The Fit Bloggin’ conference was a great success!  It started off with a wonderful Quaker breakfast buffet.


I had a big bowl with cranberries, a banana, brown sugar, and a little bit of POM Wonderful juice.


The conference had two tracks so you could choose the breakout conference you most wanted to attend. 


I started with the Search Engine Optimization session.  I still find it confusing, but I did learn a few tips.  Such as:  If you use WordPress for your blog – download the SEO All In One plug-in. 



I grabbed a coffee in between:


After the SEO presentation, we sat through the How to Pitch to Traditional Media session.  Unfortunately, it was more about pitching to local TV than writing non-fiction queries to magazines or newspapers (which is what I wanted to hear about and think is probably most applicable to other bloggers).  It was still interesting to learn about the process and imagine what a newsroom is like.


After the second session, it was lunchtime.  I was a little nervous about the vegetarian options at a conference, but I totally lucked out!



I had two of those vegetarian sammies + grilled veggies.


As well as a small cup of brothy mushroom soup.  It was so good!  I would love to learn how to make something like this at home – anyone have any good recipes I should try?


Post-lunch, it was time for my panel.  I spoke on the “From Blog to Book” panel (my book is coming out in August and is based on my other website, Operation Beautiful).  I tried to emphasize that anyone who is interested in writing a book can do a proposal and shop it around to agents or publishers.  It’s work, but it’s feasible.  One of my other panel members suggested that people check out a site called Absolute Write to learn more about proposals.


I was a little nervous, but a few of the other bloggers said they couldn’t tell.  I try to transfer all of my nervous shaking to my feet underneath the table.  🙂


Post-panel, I had a chocolate chip cookie from Jacquie:


As well as an orange:


And then it was time for the fourth and last panel of the day, on monetizing your blog.  I actually missed most of it because I was talking in the hallway.  🙂


At this point, a few of us decided to skip the closing remarks and go get dinner.  We were all pretty hungry and cold (how come conference rooms are always frigid?!).  And it was such a gorgeous day in Baltimore that we really wanted to get outside and enjoy it.


The non-vegetarians really wanted crab cakes (after all, that’s what Baltimore is famous for), so we went to a seafood restaurant by the water. 


I started things off with a glass of Riesling.


And Julie and I decided to split a bunch of the side dishes instead of opting for the very lame vegetable pasta.  I’ve never really done that, but it’s such a good option for vegetarians at a nice, non-vegetarian restaurant.  I got to eat tons of vegetables!


We split sweet potato casserole, mushroom steak fries, and asparagus.


Plus potatoes:


And I had a a slice of sourdough bread with real buttah.


It was so gorgeous out that we ended up sitting outside and talking for a LONG time.  I had a Sam Adam’s, too.



Post-dinner, we ended up tearing up the Inner Harbor.  We went dancing ALL night long and had an absolute blast.  A few more beverages + late night pizza was consumed, too.  :)  I haven’t had that much fun in ages.  Baltimore definitely gets two thumbs up from me!


We’re all showering and plan to make our way downstairs for Starbucks oatmeal and lattes.  And that I’ve got to get back on the airplane and fly home to Florida!  I miss the Husband and dogs a lot. 



  • Estela @ Weekly Bite March 21, 2010, 9:19 am

    Sounds like such a great time! So sad I missed it 🙁

  • Nicole @ Making Good Choices March 21, 2010, 9:20 am

    Glad you had a great time! I wish I could have gone, but I just couldn’t with going on vacation next week. I would have been so nervous talking in front of all those people, so you are brave 🙂 enjoy your Sunday and seeing your hubby and dogs!

  • Evan Thomas March 21, 2010, 9:22 am

    This sounds like so much fun! I loved blogging with the attendees 🙂 I’m going to download that plug-ing, but do you know where I can get it from?

    • caitlin March 21, 2010, 12:52 pm

      i think you just go to the plugin panel of your wordpress dashboard and search for it.

  • Kelly B (at Local Foodie Fight) March 21, 2010, 9:24 am

    hahaha I have also had Jacquie’s cookies and can attest to their fabulousness! 🙂 looks like a lot of fun.

  • Heather (Heather's Dish) March 21, 2010, 9:25 am

    those panels sound really great…makes me wish I had gone this year! you’re so pretty – I love that picture of you and your glass of wine 🙂 hope you have a great Sunday!

    • caitlin March 21, 2010, 12:51 pm

      thank you sweetheart 🙂

  • Jessica Star March 21, 2010, 9:26 am

    Sounds like fun! And the food looked delicious. I keep hearing about that POM juice. Makes me want to try it!

  • Kelly March 21, 2010, 9:27 am

    Glad you had fun! It was definitely the perfect weekend to be traveling in the northeast!

  • Charlie Hills March 21, 2010, 9:27 am

    Hey, you can see my elbow! 🙂

    And you can add me to the list of people who didn’t think you looked nervous. Great panel overall, I thought. Good meeting you!

  • Lynne March 21, 2010, 9:29 am

    Sounds like fun! Just have to say that you look gorgeous in that photo with the Riesling! 🙂

  • Heather March 21, 2010, 9:29 am

    looks like a blast and the whole thing sounds so interesting!!!! Lookes beautiful there, too!

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing March 21, 2010, 9:32 am

    Aw sounds like such fun!!! That is good to know about Wordpress even though I don’t know what the plug in really does.

    Side dishes are such a great idea!

  • Allie (Live Laugh Eat) March 21, 2010, 9:34 am

    How lovely! That’s what the life of a part-time/full-time blogger should be like, dontcha think??

  • lauren @ Eater not a runner March 21, 2010, 9:34 am

    Looks like SO much fun!!

  • Liz March 21, 2010, 9:40 am

    someone should post pictures from the night out! 🙂

    • caitlin March 21, 2010, 12:52 pm

      we took a solemn vow that what happens in b-more stays in b-more. LOL

  • Jenny March 21, 2010, 9:40 am

    I’m definetly going to check out that book proposal web site!

  • Megan @ Eat.Scrap.Run March 21, 2010, 9:41 am

    It looks like you had such a great time. Thanks for the tip on the Wordpress blogs!

  • Kelly @ Healthy Living With Kelly March 21, 2010, 9:46 am

    Sounds like it was a great success…I am glad you had such a fun time! 🙂

  • grace b March 21, 2010, 9:51 am

    So glad my (newish, but have been a Marylander my whole life) hometown was fun! It looks like a great conference. If you want some good fast food check out California Tortilla–it’s amazing!!!

  • clay March 21, 2010, 9:51 am

    Thats cool! Sounds like you had a great time! How do you download the SEO All In One plug-in? Those naners look perfect for some reason hah!

    • caitlin March 21, 2010, 12:53 pm

      i think you just go to the plugin panel of your wordpress dashboard and search for it. let me know if that doesnt make sense.

  • Jenn @ LiveWellFitNow March 21, 2010, 9:54 am

    What a great conference. And there is nothing like sitting outside on a perfect night like that and soaking up the warm sun!

  • Madeline - Greens and Jeans March 21, 2010, 10:02 am

    Sounds like a great conference! Of course, how could spending the day with such lovely bloggers not be fun? Thank you for the Wordpress tip!

  • Matt March 21, 2010, 10:20 am

    Sounds like a great conference! I’d love to learn more about the SEO plugin.

  • Danielle March 21, 2010, 10:21 am

    Caitlin, I’m so glad you had such a good time! So did I! Although… I never got a chance to introduce myself to you. I kept wanting to do so in-between conferences but I didn’t want to pounce in the bathroom nor when you were in the midst of conversation, just thought you’d want to put a face to the integrative medicine interviewer 🙂 thanks again and great job! Have a safe trip back home.

    • caitlin March 21, 2010, 12:54 pm

      oh i wish we had met up! i’m sorry!!!

  • Mastering Public Health March 21, 2010, 10:29 am

    Great recap — looks like a blast! I’m so jealous/in awe that you can speak freely/schmooze easily with strangers, lol.

  • Ashlei March 21, 2010, 10:33 am

    Wow the weather looks gorgeous up there! That soup looks really similar to miso, which is so delicious. And nothing beats real buttah!! The dinner you got looks fab!

  • Joanne March 21, 2010, 10:36 am

    I’m so glad the conference was a success and that you enjoyed Baltimore (my hometown!). Have a safe flight back to sunny Florida!

  • Freya @ Brit Chick Runs March 21, 2010, 10:39 am

    Oooh sounds like you had a great time!! I’ll have to research that CEO wordpress thing, that could be useful…
    Lots of side dishes – such a good idea!
    I’m glad you’re having fun 🙂

  • Marzipan March 21, 2010, 10:42 am

    Great tip about the SEO plugin. I’mma look into that ASAP. Really wonderful recap for those of us who spent all day yesterday on Twitter hearing about how awesome it is and wishing we were there. Thanks!

  • Andrea ( March 21, 2010, 10:46 am

    What a great conference! So glad you enjoyed yourself and that your talk went well!
    Safe travels back home!

  • Danielle (Coffee Run) March 21, 2010, 11:05 am

    It looks like you had a good time! I wish I had known about Fitbloggin’…it’s right near my hometown!

  • Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin March 21, 2010, 11:07 am

    Sounds like you’re having a blast! It’s so great to be at a Healthy Living Blogging conference – much healthier options than the conferences I have to go to for work! And in terms of soup ideas, I have a few. I’ll email you some!

  • Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday March 21, 2010, 11:12 am

    That sounds like a pretty informative conference. I never knew what went on at these things so thanks for sharing.

  • Deirdre March 21, 2010, 11:24 am

    Sounds like you had a great time! The weather looked perfect. I’m sure you did a great job on your panel. You never seemed nervous when you spoke the Summit!

  • Becky March 21, 2010, 11:24 am

    What a fun and informative weekend! I’m glad you’re enjoying it 🙂

  • Molly March 21, 2010, 11:26 am

    Sounds like an awesome awesome weekend!! Love the Quaker oatmeal bar :o)

  • Amber K @ sparkpeople March 21, 2010, 11:28 am

    What an absolute blast! And I’m sure you were great! I agree, nervous shaking is best done with feet under tables. I have a very big fear of speaking in front of people, and can’t even imagine doing so at a conference!

    I hope you get plenty of rest when you get home. =)

  • Caroline March 21, 2010, 11:39 am

    The mushroom soup looks awesome…I think mushrooms are one of those natural ummami (sp?) tastes…unlike MSG! And leave it to a fit blogging conference to have good vegetarian options. vegetarian food can be waaay more flavorful than omni food if done well (delicious grilled veggies, cheeses) or it can be really pitiful (like at subway)

  • Dominique March 21, 2010, 11:39 am

    Sounds you had a wonderful time and that mushroom soup looks great! I love it when a mushroom soup doesn’t have to include the cream. Hope you have a safe trip back!

  • kalli@fitandfortysomething March 21, 2010, 11:57 am

    oh what a great experience! tell us more about seo plugin!

  • Lauren @ A Fit Foodie March 21, 2010, 12:03 pm

    Looks like you had such a great time. I definitely want to look into going for next year’s conference! Seems like there is so much to learn!

  • Kelly March 21, 2010, 12:31 pm

    I’ve been to that restaurant! Inner harbor is beautiful, sounds like it was an awesome time!

  • Cynthia (It All Changes) March 21, 2010, 12:33 pm

    Looks like they had great vegetarian options for you at the conference. That was really nice of them to think of.

  • Kerry March 21, 2010, 12:38 pm

    thats looks so much fun!! the food looks great! xxx

  • Reenie March 21, 2010, 12:45 pm

    Caitlin (and readers) here’s a WONDERFUL Mushroom Soup recipe…’ll want to double it ~ cause it is sooooo good=)

  • Tonyne @ The Unlikely Success Story March 21, 2010, 12:48 pm

    Based on all the tweets from everyone it seems like it was a fantastic conference!! I so wish I could have been there.

  • Jes March 21, 2010, 1:00 pm

    It sounds like you had a wonderful time! Congratulations!!!!

  • Keri March 21, 2010, 1:03 pm

    Sounds like a fun weekend! I LOVE that restaurant. One of my friends had her 21st birthday dinner there and her family took us all out. Such a nice view of the harbor. Parts of Baltimore are beautiful. I would love to see you speak sometime 🙂

  • Lee March 21, 2010, 1:12 pm

    I love the Inner Harbor. So pretty.

  • Kristin (Cook, Bake and Nibble) March 21, 2010, 1:33 pm

    What a fun conference! I can’t wait until your book comes out =D


  • Stephanie March 21, 2010, 1:34 pm

    such a great weekend! i hope i get to go again next year 🙂 safe travels!

  • Heather @ Side of Sneakers March 21, 2010, 2:10 pm

    So glad you had such a fun time in Baltimore! It’s near & dear to my heart haha. I always worry about veggie options at conferences- looks like this one gets 2 thumbs up. Sounds like really interesting topics that were covered too!!

  • Brittany March 21, 2010, 2:35 pm

    It sounds like you had just as much as I had in Baltimore!! I thought the conference went really well and the post conference festivities with other bloggers were a total blast!

    It was great to meet you this weekend, but it stinks that I didn’t get to chat/hang out with you more – hopefully we’ll have another opportunity in the future.

  • Ashley March 21, 2010, 5:26 pm

    Caitlin, i LOVED meeting you! So glad you enjoyed Baltimore 🙂 you should come down whenever you want and stay with me. deal??

    • Caitlin March 21, 2010, 6:56 pm

      it was wonderful to meet you too 🙂 i would loveees to crash at your place!

  • Angie (Losing It and Loving It) March 21, 2010, 7:27 pm

    Sounds like a total blast! Wish I could have made it to Fitbloggin.

    SEO is one of my favorite things when it comes to business. If you ever have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask.

    I’m very excited for your book to come out and glad to hear the panel on that went well.

  • Sean (Learn Fitness) March 21, 2010, 10:28 pm

    Sounds like the conference (and the surrounding events / food) was great … I’m hoping that there is another one next year, or maybe in the fall 😉

    It would be fun to meet everyone I read online and network with other like minded people who are into health, fitness, and blogging.

    Looking forward to checking out your book when it comes out, best of luck!

  • Jolene ( March 21, 2010, 11:11 pm

    Sounds like so much fun!!!!

    I love Starbucks oatmeal! I always get all the toppings 🙂

  • Julie @SavvyEats March 22, 2010, 12:58 am

    I shake my foot SO much when I am nervous, too.

    Those veggies were SO much better than the lame veggie-friendly main dish. I NEED to make sweet potato casserole like that!

  • Foy - Garden. Cook. Write. Repeat. March 22, 2010, 9:11 am

    Thanks for sharing your experience. All the bloggers reporting about their time at the conferences really makes me want to go to one. I’ll wait until one happens in Chicago.

  • Marika March 23, 2010, 8:14 am

    I love that restaurant! I used to live in Maryland so I’ve had some lovely birthday dinners there, sitting outside by the water :-).

  • Heather February 8, 2011, 2:04 pm

    Dear Caitlin –

    You look pretty in bright green.


    • Caitlin February 8, 2011, 4:14 pm

      🙂 Thanks

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