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10 Things I Learned at Fitbloggin, plus 8 Pictures I Took

Posted May 22 2011 10:50pm

Thanks to my sponsor,  Wellsphere , I attended the FitBloggin’ 11 Conference in Baltimore this weekend. I am so glad I went, because even if I’m not technically a “fitness” blogger, I do like to blog about healthy eating and nutrition, so it was a good “fit” for me. Plus, a lot of the sessions were applicable to all bloggers, not just niche bloggers, so I learned a great deal.

First, the pictures (well, technically there are 9, but I did not take the first one):

Me at the Popchips table, with coffee in hand (oh, and a pom pom).

1. a funky statue thing not too far from the hotel. Kinda cool looking so I snapped a pic.

2. the view from our hotel window – Camden Yards, where the O’s were playing the Nationals (and lost badly – what’s new?)

3. Lunch on Saturday, featuring roasted potatoes from Tasteful Selections, and a delicious Crunchy Greens and Apple Salad with Nature’s Greens

4. Lunch on Friday, featuring a variety of roasted spring vegetables

5. the rest of lunch on Friday: a variety of hot sandwiches

6. I couldn’t resist the chance to go to Whole Foods, which was in walking distance from the hotel. I don’t have a Whole Foods nearby, unfortunately.

7. Amy, from A Little Nosh (remember her post about quesadillas and bean dip ?), and me (We got to meet! Yay!  She and I had fun attending sessions together and chatting about our blogs!)

8. my DH, who was a sweetie pie and came with me to take care of Baby Boy so I could feed him – Baby Boy, not DH – when he was hungry

Now for the Ten Things I Learned:

  1. all the ins and outs and {ethical, valid} tricks of SEO (Search Engine Optimization) from Matt, the No Meat Athlete . Bring on the Googlers, baby!
  2. how to eat optimally – balancing proteins and carbs - for workouts and weight loss, plus the importance of lowering cortisol and naturally increasing HGH from Holly Perkins and New Balance
  3. collard greens actually make a pretty delicious salad – Thanks, Nature’s Greens !
  4. Zumba is fun to watch, but no, I didn’t try it. I got a sample DVD and will attempt it in the relative safety and security of my own  home, thankyouverymuch (coordination is not my middle name!)
  5. Intuitive Eating is a concept that intrigues me, and one I really want to delve into further. More on that one later, I promise!
  6. Don’t be afraid to approach brands that you love if you want to work with them on your blog. (Any suggestions from my readers?)
  7. how to be a social media superstar - look out social media world, here I come!
  8. utilizing online tools –  besides FB and Twitter – in creative ways to reach out with your blog and make it better – things like tumblr , mealsnap , and Meetup .
  9. using FB and Twitter effectively
  10. parking in Baltimore is expensive! Really.

Of course, that’s just the tip of the iceberg, but I don’t want to bore you with endless details, so I’ll leave it at that. However, I’ll definitely be working through my Fitbloggin notes, and making some changes here and there, putting the things I’ve learned to practice. I also have a couple new products to try that I will be telling you all about, and I will definitely be putting some mental energy into the whole intuitive eating concept and sharing my thoughts on that.

 

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