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FitBloggin Recap

  • June 30, 2013
  • By Brittany
  • 25 Comments
FitBloggin Recap

Hey there!  Hope you had an excellent weekend!  I just got back from FitBloggin in Portland, Oregon.  It was AMAZING!  It totally fits with my theme of #SummerofFitness! This was my first time at a blogging conference and let me tell you it was WORTH the time and money.

Here’s a rundown of what went down, what I liked and didn’t like.  If you want the cliff notes version, check out these three things:

IntenSati

Intensati 3

Zumba

Zumba photo

 

LiveBlogging for Reebok

2013-06-28

What Went Down

Here’s what went down at FitBloggin!

Thursday night-  Arrival, registration and meet people!

    • This was my first chance to meet other bloggers, brands and just generally get my name out there.
    • I met a ton of great people here, including some bloggers I’ll definitely follow and hopefully some that will follow me! 🙂

Fitbloggin Photo 2

Friday-  The real stuff begins.

    • We started the day with two workout classes:  Reebok Cardio Dance and Zumba.  These were MY sessions!  I was psyched to rock it out with Cardio Dance and Zumba.  Cardio Dance was actually IntenSati, which is a little bit more like kickboxing with affirmations.  It was actually a lot of fun and it was something on my list to try so I’m excited we got to do it!  Zumba was AMAZING!!  I LOVED it!  The instructors were all awesome and the energy in the room was out of this world!  I was particularly excited to have Gina from The Fitnessista teaching a song.  I love the videos  on her blog so it was super fun!   And she is super nice!  OH!  And I almost forgot to mention that I got to go up on stage with BrooklynActiveMomma and krump it.  Hell yeah!!!!!!
    • We got down to business with the blogging sessions.  I learned so much about getting paid as a blogger, things I need to do to drive traffic to my site and improve my page rankings and creating a media kit!
    • I attended my LiveBlogging Session!! Heck yeah!  Check me out on Fitbloggin’s site and find out more about Picking the Perfect Shoe!
    • I met more bloggers and had a blast!  I was exhausted by the end of the day though!

Saturday- I was so tired, I just had to sleep in a bit!  But once I got going, it was Day 2 of networking, schmoozing and learning!

    • Holy moly!  I tried CrossFit.  I was incredibly nervous for this workout because CrossFit just looks really intense and the girls always look jacked.  Well, I have to say it was not that bad and the instructors were pretty awesome.  The main instructor, Matt, was incredibly motivating and he is a recovering attorney like me so we had that in common!  It was actually kind of similar to my workouts at The Fhitting Room and As One.  I just wish it was a little bit longer so I could’ve gotten a little bit more of a workout.
    • Free time!  Heck yeah food trucks.  Check back for more deets on that golden nugget.
    • Afternoon sessions.  I think the most valuable sessions for me was How to Make Money Blogging and How to Create a Media Kit.  Seriously answered my burning questions in life.  Erica from EricaDHouse is a blogger I read and she did a great job presenting How to Create a Media Kit and she kept it real!  Also, she was super friendly.
    • Saturday nigh- Goodbye reception!  This honestly would’ve been a lot more fun for me if 1) I wasn’t dead tired!  and 2.)  I didn’t have a 6 am flight on Sunday.  C’est la vie.

Reebok Crossfit

What I Liked/What I Didn’t Like

Overall I rate this conference A+.  I loved, loved, loved it!  Although I still see some room for improvement for next year, which I will be sure to attend.  Here’s the Hot list and the Could Get Warmer List.

HOT

  • Zumba-  Hell yeah!  I LOVED this!  This class was like an ice breaker itself.  The energy in the room was amazing!  Everyone had such a good time.  I think there should be two Zumba sessions because it was such a great event!
  • The Sessions- Especially “How to Create a Media Kit”, “Getting Paid versus Paying Blogger Dues”, “Making Money With Your Blog” and the “Writing Lab Workshop”.
  • Having some time off to explore the City.
  • The sponsors!  Awesome sponsors, awesome swag, awesome energy!

Laughing Cow

COULD GET WARMER

  • A lot of the sessions I wanted to attend overlapped.  For instance, “Improving Your Blog through SEO” and “Getting Paid versus Paying Blogger Dues” were at the same time.  I felt like a lot of the informational sessions overlapped and the more discussion based sessions (aka “When You Have A Lot to Lose” and “Tackling the Taboo of Therapy”) also overlapped.  Similarly the workouts were all back to back.  I would have appreciated spreading things out a bit so the information sessions didn’t overlap and I could maybe spread my workouts out a bit more with one in the afternoon and one in the morning so I wouldn’t be so exhausted after the classes.
  • There were A LOT of newbie bloggers who could have benefitted from a basic blogging session that discussed things like: Blog Design, Writing, Basics of Using WordPress/Blogger, Top Plugins to Have and Why, *How to Get More Followers*
  • As far as the sponsors go, it would be great to have more formal information on how the attending bloggers could work with them in a paid capacity.  I love all their swag but we were all there to learn how to grow our business and I think having more of that connection would be beneficial.

Again, these are all suggestions I have, I still thought the conference was amazing!

Also, I want to give a shout out to the following bloggers I met and were super nice!  Hey guys! 🙂

Also, my two sponsor ladies!

 

Coming Up on MyOwnBalance:

  • Check back tomorrow for tips and advice for attending blogging conferences!
  • Vacationing in Portland- Check out my weekend!  I’ll tell you what we did, where we ate and where we stayed!

 

Readers, did you got to Fitbloggin?  What did you like?

By Brittany, June 30, 2013
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25 Comments
  • Holly
    June 30, 2013

    The Zumba sounds amazing.

  • Kelly @ No Thanks to Cake
    June 30, 2013

    LOVED your recap, girl! It’s actually the first one that I’ve read so far! I’m sure that there are more out there, but love that yours is setting the pace!

    I am obsessed with that Zumba class… So glad you had a chance to experience it. I’m STILL disappointed that I missed that Cardio dance, had I only known what it was going to be!

    Lastly… So nice to meet you! (Thanks for the shoutout!) Completely adding you to my Feedly. Can’t wait to read more! xoxo

    • FitBritt
      June 30, 2013

      So glad you liked the recap! 🙂 It’s been such a whirlwind weekend I haven’t read anyone else’s yet. I’ll get caught up this week.

      Zumba was amazing! I want more! 🙂

      So great to meet you too! Looking forward to reading your blog this week!

  • Melissa
    July 1, 2013

    I had such a fun weekend with you Brit! And this post was spot on!!

  • WhenCrazyMeetsExhaustion
    July 1, 2013

    Girl, your body is crazy!! I’m jealous and also lazy so I have a feeling I’ll be jealous for a while longer 😉 Thanks for visiting my page, and for commenting on SITS Girls!! xo

    • FitBritt
      July 1, 2013

      Thanks you are too kind! 🙂 BTW, I think you do a great job at adult conversation! Loved your post.

  • Holly @ EatGreatBEGreat
    July 1, 2013

    I’ve been reading a lot about Fitbloggin’ over the past few days and it sounds so amazing! Hopefully, I’ll make it there myself sometime. Glad you had a good time! 🙂

    • FitBritt
      July 1, 2013

      You should definitely go next year! It’s a really great resource and you meet some pretty awesome people!

  • Amy
    July 1, 2013

    I LOVED meeting you finally! So sad it was the last night and we didn’t get much time to talk! But we shall definitely remedy that! Love your recap and you! Too sweet! xoxo

  • Ali
    July 1, 2013

    Awesome recap! I’m going to my first fitness blog conference this Sept and can’t wait!!

  • Sarah @ Will Run for Pasta
    July 1, 2013

    Great recap and I totally agree! I am so glad to have met you, let’s do it again next year – Austin or Nashville, I’m good with either!

  • Nicole
    July 2, 2013

    Thanks for sharing the recap – just found your blog! I haven’t attended any blogger conferences yet but definitely want to do sometime in the near future!

    • FitBritt
      July 2, 2013

      Thanks for stopping by Nicole! I highgly recommend blogger conferences. They are a great way to meet people and learn some new things. I love the name of your blog “Foodie Loves Fitness”. I wouldn’t say I’m a foodie but rather a foodie-hanger-on, I like to be dazzled at restaurants picked out by my foodie friends. 🙂

  • Christine @ Love, Life, Surf
    July 3, 2013

    So fun!! I was so sad to miss Fitbloggin this year. I went last year (and live blogged as well) and it was a great experience, especially having the opportunity to hang out with so many friends and bloggers. So glad that you had a good time!

    • FitBritt
      July 3, 2013

      Too bad you couldn’t make it this year, I would have liked to have met you IRL. Ah well, next time. The Liveblogging program is really great because it gives so many awesome bloggers a chance to go and learn and network. Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

  • Christine @ Love, Life, Surf
    July 3, 2013

    So fun!! I was so sad to miss Fitbloggin this year. I went last year (and live blogged as well) and it was a great experience, especially having the opportunity to hang out with so many friends and bloggers. So glad that you had a good time!

  • Patricia Moreno
    July 8, 2013

    Great meeting YOU and thanks for the intenSati love! People can see more about me and intenSati at http://www.satilife.com ! New DVD coming out soon! Let me know if anyone wants to get a preview copy and review it!
    oxo
    Love
    Patricia

  • Patricia Moreno
    July 8, 2013

    Great meeting YOU and thanks for the intenSati love! People can see more about me and intenSati at http://www.satilife.com ! New DVD coming out soon! Let me know if anyone wants to get a preview copy and review it!
    oxo
    Love
    Patricia

  • Patricia Moreno
    July 8, 2013

    Great meeting YOU and thanks for the intenSati love! People can see more about me and intenSati at http://www.satilife.com ! New DVD coming out soon! Let me know if anyone wants to get a preview copy and review it!
    oxo
    Love
    Patricia

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