Can a Guy Really #sweatpink at Idea World BlogFest ? Would I Want To?
I really didn’t want to go to Vegas last year for the Idea World Fitness 2017 Convention (and I was a little preoccupied with a new baby and other responsibilities). But this year, the Idea World Fitness Convention 2018 is being held right here in America’s Finest City – San Diego, California. I don’t want to miss it.
Since I am in active recovery from being part of “the media”, I didn’t want to rely on getting media passes for the convention and expo – so I applied to attend as a fitness blogger and part of Idea World’s “#blogfest”. Even though not one of my fitness blogs or sites are yet current or coherent enough to be considered ‘professional’, I was accepted for Blogfest – which grants me a pass to attend the convention, expo and a few extra events and meetings for influencers in the health, fitness and nutrition space.
After being accepted to attend Blogfest, I joined the 2018 IDEA World BlogFest Attendees Facebook group .
I didn’t really have much to contribute, but did introduce myself and my blog as requested. And I read the posts. Since I’ve never attended a BlogFest or Idea World Expo before, I don’t know what to expect. After reading many of the posts, I’m learning that it is going to be mostly women, wanting to hang with women. I’m okay with that – especially considering that I am both a stay at home dad and an online fitness coach with Team BeachBody – two spaces traditionally heavily dominated by women.
What I am not ok with is all attendees of Blogfest being referred to as ‘ladies’. It’s not cool (or smart) to assume anything – especially that anyone into fitness and blogging would be of the fairer sex …. To be brutally honest, it is a major turn off … It doesn’t make the ladies or the event any more appealing at all.
Perhaps I should have been clued in when looking at photos from past events, where about 90% of the people in the pictures were women? – OR just maybe I should have been clued in by the #hashtag for the event: #sweatpink …???!!??
My question for YOU and the organizers, attendees and sponsors of Idea World’s BlogFest – is it possible for a guy to #sweatpink at #blogfest ? Not sure what that even means, but is it something I should aspire to?
I’d love to connect with other bloggers and fitness enthusiasts (as well as sponsors looking for fitness influencers) while at BlogFest: just look for the 55 year old guy, with curly shoulder length hair and 10% bodyfat who is pushing around my beautiful baby girl in her #pink stroller … (or contact me via JoeAbs).