Attending blogging conferences alone is scary. I know, I do it all the time. You don’t know anyone. You don’t know if anyone knows you. You aren’t that active on Twitter and everyone else seems to be. You are very active on twitter but none of your Twitter friends are going. Your blog is new and everyone else seems to have been blogging for years. I can keep going but let me fill you in on a BIG secret…
Everyone feels this way. Yes, EVERYONE. Some may hide it better than others. I’ve gotten pretty good and faking confidence over the years but the trepidation is still there. The small voice in the back of my head still says "I don’t belong here," and (with FitBloggin’ at least,) I’m hosting the damn thing!
Last year I tried my best to let everyone know they were welcome. FitBloggin’ isn’t a popularity contest to see who is most "Fit". Sometimes I think I might have slipped up on the name for that reason. I cringe when I hear people like Melting Momma say "fitbloggin’ notsomuch fatbloggin’?" in a post about her experience at last years event.
FitBloggin’ is SO much more then what we look like. It’s a state of mind. It’s the belief that you can use blogging and social media to spread a culture of health. Fat, skinny, short, tall, black, white — I don’t care what you look like, you are welcome at FitBloggin’. The only requirement for entry is that you have an interest in using blogging to better yourself and your readers. Geesh! I don’t even care if you currently HAVE a blog. Come learn how to get started. That’s the point!
Listen, this is how it works: How you project is how you are perceived. If you come with the attitude that you don’t belong then others will assume you don’t belong. But if you come ready to embrace the situation then others will greet you with open arms.
How do I know? Because the online community of bloggers includes people like Foodie McBody. Quick go read her post No Cliques, Only Free Hugs! I’m serious. Go now! Click here, read and then hit the back button. I’m not going anywhere, promise.
Oh! You’re back! Awesome! What did you think? I hope you are getting the warm and fuzzies because we are a warm and fuzzy bunch. We really are, as Katy so eloquently put it after last year’s event, It’s FitBloggin’ not CliqBloggin’! SO come one, come all, regardless of current fitness level and get a free hug. We have plenty to give! Or better yet.. Join Team Free Hugs and be part of the welcoming committee!