Fabulous Fitbloggin

Next to talking about ourselves, we bloggers probably like meet ups about as much as anything. Oh, and free swag. But those weren’t the real reasons so many of us flocked to Fitbloggin in Baltimore this year. Truly.

Fitbloggin did have awesome swag (see below video for my haul), and it did provide a great chance to meet up with other like-minded people. But the meat of Fitbloggin had to be the incredible line up of speakers and topics. Holy overloaded head of mine!

This blog is approaching three years old, and while I’ve learned SO much in that time about blogging, spending three days at Fitbloggin only reminded me of how much more I stand to learn. Topics covered the gamut, including blog to book, how to pitch articles/ideas to magazines and companies, SEO (I’m such a neophyte here) and how to use YouTube to drive traffic to your blog. And each one of these topics was presented by a social media superstar. Serious bang for your buck. If I can implement half of what I learned, I think I can make some big improvements to my social media presence.

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Meeting Christine from Love, Life, Surf

As to the meet ups, they were pretty fantastic, too. I got to put faces to so many of my favorite bloggers, and I also met new bloggers who I will now be following. Everyone was friendly, gracious and on a similar wavelength.

Next year Fitbloggin is heading to Portland, Oregon, so not sure if I’ll be a part of it or not–it was great to have it just down the road so that I could buzz in and out each day. Regardless, I’m so glad I went this year–now it’s time to disseminate and implement!

Have you attended a blogging conference before? What did you like best about it? 

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  1. it went too too too tooo tooooo fast.
    we need an all FFA conference so we can all sit and CHAT!
    Miz recently posted..Five months later….My Profile

  2. I haven’t been to a blogging conference. Would love to go but it’s just not in the budget. Perhaps when something comes to STL.
    Carli recently posted..Six Flags St. LouisMy Profile

  3. So wish I had gone! Looks like it was awesome! I’m sure your head is spinning w/ info and ideas.
    Angela @ Happy Fit Mama recently posted..Splitting Up A Long RunMy Profile

  4. Looks awesome! I went to BlogHer this year (my first time) but I wish I had signed up for FitBloggin’ instead. While I learned a ton at BlogHer, there was a lot going on there that wasn’t to relevant for me. Glad you had a great time!

  5. oh man i wish i could have been there. Great resources and even greater people!
    lindsay recently posted..Views and Vlog: BahamasMy Profile

  6. It was so wonderful to meet you!! I’m so glad that we had a chance to spend some time together. I completely agree with Carla – we need a FFA retreat to just sit and chat! My head still hurts from all the information that I took in.
    Christine @ Love, Life, Surf recently posted..Scenes from my weekend: FitBloggin’My Profile

  7. I love you pieced this together so succinctly! Mine is a bit more on the vomit side of information… :) Yes, I know what you mean about soaking up all the info and figuring out how to apply it now. I was trying to sleep on the flight home, but kept opening my planner to jot notes and brainstorm new directions to explore. I needed that motivational spark!
    Laura recently posted..Fitbloggin Recap- part 1My Profile

  8. sounds like you loved it! how nice that it was right down the street! looking forward to seeing or hearing about what you learned!!
    Kristy (@KristyH5) recently posted..Sciatic Nerve Update and Weekly RecapMy Profile

  9. A blogging conference is certainly on my list of to dos! It sounds like Fitbloggin was awesome!!! I’m glad you had a great time!
    Fancy Nancy recently posted..Monday MotivationMy Profile

  10. Haven’t gone to one yet, though they look pretty amazing from the write-ups!
    Kovas – Midwest Multisport Life recently posted..Monday Motivation: What’s Next?My Profile

  11. Looks like a great opportunity to learn how to make the most out of a love of writing. Now that I am at home I’d love to go to a conference and do more with my blog.
    shelly recently posted..I’m Gonna Be on YouTubeMy Profile

  12. I wish their was one closer to where I live. iT sounds like a lot fun. Love the swag

  13. Sounds like a lot of fun…learning new things, cool swag and new friends…can’t beat that!
    Tracy recently posted..The Weekend In PicturesMy Profile

  14. I’m about to hit three years as well…in November! I have a ton to learn, and I’m really trying to focus on all-around improvement. Next year I plan to be at FitBloggin’…come hell or high water, I’ll be there! lol So glad you had fun!!!
    Melissa @ Live, Love, & Run recently posted..#weeklychase: Racking up the miles.My Profile

  15. Holy swag bag woman! I have to say though…is there an event that PopChips isn’t at? I feel like no matter what the race/event PopChips is always there!
    Sheila recently posted..What Does A Body Good?My Profile

  16. Sweet swag!!!! I think that it would be fun to attend a conference like that.
    Tasha @ Healthy Diva recently posted..22:35My Profile

  17. No but it sounds like fun. maybe someday I’ll be invited.
    Darlene recently posted..Race BreakMy Profile

  18. wwweeee I made the video!!! :)
    Amanda @RunToTheFinish recently posted..Long Time Bloggers and ConferencesMy Profile

  19. I was so loving all the updates. I’d love to sit in a room with so many of those amazing people. I’ve got Fitbloggin 13 penciled in on the calendar, would love to make it work.
    Carrie@familyfitnessfood.com recently posted..Last Long RunMy Profile

  20. Cool video and cool swag. I have not been to a conference but I would love to attend one…but going to see how this whole blogging thing works out before i commit to anything!
    Ed recently posted..Jumping Back in with Both FeetMy Profile

  21. Super swag! Glad you had such a fun time! I’ve never attended a blogger conference but it sounds like a great experience :)
    GreenGirlRunning recently posted..PRing with DEAN KARNAZES!!!My Profile

  22. It was fabulous! Thanks for letting me pick your brain!
    Taylor @ Lifting Revolution recently posted..The Scoop On FitBloggin’ (Was it Worth 1,205 Miles On My Car?)My Profile

  23. I can’t imagine how overwhelming the info could be!! But beneficial too! Lots of learning!
    Jess @ Blonde Ponytail recently posted..Omaha Half MarathonMy Profile

  24. The conference sure sounds like a must. I’ve never attended but you sure peaked my curiosity.
    Joanne recently posted..Why Do I Run and Apple TwigsMy Profile

  25. This sounds amazing!!! I was so jealous that I was going to miss it this year…being a new blogger (my 1 year anniversary is in a few days), I am learning every single day from other bloggers like you. And I agree with some of the previous comments…an FFA weekend sounds like it needs to happen…And I can’t WAIT to meet you next month =)
    Michele @ Nycrunningmama recently posted..Ryan ThomasMy Profile

  26. Sounds just amazing! I really want to attend Fitbloggin’ – maye I’ll get lucky and the budget will cooperate next year!
    Michelle @ Running with Attitude recently posted..ZOOMA Cape Cod Race RecapMy Profile

  27. Great recap! I took so many notes on how I might enhance what I’m already doing! Now to read through them and get started (before I forget everything I learned…)

    Loved meeting you and all the other FFA’s. I’m with Carla; let’s have a FitFluential retreat!
    Tamara recently posted..Healthy eating on the road: food at FitBlogginMy Profile

  28. Wow, what a great way to learn more about blogging!
    Christine recently posted..Race Report: Deuce Braswell 5 kmMy Profile

  29. two super star bloggers in one photo? two super fit athletes in one photo? no way. I’m surprised my computer didn’t explode with awesomeness.

    Welcome back!
    Pavement Runner recently posted..Running in San FranciscoMy Profile

  30. This is so awesome! Loved the notes! Blogging conferences would be so interesting to attend! Love it!

  31. I learned so much and the best part was getting to meet everyone!!! Great video and post! So nice to have met you, hopefully we will cross paths again!
    Toni Church recently posted..The Road to FitBloggin ’12My Profile

  32. I’m still such a noob with all this blogging stuff. I would LOVE to attend a conference sometime but the price tag makes me worry I’d never make it up. Might end up being something I table when my “real” work can afford me the long weekend :) Glad you had fun!
    Jen @ ConcreteNCoffee recently posted..Monday Motivation: It’s the Little ThingsMy Profile

  33. That’s a nice haul! And nice that it was right in your backyard so you could just pop in and out. I love meeting other bloggers and of course learning more about blogging, writing and fitness…! I have never been to a conference though! Maybe next year!
    Travel Spot recently posted..What an Endeavour!My Profile

  34. It flew by! I definitely would say it was well worth it – one of the best experiences! I enjoyed meeting so many bloggers and completely agree with the vast amount of information that was fed to us…AH want to go back!
    Alyssa recently posted..Blogging in Baltimore! A Fitbloggin Recap Part IMy Profile

  35. What the!?!?!?? I didn’t know you went to FitBloggin’. Dang, I would have loved to have met you. I really enjoyed it, this was my first year at that conference. You can watch my first ever Vlog if you have time to kill. ;) I vlogged about my thoughts on FitBloggin. Hopefully I can make it to Portland, that month we’ll be moving to Utah so I don’t know for sure yet. xo, Jessica


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