Last week I was honored to participate in Fitness Magazine’s “blogging meet and tweet”. I drove up the night before and stayed at Amelia and Danielle’s house because it would have been quite the commute from South Jersey. If they were not kind enough to allow me to sleep on their comfortable sofa (which I’ve decided I’m going to buy one exactly the same for my house…), I wouldn’t have gone. I’m not commuting 3+ hours to get into the city. I hate driving an hour, let alone driving, taking a train and then walking.
We got into the city around 9:30. It was a bit overwhelming to head in during rush hour time. The Fit Blog NYC, was hosted inside a really nice (and made me jealous) fitness center.
I met several awesome people I’ve been “following” for years such as Laura (Mommy Run Fast), Amanda (Miss Zippy), Erica Sara and Michele (NYC Mama). Wow, I met so many people and learned so much…but where to begin?
We were provided with breakfast.
After consuming half of the breakfast buffet by myself, I mingled and listened to several speakers. The speakers were all interesting. My favorite talked about the female athlete triad as well as running injuries. (When she was talking about stress fractures, I resisted the urge to wave my hand).
As someone who has worked with those diagnosed with mental and physical health issues, it was so interesting to me. She talked a lot about eating disorders and their correlation to fitness blogs.
I plan to do another blog post dedicated to this very topic soon: but not having your period is not normal (no matter how athletic you are). One thing I miss about working in a public health setting is educating people on overall health and wellness. It is something I would like to get back too.
After lunch (so sorry no photos, such a blogger failure) we visited various booths and tables by the sponsors of the event. We received a lot of great items.
I’ll be honest that my favorite booth were the Hokas. First, we got a free pair of Hokas. I’m a runner and free running shoes are awesome. Second, I’m coming off a stress fracture and was going to buy a pair of Hokas to alternate with my Asics Nimbus anyways. So when they said we were getting a free pair, I thought my next step was to get a lotto ticket (edit to add: I bought a scratchcard and didn’t win).
With my moving I kept most things in the bag they gave us. Thankfully Laura took some great photos…I’m going to blame it on moving but in reality I am not as fancy to take great photos like these.
As well as the Hokas, there were also quite a few beauty and personal use items they gave us. While I’m not a beauty blogger and don’t have any “beauty routine”, it was nice to receive these items too. If I find any products I especially like then I will be sure to share them! They are all great products but I don’t have a lot to compare them too.
After browsing the booths a panel of bloggers talked about negative criticism, etc. Of course not everyone is going to like you. That being said just because someone leaves a negative comment doesn’t make them a “jealous blog hater”. I think feedback (both good and bad) is important to blogging. That’s just my opinion though. One quote that really stuck with me was: “You can be the ripest, juiciest peach that exists but there is always going to be someone that doesn’t like peaches”. I want to write a post sometime about constructive criticism and blogging. Long story short, I don’t really think that people publicly bash you because they are jealous of your life. Going to Fitblog gave me a few post ideas.
We left with a very large gift bag. To be honest, I felt both overwhelmed and excited by all of these “free things”. The event was free and now they were giving me all of these items. I felt guilty that companies were just giving me things just because I blog. That being said I was extremely grateful too. I am sure I will like most of these great products and I’ll share some of my favorites. After I take more time to get to use some of these products, I’ll write a post sharing my favorites.
I had never been to a “blogging event” so this was a new experience for me.
So long rambling short, I had a great time and I will hopefully be back next year. I don’t even know who I am anymore…I’ve been to NYC twice in a month. I honestly cannot take credit though because Danielle has led me into the city giving and allowing me to follow her like a lost dog. I know for a fact I wouldn’t have made it into the city without her or Amelia.
Questions for you:
Have you ever been to a blogger meetup?
Are you a urban or suburban type of person?