Blogging Fitness

Here's something that might interest readers, most of whom come here for varied reasons. I began this blogging thing over four years and 1,600 posts ago as mostly a political, libertarian philosophy endeavor. Whether I'm just not that compelling, too enraged or outrageous, or simply because there's no way in the world I can write politically to swoon the mainstream of fucking idiots (see?), this blog has never been very popular. I'd say that over the long haul I've averaged 200-250 visits per day. But I do this for myself, primarily.

But what's interesting is that the more I blog on evolutionary diet and fitness, the more visits and links, which in turn brings more visitors. I'm now more lopsided in the blogs I visit. Politics wise, I probably only go to three or four, tops. But I'm going to a lot of paleo or evolutionary diet and fitness blogs, and you know what? I find most of these blogs and their comments far more honest and rational that any political blogs anywhere — including libertarian (especially libertarian, I have to wonder). So I've changed the 'About' description somewhat, as well as the categories. Food, diet, and exercise from an evolutionary perspective — hence honest reality — shall now hold a place at least as important, if not more so than the political stuff.

And man am I glad. I get in my political moods, and that'll happen again, but I have to say that I just can't help myself. My life has been changed dramatically in the last 9 months; I enjoy thinking, writing about it, and seeing my own results. And the more I do — and yea, maybe it's whistling past the graveyard — the more all the politics and "analysis" seem senseless and irrelevant. I know they're not, that ideas have implications, but at a point I have a life to live.

Anyway, I promised a photo. I have two. Here was my break-fast birthday dinner Tuesday night at Original Joe's here in San Jose. That was a 27 oz rib steak. All that was left was the bone and a bit of gristle. There was a lot of very tasty and satisfying fat. Three hours on the countdown to the next fasting period.



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Richard Nikoley

I started writing Free The Animal in late 2003 as just a little thing to try. 20 years later, turns out I've written over 5,000 posts. I blog what I wish...from diet, health, philosophy, politics, social antagonism, adventure travel, expat living, location and time independent—while you sleep— income by geoarbitrage, and food pics. I intended to travel the world "homeless," but the Covidiocy Panicdemic squashed that. I became an American expat living in Thailand. I celebrate the audacity and hubris to live by your own exclusive authority and take your own chances. ... I leave the toilet seat up. Read More


  1. Frank N Stein on January 31, 2008 at 13:14

    As a relatively new reader, I hope you don't abandon the politics completely. I found your blog by way of Mr. Beck, and have been visiting more often after the QandO fiasco. It's not that you are a libertarian – the internet is full of them – but that, like Billy, you understand the moral foundation that precedes politics (of course I can't say this as well as either of you, which is why I don't have a blog myself).
    But then again, I am 35 and about 40 pounds overweight, so perhaps it's time I take the plunge and follow you to better health. Ignoring the current state of politics in this country can only help my blood pressure.

  2. Richard Nikoley on January 31, 2008 at 13:24


    I really appreciate that comment, man. And yea, let's be honest: I mimic Beck quite a lot. His was the first blog I ever saw, at the moment I learned what a blog was. The moral foundation is essential.

    Don't worry. I wouldn't be able to avoid the political stuff if I wanted to.

  3. Forest Carter on December 6, 2011 at 22:57

    Coincidentally — and honestly — I skimmed most of the political articles and ended up fully reading this one. xD

    P.S. Have you read any books by Daniel Quinn?

    • Richard Nikoley on December 8, 2011 at 07:19

      Hey Forest:

      Well, something for everyone, man, I guess.

      Have not read any Quinn but have had Ishmael recommended to me about a million times. I guess I ought to read it.

      • Forest Carter on December 8, 2011 at 11:26

        Ishmael’s a great book, and Daniel Quinn’s a great author.

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