I’m not quite sure where March went, but let’s just say it might have been taken up with school teaching, turning the big 40 (yikes) and getting amongst this pregnancy thing. Yep, it’s happening and there’s a small person growing inside…which makes pretty much everything (except eating) pretty hard to concentrate on. I am still pinching myself.
Here’s how the March instalment of Bits and Blogs on the ABC radio went…
We chatted about authenticity and the influence that bloggers can have on their followers. This is a theme that has reared its head just in the last couple of months – that of bloggers being in a powerful position to influence people. The die hards amongst the world of journalism still can’t believe that bloggers can have so much clout… considering they don’t have a degree in writing or some such skill.
Jess Ainscough aka The Wellness Warrior (website now taken down) blogged about her battle with a rare form of cancer, whereby she undertook a relatively radical approach – known as the Gerson Therapy – seeking to use food and alternative therapies to treat her condition.
Sadly Jess passed away only two weeks ago and her blog has been put under the microscope. The concern is that many readers may have pinned their hopes on Jess’ experiences and advice, to help them recover from similar life threatening illnesses.
Healing Belle (who has now gone removed herself from Instagram and Facebook) is one such blogger and social media sensation that has recently come under criticism for apparently making false claims via her social media accounts that she has cured cancer via her diet. All sorts of gossip surrounds this young lady, but the crux is that many of her claims to actually have cancer in the first instance are believed to be untrue. Still, she has apparently made a lot of money via an App called ‘The Whole Pantry’ that was developed as a result of her experiences with cancer.
According to an article by ‘The Age’ some online media celebrities could be doing more harm than good “Dr Bartone says the Internet has made people into online sensations and pseudo-experts.”
Read more about it HERE
The bottom line…make informed decisions, and by all means read blogs for interest, but also do your own homework.
3 of my favourite blogs at the moment:
Food & Craft: Meet Me at Mikes
In keeping with the above theme of authenticity, author Pip Lincoln makes a lot of sense in a recent blog, and the problems associated with social media and the need to feel ‘liked’. She refers to this recent phenomenon as the ‘like-cycle’ and how some ‘wanna be’ celebs will do whatever it takes to gain likes and followers. Apart from that, she does amazing online courses – one of which is an online blogging course that I have just taken up – and has published several books.
Life: Sarah Wilson
I can’t believe it has taken me until March to talk about my favourite blogger Sarah Wilson! I have a healthy woman-crush on this lady, which began in about 2009 when I started firstly following her articles in a weekend magazine, and then on her blog. She has gone on to create the online business ‘I Quit Sugar’ but her own personal blog goes into many topics about life and living authentically and happily. I could go on for hours about this one!
And yes, she weighs in on the debate about what to believe, and what not to believe, on the internet.
Regional: The Central Nest
Kayana is based in Bathurst – so nice and close – and as a result, her blog is very relevant (except the owing a Thermomix part!!) She is honest and humorous and this is a great lifestyle blog to have in your feed.
She has practical tips (the parent mode on an i-phone so you can lock your child on just one screen and they can’t get out of it!) My girlfriends are going to love this!
Best of all, this girl does not claim to know it all. Authentic and real.
As for my take on the whole shebang, you can listen to my take on authenticity and blogging right HERE
Feel free to let me know of any brilliant blogs that you are following.