This weekend I ventured with my fellow Tampa Lady Bloggers out to Orlando for the Central Florida Blogger Conference! (#CFLBlogCon)! Myself, Caroline, Beka, and Jess met up with Xio from Parkesdale Farms in Plant City to caravan it on up to Orlando for the day early Saturday morning. Uh oh, Long run day?! Don't worry, I got this ;)
We arrived at the Orlando Science Center around 9am and were ready to learn, learn, learn! The venue was very cool with lots of exhibits and science-y things; perfect for my right brained self right?
(this is the Cliff's notes version of what I took away, so get ready!)
A preliminary bathroom break was in order before we were able to focus of course
let's get this party started!
Literally, a party. A flash mob opened up in the middle of the keynote speech!
I learned a lot, - I'll share some of what I learned (way too much to post!) shortly, but was very excited to meet many of my blogger buds in real life! (horray social media!)
Like, Steph, for example - we're SO doing yoga soon!
tell a story that is intriguing and easy to retell
Vlog...and Vlog often! order of attention getters: watch, listen, read
A day of social media overload definitely called for us to bring out the big guns, aka a power strip we found. If sharing one of these isn't intimate, I don't know what is.
Lunch was provided by Bahama Breeze, and was yum! Thanks Bahama Breeze!
Chicken, salad, sweet potatoes, paella oh my!
The organizers of CFLBlogCon really did an AWESOME job with feeding us and making sure we had plenty of great content to learn and takeaway! There were great breakouts and speakers galore! After lunch, even, there was a yoga break I decided to take advantage of since I have a mild case of 'can't sit still very long' and thought it might center my Chi..or something.
3 weeks from giving birth, Katy Widrick was in the yoga session and such a sweetheart! She did great helping put this together & being a trooper when that flash mob took her thunder ;)!
Bess Auer did a fantastic job making sure we were all where we needed to be at all times and was the master organizer!
Bloggers who yoga
I really enjoyed out Fit Bloggers breakout session where I got to meet a few more peeps I'd seen online and we all chatted about our blogs and upcoming races, etc.!
Remember about a 2 months ago, I wrote this post about United Arts of Central Florida?
Well, we had the opportunity to "Blog for Good" and help write posts to support 1 of 6 non-profit organizations working with the conference as they were each raffling off gift baskets for charity
I decided to write for United Arts because....well, I love art & they're a great organization that supports performing, contemporary and all sorts of art in the Central Florida/Orlando area! I know the importance of using the right side of your brain to expand on your mind's many possibilities!
Each organization gave away a giftcard for the post they liked the most, I was surprised to win that! Then, Bess announced the winner of the iPad. The elusive iPad. One iPad was going to one of us bloggers who wrote a post out of all who wrote for "Blogging for Good." I'd prayed and prayed and hoped and wished to win this iPad. My laptop broke about 8 months ago -blue screen of death :( - and our P.C. sometimes isn't the brightest crayon in the box.
I won MY PRECIOUS!
I literally did what one tweet called "a touchdown dance" when I heard my name...clearly...and was super stoked to win a 64GB iPad 3! The rest of the night included a death-grip around my new baby, and more noshing before we were all set to trek it back to our side of the state. As much as I wanted to play with Thomas, yes I named the iPad too, I knew when I got home (over an hour drive back from Orlando) I had to get to bed to be up Sunday to run. Say WHaT!?
Sunday's workout: 10 mi long run at long run pace
Thomas got a CUTE new case from Marshall's...a Steven Madden case...for only $14.99! Hello frugal shopper!
There WILL be a blog post soon that will be Vlogged from this puppy once I figure it out - Workshop tomorrow morning at 9 ;) CFLBlogcon was an awesome experience and I look forward to more conferences and to applying all I've learned from yesterday. Thomas and I bid you 'see you later'!
What other blog questions should I tackle? How was your weekend?