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Using Your Blog at SparkPeople.com

Blogging Basics for SparkPeople Members

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I remember the first time I heard the word blog. I had to ask for an explanation, and even then wasn't exactly sure why I should be interested in reading, much less writing, a blog myself. According to Merriam-Webster, a blog is "a Web site that contains an online personal journal with reflections, comments, and often hyperlinks provided by the writer." The more familiar I became with blogs, the more I discovered how helpful they could be, and how I could use SparkPeople.com to meet all of my blogging needs.

The popularity of blogs has skyrocketed over the past few years. There are currently about 15.5 million active blogs, up from 5 million in 2003. (This includes all blogs, not just those on SparkPeople.) What's more, Internet users create over 120,000 new blogs every day. More than just a passing trend, blogging is here to stay.

With so many bloggers as it is, why should you do it, too?
A blog is your own personal outlet, where you can voice your opinion, share your ideas, and reflect on the changes you're making. Blogging on your SparkPage (whether it's a written or video entry) is a great way to update people on your progress, share your ups and downs, and talk about anything and everything that interests you. When you post an entry about how you had a bad day, for example, you'll often get encouraging comments from other members who've been there, telling you to pick yourself up and start again. When you post about your accomplishments, others can congratulate you on your success. And even if no one comments, your blog is still helpful to you (just like conventional journaling is), and to anyone else who stops by to read (or view) it.

As an extra bonus, blogging on SparkPeople is a good way to get involved with the vibrant and positive SparkPeople Community. We've found that members who are active in our Community tend to lose more weight than those who are not as involved. That's just another reason that blogs can be a helpful tool in your healthy lifestyle journey.

Using SparkPeople.com for All of Your Blogging Needs
We recently launched some new features that allow you to customize your blog and make it easier to do all of your blogging right here at SparkPeople.com. Now you can post multiple photos on a single blog entry. You'll also see links to more blog posts to the right of each entry, as well as links that make subscribing to blogs quick and easy! You can choose to post a written entry, or do a video blog.  Your real-world friends can also follow your blog through an email subscription, too, even if they aren't members of SparkPeople.com.
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About The Author

Jen Mueller Jen Mueller
Jen received her master's degree in health promotion and education from the University of Cincinnati. A mom and avid marathon runner, she is an ACE-certified personal trainer, health coach, medical exercise specialist and behavior change specialist. See all of Jen's articles.

Member Comments

  • Word of advice for PC users: Write your blog entry in a word processing document and copy and paste it into your blog. I typed 30 minutes yesterday and accidentally hit a key that deleted the whole thing using the blog form..........lol
    . I had done this before on other sites but forgot about the risk.

    That said, blog on!!! - 4/23/2016 6:35:18 PM
  • I was on sparks PEOPLE 2 YRS AGO ,AND LOST 41 POUNDS . YEAH! but being lax and too confident slowing regaining I have gained back 8 pounds, sob .
    but decided to get back on the band wagon and take back my life once again.
    I know the recipes surely help me and logging what I eat. planned to start yesterday and did start then I realized at noon it was Lent ( church) and we signed up to eat there the week before. what to do? what to do? I realized I already tracked my brk fst and lunch so I was pretty good ,(on calories yet) figured I would nibble ... when i got home and calculated what I ate,.... I still had 300 left for a snack so I proved to my self that tracking what I eat proves ,I can do it. - 2/18/2016 7:19:22 AM
  • CREEPINGJENNIE
    One word of caution: There is no way to make blogs private or for friends only, and no way to turn off commenting. People will comment. They have called me a liar, told me I was doing it wrong, etc. Blog at your own risk. - 12/22/2015 12:42:26 PM
  • SPARKMLH
    As a few other people have mentioned, this article does NOT give any information about how to start a blog on SparkPeople. I have looked around and tried to ask the question in FAQs but still can't figure it out. Clear instructions would be helpful! - 11/29/2015 9:29:09 AM
  • ENGLISHPETAL
    Thank you so very much for starting sparkpeople I am so greatful .. looking forward in this helping to motivate and help me understand about my eating patterns and exercise or lack of it . Thank you again :) my first day today Oct. 11, 2015 - 10/12/2015 3:08:07 AM
  • October 5,2015 is My very first day. I am in hopes that this will help me make a change for a healthier life. Nothing else seems to work so far. My goal is to lose 2 lbs per week . so wish me luck for this week . - 10/5/2015 6:51:04 PM
  • ANGELBOOTS
    Am new to this both Sparks & blogging. So far so good with the menu & exercise. After 5 days on my doing both diet & exercise and loosing 4 lbs I had a family reunion yesterday with lots of good food s. figured I'd gain . but I tried to watch my portion sizes, so not only did I not gain weight but lost1/2 a lb. A great surprise. At this rate I should meet my goal. But i understand there will be days when I fall off the track, but then will have to get back on with out feeling guilty..Tomorrow is a new day and a fresh restart. thanks for all the help. - 9/28/2015 8:20:36 AM
  • I have been blogging on my page for a while now and would like to share it with the community. I don't know how to do that. Any help would be appreciated. - 6/24/2015 8:23:12 PM
  • EDNACHOPIN
    After reading this article, i still can't find how start my own blog. - 6/17/2015 11:59:30 PM
  • Thanks so much for your "Blog direction". Will now be able to start one thanks to you : )

    - 6/17/2015 1:19:40 PM
  • CATHIEJO1
    So I started just little over a week ago I got on the scales and gained one pound trying to stick very close to the calorie intake and workout for 2.5 hours every other day. so what can I eat when I am hungry in between meals. unfortunately I will be on the road for the next 5 days eating out all of the time and not exercising the way I want to. I know I will gain weight over the weekend. But my main question is what can I eat in between meals? I am hungry but afraid to eat anything for fear of jeopardizing my goal. i am ready to start skipping meals. Discouraged. - 5/6/2015 10:16:43 AM
  • I cannot find info on e-mail subscriptions for outsiders to access my blog. - 5/4/2015 3:44:28 PM
  • DIANEKLEEMOLA
    I lost 3lbs wow I'm surprised at myself, but I need to keep doing what I'm doing to keep a promise to myself that I am worthy, that I am someone I can grow to love again. I can be whatever I put my mind up to. I love myself, and I will continue to love myself. 3lbs is a start and now I must continue the good choices that has got me this far in 7days and beyond.... - 4/5/2015 9:55:28 AM
  • How do I start a blog? I see "Learn about Blogging", but I don't see how to start one. - 3/23/2015 8:34:51 AM
  • PBJ957
    I was becoming frustrated with the lack of weight loss, even though I am following the program and exercising 3-4 times a week. I have increased my protein intake and this seems to be helping. - 3/11/2015 5:18:40 PM

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