June 1, 2011 at 7:30 am
Photo by Eric Rice / by BY-NC-SA 2.0
Conferences beget swag. What is swag? Swag is typically anything given to you for free by a company in hopes of engendering goodwill and encouraging future sales of that company’s product. Swag is usually branded with the company’s name. When you go to conferences, particularly blogging conferences, it’s common for you to collect so much swag that it won’t fit in your suitcase. Thus, some of it gets left behind to engender goodwill (or more likely bad will) with the maid.
I’ve been to three BlogHer conferences, two FitBloggin‘s, and one Wordcamp, so I’ve been given a lot of swag over the years. I’m grateful for the companies that sponsor these events because without them the conferences wouldn’t be possible. That or we’d all have to pay $1000 for tickets. I’m glad they’re there and I’ve been more than happy to accept their free granola bars and plastic martini glasses over the years.
That said, sometimes people get a little nutty about swag. At a certain conference I shall [...]
May 23, 2011 at 7:35 am
I drove up and down the east coast of this fine continent last weekend to attend the FitBloggin’ conference in Baltimore. It was a weekend for superlative moments, that’s for sure, which is why I made a list of them.
The most it’s-a-small-world-moment
This conversation with Skinny Emmie:
JenFul: Where are you from?
Skinny Emmie: Lexington, Kentucky
JenFul: I lived there when I was at the University of Kentucky!
Skinny Emmie: I went to UK, too!
JenFul: Did you live in a dorm?
Skinny Emmie: Yes, Boyd Hall.
JenFul: SHUT THE FRONT DOOR! *I* lived in Boyd Hall. What years?
Skinny Emmie: I started in 1999.
JenFul: GET OUT! I lived there from 1998-2000.
Skinny Emmie: No way!
JenFul: We lived in the same dorm at the same time! I was on the second floor.
Skinny Emmie: I was on the fourth! Do you know So Anne So?
JenFul: I went to high school with So Anne So!
We also figured out that we were both getting fat off of the same selection of Ben & Jerry’s available at the Blazer Xpress at the same time. And she ran out of [...]
May 21, 2011 at 7:00 am
So, I was up far too late at FitBloggin’ last night (this morning?) with Shauna, and in a bit of madness I coded something in two hours. It was like how Facebook began in that movie The Social Network, only we won’t be getting rich and this project won’t tear our friendship apart (I hope).
Behold, the Weight-Loss Blog Title Generator!
(No, we weren’t drunk. Yes, I swear.)