How to Become a Popular Blogger

Here is what I have learned so far about how to become a popular/good blogger:

1)CROSSFITCROSSFITCROSSFIT.

2) Blog about babies and or pets. Include cute pictures

3) Did I mention Crossfit?

4)Anything with you and your significant other. Blog it.

Got it? Good. Just kidding.

I have learned that blogging is really about the people that blog and how the readers connect with the story/message that the bloggers are sharing.

I started off day two of Fitbloggin with my very first Crossfit workout. My roommates are a huge fan of Crossfit so I was really excited to see what it was all about.

Meg-Run.Fit.Kin

Gabby-Gabby’s Gluten-Free

Ericka– The Sweet Life with Ericka

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I was glad that we did a workout using only of our body weight because even though it is exciting to throw around heavy weights, you can get a kick ass workout with JUST your body weight.

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We did a partner WOD, I worked with Coco and together we did as many reps as we could of air squats, full sit-ups and burpees/pushups. We repeated this workout twice.

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I was not sure how I felt about doing a burpee so I just stuck with a modified push-up. You guys, air squats are no joke! I am super sore today, major props to all you Crossfit people.

I also never thought I would be blogging about Crossfit.

And a huge thanks to all the motivating trainers from Reebok and to Coco for being an awesome WOD partner.

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I totally love Meg’s Crossfit outfit, this was her 2nd CF workout of the day!

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My roommates and I hit up a coffee shop at the hotel for some liquid sustenance. I rolled with some Naked juice.

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For breakfast I had muesli with some strawberries and a quinoa+frittata. I did not end up eating the quinoa dish because the chocolate muesli tasted so good with the strawberries.

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Sorry for the blurry pictures, can you tell that I am awesome at blogging?

This is actually my 3rd time attending Fitbloggin and I needed to get a picture with Roni, she really has put together a fantastic conference and I can’t wait to see where Fitbloggin goes next!

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I also spent some time at the Popchip booth- they have been my go to snack peeps with all the chips that they have to try.

Basically the perfect snack.

I love how they set up the fun photo booth. We had too much fun.

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We also got some shoes and a tank from Reebok, which I will review later but Julie and I had a bit too much fun expressing our love for endorphins.

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My favorite thing about blogging will always be meeting bloggers in real life, Julie is just as fantastic in person as she is on her blog.

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I also met up with Sarah and Brittany while we were checking out some of the booths at the expo.

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I also attended Sarah’s presentation on harnessing the power of YouTube. I love how her personality really shines through her videos.

You can check out the Fitbloggin Liveblog post HERE.

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We broke for lunch and I did was not impressed with the vegetarian options but I was able to come up with a really tasty lunch.

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I also tried celery root soup for the first time and, I did not expect to enjoy it as much as I did.

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I used the eggs from a snack break to add some much needed protein to my salad.

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I ate lunch with Brittany,Gabby, Julie, Michelle. We had a blast chatting about our blogs and our lives outside of the blog.

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After lunch I attend a session Session Overview: Blogging – How Much is Too Much? lead by Monica, from Run Eat Repeat and Cynthia, from It All Changes

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I do have to say the discussion was so much fun, I absolutely love talking about blogging. To me this entire weekend has been a discussion about the world of blogging, and I have really enjoyed learning about why people blog.

Here are the topics that we all sat and discussed together:

  • Where do you draw the line of what to share? Boys, religion, political and personal family stories.
  • Would you rather die than post your weight on your blog? Do you care if others do? I used to but now I just show progress pictures because that is how I measure my progress.
  • Does oversharing make you anxious? Sometimes, I am not the best writer so I want to make sure I am sharing what I want to say effectively.
  • Do you take time off from blogging? All the time. I am not organized enough to live my life and blog.
  • Have you considered skipping out of a blogger event because it’s nerve wracking? I almost did not come to Fitbloggin because I had an exhausting week and I was just a mess. But I am so glad I came!

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After the session, I met up with Carly– despite the fact that we live so close I never get to spend enough time with that girl. She truly gets how hard my life is sometimes Winking smile.

The final session that I attended was Get Down to Business: Reach out from Your Keyboard and Connect! with Kara Richardson Whitely

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The biggest takeaway I got from this session is that we all have a story to share and our blog is the platform to do so. I am always inspired by bloggers and the different stories that they all share, I will forever be a blog reader over a blogger.

After a long day of blog sessions, I headed out to dinner with the roommates:

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It makes me so sad that I live so close to the Inner Harbor and I rarely come out to visit, the views were stunning especially as the sun was starting to set. We walked around the Inner Harbor to Rusty Scupper Restaurant for a major seafood dinner.

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We were seated near the window and had another lovely view of the harbor as we ate.

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I was a little overwhelmed with all the seafood options for dinner so Meg and I decided to split a few appetizers for dinner.

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We started off with some bread which I LIVE for because I am usually starving while I am waiting for my food to come so I always stuff myself with the bread.

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We ordered the artichoke & crab dip, which was my favorite.

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The crab bruschetta (the bread was too tough to eat, so I could not get more than a few bites).

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And we also split a crab cake. And it is safe the say that I am officially over seafood for the next month.

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After dinner we relaxed in our hotel room blogging. I do have to say blogging around other bloggers is SO MUCH FUN. They just get it.

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Whew.

Would you ever attend a blogging conference? What is important to you when it comes to blogging?

When it comes to blogging, I really want to be able to enjoy what I am doing. I enjoy my life and blogging is just a small part of it.

Thanks for being a part of my life.

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22 Responses to How to Become a Popular Blogger

  1. I had a great time at the blogging events I attended in the past. Looks like a blast this year, too! Enjoying reading everyone’s recaps. :)

  2. I’m sad I didn’t make it to Fitbloggin this year but I’ll be there next year for sure. :)

    Glad you had a good time!

  3. I’ve been hearing a lot about crossfit, maybe it’s something I need to get into! Thanks for sharing all of these tips from Fitbloggin. I’d love to attend a conference somday, but I”m still just getting my feet wet with the whole blogging thing!

    • Sana says:

      You should try out crossfit and see how you like it. I personally did a modified workout and I am SUPER SORE.
      Plus, most people like CF because of how awesome the community is :)

  4. Jamie says:

    I love your outfit in the above picture, the greyish shirt and scarf. Any info about it??

  5. Christine says:

    Your outfit is so cute!!! I want it!

  6. Floey says:

    I love your…scarf? You look adorable. Your parents must miss you! hahaa.

  7. Briana says:

    Sana,
    I have been reading your blog off and on for a few months now. I really like following along on your journey to find a healthier you. Today, something you wrote really struck me. When you said that Carly truly gets how hard your life is, were you being serious? It’s statements like these that really put me off of reading certain blogs. I understand that everything is relative, but you seem to be living a pretty easy life…or at least that’s how I see it portrayed on your blog. I get that having back pain is awful (I have Lupus so I understand pain), but you have for the most party a healthy, happy family and life. I am sure there is more to it than you post, but it’s just hard to read something like that. My dad doesn’t even know who I am at this point as his dementia is so bad. My father in law died of ALS. My sister in law is confined to a wheelchair from a trauma she suffered at birth. THESE are things that make life hard. I’m also not trying to say woe is me here. I am incredibly lucky to have all that I have. But even to joke that your life is hard made me not want to read your blog anymore. Life really is hard for a lot of people. Try to have some perspective.

    • Sana says:

      Hi Briana,
      I really appreciate you commenting because I tend to forget that I do have readers other than the people that know me in real life. And it is important to me to make sure all my jokes are appropriate for a public blog. I wrote about a joke between Carly I and to anyone else it really makes no sense (this is not an excuse). And I honestly did not mean to imply that my life truly hard. I am very blessed to be living the life that I have.
      That being said, thank you for bringing this to my attention because I know it really does matter to you as it does to me.
      I understand that you won’t be reading my blog, and I do respect your choice. I am sorry to hear about the loss of your father in law and I wish you and your family the best.

    • Hi Briana,
      Sorry that my joke with Sana was upsetting! I am also really sorry that you’ve been having a rough time lately, your comment above definitely illustrated that. I also had a very tough year, though that’s not what Sana and I were referencing, and it’s still not as bad as yours… it was hard for me. But life’s ups and downs aren’t a competition and sometimes people just need to joke about their “first world problems” (https://twitter.com/FiWoProblems) – about how the silly things are SO HARD, even though they’re not. I really am sorry we upset you, I don’t like making someone sad – but I don’t think what we did was out of line. I hope things get better for you soon!
      Carly

      • Briana says:

        I honestly wasn’t trying to be competitive with who has a shittier life. Some people may say that I am one of the luckiest people in the world as my family is extremely wealthy and I will never have to worry about finances. There are people out there who have no family, don’t know where their next meals are coming from, have no support of any kind. I really wasn’t trying to say that my life is hard. The people around me are really the ones with the hard life to be honest, I just try to support them as best as I can. And I am sorry that you are going through a tough time as well. I truly hope things get better for you too.
        I know growing up many people thought that I had such a wonderful life, but inside I was anxious and sad all the time. At that time I had no reason to be other than familial pressure to be “perfect”. Everything is relative is what I’m trying to say. Looking back on that I wish I could have told myself to just enjoy life. Anyway, sorry if I upset you.

  8. MegG says:

    Crossfit,crossfit,crossfit! Thanks for being really awesome and joining in on all the CF talk that went on over the weekend. I love that you have an open mind about it. It was really great getting to know you, and I love how we just “got” each other. I’m in the same boat, I enjoy blogging put it’s probably the smallest part of my life. I learned so much from you this weekend and I’m really thankful for your tips and our great conversations.

  9. It was so fun seeing you this weekend! Can we please get together again soon? :)