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Why FitBloggin’?

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It’s the night before FitBloggin’ and I thought I’d take a moment to tell you why?

Why did I embark on such a crazy endeavor?

In short, I LOVE blogging! Can you tell? I mean seriously, I started with a family blog when I got pregnant 5 years ago and now I have a small media company, a thriving weight loss community, a food blog and more domain names then I’d like to admit. I was seriously born to blog. It’s in my blood.

Blogging allows me to explore and practice so many of my interests and passions. Web development, food, photography, design. My blogs are, in a way, my canvas. They allow me to be creative in ways I never thought possible and, honestly, they’ve changed me.

Being a serial dieter for most of my adult life it wasn’t until I started blogging that I was able to begin to move past the “yo-yo diet cycle of hell” I was in. By facing my feelings about food and body image in a journal style format online I discovered this wasn’t my struggle alone. MANY people shared my dysfunctional relationship with food. I was no longer alone and I found the support I so desperately needed.

Am I going out on a limb by saying blogging changed my life. I don’t think so. From my health to my career, it’s had a major impact.

That’s crazy, I know… but it really has.

Pair my personal experience with blogging and my natural inclination to share knowledge and teach and well, what’s a better forum than a conference? I love to connect people. I love to see people succeed. I love to use my talents and experience to help make those things happen.

Hosting this conference seemed like a natural next step in this crazy journey I started 5 years ago. I wonder where I’ll end up but I have no time to ponder that now. I need to get some sleep before tomorrow. I have quite a weekend ahead of me!

If you are going to FitBloggin’ I hope you have fun, meet new friends, and learn something new.

And you better not leave without saying Hi! ;)



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Discussion

There are 27 comments so far.

    Good luck this weekend! Hope it all goes as planned and is amazing! I can’t wait to read about everyone’s experiences and I hope it goes so well that you have one next year!

    Liane

    March 19, 2010

    Have a great time!!! You’re such an inspiration :)

    Kat

    March 19, 2010

    I hope you have a great conference and everything goes smoothly. I wish I was going! I am looking forward to hearing about it.

    Jessica @ How Sweet

    March 19, 2010

    So GLAD you decided to do it. :) Can’t wait to meet everyone!

    shauna/dg

    March 19, 2010

    Gotta say Roni i feel very proud and excited for you for all this hard work. Have a fabulous weekend :)

    Darlene

    March 19, 2010

    Roni you are awesome and I am so glad that you found this in you! I totally understand as my blog has helped me get past the “this time is different” diets from hell! I just started blogging about 6 months ago but it has changed my life in many ways. I am a learning professional by day at a Fortune 100 company and I have no idea why I didn’t start this sooner. This too is in my blood! Thank you so much for the kick start I have needed and for putting on this awesome conference! I can’t wait to meet everyone!

    Michele McGraw

    March 19, 2010

    Regardless of the reason, I am so glad you started your blog 5 years ago. I’ve been a lurker of yours for years and here I am attending Fitbloggin and I’m excited to meet some new people and learn more. Here’s to unknown and exciting journies for all.

    So awesome, so proud of you !! Is that weird for me to say, when I haven’t even met you? Been reading for 3 years though! I hope there is a fitbloggin 2011 cause I want to come!! Enjoy every moment this weekend!

    Marisa (Loser for Life)

    March 19, 2010

    Roni, thank you so much for doing this! This is my first conference and I’m so excited! I will definitely stalk you down ;) See you tonight!

    McLauren84

    March 19, 2010

    I’m sure it will be amazing, Roni! I’m really hoping you’ll have another conference next year so I can come! :)

    @LastMinuteMandy

    March 19, 2010

    I’m so happy your are doing this! I know it has been a LOT of hard work, but I think it’s already paying off. I’m being exposes to people I would never have known before. Thanks, lady! See you soon!

    Mary (A Merry Life)

    March 19, 2010

    It might be crazy, but I have a similar love for blogging and it’s changed my life as well. Blogging rocks! Fitbloggin is awesome! And more? You are the best!

    Carolyn @ lovinlosing.com

    March 19, 2010

    Good luck tomorrow!! I wish I could be there, but I will be thinking of everyone while I’m running my 8K.

    Deb - comfycozycrazy

    March 19, 2010

    I’ve been blogging for nearly 5 years but only just recently started blogging about my diet/fitness. I’m hoping for Fit Bloggin ’11!

    Have an awesome time!

    Tami@nutmegnotebook.com

    March 19, 2010

    Blogging has allowed me to meet other like minded people who I otherwise would never even cross paths with. I have learned so much from these cyber friends and love the feeling that I am not alone with the whole weight management thing.

    I won’t be at Fit Bloggin as I am a new blogger but I look forward to reading all about it.

    Liz

    March 19, 2010

    Even though I don’t blog, I wish I could be there! It just seems like a great event and obviously something you’ve put a ton of work into. I’m sure like everything else you do, it will be fabulous Roni! Can’t wait to hear how it goes!

    Danica

    March 19, 2010

    Good luck this weekend with Fit Bloggin’ ~ I know you will make it a HUGE success (it pretty much already was before it started). Wish I was there to say hi and cheer you on :)

    Danica

    KK @ Running Through Life

    March 19, 2010

    Good luck Roni! I am sure it will be a great conference! I can’t wait to hear about it since I am unable to attend in person! Next up, hold a conference on the west coast!!!!!

    Pubsgal

    March 19, 2010

    Good luck with the conference, Roni! I’m sure it will exceed your wildest dreams! (Maybe bring it to the west coast next year? ;-)

    JourneyBeyondSurvival

    March 20, 2010

    Thank you so much for putting this together. It has been wonderful so far and so much fun to meet people. Thanks, gracias, grazie, bitte, merci, and everything else!

    kate

    March 20, 2010

    so wish i was able to be there! maybe next time! enjoy your weekend!

    Nicole, RD

    March 20, 2010

    The event looks and sounds fantastic! Amazing job! You are an inspiration!

    Mel

    March 21, 2010

    FitBloggin ROCKED and you do too! It was all it could be and then some. The speakers were great, the food awesome, the swag incredible…all around good times. I left so inspired. Inspired to keep on getting fit, inspired to blog more, inspired to make changes. Thank you!!!

    Elisabeth

    March 23, 2010

    I told you personally on Saturday, but I’ll say it again: YOU DID AN AWESOME JOB! I was so impressed. I’ll be there next year–whether it’s local or not. =)

    BK

    March 24, 2010

    I heard I missed a fantastic event and it sucks that it was so close to me and I couldn’t make it.. CONGRATULATIONS.. and I look forward to attending next year.. and if you need any meeting planning assistance.. I’m volunteering my services.. hey it’s only 50% of what I do everyday LOL :)

    Reggie

    January 23, 2011

    Hi – I found your blog when I read the Yahoo health article about people who blogged their weight loss journey. I started something similar, but I fell off the wagon.. so this time I decided I was going to try again, and then not too long, saw the article. It was like Divine Intervention. Just signed up to blogtolose… so here’s to (hopefully) a better, healthier, thinner year!

    God Bless!

    Riley Outzen

    May 17, 2011

    Awesome website