Below is a compilation of Frequently Asked Questions and questions that sometimes I wish people would ask, like how do you stay so skinny. What I get instead is, “how do you not get fat?” I think there’s a difference between the two. Some days I’m ok with that and other days not.

I’ll continue to update this page from time-to-time, so feel free to check it out!

I noticed an error on one of your posts, do you want me to email it to you? I do my best to view and review posts before publishing them, but there are bound to be a few sneaky stragglers that find their way through. I notice them too sometimes when I re-read posts. I’m not the most patient person in the world (I’m working on that), so oftentimes when I get an idea for a post I’m anxious to get it on the site as soon as possible. So, sure, if you have some constructive and kind comments, please let me know.

Is it OK to request a product or review request? I welcome products if you’d like to send them, but please note that I don’t always choose to write reviews based on products received. It’s important for me to write with integrity. That means when writing a review, I aim to be honest with my readers about whether or not I like a particular product.

How is it that you don’t weigh 300 pounds? I love this question. It’s so different than asking why I’m so skinny. I’m still “weighting” on that question. I try not to eat a lot of highly-processed foods. I’m “blessed” by a body that doesn’t react well to certain foods or excessive eating. Being vegan really helps but I also try to include a lot of raw food in my diet too. I also like Michael Pollan’s “S Advice.” He suggests consuming “S” foods (snacks, soda, sweets, and seconds) on days that begin with the letter “S” (that would be Saturday and Sunday, unless you’re spanish in which case you’re stuck with just Saturday. Lo Siento!) We’re also a fairly active family. We walk the dogs twice a day, play tennis, and I add in yoga. My friend, Elle, has shared with me a lot of tips about diet and exercise. Here’s more of what she’s shared with me, Elle’s Top 5 Tips for Weight loss.

Why are you vegan? I love animals. I also enjoy feeling like I’m being easier on the environment, and being healthy. If I know the person asking this question, I might add more to my answer to this question. I have been vegetarian for over a decade and went vegan about 4 years ago. For me it has been a very good decision.

Do you eat only nuts and twigs? I live in the heart of beef country so this question never surprises me. We eat a lot of great food, we just mostly cook for ourselves. Check out some of my favorite vegan recipes. You’ll notice a lot of sweets here. I can’t help myself. I love baking!

Where do you recommend for vegetarians and vegans to eat when dining in KC? There are several wonderful vegetarian and vegan restaurants here in KC. Some of these include: Eden Alley, and FÜD. There are other restaurants that provide delicious vegan options and these are: Waldo Pizza (they also have gluten free pizzas), Blue Bird Bistro, and Blue Koi.

Mac or PC? I started out on PCs, but my husband showed me the Mac way and I haven’t regretted the change.

I read somewhere that you changed your name. Is Marly your real name? Yes, I did change my name. Legally. And that now makes Marly my real name.

How did you come up with the name Marly? It’s a derivative of my given name which made it an easy transition.

Does everyone call you Marly? Most everyone. I still run into people I knew awhile ago but I don’t mind letting them know I changed my name. Most people are fine with the change.

What was your name before you changed it? I have this weird disassociation with my previous name. It’s sort of like a brightly-flowered dress. I love it on other people, but know it would never work on me. I cringe at the thought of it. That’s how I feel about my previous name.

I would love to talk to you about my name. How can I be considered for one of your name interviews? Talking to people about their names is one of my favorite things in this world. I have a series of posts on interviews with people and their names. If you’d like to be considered for one of these interviews, I would love to hear from you. Here’s a link to the Namely Marly contact form.

Do you take all the pictures for your posts? It’s really a combination of several sources for my posts. I’m lucky to be married to a real photographer,

Shawn Beelman Photography

Shawn Beelman, so I use a lot of his photography throughout my site. And he has also started tutoring me and as a result I’m using more of my own pictures. Some of my name interviews include pictures provided by the subject. I also have used stock photography sites for pictures to go along with other topics, but I’m doing that less and less these days.

Can I use one of your photos? I request that you ask permission to use original photography from this site. If approved, I also request appropriate credit and links as well.

How can I get added to your blogroll? If you’re not on my blogroll but would like to be, feel free to send me a note via my contact form for consideration. Another great way to be considered for my blogroll is to leave comments on posts. That’s a great way of starting a dialog.

Can you give suggestions or tips on how to make my blog better? The word “blog” comes from “Web Log.” In that sense, blogs are very personal because they reflect the voice of the person writing it. That makes it very important for you to understand yourself and what you like. Are you more quiet and contemplative, or an “in your face” kind of creative person? But even the greatest artists usually have some influences. Find other sites you like and see if you find some trends that you can use to influence your own blog.

I’ve written a couple of posts about blogs that you may want to read, Managing a Blog by Numbers and Tips on How to Name Your Blog.

Also, here are some of my favorite tips from other sites that provide resources on blogging:

  • ProBlogger has a lot of tremendous tips for bloggers. Here’s one of my favorite posts, 31 Days to Building a Better Blog
  • Seth Godin wrote the gospel of blogging way back in 2006. Can something be timeless if it’s only a few years old? In blog speak, 2006 is as close as it gets. This post is one worth reading many times over, How to Get Traffic to Your Blog
  • Chris Brogan gives a lot of great advice in his 10 Blogging Tips post.
  • Farhad Manjoo wrote this piece for Slate Magazine including an advice from folks like Ariana Huffington. Advice on How to Blog.

What do you think of Twitter? It took me awhile to warm up to it, but Twitter can be a lot of fun. I view it as one big, online party. You can connect with people and start up conversations and I love meeting new people. I did a guest post for TwiTips utilizing advice from several people on how to be a good Tweeter, Top Tips for Your Twitter Targets.

What blogging platform do you use? I use WordPress.

Who designed your site? I’m lucky that my husband is multi-talented. He’s not only a photographer, but also a website designer. So that means my website designer is Shawn Beelman Graphic Design.