Blogging 101 says that a successful post starts with a catchy headline…did it work?
Those of you familiar with the 7 Links deal know that this is a little tagging game that encourages us to sift through old posts and share the goodies with our readers. As mentioned last week, I’ve been meaning to complete this post for a couple weeks now.
In typical Sometimes Healthy Girl fashion, I’m a bit behind.
Anyway, I was particularly excited to be tagged by Lisa from I’m an Okie to complete this post, because quite honestly, lately, I’ve had a difficult time balancing it all: work, the blog, a respectable social life and of course, the gym. But, reading my old posts on the stairstepper this morning (look at this multi-tasking Sometimes Healthy Girl) reminded me of exactly why I do this: I love to write. I love healthy living. And I love to make people laugh.
So without further ado…
Sometime’s Healthy Girl’s 7 Links
Most Beautiful: Girls on the Run 5K – A Lesson in Runpowerment
This post recapped the Girls on the Run 5K, where I had the opportunity to coach an eager 9-year-old through her first-ever 5K. It was such a powerful experience to witness first-hand what running can do for young women. I felt so lucky to be a part of this special day in all of these girls’ lives. I loved sharing the day and details about the organization, Girls on the Run, with my readers.
Often, as “runners,” we get so caught up in the pace and distance that we forget what is really most important about running: how it makes us feel on the inside. Running makes us feel strong, confident, empowered and unstoppable. This race reminded me of that, and I’m so grateful that Girls on the Run exists to empower girls through running at an early age.
This was a shocker. I didn’t realize my first try at Overnight Oats would cause such a stir. But apparently, Overnight Oats in a Jar (OOIAJ) are a big hit in the blogosphere. I was surprised to see this one at the top, but then I looked at the top search term referrals and “overnight oats in a jar” was number 2 behind “Sometimes Healthy Living Blog.” Mystery solved.
If you liked this post, you’ll love my post about Peanut Butter and Jelly Oats in a Jar, where I tried to get my best friend, Emily, to embrace OOIAJ. Mission Fail.
Most Controversial: Um…..
Shockingly, I don’t have any posts that I would classify as controversial…yet. I try to keep things happy and uncomplicated, yet informative and entertaining here on Sometimes Healthy Living Blog. Life is complicated enough.
That being said, I can’t wait for my first negative comment. Why? Because when people care enough to write something negative, it means, you’ve affected your reader on a deeper level. Now, don’t get me wrong, I do not want to make a habit out of pissing people off. But, hey, every now and then, a little bit of debate is Sometimes Healthy
Below are a couple of posts I thought twice about before writing, in fear they would rub people the wrong way:
- Wacky Food Combos: I Can’t Believe It’s Not…: I pride myself in being self-aware. And let’s face it, my idea of a “recipe” is not exactly traditional. I like to put things together that some would argue aren’t supposed to fit together, and I’m not afraid to use taboo products like “fat free cheese” and “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter.” This was my first “recipe” post – I was scared you would all run away. Thankfully, you came back for more AND it’s one of my top most-read posts. Go figure.
- A Change In Plans: This was the first time I admitted to my problems with emotional eating and with weight in general – two sensitive topics. I reference the whole emotional eating thing all the time on Sometimes Healthy Living Blog…but it’s generally under the more entertaining guise of me downing a can of Reddi Whip. In this post, there was a rare moment of taking myself seriously.
- Carb v. Chocolate: A Sticky Situation: The first time I referenced my little friend, Chloe. I mention her every now and then…about once a month. Never been one to talk about this stuff in public – but for this post, I just had to do it. Carbs were on my mind and Chloe was the cause.
Most Helpful: Everyone Needs a Theme Song
“Everyone needs a theme song! It should make you feel like a million dollars.”
The “Most Helpful” post was a difficult one for me…It’s not that I don’t think I offer any value through my writings. I know that some of you find it entertaining and enjoy plenty of laughs picturing me say, squatting in stilettos…It’s just that I still don’t believe any of my nonsensical ramblings could possibly be helpful in any way.
Therefore, I turned to the BFF, Michelle, a frequent reader of my blog, to find out which post she considered to be the most helpful. This post about how everyone’s life should have a theme song (based on the above a statement from their cover model, Zooey Deschanel) was so successful, that I turned it into a weekly theme. In this post, I shared a few theme songs for my different emotions, but my overall life theme song, was Rascal Flatts, Stand,” which has helped me get through some tough times.
Michelle said she loved reading the post and thinking about her own life them songs. Cheesy as it sounds, music is inspirational, and according to Michelle, so was this post (but then again, she’s like my mother – she likes everything I do).
Pleasant Surprise: How to Make Your Coworkers L-O-V-E You
I wish my life revolved around healthy living, I really do. But alas, sometimes life here in the big city revolves around my tiny little cubicle. Thankfully, I happen to work in an incredibly positive, motivating and supportive environment. It’s not necessarily my dream job, but I just adore my coworkers.
This post was about how I give back to these amazing people…mostly through sweet treats ;-). I needed to write a post about work because frankly, I had been spending a lot of hours there during that time period. I was pleasantly surprised with the amount of comments this little post got.
Not Enough Success: Friday Flaw-Day
Way back when I started this blog, one of my main goals was to be clear and transparent about all of my flaws. My belief is that our flaws are a big part of what’s unique and special about us. Without them, we’d all be boring little robots or Stepford Wives.
So my idea was to share a few of my flaws every Friday. It never really caught on…But in case you’re curious, here are the links to the other Friday Flaw-Day posts:
Post that Makes You Proud: A New York-a-Versary
This post marked my 2 year anniversary in the Big Apple. My dearest older brother pointed out that most people don’t celebrate two years of living in a city, but for me it was a major milestone.
New York seems like a Fantasy Land to any girl that’s had dreams of being like Carrie from Sex and the City, and when you come through for a short visit, it feels like the world’s at your fingertips.
But living here is quite a different story. Until you move here, you’ll never understand the meaning of the phrase, “And if I make it here, I can make it anywhere.” There were so many times in the past couple years where I wanted to throw in the towel, but I’m still going strong. And this post celebrated what I felt was quite the major accomplishment.
I also think the “things I’ve learned in NYC” portion is an extremely accurate summation of anything and everything this great city has taught me over the years.
Thanks again for tagging me, Lisa. Can’t wait to meet you this weekend Since I’m a bit late with this one, I invite everyone to share their links!
Off to stretch my foot and head to bed. This foot thing just won’t go away…Hopefully, I’ll have some news to share on this by Monday.
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