Live Blog: Motivating Your Community To Choose Healthy Lifestyles

How do WE as bloggers motivate and inspire those around us to choose a healthy lifestyle? This breakout group discussed the ways in which we can reach out to those around us by using techniques and theories regarding change and motivation both on social media and IN PERSON. About the Speaker: Andrea Wenzel Andrea Wenzel is a third year medical student at Indiana University School of … [Read more...]

Live Blog: Stop Keeping up with the Joneses

Is comparison stealing your joy? Liz Paul of leads this small group discussion of the perils and pitfalls of trying to "Keep up with the Joneses" when it comes to weight loss and fitness achievements - and brainstorm ways to focus on being your own best self. Group congregates in a small circle, eat nuts, do a little dance and introduce the "Lovely liveblogger"! Liz: I am … [Read more...]

Live Blog: Get Down to Business: Video SEO

In this session, Lisa Johnson takes a look at how to use video search engine optimization to boost traffic on your blog. VIDEO SEO — A way to significantly boost your traffic. — Why YouTube beats your bog for snagging the first page on Google — How video drives traffic to your blog — Tricks to significantly grow your audience base through YouTube — How to turn all of this into … [Read more...]

Live Blog: How To Improve Your Blog Through SEO

This session was taught by Brandi Koskie, who is the Senior Editor at, and this year, she was also assisted by her husband, Shelton.  When Brandi left corporate America she "vowed never to use PowerPoint again" and opted to teach through examples and what has made her site successful. Togther, they explained SEO (Search Engine Optimization) and its importance, then helped us … [Read more...]

Live Blog: Google Analytics – Moving Beyond Pageviews

About the speaker: As a Certified ScrumMaster, Tim Woodbury specializes in helping people build their businesses by finding better, faster ways to fail. After nearly a decade of helping companies the likes of Nintendo and Microsoft Games Studios succeed with agile, Tim opened his private agile coaching practice to the wider blogosphere with the launch of Agile Blogging. Welcome everyone. to … [Read more...]

Live Blog: Turning your Blog into a Business: Key to Monetizing Your Work

Let's get down to business!  I would say a majority of us blog to share our stories, hold ourselves accountable, inspire others and ourselves to be healthy.  But wouldn't it be nice if we could make a buck or two while doing it!  These lovely ladies are going to share with us how to do just that. This session was presented by Laura Yamin, Sara Beeskow & Phyllis Strand.  Renee Benda from … [Read more...]

Live Blog: Zumba

Zumba was held from 9:30-10:30 on the 6th floor of the Nines Hotel. Sue, Mrs. Fatass, lead the Zumba class with the help of her business partner, Samantha from Simplifying Sammie, and her special guests. The special guests included Gina, Bonnie, and Nellie. 66 people attending (about 1/2 were new to zumba or only do zumba occasionally). There were a wide variety of people and … [Read more...]

Live Blog: Diet Is A 4 Letter Word – What Are Your Food Rules?

Please ignore the last version of this post, the LiveBlogger hit Publish instead of Save Draft.   My sincerest apologies to the facilitators, attendees and interested parties! *************************************************************************************************** Live Blogger Session Summary: Diet Is A 4 Letter Word - What Are Your Food Rules?  Facilitated by: Lyn Trier … [Read more...]