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Fitbloggin’ 11: What I Learned

May 24, 2011

I had such a great time at Fitbloggin’ that one post was just wasn’t enough. Besides walking away with new friends, a stack of business cards and a big bag o’swag, I also took home some fantastic lessons that I can’t wait to apply to my blog — and my life.

Here are the top 5.

1. Be true to yourself.

Charlie summed it up best in — of all places — a panel on humor: “This is me, take me as I am. I will not compromise myself for a brand.” Not all blogs or bloggers are created equal, but that doesn’t make one better than the other. If you’re not being honest, your readers will feel it.

2. Your brand is you. Know your brand.

Blogging is still in its infancy but bloggers need to realize that their blog is… themselves! Think before you blog/Tweet because you want everything you put out there be representative of yourself.

3. “If this were the day that The New York Times/Oprah Winfrey/my grandmother saw my blog, would it fulfill my mission statement?”

You only get one chance to make a first impression on a prospective reader. Do you really want that first chance to be squandered on a mean-spirited rant about the woman who cut you off in traffic?

4. This is not a competition.

I’m guilty of this. I see other bloggers and think, ‘Why can’t/don’t I do that?’ Whether it’s running a marathon, writing a book or leaving the corporate world behind to be a full-time blogger, I experience run-ins with the little green monster.

But… it’s not about that. We’re not all successful in the same way and we don’t all define success the same way. I’m not a runner, I plan to write a book (one day and non-blog-related) and I love my corporate job. So even when jealousy rears its ugly head, I need to remember that my definition of ‘success’ isn’t necessarily going to look like anyone else’s.

5. Always be open to making new friends.

This is more of a life lesson than a blogging lesson, but it’s true. Every single person I met at Fitbloggin’ was warm, welcoming and friendly, whether we exchanged ‘hi’s in the bathroom or sat down for a meal together. It was about more than gaining blog readers or Twitter followers — it was about making friends. One of the best things Travel Eat Repeat has brought into my life are so many new relationships so thank you for reading and being part of the journey.


I got home from Fitbloggin’ on a total high and immediately wanted to sign up for another blogging conference. The Healthy Living Summit in August will be just a few hours away in Philadelphia so you’d better believe I’ll be there and I hope you will be to, too.

What did you learn at Fitbloggin’? Will you be at HLS in August?

19 Comments leave one →
  1. May 24, 2011 7:59 am

    Philadelphia?! I know these conferences are jam-packed, but do you ever get any free time? I would LOVE to meet up and say hi 🙂

    • May 24, 2011 9:05 am

      Absolutely — we will make it happen. Evenings are usually free and depending on when I get to Philly, we can work something out. Awesome!

      • May 24, 2011 12:24 pm

        Whoohoo! It’ll be great to finally meet face-to-face after chatting for – what’s it been, six years now? Looking forward to it already!

  2. May 24, 2011 10:59 am

    What a great summary!! LOVE!

  3. May 24, 2011 11:24 am

    It was wonderful meeting you this weekend! I’m definitely hoping to be at HLS too.

    I loved what you said about remembering what YOUR definition of success is, especially when those feelings of jealousy pop up!

    • May 24, 2011 1:37 pm

      I definitely struggle with jealousy but I left Fitbloggin’ with nothing but positive feelings and good vibes. See you at HLS, I hope!

  4. May 24, 2011 4:28 pm

    Amazing tips! One of the most irritating things for me is when I reach out to other bloggers and they just don’t seem very open. That’s why I love number 5!

    • May 24, 2011 5:14 pm

      If we’re going to be part of one (big) community, let’s all get along and be friends! 🙂

  5. May 24, 2011 5:18 pm

    THANK YOU for quoting me on something so close to my heart, and not the 2 other things I will never live down…
    This seriously brought tears to my eyes!!! It means the world!!!

    • May 24, 2011 5:31 pm

      That was the quote of Fitbloggin’ to me — so true!!

  6. May 24, 2011 5:22 pm

    I am relatively new to blogging but I love how this community supports each other. I am hoping to tap into that supportive vein 🙂 I have been thinking about going to what would be my first conference but am at a total loss how to choose which one to attend. Any suggestions on how to narrow it down? I am in upstate NY.

    • May 24, 2011 5:32 pm

      The Healthy Living Summit is coming up in Philly in August — not too far. I’m planning to go for the first time and have heard great things in the past. Great way to meet new people + network.

  7. May 24, 2011 5:22 pm

    I sadly wasn’t at Fitbloggin’ but I love your take away messages! Since I’m a relatively new blogger I can get a bit envious of those blogs who has hundreds of followers, but as you say above “this is not a competition” – something I always need to remember.

    • May 24, 2011 5:32 pm

      There’s always going to be someone more successful than you, right? Unless you’re Oprah, I guess. 😉

  8. May 24, 2011 10:27 pm

    I would really like to go to the HLS. Not sure if it’s going to happen though. We’re going out of town two weekends later. But maybe!

  9. lowandbhold permalink
    May 25, 2011 3:20 pm

    I love these lessons. Especially the first one. Blogging is pointless if you’re not true to who you are, honest and real. Great post!


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