I’ve just had a bit of a hibernation of sorts. Sometimes I need a bit of time out to think through all my “stuff”. To sort it out and figure out where I am going. Don’t you feel that way too sometimes? No? Well, count yourself lucky.

Our local Aquarius magazine here in Dubai featured an article about blogging this month. Interesting and thought provoking. Yes, I am a bit of a thinker. Or perhaps just a major procrastinator. One of the things that got me thinking was why people and more specifically why I started this blog. My blog started out as Edwina’s Food Stories way back in April 2009. I started blogging about my experiences as a developing photographer. Food has always been a big part of my life. Cooking from scratch has always been a normal everyday occurrence for me. Whilst I was teaching it shocked and amazed me just what parents were putting into their children’s lunch boxes. Many times a gentle reminder of what is good for children and their learning and development was all that was needed to make positive changes. Some parents were not so receptive. This got me thinking that my blog could be a way to educate people about the health benefits of good food, especially for growing children.

My posts started becoming more about food and sharing recipes than about the process of photography. On October 21, 2010, Mezzaluna was born. Around this time I also discovered a very active Food Blogging Community here in Dubai. We have a collaborative blog called Fooderati Arabia where food bloggers in the UAE are posting for your viewing pleasure.

Then, all hell broke loose. I discovered that you had to be an active social networker if you wanted people to know that you are alive. That you had to Tweet and have a Face Book Page (not just a profile) to spread the word about your blog. That you had to get people to “like” and “follow” you. That you had to share the love by “Liking” and “Following” people back. That in order to get more hits (just like addicts) you have to comment on other people’s blogs and that way you create this whole reciprocal wave of following and being followed.  I feel a little foolish just commenting on posts just because one of the blogging commandments say that’s what you need to do. I leave comments if I genuinely want to say something about the post. I do have to be honest and say that receiving a heartfelt comment on one of my posts makes my day. I do love and appreciate the comments I receive. Keep ‘em coming!

Having a beautiful blog using Macs iweb software was also not enough. The url was cumbersome and no one even knew of Mezzaluna so I had to get my very own domain name. Mezzaluna was not available, but My Mezzaluna was and as if by magic My Mezzaluna was born with it’s very own personalised domain name and everything, using WordPress as a platform. This was  back in March this year. Whew I am exhausted just writing about this so you can imagine what I must actually feel like!

Getting back to the real reason for blogging. Why do we blog and why do we follow our favourite blogs? Having spent all of about nine years in marketing and sales, I know a thing or two about why people buy. After all is said and done and the chips have fallen where they may, people come back for more if you can add value. My blog has been bobbing along the waves of the blogosphere at times losing direction because I have allowed myself to be swayed by prettier blogs or blogs that are far more popular than mine. Along the way I forgot why I am here in the first place. Staying true to myself and adding value to the lives of others in whatever way I can, gives me pleasure and puts me in a place far less stressful than trying to keep up with the Jones’ (I am not actually referring to my real friends the Jones family by the way). For me, blogging is not about showing how pretty (or not) my photographs are. It’s not about telling the world what we ate for breakfast  (who cares?). It is about sharing. Sharing what I know about food. Sharing what I know about how food can damage you and how food can heal you. Sharing and hopefully teaching ( I discovered that deep down in my core I will always be a teacher) people that cooking from scratch and keeping things simple adds to your quality of life. Sharing recipes that are simple and that take people’s allergies into consideration and therefore making someone’s life a little healthier. These are the things that matter to me. Being of service. Otherwise what value do you bring?

Who do we follow? I follow a few blogs. Not many. I have too much on my plate to spend hours surfing the net and looking at blogs. I try to have a life too. Unless they add value to my life I am not interested. I read blogs that either teach me, help me, inspire me, inform or entertain me. Why should I read about your chocolate chip cookies? What is so special about them? Do they add value? Are they gluten free or egg free?  What is different about them? (By the way if you are reading this and you seriously have a recipe for gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free and sugar-free choc chip cookies please let me know.) This is what I am keeping in mind each time I blog from now on. Staying true to myself and my mission; to educate people about food and health and share what I am doing to be healthier ( my fight against Candida is wearing me down by the way).

This brings me to the next commandment of blogging. Thou shalt Blog Regularly. What is regularly? Once a month is regular. Once a week is regular. So is once a fortnight. Or should it be more like a bowel movement? Daily. If I like a blog, I like a blog. I really couldn’t care less if they blog daily, weekly or once in a blue moon. I did  not stop reading Zack Arias‘ blog when he took a long break to work on a new website. Nor did I stop reading Confessions of a Hungry Woman just because she sometimes has a two month break between posts. I hope those who read and enjoy my blog are not so fickle as to just give up on me if they don’t see a daily entry.

Now that I have bared my naked soul I hope you will too. What is it that makes you “like” a blog?

Just so you have something to look at before you go….

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  1. November 14, 2011 1:51 PM

    Your post mirrors some of the things I have been feeling lately, some of which have been making my mind a massive conflict zone.

    I was active on social media anyway but so many times I end up comparing my food blog (not the others…for example, I haven’t found any other parents/siblings blogging about autism or special needs in UAE) to the others we see in FiA and I always wonder if my blog is terrible compared to them. I don’t have a Facebook page yet, and I’ve hesitated so far because I feel a bit vain asking people to LIKE ME. Haha. There is one in the works but yeah that’s the only reason it isn’t public yet. Once I get over that hesitance I think I will jump into the “please like me” scenario.

    I was wondering sometimes why the comments on my blog are lower than others and was advised to show my presence by commenting on other blogs as well. I normally do that anyway but in the last 2 months I haven’t had the time and am now slowly going through posts I’ve missed, and commenting if I have something to say. I cannot force myself to post something if it doesn’t inspire me to, so it seems shallow if I comment on every post I see.

    I hope my readers (how many ever there may be) don’t stop reading my blogs too. Sometimes I have a month’s gap on one of my blogs simply because I don’t see why I should post nonsense if I don’t feel inspired to write. I don’t know…the idea of blogging has become such a business for many that sometimes I wonder if I need to be that business-minded to allow my voice to be heard.

    But I remind myself – why do I blog? Because if one person out there reads what I have to say and likes it…it should be enough. I blog because I like to write. And that should, ideally, be enough.

    And with that, I’ll end this very long and rambling comment!

  2. November 14, 2011 3:08 PM

    Interesting that you bring this up. I’ve become overwhelmed with all the blogs out there that I’ve kind of stopped reading them. I also found that it made me doubt myself and my own blog when I read too many blogs. These days I’ll only take a peak if something interests me and it’s usually health related topics. It’s difficult to say what makes me “like” a blog because it varies from day to day. I guess it’s whatever catches my attention at that moment, but when I find a blog I can relate to in some way I generally go back.

  3. November 14, 2011 3:50 PM

    Hi Edwina! I love this post as I do find myself lost…soul searching almost every waking day.

    I am newly married, jobless (but searching) and new in this country. So I’m in a bit of an identity crossroad, which reflects in my blog. I still am not set in what direction I want to take my blog, but somehow I know it will get there. Though often I get impatient, hoping it will take shape sooner than later.

    I also get sidetracked everyday. Hahaha! With all the time that I have in my hands (which includes yearning for the familiar – family and friends back home), I end up “wasting” quite a lot of time on Facebook and Twitter. I admit it doesn’t help my productivity levels (I do have a writing job and house chores and a husband to spend time with) and it also makes me sad, feeding the green eyed monster in me. There are a LOT of more beautiful blogs out there (so many that I can’t even keep up!) with jaw dropping layouts, mouth watering photos and inspiring writing. I end up feeling so bad about my blog that I end up not writing anything at all :(

    But I guess getting better starts with baby steps. So I’d like to think that if I continue writing, I will get better. Hopefully I would piece together my food story and inspire myself and foodies like you.

  4. November 14, 2011 6:17 PM

    Great post Edwina – and as a marketing communications professional I too remind myself often ‘what am I doing this for?’ It’s very easy to get carried away by the site stats and comments – but what is the benchmark and why does more traffic matter? Sure you want to get read and it’s nice, but unless you are Steamy Kitchen or Pioneer Woman earning a substantial income from ads and sponsors really the stats don’t matter.
    A well thought out comment or regular visitors who get my writing means most to me. I have gone on to meet many of these people in real life – we get on – we have a lot in common, we are mutually supportive. People not blogging has enriched my life at the end of the day. And yes, you can only blog about life if you are out there living it!

  5. November 14, 2011 6:38 PM

    Thank you posting after all buzz in media about Dubai based bloggers lately, I have had similar thoughts in my mind. I have started blogging May this year, I never really thought why am I blogging or if I have something meaningful to say other than sharing cookie recipe.

    What you just wrote for example about beautyful blogs, is exactly what I have been thinking and decided to stop reading about blogging and advises how to blog. I wanted to take photos and make sort of virtual scrapbook-cookbook, but I have no talent on writing what so ever. I follow the tip of one writer who teaches people creative writing, in order to learn to write stop reading and start writing. So if I am following some great blogs I try not to compare them to mine, mine is unique, so are other blogs.

    My heart is with your thoughts. If only I would be able to take photos more I would be posting more, just for my own interest and maybe someone genuinely sometimes like them. I am hoping that rather than getting lots of feedback one honest feedback will make my day anytime in my life.

    I am thankful that I am part of Fooderati Arabia, it definitely have given me nice platform to learn from others not only blogging but all sort of things. Some of the blogs I am already following and as much as my time let’s me I will discover more nice blogs to follow.

    Cheers Minna

  6. November 14, 2011 8:21 PM

    May i just say, this post will bring traffic your way! ;) (just kidding…)no, seriously, you are absolutely right…I think we´ve all felt this way at some point….What Devina says about comparing our blog to others etc….it´s exactly that!We get absorbed by this “bloggind trend” and forget the whole purpose behind it….

    Ther eis no right or wrong when blogging and who cares if you get 3 comments and the rest get 84????? I tend to get from 0 to 4…..but as long as i´m happy with the post, recipe and idea behind it, all is fine…To me blogging is a way of evading a bit from the every day problems, from the stress…..

    I know one hing for sure…I´l be checking your blog regularly now tht i know a little bit moe about you!

  7. November 14, 2011 8:40 PM

    Thanks for this post, Edwina. It made me realize that my passion lies with the healthy cooking and photographing those healthy things in a way that make them look appetizing to people who want to change their diet to a healthier one. It also made me realize that it is NOT my hobby to READ other people’s blogs. I have a FEW that I LOOK AT because I am curious how they photograph their foods. A FEW others, where I GLANCE at their ingredients list of their recipe to see if it’s up my alley.

    Like you, I am too busy with my own life to spend much time caring about other people’s blogs. I twitter….oh sorry, tweet every now and then, but half-heartedly. My FB page hardly ever announces any more news than a new blog post. I have no inclination whatsoever to comment on blogs post that didn’t change my life. And for the money part, my blog has sort of decent traffic, but the money that comes out of it would be a joke to offer a 12-year old as pocket money. So forget about that part as well.
    Am I an ignorant blogger? I don’t know, I am just being myself, mother of two small kids, with a few jobs and some time-consuming hobbies.

    What I am saying is, stay true and honest to yourself. Don’t blog if you have nothing to say. Go with the flow or wherever your life takes you. I am a faithful reader of your blog BECAUSE whenever you blog, you’ve got something to say. And that’s what I am interested in.

  8. November 14, 2011 9:22 PM

    Devina, Irini, Didi, Sally, Minna, Marta and Anja what can I say? This is exactly the kind of response I am talking about. It appeared as though this post got you thinking about your own blogs and the reason why you blog in the first place. After falling apart for a while and questioning myself and all my abilities the one thing that brings sanity is to stay true to yourself and keep in mind why you are doing this in the first place. Many want to find fame and fortune through blogging and photography, and many do. Most don’t. My feeling is if you follow your passion it will pay off in some shape or form eventually. Perhaps only to give you pleasure. Just as digital photography has suddenly turned millions into photographers, so blogging has given many of us the opportunity to be published, even if our work is only seen by those who follow us. To stay happy and content with ourselves we absolutely must never compare ourselves to others. We all have something different and unique and for me, being the square peg in the round hole, fits. The moment I begin trying to fit in with what everybody else is doing I start to stress. Thank you to all of you for confirming to me that doing something that has value is more important than being famous.

  9. November 14, 2011 10:47 PM

    We all can relate to your post Edwina.
    But you were the bravest of all to let your thoughts surface! :)

    So many times have I questioned myself although I only picked up food blogging a few months ago. It was much easier when my blog wasn’t food related but now you have to always be up to date with what’s going on… or else your blog will slowly whither away!

    Sometimes I feel I just want to hide under my covers and just not think of my new post!
    Or what new idea for a recipe should I come up with to share.
    Especially when you have cooks doing all the cooking at home and you’re cooking is just an add-on!

    Tough job but it’s worth it if you’ve got a mission and it’s clear what you want out of your blog.

    Thank you for sharing!

    • November 15, 2011 2:09 PM

      You are so welcome. Thanks for taking the time to give an honest reply.

  10. November 14, 2011 10:53 PM

    Thank you for this wonderful post!! I love cooking and especially baking and started blogging firstly because I was inspired by a few other bloggers on the Media24 platform (where I started) and secondly because family and friends continiously asked me for some recipes of food that I have made for them.

    Initially it was fine, but I am also overwhelemed lately by the fact that you have to tweet (My daughter set me up and did a couple of tweets on my behalf, but I never had time to continue) and be on facebook! (I am on facebook, personally, and visit it once or twice a week). My blog is not registered on facebook, though, because where on earth do people get the time to do that as well?

    I still enjoy blogging, but I have made peace with the fact that I will always be sharing my recipes with loved ones and will never become a FAMOUS blogger!! :) I think once one have accepted this, it becomes easier! I love visiting other blogs (when I have the time) and I leave comments, if I feel like it! I also don’t only visit foodblogs, but sportblogs, inspirational blogs, beautiful blogs,funny blogs, etc…. all depending on the amount of time I have.

    Sometimes I won’t blog for days and still visit other blogs, sometimes I will post a blog but won’t visit!! There are no rules… just enjoy!

    • November 15, 2011 2:09 PM

      You are spot on. Focusing in what you are doing and doing it well is most important. Focusing on fame will only make you stress ( well it would make me stress). Thanks for visiting and leaving a comment.

  11. November 15, 2011 11:11 AM

    Edwina,
    I hear you, and please don’t worry, just enjoy the ride, and blog because you like it.
    The question of purpose is very important and we should keep checking with ourselves regularly as it is the only way to focused moving forward. Sometimes we start something for a reason and throughout the journey we discover new things about ourselves, which ultimately change the whole purpose. At the end of the day it is the journey that matters – it is what makes up the whole experience. if you get carried away with comparisons, or even competition, you end up losing sight of the journey itself, which eventually will make you not realise a good thing when it happens.

    Somehow there is a common misconception that blogging is the fastest ticket to celebrity status! this could not be further away from truth! Bloggers are not celebrities, PR creates celebrities, most of which when viewed properly have no value to add… This fact has mislead so many people into competing to gain that status, and made blogging become daunting to many! It should never be that way! Blogging is a medium for you to communicate your knowledge, thoughts, experiences on a subject that you know well and love. At the end of the day if you have 3 honest followers (meaning people who are interested in hearing those thoughts, or are being inspired by them) then it is so much better than having thousands of silhouette followers who just comment in hopes for a returned favour of sorts! When i blog, i aim to help those who honestly want to learn cooking & baking. So the emails i get asking me about ingredients, about how it works, about what went wrong and how they can fix it, mean so much more to me than a comment that says, oh this is nice blah, blah, bla… because those emails show me that I have reached a person who found it useful and who wants to know more and trusts my knowledge. What I am trying to say here is, blog because you like blogging, because you have something to say and with time people of common interests will follow, those who will add value by following, who will come back because they found something that speaks to them. These are the most important followers. If 10,000 people had the exact same thoughts I have then my thoughts become common and not unique, maybe even not worth sharing, if you get what I mean. That is why there is a niche to everything.

    One last thing, your blog is still young. think of it this way, it takes 2-3 years on average for a business to realise profit. In blogging terms: it takes time to gain the visibility you desire… What are the first 3 years in the life of a writer? Most writers realise their readership after many many books. Don’t get caught up with the false glitz of it all, persevere and find your way, and who knows some will eventually get inspired by your journey! The most important one to inspire though is YOU.

    • November 15, 2011 2:01 PM

      Dima you are so right in everything you say. My message is my realisation that blogging must remain meaningful to the author and it is this honesty that will attract the right type of follower and in turn create something valuable for those that are interested.

  12. November 15, 2011 5:01 PM

    First of…these words will always remain with me: . It is about sharing. Sharing what I know about food. Sharing what I know about how food can damage you and how food can heal you.

    This should be a food blog quotable.

    For me, blogging is about two things. #1 It’s because I feel so strongly about a topic – cheap eats in old Dubai (vs. the often pricey, pretentious transplants from other parts of the world that for obvious reasons, gets way more PR attention in Dubai) – that I HAVE to share it with the world. I feel this burning urge to be the voice of the little shack in Karama that’s dishing out something super authentic and ethnic and with a ton of flavor, and recognize what they’re doing and get people to patronize them so that they stay alive. Whether the dubai glitterati cares about it or not, I have this crazy compulsive urge to put it out there.

    And #2, is that blogging for me is about connecting me to people. I was the loneliest blogger for the first few months of blogging last year, and it sucked. It wasn’t fulfilling to just have posts float out there in the ether with no one to chat about them with, or feel like I could have foodie conversations with people way beyond the blog itself. I wanted my blog to be a platform, the written word that legitimized me with other like-minded people who I’d never met before. (That said, there are a ton of pyschos who can write beautifully out there – so readers, beware.)

    Both those reasons for me didn’t start out as my reasons. I started out because I loved food so much that the next natural step from eating felt like blogging. But each time I hit a road block (the first time being feeling lonely and blogging in a vacuum = reason 2, and the second being the feeling of being undifferentiated, which forced me to change my focus and became reason 1 – to your point, am I really creating any value).

    Blogs I like? Those that have their own personal style, a credible, unique and not-overly-traffic-seeking voice, and a sense of differentiated focus. Someone can show me a post, and I’d know it was theirs. Fewer food blogs are able to achieve that in the ocean of blogs out there, but I really believe that it’s not impossible. Super hard, but not impossible.

    • November 15, 2011 5:56 PM

      I’m very glad that you do what you do! Because of your blog, I tried the manakish at Breakfast 2 Breakfast, a restaurant that I had written off because their Western breakfast was horrible. Their manakish is great though! I trust your judgement more than Time Out as well because you go to so many places that they don’t review, and you seem really honest (much more than they are, where they sometimes sugar-coat things). Also, your photographs are beautiful and are much more appealing than just an image of the restaurant decor.

      • November 16, 2011 1:28 PM

        Whoa. I’m speechless. Thank you Sheryn, I’m bowled over by your comment. It’s so encouraging to hear this, the best thing in the world for me to hear, that too from a fellow blogger. I’m touched.

    • November 16, 2011 2:22 PM

      Arva, once again a blogger with true passion for her subject. I too love those authentic off the beaten track places. I love nothing more than traipsing around the old parts of Dubai and sampling their food. As good if not better than the food in fancy restaurants that cost you an arm and a leg. Next time you go to one of those, please give me a shout. If I am free I’ll join you and we can philosophise about food and blogging.

  13. November 15, 2011 5:50 PM

    I’m just commenting so you’ll like me.

    Just kidding! Great post, and you bring up good questions! I guess for me, I have a cooking blog because I 100% enjoy it as a hobby. I love cooking, and I guess my cooking blog is my self-indulgent way of keeping track of my successes and failures in my kitchen. I don’t ever feel pressured to blog something, and I have felt that pressure before on my personal blog. My personal blog was a lot about getting followers and comments and likes and feeling like I contributed something and got positive feedback for it. Eventually I started to realize that the posts I wrote that were honest and I didn’t think anyone would like were the most popular ones.

    I think people can definitely tell if you’re “faking it” with your blog, or trying to give people what they want rather than just being honest and posting because you enjoy it.

    Also, I think the really great thing about blogging in the UAE is that you actually meet people through your blog. I’ve made some really nice friends just from meeting each other through tumblr, and I doubt I would have ever come across these people any other way.

    • November 16, 2011 2:24 PM

      Yes, being honest and truthful is the key to good blogging. Look at what my honesty has just done right here:) Thanks so much for taking the time to reply so honestly.

  14. November 16, 2011 1:08 PM

    I read your blog quite often Edwina (when you get off your butt and put something on it!) :) I love it, and do not believe you lose direction. Often you speak of it, but maybe that’s your thread? A thoughtful insight into the emotions behind food blogging? Psychiatry for food bloggers? Whatever it is, keep it coming, and I don’t mind if you change direction – just don’t change your personality.

  15. November 16, 2011 2:26 PM

    Oh Sarah you are so funny and of course brilliant. Psychiatry for bloggers? Now there’s a thought. I could actually put my degree to good use then:)

  16. November 16, 2011 3:24 PM

    Thanks for this post Edwina .. My blog was born mainly out of boredom :) .. After leaving job to take care of kids, I needed a creative outlet and my interest in cooking led me to food blog. But a few months later when I started comparing my blog to the many awesome blogs out there I was like “What am I doing among these talented people?” .. But on the positive note , I tried to improve my photography skills and could learn many new things from the blogs I visit. So yes, blogging has helped me to learn something new each day.. and though initially I was so worried about the site statistics and likes, now I think less of these.. I blog because it makes me happy :)

  17. November 17, 2011 5:47 PM

    I really like your post because I feel like I, as a blogger, identify with it. For me my blog is just about the opposite of getting people to read (oh absolutely I LOVE it when people do and even more so when they comment) but my blog is first and foremost for me and I don’t go too far out of my way to get readers. Well aside from pestering friends! :-p

    Sometimes I see other people’s blogs and I do start to think… should I do this, or that…? I also went through a period of thinking my photos were disgraceful and wondering if I should be making more of an effort… but then… the truth is I don’t have a whole lot of time and I really believe that whatever is represented on my blog needs to be a true representation of the food that comes out of my kitchen and the effort that went in to making it. So I stopped worrying.

    I blog because I find it fun, relaxing, and convenient. Its a convenient way to capture the recipes I make, because even if I didn’t blog, I would still be making these same things (and then forgetting them).

    If at any point it becomes like “work” or an obligation… I think my enthusiasm for it would diminish. I stay away from comparing myself to other blogs because I know I will lose. I don’t have the time (or ability) to compete with the rest… but the great thing is… the internet is accessible by a whole host of people. Some people want one thing, and others, the other. As long as I’m true to me and the food I make it will hopefully appeal to someone, and even if my blog appeals to no one, if it’s fun and relaxing for me… then it more than serves it purpose.

    Basically, I think that all of us who blog can reach an audience because there are so many different needs and wants out there. The most important thing has to be that the blogger enjoys the blog and is proud of what they write.

  18. November 18, 2011 7:50 PM

    Najla and Kooksfood I think it is great that you both get so much pleasure out of blogging. I believe it is sharing and doing so simply for the pleasure it brings you, that makes the best blog posts. Being real and true to yourself is what matters most. Thanks so much for taking the time to leave such thoughtful and honest comments. They are truly valued.

  19. November 23, 2011 6:43 PM

    Beautifully written and resounds so many sentiments. I read all the comments and realized that all of the bloggers are so passionate about what they do. But it is only human to expect something in return for all the hours of toil that we put on these blogs. It is not possible to blog in isolation and we need the approval of like minded souls to give us direction.

    In my opinion, moderation is the key to everything. If you blog moderately- quality would be top notch and you’d be consistent. Similarly, comparing yourself (moderately) to the other better blogs can only inspire you to improve upon your skills.

    In either case, only a balanced approach can make sure that you give and receive joy through this wonderful medium of interaction.

    • November 26, 2011 10:33 AM

      Anita, I totally agree that in order to do something well you need to have a passion for what you do and of course it is only human to seek approval for what we do. Clearly, blogging is something that connects like minded people on so many levels. I think it is this connection with people that drives our passion to continue. Thanks so much for your comment.

  20. November 23, 2011 8:11 PM

    It calmed my ‘comparison syndrome’ just to read your post. Love your articulation of the blogosphere that I still find an enigma. Interesting to hear about your blogging community in Dubai, as big , or small, as blogging makes the world.

    • November 26, 2011 10:35 AM

      Yes, I realised a few years ago that it was comparing myself to others that caused me untold stress. Staying true to yourself is what keeps you happy and focused. So happy that you enjoyed this post.

  21. November 24, 2011 11:24 AM

    It really is nice to unquestionably arrive a web internet site exactly where the blogger is skilled. Several thanks for creating your webpage.

  22. November 25, 2011 10:54 AM

    Great post. My visitors have been asking about this, do you mind if I re-print this on my blog? I will of course give full credit to this site, and I will link to you if you like. Thanks.

    • December 5, 2011 11:03 AM

      Certainly. I don’t mind at all, as long as you link it right back and give me full credit. Glad you liked the post so much.

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