It’s hard to believe that today, August 20, 2011, I’m speaking at the Healthy Living Summit. Because two years ago, I was just an attendee, happy to be in Boston and very happy to be hanging with my mom (who’s a blogger, by the way!)
At the time, I’d just come back from an extended blogging break — brought on in part because I wasn’t sure what kind of blogger I wanted to be.
I didn’t know that many bloggers, and I wasn’t sure what to expect. But I was blown away by how nice, funny and smart our community really is — and it gave me new energy and passion for blogging.
This year, I’ll be speaking about monetizing your blog. My own blog has come a long way in the two years since HLS 2009, and in the four years since it first launched. I’m thrilled to be taking the stage (and only a wee bit nervous).
So if you’re at the event, please come say hi!
If you’re not, don’t worry! I’ll be posting my slides online ASAP and I’ll also be giving it again as an online webinar, for anyone who wasn’t able to attend in person.
And here are a few fun facts if this is your first time on the blog:
I am a married (A Night With the Hops) 31-year-old with two major passions: Journalism and Media and Health and Fitness. Luckily, I combine the two in my work as a television and radio producer
and my blog
My fitness/health journey:
In the fall of 2006, several months after my wedding, I found myself overweight (obese, by some measurements) and totally lethargic. I was working overnights, getting 4 hours of sleep a night and living off of Pringles and peanut butter sandwiches. And lots of wine. When friends came to visit, we took pictures — and when they were developed, I honestly did not recognize myself in the picture.
I joined Weight Watchers, lost 40 pounds and got “skinny fat” but I wasn’t healthy (read: “My Dysfunctional Relationship With Weight Watchers”). So I decided to start training for a triathlon — even though I couldn’t run a 1/2 mile without stopping.
I completed my first super sprint triathlon and I was hooked. From there, I continued training until I’d completed (to date) several sprint distance triathlons, two Olympic triathlons, several 5Ks and 10Ks and three half marathons. I love working out, especially Dance Trance and Body Pump, and I will try anything once!
I am also a social media addict, and I love networking with people from all over the Internet. I founded the #Fitblog Chats on Twitter in mid-2010, and it’s now one of the most popular chats around. You can usually find me online somewhere:
- @kwidrick (Twitter)
- /kwidrick (Facebook)
- kwidrick at gmail dot com
- @growingbolder (Twitter)
- /growingbolder (Facebook)
- /gbtvshow (Facebook)
- /gbradio (Facebook)
- /fitblogchats (Twitter)
- /fitblogchats (Facebook)
I have two big, slobbery dogs, Faegan and Junior, I’m a vegetarian, I grew up in Massachusetts and graduated from Syracuse University.
My networking goals are simple — to help where I can, meet new people, challenge myself and others and above all, have fun.
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