Awareness

This week has been a doozie. I don’t even think I can even start to explain the emotions I was going through with packing, moving, digestive issues again, physical therapy, counseling, starting a new job….the list could go on.

But as much as it might be relieving to vent about all this, there is something I have been thinking about and bring to your attention: environmental awareness.

My blog has been undergoing changes for the past year as far as its content and while I’m ok with that, it seems like my readers are not; I have lost almost 70%+ of my readership in the past year. It may have been the move to http://tryingtoheal.com that made everything take a big hit, but at the same time I’m not posting about much food anymore….because in reality, I really want everyone in the blog world to realize what is going on outside the foodie world in the environmental world.

For instance, one of the biggest things that I wish foodies would discuss is eating more organic foods. I figure that if you have the opportunity and money why not for the sake of your health, and the environment? It’s one of the easiest things a person can do to help the environment without well, being like me and really getting your hands dirty to save the planet. There are also other things like purchasing from the farmers market, washing with cold water instead of hot, walking instead of driving, making your own food and the popular Meatless Mondays!

With Earth Hour less than two weeks away and Earth Day right around the corner next month, I guess I’m hoping that my foodie friends could be more aware of the simple actions they partake in that could affect the environment.

So in the next month and a half I’m going to spread the word about the simple things that you, my friends, can do to help the environment and make your readers more aware of what is going on in our natural world! I hope you’ll make an effort to spread the word our even post about some of the things I plan to discuss! I would love to see this effort grow stronger!

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13 Responses to Awareness

  1. Kim says:

    I actually like that you post something with more depth than just what you ate on a certain day… so many blogs do that and it gets old after awhile. I’d say stay with what you know and love!

    • Melissa says:

      Thanks Kim! I am certainly more interested now in talking about more of the things I’m interesting than the same ol’ same ol’ bowl of oatmeal and pb and banana sandwich I eat everyday! LOL!

  2. Dee Neles says:

    Thank you for your posts. I discovered your blog when I was looking for blogs about being a vegetarian. I didn’t know anything about ED when I started reading and found your posts to be fascinating, educational, and emotional. I am enjoying your transition to the environment as I have been trying to do better myself. Nothing like you, of course, but I keep adding little things. I look forward to hearing your tips in the coming months. Good luck on the new job. I manage a hotel so if you have any tips on making hotel living easier I would love to hear them. Keep on blogging about what you love.

    • Melissa says:

      Dee,

      Thanks so much for the encouragement! I will definitely start writing about some small tips and tricks people can start doing to help the environment; it’s the little things that count, right?!

      And I’ll let you know about how I adjust to hotel living! It’s certainly going to be difficult but I’m sure I will be able to make it work!

  3. Katie says:

    I agree: not posting just about what you eat is a reason I keep coming back to your blog! I also changed up my format a few months ago… my readership also took a hit. Other bloggers who decided not to do the What I Ate thing every day have reported similar results to me… but that’s okay! For the most part, readers who read for YOU and YOUR writing will stay around. And who knows what the future holds!

    Hope you’re having a better week. Sending you good thoughts and a big hug!

    • Melissa says:

      Thanks for the encouraging comment Katie, you always reassure me that my blog is actually interesting and people are willing to come over and read it even though it’s changed over the past 5 years! I hope you’re having a great week too!!!

  4. I am so glad I found your blog, and with such a whole hearted post about organics and their importance and impact on multiple levels! I could not agree more!

    • Melissa says:

      Emily, I’m so glad you found my blog too! I just took a look at yours and can’t wait to start reading more of it! I will be sure to make some awesome posts about organics in the coming month!! I think they are seriously an essential part of people’s diet that they don’t know they’re missing!

  5. Maggie says:

    I really enjoy your blog’s new morph. I mean, I read it before, but I really enjoy the environmental and science focus, and I really love Birding Thursdays! I also like the ways in which you give advice in small, manageable pieces. Little changes that can add up. (although you probably also know that if you started to post nearly entirely about birds, I for one wouldn’t complain) :P

  6. Biz says:

    I love your blog Mel because it is so diverse! I love the kitty in the suit case. :D

    Hang in there, I know there is a lot of new stuff going on, just remember to breathe! Hugs!

  7. MaryBe says:

    I love the freshness of your blog. I have been reading a long time too. I wish I had left a comment the very first time I was here, so I would know when that was! I love that you’re so different from me (age-wise, location-wise, occupation-wise etc) but underneath we are a lot alike. I try and be a responsible consumer, I am def an old fashioned tree hugger, almost bordering on hippy (in mentality, not appearance :D )
    I think a few (a lot?) of us readers are older than you, so consider us ‘Mom’ if you need to talk.
    I subscribe by Reader, but I’m going to try and remember to ‘click through’ instead

  8. Jen says:

    I’ve been reading your blog for a while now, but have never commented, but I wanted to say that I’m really excited for your posts about environmental issues! I’m trying to educate myself about how my choices impact the environment, which led me to eating vegan on Fridays (started as something to do for Lent, but I plan to continue beyond Easter) and reducing my meat consumption to maybe twice a week. I’m still figuring out my own thoughts on food, consumption and ethics, so I look forward to reading yours!

  9. Sarah says:

    I’m okay with that…but you probably already knew that!! I think one of the problems is that foodies and healthy living bloggers do – probably more so than many other people – think about the environmental impacts of their food, but they fall into a few camps: 1) they make small efforts, but the bulk of their foods still have a large environmental footprint, 2) they switch to something like a plant-based diet and think that’s all they really need to do (that old line about “a vegan driving a hummer has a smaller carbon footprint than a meat eater riding a bicycle!” which is a lie), or 3) they just don’t really know what to do.

    I am cynical, to be honest, and I don’t think that the healthy living blog world is the best audience for an environmental message. But if anyone can spread it, Melissa, you can! Your passion is palpable, even from all the way across the world, just on my screen. I wish you the best of luck, and if there’s anything I can do to help just let me know.

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