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Blogging Basics for SparkPeople Members

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 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 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 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
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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 a certified personal trainer, certified health coach and advanced health & fitness specialist. See all of Jen's articles.

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    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
    hi I am new to this sight and will see if I can make it work. I am 76 so bear with me. will say more later. Auntnet15 from Texas - 3/8/2015 4:34:10 PM
    i have been dieting and exercising and getting healthy and decided to update my goals and determination and lose the rest of the weight i want to lose and get motivated by asking for encouragement. and giving back as well. I explored some very good new programs that are very professional looking just this am but they were difficult to use and lacked the access they promised and found myself trying to start again and again and gave up and came back to spark to find they have updated here in a very helpful and use ful way making it easier to use I was very pleased with this and to find old recipes i saved thanks spark - 12/28/2014 12:38:43 PM
  • LAGIRL0547
    I am new to blogging here as well as kind of new to sparks, I really love that if you eat the same things you can copy and paste to the next day. I just really started back to eating healthy and exercising I was doing it before but with my birthday and thanksgiving I just ate what I wanted to as usually I cook a really big meal only for thanksgiving and then get back focus. I exercise at home 4 days and then 2 days at the far so good, I am trying to reach my goal of 90 pounds lost by November 2015. each day is a new day and a new start. feeling great!!! good luck to everyone - 12/23/2014 12:28:02 PM
    Way to go--keep up the motivation. I make excuses when come down to taking care of me and my health also. Putting other things first.keep it up take care of your health,stop putting off for tomorrow ..might not be a tomorrow.Now is the time to do more excuses. - 11/9/2014 12:53:42 PM
    I just found this site and decidec to give a try. I am listening to all postive ideas and feelings towards our journey of healthy living - 11/3/2014 7:24:04 PM
  • Wow I finally have decided to do it! I am going to start to take care of me. I have a lot going on in my life but taking care of me has to be my priority. I am going to need a lot of butt kicking honest comments people. I have spent years lying to myself so I will try to do it again but you just bust my butt!!! I love the site and the available tools to me and I can do it on my time when I am home. Looking forward to chatting with you all and getting to know more about us Spark People. Eh (can you tell I am Canadian) where can I buy this tracker or should I wait for the new one and do they ship to Canada ? Spark People ought to have T shirts I can buy to wear on my new walks!

    Will post a current picture soon.

    Thanks for being there !

    Lori in New Brunswick Canada - 10/30/2014 9:48:41 AM
  • Hello. First of all I have to say that I have the best husband in whole world!! After weeks of trying to get my Tracker going, he came into the kitchen and attached it to my shoe and said, "You're in business!!" This is my 2nd Tracker. I lost the first one. I was doing so well with it, too, so I'm super excited to have this one working. Not sure if the problem was my computer or the tracker, but thank you, Wonderful Husband!! - 10/5/2014 11:08:04 AM
  • Hi, The Progresso Light Soups are excellent, have lots of flavor, and are VERY diet friendly. If you can't find them or feel that they are out of your budget, try amping up the Campbells with some dried herbs. See which ones are already in the soup and add some more of them as you heat it up. You'll have to taste it as you go to make sure you get it the way you want it, but it will be worth it.

    An example from what happened to me, My husband and I love Sweet Potato Pie, being a diabetic I actually found a recipe in a Diabetic cookbook. The first time I made it, it was very bland. So the next time I just doubled the amounts of the spices,( such as nutmeg, cinnamon, etc. And it was perfect. Don't be scared or shy about using herbs and spices to make things more palatable, the only limit is your imagination and taste buds. - 8/21/2014 9:49:44 AM
  • Has anyone tried the Campbells heart healthy choice soups? I have and to me they do not have any flavor. Should I eat the regular soups or the health one and what can I do to add flavor to the soups?
    - 8/8/2014 10:05:33 AM
  • I would cut back some. The 3.5 pounds you lost is usually (politely) a system flush (detox) reaction. The added fiber or the flesh of the fruit and the vegetables are causing the gas and cramps. Two pieces of wheat bread will help ease the cramps. You might also pace yourself on the exercises and allow your body time to adjust to them. After the water weight initial loss you will lose a little slower. Most people lose about 1 to 2 pounds a week as muscle adds weight, but helps burn more fat and adds tone to your body shape.

    Pace yourself, weight loss takes time and perseverance. Warm up before exercising and don't overdo it. Injuries are easy until you learn to listen to your body (the stomach cramps), take your time. Be nice to yourself and keep going.

    Pace yourself. Set a goal and chip away at it. Share your successes with others, even those small ones.

    Mark Winkle - 8/7/2014 4:18:08 AM
    Need some help or advice. I'm on my 4th day, have lost 3.5 lbs. But I am having stomach cramps and severe diarrhea today. I went from eating just 1 meal a day in the evening and no water, now I eat 3 meals a day with lots of fruit and veggies and 6-8 glasses of water. Should I back off a little or what am I doing wrong. I love Sparkpeople. - 8/2/2014 12:54:56 AM
    SparksPeople are great with there advice - 5/10/2014 6:53:21 AM
  • SALLY041
    Completed my first week at SP. Learned much about the calories that I consume and also made some friends. Looking forward to continuing here for a long time. - 5/4/2014 6:43:53 PM

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