Happy Tuesday, Internet luvahs!

Question- (no pressure, this one isn’t quiz related)- do you like intros or do you like posts that are short and sweet and cut right to the chase? I’ve been reading some literature on the topic and experts tend to agree the shorter the better. The thing is, I tend to enjoy reading intros. Does anybody else? However, with shorter and sweeter in mind, I wrote a whole big intro to this post and then chopped it like Miley Cyrus’s hair.

miley cyrus before and after

If you missed the first installment in the now two-part series “How To Be A Fitness Blogger” go here. It talks about your new vocabulary. However, it’s possible that wanna-be fitness bloggers are sitting at their laptops right this moment thinking to themselves “Am I ready to be a fitness blogger? I wish there was a way to know!”

Well wonder no more. Today we’re going to do a little quiz.

Good luck.

(And I guess this turned into an intro of sizable length after all.)

Here we go:

1. When you hear the phrase “easy 10” you think:

  • a. Someone just bet $10 that Lindsay Lohan is going back to rehab.
  • b. The time, in minutes, it takes to process the fact Kim Kardashian and Kanye West just named their daughter, North West.
  • c. Someone is about give you 10 quick reasons why the name North West is a disaster.
  • d. Miles. A really really fit person just ran 10 freaking miles for freaking fun.


2. When you hear the word “Chobani” you think:

  • a. A delicious brand of Greek yogurt you see in the grocery store.
  • b. “I want to buy stock in that company so badly, will there ever be an IPO?”
  • c. “I don’t really do dairy.”
  • d. “I know every flavor that brand makes and I know every possible recipe that one can use their yogurt in, thanks to the huge boxes of yogurt they send every blog I read to review, as well as all the retreats they sponsor, as part of their pleasantly aggressive and downright brilliant blogger marketing strategy.”


3. When you see “WIAW” you think:

  • a. Huh?
  • b. Um, your autocorrect spelled “WOW” wrong.
  • c. “MAIM” upside down, which you take as a veiled threat.
  • d. “What I Ate Wednesday! Lets see those eats!”


4. When you see “MIMM” you think:

  • a. “My, It’s Miserably Muggy” (and you probably live in Boston)
  • b. “I’m subtly reminded of Pimm’s which always reminds me of Pim’s which are delicious. And now I want cookies.”
  • c.  “Millions! I Make Millions!” (and you’re Scrooge McDuck)
  • d. “Marvelous In My Monday! Cant wait to read about some marvelous inspiration!”


Results: if you answered D to all four questions, well then call yourself Glen Coco because you got all four. Four for you!

you go glen coco

And there is a nearly 100% chance that you may already be a fitness/ health & wellness blogger. If you did poorly, well, next week is true/false. Keep studying.

Note: if you found yourself answering “all of the above” or “some of the above” on all questions- that is also correct :)

So, what are your thoughts on intros? Good/bad/depends on the situation?

Also what are your thoughts on posts in general? Long/short/depends on the situation?


60 Thoughts on “How To Be A Fitness Blogger Part 2: Pop Quiz

  1. I say, screw the experts! But maybe that’s b/c I have a tough time with brevity & all of my posts turn into mini novels! But seriously, I love your writing & read every single word. Don’t change a thing & just be yourself!
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    • P.S. we’ve got to figure out how to get on Chobani’s mailing list. Or Ben & Jerry’s!!
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      • I second this!! When you figure out how to get on that list let me know!! And if you figure out ben and jerry’s list CALL ME ASAP!!!!
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      • LOL- omg ben & jerry’s really needs a better blogger outreach program!! and I have a confession- i actually don’t like greek yogurt. (i know, i know, it’s ridiculous) but i dont like the consistency and it gives me minor anxiety when i see the greek style taking over all the grocery store shelves. now if regular dannon or wallaby wanted to send me a box i would be ALL about that:)

        • The best yogurt I’ve ever had was in Quebec. The brand was Liberte and the style was Mediterranean. I picked up some of the lemon flavor and couldn’t believe how smooth & creamy it was. After having it for breakfast two mornings in a row, I looked at the label. No wonder it was so delicious – it was about 250/serving! Oh well! Worth every single calorie! I also love eating yogurt when I travel to Germany. The hotel that our company puts us up in has the most amazing breakfast, and the yogurt is so good. Probably because it’s not chockful of preservatives and sweeteners like the U.S. brands. YUM!
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          • I love European yogurt! the best yogurt I had was years ago in France, I wish I could remember the brand! I don’t remember the nutrition facts but it was SO good and creamy (not thick, but creamy) and yeah- fresh! it sounds odd to say that a yogurt tasted fresh, but it did. probably didnt have the preservatives we’re used to here.

  2. I love intro’s especially YOURS…so very funny! I’m so fit I did push-ups in-between quiz questions! LOL
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  3. Hahaha I love when you write these posts! They’re
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  4. Hmm I haven’t really thought about intro length. I guess it depends on what your intro is about. I don’t think there’s a right or wrong way as long as it’s entertaining!
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  5. Definitely keep your posts exactly as they are!
    In general though, the length depends on what someone has written about.
    Lol- MAIM upside down!
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  6. I always have a hard time writing intros just because I don’t really know how to sound funny and engaging while still attempting to get a point across (why do I own a blog again?) but I do it anyways because I just feel like the post is naked without it…or maybe that’s just 14 years of institutional English class speaking.

    Also, random sidenote, I hope to be one of those “easy 10” people one day. Getting there–slowly but surely. :)
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    • Oh you will DEFINITELY be one of those easy 10 people in the not so distant future. I am quite sure about that my dear :) and intros can be super tricky- keeping them light, but also really engaging and also weaving them into your actual point is not exactly easy.

  7. I love your intros! They always make me laugh and sometimes I totally need a good laugh in the a.m.! 😉
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  8. Screw the experts – just do you, lady! If you want to write an intro, write one; if you don’t, don’t. For me, a lot of it depends on the day/situation. There are some days where I can’t come up with an intro to save my life, and there are others (especially when I’m writing about something more serious), when I try to introduce my post in some fancy way. Just go with the flow :)
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    • you know what- i think thats the best blogging advice i’ve received on the topic. thank you!! it makes so much sense when put like that, i think i’ve been over thinking it.

  9. I like intros when they are funny, well-written and either completely throw me off from the rest of the post, or create a nice transition into the post…so I guess I like them when they are quality? I always like your intros!!!! I definitely answered B for #4, but it reminded me of a Pimms Cup, because clearly I like cocktails :)
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  10. I win! I win! Quadruple D’s. (No, not a bra size, my quiz score.)

    Or in this case, is winning really losing? Hmm…
    Keep it going with the intros. I kinda like ’em ;).
    Carly @ Snack Therapy recently posted…Chicken, Broccoli, Kale, and Snow Pea Stir FryMy Profile

  11. This is awesome!! I answered all over the place with the Chobani question haha! :) Easy 10, huh? 😉
    I prefer to keep my posts short and sweet with a lot of pictures. My weekend recaps are never short, but otherwise, I keep things quick and to the point. I have so many blogs that I want to read and it’s difficult when everything takes so long to read! I can only stare at a screen for so long.
    Glen Coco was the ultimate cool kid, huh? Have a fab day!
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    • Ahh yes i thought of your post while writing that!! it was like the 2nd or 3rd time i had seen 10miles in a couple days and i realized that you folks are amazing and nuts at the same time, which is why i love you! :) and i know- i read soo many blogs a day too. i get a bunch on bloglovin, a bunch via email (some both) and lots i just go to from memory. its my other full time job :)

  12. Its all situational to me. I actually prefer a little bit longer of a post. If its really short, I feel kind of gypped!

    I think there is definitely a “go to” format for blogging, but I think sometimes to stand out can be a good thing! Your posts are always entertaining so just go with your gut!
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    • Thanks Mandy!! you’re right there does seem to be “format” that you start getting comfortable with, but yeah it all depends on the subject matter for the most part. I’m not sure about these “experts”…

  13. Whenever I try to write an introduction to a post, I feel extremely awkward. Sometimes I dive right in, other times I don’t… I guess it just depends on my mood. I don’t consider myself a professional blogger or writer so I really don’t know much about professional blog techniques haha! Sometimes when I’m reading a blog I like an intro just so I know what the whole blog post is about and whether or not I’m interested in reading it. Bonus points if they make me laugh!

    • It’s so true! i like an entertaining intro too. and yeah sometimes the subject matter needs an intro, other times not. i think you’re right also- it totally depends on mood!

  14. Haha love this. I think intros depend on what the post is about! And who cares what the experts say, what makes them experts anyways?? I think when you’re blogging it’s best to just jump in and write whatever comes out first!
    Sarah @ Sweet Miles recently posted…how a runner cleans her houseMy Profile

    • you know, thats a very good point- i’m fairly certain these “experts” are just people who picked an authoritative title and then wrote stuff. anybody can be an expert nowadays!

  15. Love this series. Haha. So awesome.
    Intros are the worst! I think that’s the longest time I spend writing a post is the darn intro I sort of talk mindlessly. I most often think the content is the best, so I don’t even know why I bother over-thinking the intro.
    I like long posts, short posts – it doesn’t really matter to me! As long as they get to some sort of point;)
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    • Yeah thats a good way to think of it- the post should be as long as it takes to get your point across clearly and interestingly. simple as that. i really like that way of looking at it.

  16. You go Glen Coco! :) I miss Miley’s hair. I can’t be the only one.
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  17. Screw the experts! I love your ‘voice’, so don’t mind reading a long intro.
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  18. I have mixed feelings on intros I feel like sometimes you need them and sometimes you don’t. I write them when I feel like I need to get my readers up to speed on things.

    • I like that! when they serve a purpose, and provide some information in an entertaining way, intros are necessary. i guess it all depends on the situation.

  19. hahaha LOVE it!
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  20. My cross country coach always starts with the ‘Today is just an easy __ miles!’, so of course I knew that one, but part of me really wanted to choose the North West name choice. Because honestly, who didn’t need 10 minutes to process that name?

  21. I think I’m basically all over the place with my intros…sometimes a post seems to require a long one, other times short will do. Do whatever seems to work in the moment! And your posts in general are awesome – I always look forward to them!

    And 2 d. HIlariously true – if I didn’t read blogs, I would have no idea that Chobani existed (because it doesn’t in Canada anymore…le sigh)
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    • yeah, i think you’re right it totally depends on the post/subject matter. sometimes it calls for one, sometimes not. and I’m not even a fan of greek yogurt so before the blogs i didn’t think about chobani one way or the other. i’m really loyal to regular yogurt :)

  22. Honestly…for me it depends on the day…some days I have more patience than others…
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  23. It depends. I think short and sweet in general is good, the posts that drag on for scroll after scroll are too much for me. But to each their own, I guess?
    Ari @ The Pace of it All recently posted…Mini shopping spree… and the Influenster Sunkissed VoxBox!My Profile

    • so true! and yeah, as long as the blogger can maintain reader interest in the post, i guess the length is fine. the last thing i want is for people to be scrolling like “when does it end?”

  24. Haha, yes, it did take me 10 minutes to process that they named their kid North. North West…(eye rolling)
    I like an intro too. If it cuts right to the chase then I get distracted by the pictures and stop reading. I have a bad habit of making my posts too long or not doing enough intro or writing most at the bottom. Oy vey, I haven’t figured it out yet.
    Yours always seem to flow nicely without being too long though so keep doing what you’re doing! :)
    Sarah @ making thyme for health recently posted…Sweet Potato Wedges with Lemongrass Yogurt DipMy Profile

    • thanks hun! and i always think your posts are perfect- they flow, they’re entertaining, you always have great pictures and everything. you have it figured out!! and lol, i still dont think i’ve processed that name.

  25. I like posts with lots of pictures! Pictures are worth 1,000 words, right?!?! And an instagramed pictured? That’s worth like 2,000 words! AH HA HA HA HA HA!

    And oh my, I got all the answers to those ?s right!! What do I win?!?!?! Uh……….. Maybe I should win a break from my blogging – LOL!
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  26. I am the absolute worst at writing intros. I swear if you read mine, you’ll be greeted with the same line almost daily… ” Good Morning!” Ha Ha! Gosh that sounds pathetic now that I’m writing it out.. Oh well, such is lifeeee!!!
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  27. MAIM bahahahahaha! I love this!

    I like intros, but only if they at least sorta contribute to the topic. Some intros are literally just rambling, so I tend to skim those, shhhh 😛
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  28. LOL – so, so true! I tend to like a little intro, too. Each post is unique, so I just go with what feels right.
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  29. Haha I love these posts.

    As for post length it doesn’t matter to me at all as long as it has a nice flow to it and the topic interests me. And I have just read 3 of your posts in the space of 10 minutes, so I’d say that you are doing just fine! 😛
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