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{thinking out loud Thursday} The weirdest search terms that have led people to my blog this year

“Old man eating spaghetti painting”.

Why someone would need to look that up, I don’t know… but how that term led someone to my blog a few years ago is a real head-scratcher.

I love looking at analytics and finding out how people came across my blog. Not only do these insights help me understand where my readers are coming from, what they’re interested in and what questions they want answered, but also help me to optimize my posts so they’re a bit more discoverable on the interwebz.
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So honour of Thinking Out Loud Thursday, I thought it would be fun to share some of the weirdest search terms that have led people to my blog this year.

Before I get to the weird stuff, some of the most common search terms people have used this year that led them to my blog are anything to do with the FitBit: how it calculates calories burned, how it tracks your calories and if it’s accurate or not. That probably has something to do with this post, this post and this post (a new FitBit Charge HR 2 review will be coming soon!).

But sometimes, much to my delight, I get a totally random phrase show up in my site stats and wonder how in the world that term led someone to a blog about running, lifting and yoga. Most of the time I can figure out what post they stumbled upon, but sometimes… I just don’t know. So without further ado, here are some of the most unusual search terms that have led people to my blog this year and my response to whomever was looking for that kind of information. (more…)

{thinking out loud Thursday} What a REAL day in the life of a wellness blogger looks like

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I am so excited to work out like ALL THE TIME #fitness #beastmode #riseandgrind

Thank you all for the comments, retweets and link-love for my response to The Guardian UK’s article about the rise and potential dangers of wellness bloggers last week. It was awesome to see so many of my fellow health and wellness bloggers agree that if you aren’t credentialed you shouldn’t be giving advice (unless you disclose that you’re simply sharing your own personal experience), and that we need to be more mindful about what we post, especially the perfectly #clean #green #healthy #authentic lives we’re portraying on social media.

That said, I thought it would be fun to show you what a REAL day in the life of a wellness blogger looks like, in all its unfiltered, unstaged and non-Photoshopped glory.

Get ready — this isn’t going to be pretty.

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{friday favourites} My favourite links from around the health and fitness blogosphere this week

Life In LeggingsHappy Friday, friends! I’m linking up with the lovely Heather of Life in Leggings today to share a few of my favourite links from around the fitness and health blogosphere this week.

First off, thank you for all the great comments and feedback on yesterday’s slightly controversial post. I’ve been wanting to write about it for awhile because I do think it’s an important issue to shed light on for several reasons, but as someone who’s not entrenched in the bodybuilding or fitness competition world, I felt I could only provide an outsiders point of view. But since the article I discovered the other day and quoted in the post supported most of my thoughts about why “competition prep” is becoming so popular, I felt the time was right to talk about it. Not to pass judgement on anyone, but to shed light on the possible underlying issues of the use of restriction and discipline in order to feel worthy, negative self-perception, and unrealistic body image goals that could potentially lead to psychological issues such as disordered eating behaviours.

But I digress. On the the awesome reads from this week! (more…)

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