I was nominated for a Fitterati, a blogger award for Fitness magazine, in the running blogs category. I would LOVE if you took a minute and voted for me, would mean so much to me and my blog! VOTE HERE.
I love Disney, I love bloggers, and I love being social, so a few months ago I decided to host a Disney Princess blogger meet up. I conducted a poll on my blog with possible dates/times, made up a schedule and location, and got together some giveaways.
I knew it would be hard for a lot of people to make it. After all, most were in Disney with families and kids, and I knew it would be hard to get away, but I still wanted to try. Let’s just say I am so glad that I did!
these four came after our picture, so I just took a photo of them to add to the post, ha!
Several of the girls who came I have been “online friends” with for a long time, so I couldn’t wait to meet them. The meet up was on Saturday at 3:00 at the Grand Floridian. I thought this would be a great location because it is on the monorail, and has a great outdoor space for chatting and picture taking.
I hosted some giveaways as well. A huge thanks to my boss and owner of Travel With the Magic, Kelly, who supplied many of the giveaways.
Janet had approached me via e mail before the meet up and asked if she could share her story and do two giveaways for her book. I was thrilled! I loved hearing her amazing and inspiring story. You should go check out her website to see what I am talking about!
We chatted some more, traded business cards so we could all go check out each others blogs later, and of course…took pictures in front of the castle!
We chatted a bit more and wished each other luck in the race.
It was so great to put so many names with faces/blogs/twitter handles. The power of social media is amazing, and I love how warm and welcoming bloggers are. Connecting and networking is great, but making new friends is awesome, too.
Megan compiled a good list of some of the girls that were there, be sure to check out their blogs!
One reason I wanted to discuss this is because another great way to network and make friends is through going to blog conferences. I have only been to one blog conference, but I had an amazing time, and would love to go to another one.
Just my luck, there is one this summer in Colorado called the Fitness and Health Bloggers Conference. I was eyeing this conference last year, but simply couldn’t make it work with my schedule. This year is a different story, and thanks to the amazing generosity of the conference, as well as the amazing companies FitFluential, and Refuel with Chocolate Milk (who I love, by the way. They had chocolate milk for us at the finish of the Rock n Roll New Orleans half, loved it!), 40 FitFluentials will be given the opportunity to go to this conference via a scholarship.
I would love the opportunity to meet and network with other bloggers, as well as learn. I have by no means arrived and never will, and I am totally one of those nerdy girls who loves to learn! My fingers are crossed for this one!
QOTD: Have you ever been to a blogger conference? If not, what one would you go to if you had the chance?
Thank you so very much for coordinating the meet up! It was so awesome to meet everyone in person! 🙂
Janet Oberholtzer says
So glad you hosted this also… thanks for taking the chance.
Thanks also for linking to Megan’s list…I haven’t had time to read everyone’s blog yet because I’m stil traveling, but I’m headed home this weekend then I’ll play catch up.
I wish you well in CO! Sounds like a great conference.
Tara Burner says
love the pics
haven’t been to conference
wanted to go to fitbloggin but schedule wont allow
and I might go to Fitness & health one since it’s the only one during summer, making it semi-feasible for me to go
elle potter says
Would love to see you there, Tara! Hope you can join us (:
Amy Lauren says
I’ve never been to a blogger conference because I just do a personal blog, but it sounds like fun and it looks like you guys had a lot of fun at your meetup… honestly I’d love to do some sort of meet up to meet other bloggers, even! Plus you had a really great turn out.
I love your shirt too :).
Heidi @BananaBuzzbomb says
Glad to see you had a good turn out. Would love to do a tweet up someday =)
Never been to a blogger conference but hope to in the future!
So fun! I love meeting other bloggers. Hope you can go to the conference!
That looks like an awesome email. Congrats on being fitfluential!
Fun!! This looks like you guys had a great time hanging out! 🙂
Ricole Runs says
Sad I missed this! I hope you win, you deserve it!
Alicia from Poise in Parma says
I love me a good blogger meetup – looks like you all had a blast! I went to Fitbloggin’ last year, and will be speaking at it this year. Very excited to return to Baltimore. Wishing I could join you in Colorado!
Love the photo of you and I! Much better than mine 🙂 Thanks again for hosting it – I had a blast! (As did B Lee…you should see all the photos of ducks he took…) I would LOVE to go to the conference – however, I just can’t swing it this year. Sad. Hopefully in the future!
Never wearing that shirt ever again. OMG.
what shirt? what’s wrong?
The UDG says
I love how active you in the blogging community! Such an inspiration. My computer is acting up right now, but I’ll be sure to vote for you. Good luck!
Sarah M says
Thanks for putting this together! Even though we showed up super late, it was great to get to meet everyone briefly.
Char Conkright says
I came across this awesome Disney Princess app and thought I’d share with all the other Disney Princess fans out there. This app has so many cool features…you can dress up like a Disney Princess and take a picture to share with your friends, decorate your own royal carriage and my favorite part is the royal ball where you actually get to dance! Definitely a must download! http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/disney-princess-royal-ball/id562090727?mt=8
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