A note to all fellow she-bloggers: chill

A piece at BlogHer yesterday got a fair amount of attention for criticizing Martha Stewart for dissing bloggers. But I’m kinda with Martha on this one, ladies.

The offending quote:

“Who are these bloggers? They’re not trained editors at Vogue magazine. I mean there are bloggers writing recipes that aren’t tested, that aren’t necessarily very good, or are copies of everything that really good editors have created and done. So bloggers create a kind of popularity, but they are not the experts. And we have to understand that.”

It’s just a testament to the fact that the Internet makes “journalism” a challenge. Reminder: everyone with an IP address isn’t a journalist. Most bloggers don’t CLAIM to be journalists, or subject matter experts, or anything other than folks with an IP address and an opinion.

But that’s really the point – the Internet facilitates this big popularity contest and, at the end of the day, some of the best writers and people I know decide to focus on real life and leave the Mean Girls to their self-proclaimed Queen-of-the-Interwebs-for-a-Day tallying system.

Don’t get me wrong – the Internet brings more good than it does evil and is just like any other inanimate tool. It is what you make it.

It’s also a reminder that some bloggers, whether they average 1 dozen unique views a day or a gazillion unique views a day, are self-centered jerks, just as some people are self-centered jerks, but the jerk people tend to impact only those in their direct path whereas the jerk bloggers troll the Internet looking for a fight (if the fight can be tucked into a neat blog post titled “Why I’m Awesome And You Are Not Awesome” or some such silliness).

So blogger lady friends?


Motivate yourself to exercise: Start an exercise blog

Even my thoughts come in bullet-pointed lists these days.

Many of those thoughts are reasons I ought to walk the dog another mile… a list that usually starts with “making my darned Weight Watchers-provided ActiveLink light up” and ends with a generalization about how people who exercise are less likely to gorge themselves on Birthday-flavored Oreos.

But I digress.

Since I’ve started following this handy Twitter list of BlogHer attendees – follow it here – I’ve become even more smitten with lists, due in part to the fact that most other BlogHer attendees publish their lists, rather than writing them in the Memo section of their iPhones while waiting in line at Trader Joes and promptly forgetting to do anything with them until they are no longer timely.

So. That being said. Head over to KimberlyFitness.com and check out this list!

5 Ways To Get Yourself To Exercise Regularly (that actually work)

It jumped out at me because I only love lists when they’re pragmatic – and this one is completely legit. My favorite is number 2, below:

2.  Start an exercise blog

When we journal, we tend to be more invested in our lives, or what we are doing.  Creating a simple blog where you can post a quick blurb about your daily workout, what you ate that day, how you felt, or you can even take pictures… It will help you feel like you are on a journey, writing your own story about your fitness accomplishments, and will help you feel more committed to what you are doing.

As I’ve written, the beauty of a list – to me, anyway –  is its ability to motivate a variety of individuals with concrete-but-still-subjective categories. And I, for one, see a lot of value in harnessing the Interwebs for positive purposes such as health and fitness. Not certain it’s having the desired impact on yours truly, but it’s certainly not hurting.

So get off your but. Get running – and/or blogging! – just as soon as you’ve read the entire piece.