Blogfest 2016 Recap
As you know, I spent last Thursday and Friday in LA attending Blogfest. Held concurrently with Idea World’s Health and Fitness Conference and Expo, Blogfest combines health, fitness, and blogging all in one place. Speakers and workshops focus on things from growing your social media following to examining trends in the online space.
This was the second time I attended and I have to say that this year was much improved from last. If you’re interested in reading my recap from that, check out the links below:
Here’s my take on this year’s events.
I arrived in CA Wednesday afternoon. I went to my brother and sister in law’s house, spent time with the family, then got some sleep to prepare for an early start to my morning. Both days I took a Lyft to the LA Convention Center (new user referral credits woooooop) in time for breakfast.
I checked in and picked up my ENORMOUS swag bag which of course I forgot to photograph while I was unpacking everything. Just know it was legit.
Breakfast the first morning was sponsored by General Mills and we were able to try out Good Culture cottage cheese, which was pretty delicious. I haven’t had cottage cheese in forever, but more than made up for it with the copious amounts I used in making this parfait.
Rather than go through every session in painful detail as I’m known to do, I want to spend more time talking about the people. I’m thinking about writing one big takeaway post after Fitbloggin’ this week, so I don’t want to go overboard on each one individually.
For me, this was by far a conference of people. Last year I kept my social circle very small, mainly from comfort, but also because I wasn’t in the best place mentally and emotionally. It was the peak of my marriage troubles and I was really just exhausted and beaten down from dealing with all of it. Because I didn’t branch out and make new connections, I relied more on the conference material to make me feel better. When I didn’t take away much new information, I got frustrated and let down with the whole experience.
This year was so completely different. For one, I found many of the sessions helpful and even if I didn’t take away brand new, enlightening information from every one, I was at least motivated and inspired to put more effort into the things I love.
What really did it for me this year was the people. I talked to people I had never met, reunited with those I haven’t seen in awhile, and FINALLY met ones that I’ve been corresponding with for months or years, but hadn’t actually met face to face. It was amazing. I love this blogging world and the ability it gives me to make so many connections in so little time.
In these photographs:
- Jess from Hello to Fit
- Katrina from KatrinaElle
- Jamie from Jamie King Fit (and cofounder of Sweat Pink)
- Ashley from A Lady Goes West
- Bri from Run Lift Yoga
- Ivanna from Petite Heartbeat
- Renne from Bendiful Blog
- Susie from Suzlyfe
There were no scheduled workouts the first day, so after our last session, a group of us headed out for dinner at Rosa Mexicano. I ate there last year and the tableside guacamole is AMAZING. I continued my ceviche obsession. My phone wouldn’t focus, but you can still see the deliciousness.
Friends old and new!
Friday I did the same thing and took a Lyft to the convention center. We started an hour earlier and I loaded up on dairy free yogurt and smoothies from Silk. I attended most of the sessions during this day, but spent more time downstairs in the expo than I did the day before.
I wanted a wonderfully beautiful photo on this hoop for Instagram, but ended up with this nonsense. At least I’m enjoying it!
We did have a scheduled workout this day, so we all headed down to the expo floor to workout with Gunnar Peterson and a couple other trainers. We all split into four groups and rotated through different stations. I was actually really impressed with the workout and was definitely sore the next day.
I don’t have any actual workout pictures, but I do have the most amazing thing I’ve ever seen. I couldn’t stop watching this after we took it. It’s incredible.
I always love having the ability to meet people I view as influential or who create brands that I love. I had all that and more this time. From left to right:
- Siggi from Siggi’s Dairy
- Gunnar Peterson — celebrity trainer
- Tess Masters from The Blender Girl
- Jenna Wolfe — journalist, The Today Show (previously), author, trainer, and just all around awesomeness
The entire experience was amazing and I felt sad saying goodbye to people as I left on Friday. I definitely took away a lot and I’m glad that I was able to attend again this year. I’ll post a more blogging-specific recap after both conferences are over and go over my biggest takeaways.
A big thanks to Fit Approach and everyone who helped put on such an awesome event!
- Have you ever been to a conference or convention?