I was trolling through Google Reader yesterday and I saw that Karen was actually in the Toledo area to promote her book AFTER (the before and after). It's always fun to meet up with bloggers I read, so I suggested that we meet for coffee. Her friend Liz, whose blog I hadn't read before I re-read Karen's post, also came along. Here's the requisite arms'-length smartphone photo of us in the bookstore:
From left: Karen, Liz (in back), and yours truly
I had a lot of fun chatting with both of them. Coffee turned into lunch, which meant I played hooky from grading papers for most of the day, which I felt was totally worth it. We all met through the weight-loss blogging community, and had some similar experiences: We all went all-out getting to our goal weights, then found that we couldn't stay there. We all are doing our best to find some sort of balance between eathing healthy and having a life. Karen and I discussed the book Health at Every Size by Linda Bacon, which will be reviewed on this site in the near future, as soon as it arrives and I have time to read it. I am hoping that it will have a balance that leans more toward "health" than "at every size." I still don't feel like I've found that balance yet.
We also talked a little about writing, as Liz and Karen are both freelancers. I snooped a little into the blog-to-book process, even though I don't really see enough of a coherent narrative in my blog to really consider that as an option for me.
I love the blog community, but it's funny, when Karen asked me what blogs are my favorites, I couldn't think of too many of my real favorite bloggers who are still posting regularly. Most of the ones I really love seem to have gone into twice-monthly posting mode. I explained how I put people into my feed reader and then drop them if I don't like reading them, if the authors post seven times a day with trivial stuff like "Here is a picture of my sandwich!" or try so hard to be like a magazine writer that I don't see much of a personal touch (I think I may have dissed one of their favorite bloggers when I mentioned by name one of the blogs I am considering deleting from my reader, and won't repeat my mistake here).
My feed reader is full of links to blogs that have mostly gone silent, though I keep the links there in case they come back to life again. I think I need to find some new favorites. Karen and Liz mentioned several blogs that I haven't tried yet, and will have to find if I can remember them. Feel free to post links to blogs you like in the comments (as long as they are real blogs and not just marketing sites).