Blogger Interview Series – Lisa
Okayokayokay. So it is Friday. Let’s see, I am having fun predicting what I could be doing at present moment. Given the time difference, Holly, Karen and I are probably sitting down to a steak dinner in Banff, Alberta, gearing up for an evening of bar hopping and maybe two-stepping? Oooh, I hope I am taking photos of this to share upon my return!!
Okay, enough of that. Time to get to the post at hand. Today’s subject of the Blogger Interview Series is Lisa of I’m An Okie.
There are a lot of things I love about Lisa and her blog. But if I had to pick just one aspect that pops out at me, it’s how wonderfully open and honest Lisa is about her struggles with healthy living. Not to mention, it’s been amazing to see her come into her own with her health, fitness and eating. Sometimes I leave her blog laughing, other times I leave it having experienced some deep reflection and thinking.
1. Quick! Describe your blog in 6 words!
Exercise Lovin (I’m counting it as ONE word dang it), Honest, Random, Healthy, Bold, and FUN. :) (That was hard to do by the way!)
2. How did you come up with your blog name?
My blog’s name is "I’m an Okie." I was born and raised in Oklahoma, and Oklahomans are just called "Okies." Fun little nickname. I feel like my homestate plays a big part in who I am and I wanted to convey that. Plus, I have a lot of pride being an "Okie" and I wanted to make that known.
3. What attracted you to blogging?
I actually never even thought about blogging until Julie started her own blog. We were friends from another Fitness Forum and her blog was wonderful and inspiring and I wanted in on the action. The Fitness Forum I was on was started to make my disordered eating worse, and I knew that I needed to change my environment and blogging seemed to provide that healthy, inspiring environment.
4. What surprised you about blogging?
The people. How it’s changed my life.
5. What do you do for content ideas?
I’m still figuring out content ideas. I love posting about different workouts, etc so that is always a big portion of my content. Since I recently recovered from disordered eating, I feel my content focuses on that quite a bit as well. Positive body image, healthy relationships with food, etc. And then, it’s just another random musings that strike me.
6. Blogging is a big time commitment – what makes it worth it to you?
Hands down, the people. Some days I honestly don’t feel like blogging, but the thought of not having conversation and dialogue with all you wonderful women out there gets me motivated to write.
7. What hobbies did you have before you started blogging?
My hobbies before blogging and after blogging are much the same. Fitness, reading, cooking, spending time with my animals, sports, etc.
8. What is one secret you’ve thus far conveniently kept off your blog?
I’m pretty dang open on my blog, so I’m not sure there’s a big "secret" I’m not telling people. I just recently revealed a big secret on my blog and I was very happy the way the blog community accepted it and me with open arms.
9. What do your friends and family think of your blogging habits? Some family/friends think it’s absolutely wonderful, other people think it’s a little strange, and yet there’s another group who think it’s downright dangerous that I have a blog because I guess it can be a little unsafe sometimes.
10. What other blogger inspires you?
Oh, geez, tons in many different ways. Here’s some of the top of my head.
Tina from Faith, Fitness, and Fun
Julie from Peanut Butter Fingers
Lindsay from Cardio Pizza
Katie from Health For the Whole Self
Janetha B from Meals and Moves.
But seriously, every single blog that I read and comment on inspires me in SOME way otherwise I wouldn’t be reading it. There’s so many great women out there who blog who I have made my life amazing.
Question of the Day: In the spirit of honesty – what is one secret of yours? Spill the beans! I will let you in on one of mine – when I was a vegetarian, I still loooooved bacon.