Last night the blog community was anxiously awaiting a single email. No, nothing from a publicist with a new product for them to write about and giveaway. This time, an invitation to giveaway their knowledge, tips, advice and insight for growing the smallest of blogs into centers of influence. Last night, Roni Noone, the woman behind Fitbloggin and “too many blogs to list here,” as she is known to say, released the speaker list for the 2012 Fitbloggin’.
This is the third annual Fitbloggin’, a conference for bloggers focused in the health, fitness, and wellness niche. Held each year in Baltimore, bloggers come from across the nation, and even abroad, to meet up with their online colleagues and friends, network with influential writers and advertisers, and simply have a really good time away from it all.
DietsInReview.com’s director of publishing, Brandi Koskie, was named as a speaker, as well as more than 20 others. Brandi will be hosting a 45-minute presentation on the event’s second day called “Get Down to Business: Drive More Traffic Through SEO,” and will help introduce some simple and effective tactics that bloggers can use to bring more readers to their sites.
Other notable Fitbloggin’ speakers who our DIR team has had the pleasure of working with include:
- Liz Neporent / @LizzyFit / Transition from Blog to Book
- Alison Lewis / @AlisonLewis / Attract Traditional Media
- Leah Segedie / @BookieBoo / The Business of Blogging
- Sarah Dussault / @DietSarah / Harness the Power of YouTube
- Ryan Sullivan / @RyanDonSullivan / Better Blog Design on a Budget
We’re looking forward to seeing each of their presentations, as well as meeting new faces behind some other intriguing topics.
Roni decided to change things up a bit for Fitbloggin’ this year and is moving away from the traditional panel-style presentations that she calls “blog conference 1.0″ and is transitioning to presentations that will “foster conversations” instead. She told us they want to “promote that everyone has something to contribute, whether blogging three months or three years. Everyone has had an experience.” We would agree with her sentiment that “Our community is different. We’re all on equal footing.” That’s why you won’t find anyone up on a stage speaking to the crowd, but instead on the ground level so everyone can work and learn together.
Aside from the discussions and presentations that make up the heart of any conference, Fitbloggin’ also works as a fitness retreat. Both days of the event start with workouts and activities that get the bloggers up and moving and ready to take on the well-organized day. The date of the annual Fitbloggin’ 5k Run/1-mile walk is still to be determined. However, the schedule is already set for each morning when attendees can visit wellness rooms, fitness classes, and a healthy jump-start breakfast. These rooms aren’t currently scheduled, as Roni says she’s waiting to see what can be organized with sponsors. Her goal is to bring in activities that attendees would “be fearful of trying on their own.” She also says a second round of “speaker” selections is likely to happen, as “some session applications would make phenomenal wellness sessions.”
Tickets are now on sale for Fitbloggin’. The early-bird special is available for $199 through February 8, 2012. At that time, general tickets will sell for $259.99. Both prices incur an additional processing fee from EventBrite.
DietsInReview.com has proudly been a part of Fitbloggin’ since its first year, and we’re excited to meet up with some old friends, and make a lot of new ones, this September in Baltimore.
Will we see you there?
Twitter: @Fitbloggin #Fitbloggin
January 18th, 2012