I slept really well last night in my big ol’ bed Woke up to a beautiful sunrise over the lake –
At 6:30 I met about 50 bloggers in the lobby for the 5K Fun Run. We walked to the lake front and then took off. It was totally casual and I had fun talking to It Ain’t Meat, Babe, who recognized me!!!!!, and Red Headed Lefty, who works for BlogHerAds and knew KERF!!!, and 3 Giraffes, who was cool! Also RonisWeigh, MizFit and so many others.
I ran just under 4 miles and came back with a cool swag bag and t-shirt!!! (Size small!!!!)
I am STOKED for this InTak BPA-free water bottle. I’ve been wanting a new water bottle for ages!
After showering and using the Bliss spa products (Mandarin and Lime!) in the Sheraton bathroom, I came down to find Eating Bender and breakfast! There was a wonderful selection –
I wanted to eat one of everything – yogurts, cereal, muffins, donuts, tons of fruit, egg sandwiches but I decided to put together a balanced breakfast with fruit, a protein, a dairy and a grain.
I actually chose one of the egg sandwiches (the version without bacon or cheese) for some grains and protein. Not something I’d normally choose (I had yogurt + cereal in my hands and changed my mind) but I was in the mood for something hearty after waiting in the 30 minute registration line and getting REALLY hungry!
And I filled up on tons of berries + fruit!
And another out-of-character choice – skim milk! It just worked today and tasted awesome. And Earl Gray. I decided against coffee because I was feeling anxious and knew it would only make me shake.
There are bloggers everywhere!!!
After breakfast we watched the opening session led by the BlogHer women. Women’s media rocks!
BLOGHER 2010 IS IN NYC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I’m totally going however I can!!
I actually grabbed a coffee to warm up – cold air always blows on me from somewhere!! It’s like the rain cloud that follows a cartoon! Starbucks = blech.
After the morning welcome and speed dating (met about 15 new bloggers) we had a break. Turns out Ketchum was providing COCKTAILS at 10AM!!! They looked delicious, but I wasn’t really in the mood for vodka
I had 5 minutes to slip into the exhibition hall and WOW – it’s huuuuuge!!! Many times bigger than last year.
I had a taste of Izze – yum!
I met Jenn for the first session at 10:30. Laptops are clicking everywhere!
I got this awesome lip balm from Eos that I found in my swag bag. What a funny way to serve lip balm! It’s minty and delicious. I got shave gel too!
The session was called: The Business Of You: Bloggers Are Pioneers In A Post-“Employee” World. It was really helpful to listen to experienced bloggers talk about their experiences with freelancing, negotiating and being proud of your skills and value. Freelancing is definitely the direction I want to head in the coming years as a writing extension of KERF, so I found the info great.
Bottom line: Don’t settle. Decide what you are worth. What value do you add beyond the actual work. Market the business side of you, not just your blog.
Gave out a few coupons!
Jenn and I hit the expo floor while we worked up an appetite for lunch. SO MUCH COOL SWAG!
A t-shirt purse by Hanes!?
Chocolate from All
Eucerin did an analysis on my face to show me how I’d look at age 72 if I didn’t take care of my skin. YIKES!!! He said I am green because of my make up undertones, but I think it just means I”m turning into a frog… (Get it Kanz!? Frog!)
I had to unload all my swag in my room to lighten the load!
Lunch was sponsored by Ragu and was over the top with decor! This giant jar was made entirely of veggie!
The selections included Caesar salad, chicken parm, rice with veggies, a vegan chickpea + sun dried tomato dish, upsidedown meat pizza, focaccia bread and cannolis!
I filled half my plate with salad drizzled in a little dressing the tomatoes and mozzarella and had a little taste of the chickpea salad (which was really good), the veggies + rice, a small piece of pizza (ate half) and split some bread with Jenn (ate half)
I do not care much for cannolis in general, but this was FANTASTIC!!! Jenn and I split one
+ a few tiny cookies
Blog Talk Radio!!!
After lunch I had a special interview with Blog Talk Radio and you can listen to it here!!!
And then a shooting of two cooking tips for Trop50’s The Juice!
Off to see and do!