Pretty regularly, I get an email with this question somewhere in it:
What do you think about weight loss blogging? Does it help you with your weight loss?
I always have to think about it before replying, because the truth is, the answer isn't simple. The answer is: “it depends.”
- You can get support from others who are going through the same journey. Really, you can never have too much support
- It can help with accountability, making yourself more conscious of your decisions if you're going to blog about them for the whole world to see
- The act of writing out your journey can sometimes lead yourself to identify patterns in your behavior and be able to work on remedying them
- If you really want to share your story and be heard, blogging is a great way to do it.
- You open yourself up for criticism/trolls. I am thankful I haven't had these (yet), but you have to remember that not everyone who reads is rooting for you
- Blogging can make you TOO analytical of your actions, progress, etc. For a while, I hated the posts I do of my weigh ins because every week I felt like I was letting people down. Thankfully, I've gotten over that, but the tendency to look at yourself under a microscope is always there
- Depending on your goals, it can be time intensive. I spend about 2 hours per day on my blog after I get home from work, and even more time on the weekends. This means writing new posts, trying to respond to comments, emails, tweets, etc. For me, my goal is to spread my journey as far as possible so others can see that they can do it too, so I do put quite a bit of time into it. If the broadcasting of the message isn't as important and you're using it as more of a journal, you don't have to post as frequently.
The good news is that you can always start blogging about weight loss and then stop, as the lovely Jules at Big Girl Bombshell recently decided to do. Alternatively, you can start out a private journal and see if it's something that you're ready to share with the world.