Bloggers I met at Healthy Living Summit 2012

Although I didn’t do a play-by-play recap of the Healthy Living Summit, I did mention I met so many amazing bloggers last weekend. This was not a normal, stuffy corporate conference by any standards, quite contrary actually since most people were wearing yoga pants and workout gear. But don’t get me wrong, business card were flying and networking was at full capacity. I loved hearing everyone’s stories about why they started blogging and sharing blog ideas with each other. I learned so much from the other bloggers at the conference so as a HUGE thank you, I’m going to share a little blogger-to-blogger love with links to all of the sites of the bloggers I met last weekend. I encourage you to check out their blogs, see what they have to say and read their inspiring stories. They motivated me so I’m sure they’ll have the same affect on you! In no particular order they are…

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What I learned at Healthy Living Summit 2012

HLS12 runners and walkers before the 5k

I think I’m still digesting everything I learned over the weekend at the Healthy Living Summit but words honestly cannot describe the wealth of information I took away from the conference and not to mention the amazing bloggers I met along the way.

First off it was great to meet some of the bloggers and people I follow on Twitter in person finally! Meeting them and hearing them talk about their passion for blogging and health and fitness made their blogs even more real for me. I could finally really see their personality in their blogs. I was able to hear all of their stories about how they started their blog, why they wanted to share their experiences with other people and where they want to take their blog.

I attended sessions on Saturday and learned about how to create a virtual challenge from Amanda Brooks of Run to the Finish, blogging with brands, questions from other newbie bloggers and an incredible amount of information about social media. While I could go into extensive detail about everything I learned during these sessions, I rather write about what I took away from them.

It’s going to sound cliche but the theme I heard reverberating throughout the summit was “stay true to yourself.” Whether you’re looking at brands to partner with, doing a review of a product, hosting a virtual challenge, or just connecting with local businesses, don’t do anything you are uncomfortable with or don’t believe in 100 percent. As a relatively new blogger (I’ve been blogging since March) it’s easy to get distracted by brands reaching out to you or wanting to do a virtual challenge so bad that you loose track of your core mission. But connecting with brands you truly support and support you back is a surefire way to expand your reach and impact more people.

I also learned it takes time for a blog to grow into something bigger. While many bloggers have full time jobs like myself, it can be hard to quiet that excited dreamer inside of you with all the ideas but I’ve learned to be patient. Many of the bloggers who were on panels or led sessions at HLS12 had been blogging for at least three or four years. It takes time to grow and I think if you give your blog enough time to develop it can turn into something amazing.

Most of all I realized just how supportive the healthy living blogging community is. It was refreshing to be in a ballroom full of people who totally “get it.” While many of my friends and family know about my blog, I think a lot of them think it’s something I just like to do for fun (I think my Dad called it my online diary once), but to me it’s so much more and the girls (and a few guys) at HLS12 felt the same way I do. It was great to be in a conference session where everyone has their computer, phone or iPad out, live-tweeting everything the presenter is saying. This is the world we live in and it was amazing to be surrounded by people who feel the same way. Also, I honestly think friendships were formed over the very short but amazing weekend. It was only two and a half days but the bonds and knowledge that were shared will last longer.

All I know is I will definitely be going to Healthy Living Summit 2013 and hope to see all of the amazing bloggers I met this year again soon! If you went to HLS12 share your thoughts in the comment section!

Fit Girl Happy Girl featured on #RunChat

For the month of August, #RunChat, a twice a month Twitter chat for runners, is celebrating Running Blogs Month. Every day of the month they feature different running blogs on their website and today they are featuring Fit Girl Happy Girl! I’m so excited my blog was chosen to be featured and would love for all of you to stop by #RunChat to check it out!

#RunChat aims to connect runners and chat about running tips, advice, training tricks and anything and everything running. The next #RunChat is on Aug. 26 at 8:00 p.m. EST and usually lasts for about an hour. Follow the hashtag #RunChat to follow along with the conversation. Through #RunChat I’ve met so many amazing runners and have gotten great running advice from them. It’s such a great way to connect and share your running experience and we can always learn more.

To check out my feature visit their website! Also don’t forget to follow me on Twitter at @FitHappyGirl and them at @therunchat.