Friday Five: Blogging Conference Love

TGIF party people!  Join me and my girls, Cynthia from You Signed Up For What?! and Courtney at Eat Pray Run, DC this and every week for Friday Five shenanigans.  It’s the best day of the week! 😉  The theme for this week is “what I love about____.” FridayFive

I covered the workouts and the swag and the overall inspiration I gleamed from BlogFest last week so today I’m wrapping it up with a few things I loved and learned about my first blogging conference experience.

1.  Being a part of IDEA Fit Convention and having access to brands, products, and the expo.  Not only did this partnership bring more credibility to the Fitness Blogging conference but we (or at least I) felt fully immersed in the fitness community I blog so much about!  It was nice to be front and center with various vendors and try cool things and sample products… Total Body Board anyone? IdeaExpo

2.  Hearing from Jillian. Yes I know I covered this already but she was that amazing. Her TV persona is so different from what we got.  She was absolutely real and just all around positive.  I say often about blogging to know your why and that is the exact message she gave us, know your why, but also be prepared to work for what you want. “Every failure is an entry point for learning.”

3. The Business of Blogging.  This was one of the presentations on Day 2 and we heard from a lawyer who talked about some of the legal aspects of running a blog as a business, an accountant who walked us through managing finances and from Katy‘s presentation, working with ads to developing a media kit.  I could have listened to her all day as she had a lot of insightful tips to share.  Blogfest2If there was anything missing from this portion of the day it was more specificity as it relates to actual blogging finances, taxes, giveaways, and receiving products. Something for next time hopefully!

4. Putting names to faces!  I follow quite a few of you out there and while I’ve met many of my blogger buddies locally, it was great to meet and greet with people I’ve “seen” and follow online.

Oh hey, it's Nicole from Fitful Focus!

Oh hey, it’s Nicole from Fitful Focus!

I acquired a handful of business cards which I’ll be adding to my BlogLovin this weekend and gained several new Twitter followers. 🙂 Using social media while attending an event like this presents a great opportunity to connect and follow others in real time.  You didn’t do these things a decade ago!

5.  Validating some of my own knowledge. When you sign up for WordPress (or insert platform here) there is no handbook or welcome manual. You sort of learn things along the way, follow other bloggers, hopefully make friends and interact!  I’ve given blogging tips before here and the various presenters we heard from had a lot of similar things to say. It made me feel good to know that we’re all learning the same and we all have something to offer the blogging world in our own way.

P.S. – since we are on the spreading the love track, I need to give a shout out to a few blogging buds.  Kathryn, Nicole and Tiffany have all recently nominated me for a Very Inspired Blogger award. I don’t generally participate in those but appreciate the love! If you really want to know more about me you can read here, here or here 🙂 Or check out my gal Kelsey‘s Two Truths and a Lie post where I’m featured this month!

Who has big weekend plans? 

60 Comments on Friday Five: Blogging Conference Love

  1. Looks great! It’s always nice to meet the people you know through blogging!

    I don’t have any big weekend plans. Although I do plan on running into town tomorrow. That’s 5 m iles.
    Nicole recently posted…Five things Friday: what I love about my Summer VacationMy Profile

  2. That looks like it was a great time. Fun with valuable presentations.

    No big weekend plans. Just the standard ballet on Saturday and swim class on Sunday for my daughter with some errands thrown in for fun.
    John @ run. geek. run(disney) recently posted…Five Things to Love About runDIsneyMy Profile

  3. Thanks for sharing your experience and takeaways.

    Weekend: long run, massage, short run, misc stuff – my usual routine, which I love!
    M @ recently posted…Friday Five: 5 Things to Love About…My Profile

  4. I too love being able to meet bloggers in person! Its fun to have gotten to know somebody virtually, and then finally meet them in person.
    Kathryn @ Dancing to Running recently posted…Friday Five – August 22nd – Five Things I Love About CookingMy Profile

  5. Sounds like conference was fun and valuable – seems like so much learning going on. This weekend I have a long run (blergg) and a housewarming.
    Jennifer recently posted…Friday Five – Things I Love About J&A RacesMy Profile

  6. This sounds like a great event. The timing didn’t work for me this year, but maybe next year!
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  7. I would love to attend a blogging conference. I missed out on so many this year, but I’m already looking ahead to next year’s events. Who knows who we will get to meet at them!! 😉
    Haley @ Running with Diapers recently posted…Friday Five – Things to Love About a Running GroupMy Profile

  8. Looks like a blast! I would love to attend. My plans this weekend include my long run and my nephews first birthday which I am super excited about.
    Samantha @FoodFitnessFamilyFriends recently posted…5 Things I love about RacingMy Profile

  9. I’ve been to FlBlogCon twice in Orlando and loved it. It’s a great way to meet fellow bloggers and learn, learn, learn. It looks like you had a great time!
    Nanci @ This Crazy Life of Mine recently posted…Friday Five: 5 Things to Love About Weight WatchersMy Profile

  10. Looks like a ton of fun. I’m actually planning to run fewer races next year, so that I can go to a blog conference. Now I just need to figure out which one…
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  11. I went to my first blogging conference this year! It was fun to meet other bloggers and get to know them outside of their blogs. And that is so cool that you got to hear Jillian speak live–she is definitely one of my heroes!
    Stacey recently posted…Five Things I Love About RACING!!My Profile

    • it’s definitely fun to put names to faces! we put so much of ourselves into our blogs it’s nice to seem like “real” people 🙂 and Jillian really is remarkable.

  12. The conference looked like a blast and I’d love to attend one sometime this year. If you ever hear of any closer to us please let me know. 🙂 Happy Friday!
    Deborah @ Confessions of a Mother Runner recently posted…Friday 5 things I love about Running with a groupMy Profile

  13. awesome! i love that you came away with so many great tips from the conference. 🙂
    Courtney @ Eat Pray Run DC recently posted…Friday Five: Five Things to love about SummerMy Profile

  14. No big weekend plans here (that happened last weekend!) but your blog conference sounds like it paid off in spades!
    Marnie @ SuperSmartMama recently posted…Stuck in BedMy Profile

  15. I’m ready to go back to BlogFest already!
    Nicole @ Fitful Focus recently posted…Five Things I Love About Life Right NowMy Profile

  16. Your posts totally make me want to go to a blog fest! One of my favorite things is meeting online friends in real life. Awesome you got to meet so many people!
    Jennifer @ Running on Lentils recently posted…Five Things I Love About Living in PittsburghMy Profile

  17. Mar, thanks so much for sharing your experience at your first blogging convention! Everything looks so appropriate and exciting; I’m so glad you were able to attend. Hope you have a wonderful weekend and thanks so much for the link-up!
    Tara @ Running ‘N’ Reading recently posted…Five Things to Love About The Heat!My Profile

  18. I would love to attend a blogfest sometime, everyone who went seemed to have such an incredible experience, and I completely see why!
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  19. I’d love to go just to see real bloggers in person! 🙂 Fun stuff!
    Rebecca Jo recently posted…Friday Five: 5 Things to love about IRONMAN being in town!!!!My Profile

  20. That sounds like such a great conference! I hope I can go next time!!
    Sue @ This Mama Runs for Cupcakes recently posted…Wonder Mom Wedesday Link up: Back to SchoolMy Profile

  21. Great stuff! I love getting the chance to meet blogging/Twitter pals in real life – it’s so nice to be able to put voices and your own mental picture to the people you’ve become so friendly with 🙂 I’d say my biggest plan is my 9 mile training run tomorrow. I hope the humidity goes away a little by then – it’s dreadful here in Chicago at the moment!
    Heather Runs Thirteen Point One recently posted…friday five: five things i love about…My Profile

    • I know, that’s how I feel about getting to meet virtual friends! And boo to humidity. I hear we have low temps and rain this weekend so my 14 miler should be comfortable!

  22. I always wonder what I miss out on at these things! Love those blue shoes you have on in the first pic!
    Meranda@fairytalesandfitness recently posted…The Shoe Guide For RunnersMy Profile

  23. It’s so fun meeting blogging buddies in person 🙂 I’m glad you had a good time! As much as I admire Jillian I think I would be shaking in my boots a little seeing her in person haha!
    Lindsey recently posted…Friday 5: A Happy WeekMy Profile

  24. Reading this really makes me want to attend next year! Hopefully, it will be on the east coast!
    Debbie @ Deb Runs recently posted…Five Things I Love About Being An Older RunnerMy Profile

  25. Wow, that blogging conference looked like such a great opportunity! That body board looks super fun too 🙂
    Michele @ A Pace of Balance recently posted…Athleta Aspire Ankle Pant ReviewMy Profile

  26. It was so awesome, I just wish I had had more time to connect with everyone! I would have loved to spend some time with you. There’s always next year!
    Amalia recently posted…Five Things I Loved About BlogfestMy Profile

  27. The Business of Blogging presentation sounds amazing and like it would be really helpful.
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  28. This conference sounds awesome! I really want to go to one of these someday, it looks like you had a blast!
    Kristen recently posted…Friday Five: Five things I Love About Seward!My Profile

  29. I would LOVE to go to a blogging conference one day, and I would LOVE to meet Jillian. She rocks !
    Karen – Fit in France recently posted…25 random facts about meMy Profile

  30. I would love to hear more about blogging and the business aspect. Maybe a post soon?
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