The Joy of Blogging

10 years ago
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Truth be told, many of us blog, read blogs, comment on blogs, and reference blogs for many of our endeavors.

Has anybody seen the movie about the true life story about the Philadelphia Eagles, who recruited people from the general public to see if any “average Joe” could make the team?

The movie, “Invincible” starring Mark Wahlberg, who played the character Vince Papale, a 30-year-old bartender from South Philadelphia, who overcame long odds to play for the NFL's Philadelphia Eagles in 1976. It was at times quite stirring, emotional, and motivational.

A poignant scene occurred when, after the lead character made the once in a lifetime chance to join the professionals, his friends were having a nighttime scrimmage in the rain at night. One of his buddies asked him to “lend a hand” for his teammates, and he hesitated because he felt he had to save himself for the upcoming Sunday game.

But when he started to drive away, suddenly he stopped, looked at his friends, and joined the game. He realized his friends were his rock, his confidants, and most important, his past and future. So, without regard for the upcoming weekend game, he joined his friends for the sheer joy of the game.

All of these things are important—but the true test of our character and moral imperative is to do those things that are of importance to us and that which makes us happy—that is produce, create, manufacture, and in this case—present ourselves and our messages to the world.

What’s your passion? What do you love to do? Are you a closet artist or do you love to read architectural books and learn about interesting structures?

Maybe your passion is something you may never do professionally but that doesn’t stop you from enjoying, writing, and reading about it.

The same axiom can be said about blogging.

Iowa Avenue is many things; a social network, a place to find motivation and support, and a place to hang your hat, put up a few pictures, and make some friends.

But, Iowa Avenue is also about blogging. Most of the members have their own blog, which they promote on Iowa Avenue, which is great. However, as bloggers we know how much we love comments.

Beside the joy of writing, comments let us know how the community reacts to our blogs, keeps the fire lit, so to speak, and gives us the necessary feedback to improve. Comments, and the people that represent them, are the online friends we cherish.

I just joined a new project, sponsored by Chuck Westbrook, which is designed to highlight under appreciated blogs and the bloggers they represent.

It’s a place to read a blog that’s not necessarily health related. It’s affords and provides me a chance to give a fellow blogger a different point of view; to show support for these bloggers by providing feedback via comments; and I’m sure I’ll learn something new as well as have a great read. If you’re interested in participating, just click the link above.

Of course, I haven’t given up health blogs, which is why for today’s Thursday Thirteen I’m providing a list of Thirteen Healthy Lifestyle Bloggers I recently visited.

They’re all great in their own way. Through their true stories, day-to-day struggles, and how they talk about their unique perspectives on how they view their lives—from the mundane to the supreme:

Show some love for these bloggers:

1. Lessons from Other Successful Losers

2. Wordless Wednesday: Dare to be different

3. Yes we can!

4. To Run Or Not To Run

5. What are You Thinking When You Eat?

6. Eat Whatever You Want And NEVER Gain A Pound

7. The Sweet Smell of Wet, Stinky Gym Clothes

8. A new test may help diagnose the controversial fibromyalgia.

9. Time For A Change

10. How to Achieve Picture Perfect Shots via Digital Photography

11. Values & Respect

12. What Happened to My Diet?

13. French lentils and brown onions with fried eggs

Click the links, check out the websites, learn more about who the blogger is, and most importantly, make a comment.

Put yourself in the place of the blogger. You know how much you like comments, so give back to another blogger.

You’ll feel great, and so will they, because

After all, it’s about a healthy lifestyle!

© Iowa Avenue

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