How FitBloggin Changed My Life

FitBloggin changed my life. Seriously. When I sat down to write this recap. I was all about recapping the entire conference, every workout, every dinner, every blogger I met, but what I learned at FitBloggin is so much more than how to improve my blog. I learned about myself. Sounds crazy, right? Let me explain.

(If you are looking for a full rundown of every workout and session, Roni hires live bloggers to transcribe EVERY session, so head over to the FitBloggin website for an in depth recap of every session.)

FitBloggin 2013

At most blogging meet ups, I always feel like there is this underlying I-have-more-pageviews-than-you vibe. Basically, like-numbered bloggers stick together. Everyone is friendly, but not really genuine about it. At least in my opinion, I always feel like there is unspoken competition about not oversharing or helping too much in an effort to make sure that you are ahead of the next blogger in line.

FitBloggin is NOT like that. You are greeted with a hug by everyone. Literally. The only bloggers there that I had ever met in person, were my roomie Schnelle and Martinus from 300 Pounds and Running. That left over 300 people who I didn’t know, and I didn’t meet one person who looked at another blogger sideways. Maybe it was the enormous amounts of swag that we were given that kept everyone in high spirits? πŸ™‚ Stay tuned for 3 giveaways over the next 3 weeks! I packaged up more than half of these items to giveaway.

Fitbloggin Swag

Overall, I learned that I just have to be myself. I normally don’t dance. And I danced all night long with my new blogger best friends Renisha, Pilar, Val, and Schnelle. I don’t do karaoke. I sang Single Ladies with Schnelle. I normally don’t speak about myself. I participated in the Ignite Keynote and feel like I really rocked it. (Check out the video!) One weekend left me feeling motivated and super charged to do all of the things I am afraid of doing. I guess that is the side effect of spending a weekend with a group filled with diverse bloggers from all over the country that are all 100% supportive.

After a conference, I always try to create action items for myself. So my plans for the next month are to do the following:

  1. Create a media kit.
  2. Be more engaged via social media.
  3. Continue to work towards my weight loss goals.Yes, it’s hard, but I am not alone.
  4. Strive to fight against the urge to be who I believe others (friends, family, coworkers) want me to be and just be myself.
  5. Have some fun!

Have you ever attended a blog conference before?How do you feel afterwards?

35 Comments

  1. Faith says:

    I’m glad to hear that you had such a great experience! I still have not attended a blog conference but the more I read about them the more I feel that I’m missing out.

    7.9.13 ·
  2. Beeb says:

    Great photos and takeaways!

    7.9.13 ·
    • Thanks, Beeb! I really enjoyed hearing your story in the dealing with injuries session. Thank you so much for stopping by my little space on the web. πŸ™‚

      7.9.13 ·
  3. Val says:

    Blogger Besties! So glad we had a chance to meet and hang out!

    7.6.13 ·
    • Me too! I hope we can keep in touch!

      7.7.13 ·
  4. I loved meeting you Kimberly!! and I’m with Mrs Fatass – your Ignite was AWESOME!

    I have only been to Fitbloggin (as far as conferences go) and felt a bit awkward, like I don’t really belong (crazy talk), but now that I’ve been the 2nd time I realise that no matter who we are or where we are in this life, we are amongst friends and support that is amazing beyond words. This year I finally spoke up more, next year I intend to break out of my self-imposed shell and talk to even more people (I have a thing about not opening up, though I’m learning that there is no added value in not speaking up!).

    7.6.13 ·
    • Thanks, Renee! This was my first time, and I feel the same way. I had a blast this year…but next year?!?!? It’s going to be even better.

      7.7.13 ·
  5. Great post, Kimberly! You have inspired me to think about what I gained from Blogging While Brown and to actually set some follow-up meaningful goals.
    I saw you at Blogging While Brown but did not have a chance to get to know you. I am having a ball and learning a lot about you in a very short time by reading your fabulous blog. As a relatively new blogger, Blogging While Brown was my first blogging conference. I learned a lot, met other bloggers and enjoyed it immensely. I am already staying in touch with a few of the bloggers I met, but I realize that I need to be much more strategic and organized in order to make the most of this valuable investment of time and dollars. I plan to follow your blog and stay in touch. I am a New Yorker as well, bloggng about the challenges of trying to a live healthy, fit, green, natural and fulfilling life… so let’s touch base.

    7.5.13 ·
    • Deborah, We should definitely meet up. BWB was a completely different experience in comparison to FitBloggin. But there are takeaways from both. Email me at manifestyourselftoday@gmail.com. I’d love to meet you!

      7.7.13 ·
  6. Carla says:

    Unfortunately, I am always late with the dates or I forget about the conferences altogether (like blogging while brown). I do plan to attend one soon.

    I’m glad you had a good time and were able to take away something valuable.

    7.5.13 ·
    • Carla,

      I am the same way….I had a few people who reminded me about the ones I recently attended. AND I was so jealous reading the recaps from last year! I’ll keep you posted on the ones coming up for 2014. I think I am tapped out (financially) for 2013.

      7.5.13 ·
  7. Ferly says:

    These are great goals. I would love to get to a blog conference in the next year or so. Glad that you left there feeling empowered to be yourself and met awesome new friends.

    ~ Ferly
    Gifts We Use {to grow, love and serve}

    7.4.13 ·
    • Thanks, Ferly. πŸ™‚ I love attending blog conferences. It’s the only way to meet all of these fabulous bloggers in person! There were bloggers from EVERYWHERE in the US and even Canada present.

      7.5.13 ·
  8. Kim says:

    Your speaking video is awesome!!! You did a great job – you looked completely put together and like a natural speaker!
    I love the way you presented your thoughts with the tree!!!

    7.3.13 ·
    • Kim, Thank you! You are the first person to notice the tree! πŸ™‚ I appreciate you taking the time to watch the presentation.

      7.5.13 ·
  9. Amy says:

    I SERIOUSLY loved meeting you this weekend! I was going through my pics and realized we somehow did NOT get a picture together which completely bums me out. You are FABULOUS!

    It needs to be next year FitBloggin already. Because I can’t think of not being with everyone for a whole year!

    7.3.13 ·
    • Amy, THANK YOU!!! & I KNOW! Everyone says not to wish your time away….but seriously… FitBloggin needs to happen at least twice a year. lol Next year we must get a photo together.

      7.5.13 ·
  10. Nellie says:

    Your recap is way shorter and to the point than mine. Mine turned into 3 long posts of fiotbloggin madness. You are the best roomie a girl can ask for. I almost want to ask how many twitter followers you have? I mean. really!

    7.3.13 ·
    • Girl….I couldn’t get myself to do the full recap…I was an emotional mess. lol. I completely can relate to that feeling you had last year after being in the Zumba class. AND obviously, you were the best roomie…so much so, that I call dibs for next year, k? Thanks.

      7.5.13 ·
  11. I’m glad you had good time Kimberly!

    7.3.13 ·
    • Thanks, Joi! I wish you were there. I hope that we will get to meet soon. Nellie always has so much to say about you & how focused you are will blogging. I could use some motivation and tips.

      7.5.13 ·
  12. MrsFatass says:

    LOVED meeting you and your ignite ROCKED. Can’t wait to dance again next year!

    7.3.13 ·
    • YES! Your Zumba class….seriously. I went home and looked up the certification classes. I may or may not have a goal of teaching a song at the next FitBloggin now. πŸ™‚

      7.5.13 ·
  13. Carli says:

    I recently made a media kit but it’s only one page and I’m not positive if it’s what companies are looking for.

    I love social media but with a job it’s hard to be on there as much as I should be.

    Sounds like a great conference and the swag more than made up for the cost. Fun!

    7.3.13 ·
    • YES! The swag is amazing. In the media kit session, they talked a lot about how to formulate your media kit. Everyone does it a bit differently though. Mine is also a 1 pager. Check out the FitBloggin site for the full transcribed session. I think quite of few of the presenting bloggers even have there media kit posted on their blog.

      7.5.13 ·
  14. Hey! I didn’t meet you at FitBloggin but I saw you on Twitter and we are both in NYC! I work in career services as well at a law school (I am a recovering attorney). We have to connect! πŸ™‚

    7.3.13 ·
    • YES! We must. I will look up your information and email you asap. πŸ™‚

      7.5.13 ·
  15. Patty says:

    I found your blog through stalking the #FitBloggin twitter stream. I could not attend this year due to a family wedding. It’s so great to read your thoughts on such an amazing event. I’m so glad you enjoyed it so much. Look forward to reading your blog and I hope to meet you next year!

    7.3.13 ·
    • Thanks for stopping by, Patty! I will definitely plan on being there next year too so I hope to meet you!

      7.5.13 ·

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