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.)
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? 🙂 Stay tuned for 3 giveaways over the next 3 weeks! I packaged up more than half of these items to giveaway.
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:
- Create a media kit.
- Be more engaged via social media.
- Continue to work towards my weight loss goals.Yes, it’s hard, but I am not alone.
- Strive to fight against the urge to be who I believe others (friends, family, coworkers) want me to be and just be myself.
- Have some fun!
Have you ever attended a blog conference before?How do you feel afterwards?