bowling, extra dirty martinis, balloon dresses, an awesome roommate, an intense workout like I’ve never experienced before, Martha Stewart, Katie Couric, an almost 5 hour dinner with some incredibly amazing ladies, a free 10 minute massage, and a sponsor that made it all happen.
the conference food. Luckily, it was in NYC where that’s a pretty fixable issue.
Blogher was interesting. I definitely took away some great information from some of the sessions, had a great time with our small FitFluential group and wasn’t nearly as overwhelmed as I thought I’d be.
However, when you gather over 5,000 people for a conference there’s just no way you can make the content specific enough for every one. I felt like a lot of the sessions focused on the peripheral stuff that comes with blogging (techy stuff, working with brands, social media, etc.) instead of the heart of it all, the content. And while that peripheral stuff is definitely necessary, I would’ve loved to delve into why I blog everyday which is not for brands to give me free stuff, to go on free trips sponsored by some big company and to host giveaways up the wazoo, it’s to share food in some entertaining way with you all. To give me an outlet for something that has become a passion. To help inspire other people to make even just one healthy decision in their day. I’m not saying I don’t internally have desires to grow this space, to gain traction in the healthy food blogging “world” or to maybe take a trip across the country funded by a company (when all those things align with my goals for this site) but all that is the effect, not the cause of blogging for me. In the brand to blogging session I attended on the first day, I thought Denene Millner said it best: “stay true to your voice and values”. Such a true statement but it seemed so hypocritical in the context of what most of the conference focused on.
Nonetheless, I took away some great tactical things to do (and even spent an hour on webmaster tools last night fixing broken links in over the past 400+ posts!) and am glad I attended. I have plans to try to attend Blogher Food next year in Austin in hopes that a food focused conference will give me more of what I’m looking for in terms of content.
To end on a high note (or a really sore one), a group of us FitFluential ambassadors were given the opportunity to take a Physique 57 class by Well + Good NYC on Friday afternoon. This was just about as polar opposite in terms of workouts from CrossFit as you can get. Ballet bars, lots of reps, low weights, but HOLY BURN. I literally thought where my hip and leg connect was going to explode (if that’s even possible) for half the class. There’s about a 12 inch section of my body from my lower abs to upper thighs that is still on fire today from it. If you want a visual, go check out Meghann’s post that includes a lovely close up of Cat & I dying towards the end of class.
After that hour of torture fun, a small group of us headed out to dinner.
(picture from Meghann)
We spent almost 5 hours at that table and talked up a storm. So much fun to reconnect with “old” friends, Meghann and Cat and meet a bunch of new ones, Sabrina, Ashley, Theodora, Caitlin and Erika. We may have annoyed the crap out of the poor bus boys who just wanted to watch the Olympics through the window the whole time with our 567 requests for more water, but it was well worth it. That 5 hours may have been my favorite time of the whole conference. What you can’t get out of sessions is making real connections with people you interact with online almost every day.
Thank you once again to California Walnuts for helping make this conference a reality!