Last night I attended my first blogger event! Title Nine here in Portland hosted a FitFest to help fit local bloggers for sports bras (coming your way in June, San Fran!). For the record, I have never considered myself a blogger. I was there in support (we were helping promote the event), not because I’m a prominent fitness blogger. So the first time I got asked if I was a blogger, I didn’t know how to respond. I said, “I’m one of the Sweat Pink girls.”
In conjunction with my current role as social media intern, I do (obviously) blog. I also have a personal blog. When I started it a couple of years ago, I never planned out what purpose my blog would really be for, what voice I wanted to share, what genre I wanted it to be a part of. I never thought about getting involved in the blogging world; I honestly didn’t even know there was a big blogging world. I created it so friends and family could follow my travels, life experiences, and thought processes when taking the yoga practice off the mat. It was kind of intended to be a substitute for sending out a newsletter. I haven’t been a regular blogger. I post when I feel the desire to write and share it with whomever may have inadvertently found it online.
After the event last night, we were standing outside with some bloggers explaining what “sweat pink” is all about, and sharing about our various blogs. I mentioned I also had a personal blog, and was immediately asked what type of blog. I resisted saying, “Um, I dunno, whatever I want to write about.” After a brief moment of hesitation, I categorized it as a yoga and travel blog. Which it essentially is, though it is a bit of a menagerie of topics. It seems most bloggers have a category they mostly stick to when they write posts, but they also color outside the lines a lot too. As people, we’re not just one thing. A running blogger is obviously going to write predominately about running, but may also toss is her cross training plan, a cool recipe for a post-run smoothie, a story about how her child got sick and taking care of the baby meant missing a training run. Topics absolutely overlap. Which is why it was so cool to chat with girls that had art + lifestyle, makeup + fitness, food + fitness, etc, blogs last night. We were all at the same event!
An event like this gave us the opportunity to bond over something cool and universal: the difficult issue of restraining bouncing boobies when working out. A lot of girls had actually interacted previously but were meeting in person for the first time! It was awesome to see connections between Instagram handles, blog titles, faces, and in-person nicknames being made.
In the past 2+ weeks, I’ve read a ton of blog posts, commented on them, and shared them on Twitter, Google+, and Facebook everyday. I’ve found that it’s an incredible community! It’s a great way to share tips, revelations, experiences, and to support one another. I’ve followed fitness bloggers as they’ve united while traveling to go for a run, finding an immediate connection after communicating online for a long time. Bloggers are passionate and incredibly dedicated! To be able to think of fresh content to share multiple times a week is a lot more difficult than it appears. I’m in awe of my new community, and so excited to consider myself a blogger now, albeit a novice one.
Can’t wait for the next event! Hope to see/talk with y’all soon!
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