(This is cross-posted at BlogHer.)
I have no idea what it takes to plan a conference. I’ve planned meetings and taken care of various types of logistics at my job, but that’s on a pretty small scale compared to organizing something of this magnitude. First you have to think about big-picture things, such as choosing a city and the venue. You have to decide on an agenda, and whether you’ll serve food, and how much you have to charge attendees in order to make sure you can pay for everything. Will there be sponsors? Who will be your speakers? And most importantly, will anyone register?
Enter FitBloggin’10, a conference whose goal “is to educate, inspire, share, network, and learn how to blog your way to a healthier you.” They’re planning “events and panels geared towards anyone who blogs or is interested in blogging about a healthy lifestyle.”
FitBloggin’ is the brainchild of Roni Noone. She blogs at Roni’s Weigh — in addition to a number of other sites — and will be a speaker at BlogHer ’09 next week. She also spoke on a panel at the regional D.C.-area BlogHer conference last fall.
I have to admit, I think the idea of a fitness conference is pretty cool. Next week I’ll be attending my third BlogHer summer conference, and I’ve always wished they had a specific track dedicated to health and fitness topics. Why don’t they? Well, there’s only so much time, I suppose, and there’s a lot of stuff to fit into that time.
Is FitBloggin’ strictly for fitness bloggers? Absolutely not. There are plenty of people who write about exercise and living healthy on their blogs, but also write about other topics, too (including myself). And just like there are people who attend BlogHer conferences who have never blogged before (yes, I’ve met them), or because they want to find out how to get started, FitBloggin’ won’t turn you away just because you don’t write exclusively about health and fitness.