Over the weekend, I headed down to Baltimore with Jess from A Fete for Food
for the FitBloggin
conference. Wow! It was so exciting to be there (and the 70+ degree weather certainly helped). The FitBloggin
’ Conference was for anyone who blogs about fitness, wellness, good food and a healthy lifestyle. FitBloggin brought together the community of health-conscious bloggers for a day of education, networking and friendship.
The event kicked off with a cocktail reception where the POMtinis were a flowin.’ It was great to
meet new people, and officially meet those people whose blogs I read daily. Only in blogging do you feel like you know someone so well without ever actually meeting them face to face! Well, blogging and maybe online dating? Anyway. It was a great kickoff. Right away I ran into Katy
who is a blogger but we’ve learned we have a mutual friend from our days at Syracuse University, and Katy is a triathlete too!
Saturday started off with a Quaker
sponsored oatmeal breakfast and I hosted a “Breakfast with the Dietitian”
table, for people to join me with their oatmeal and ask any food and nutrition related questions they had. I chatted with a bunch of great bloggers!
I went to some very informative sessions – I wish I could have attended them all!
First up was Blogs, Accessibility and SEO: Dispelling the Myths – Presented by Scott Stawarz. This was informative and sometimes way over my head. I need to work on SEO optimization for my blog. Huh? Yeah, that’s how I feel.
Next up I went to WordPress from .com to Self Hosted: An in Depth look into one of the Most popular Blogging Software out there presented by Jim Doran. This talk lit a fire under my bottom to switch to WordPress and finally dive into self-hosting. I plan on making the move ASAP so I hope there are no glitches with this blog!
There was a wonderful POM presentation by Jeff from POM Wonderful. I know him from the POM Wonderful Blogger Harvest Tour I was on in the fall, and it was great to reunite again.
Beyond the Blog: Getting Published was next with a speaker panel including Charlie Hills, Linda Konner, Jennette Fulda, Caitlin Boyle, and Brett Blumenthal, all published authors. Caitlin’s Operation Beautiful book comes out this summer and yours truly was quoted within her book. Can’t wait to read the final product!
Finally I went to Making Money From Your Blog: Should You? Could You? How? In this talk, I was reminded not to quit my day job. I love blogging for myself, and for all of you, even if my only reader is my mom. Hi mom!
The wonder woman in charge of this whole event was Roni. I also met Roni at the POM Wonderful Blogger Harvest Tour and man, she is impressive. She worked tirelessly to host an amazing, exciting, informative and fun conference. I wouldn’t have changed a thing, Roni. Great job! Her volunteers were pretty awesome too.
The swag bag wasn’t too shabby either. (Read: amazing.) Aside from some fantastic coupons we received, a cute ceramic bowl, and a super comfy bamboo fabric FitBloggin t-shirt from Thrive, the folks at Gruve gave us a high-tech pedometer that lights up as you meet your daily activity goals (and buzzes when you’re too sedentary). The icing on the cake were the running or walking sneakers that everyone received from New Balance and the awesome running shorts to go with them. Thank you sponsors! I cannot wait to try out all these new products.
Every day I’m amazed by what blogging can bring. For me it started off as a way to get my nutrition word out, and write. Along the way I have formed blogging buddies, attended healthy living and blogging conferences, and learned a lot from so many different blogs. It was a blast spending the weekend with 150 other bloggers in the same boat as me. Roni, you rock. Thanks for FitBloggin!