Thursday, October 20, 2011

Gearing Up to Climb Out: Bathroom Blogfest 2011

Avente Tile is gearing up for the 2011 Bathroom Blogfest. This is Avente's second year to participate in the event which is now in its sixth year. The 2011 Bathroom Blogfest brings together 33 bloggers from the U.S., Canada, Dubai and the UK to address the theme 'Climbing Out'. This year, the event will occur between October 24 and 28.

Bathroom Blogfest 2011 - Climbing Out

The event is managed by Christine B. Whittemore, chief simplifier of Simple Marketing Now, Kinnelon, N.J. Christine said, "We were inspired to use the 'Climbing Out' theme by the sewer pot of mixed economic signals, unfocused political agendas, and undifferentiated conventional experiences that surround us globally. By calling attention to inspired examples of 'climbing out', we can reinforce the value associated with being creative and responsive to specifiers, clients, patrons and consumers." This year's theme, 'Climbing Out,' focuses on improving the bathroom experience and brings attention to every aspect of a bathroom including residentail adn commercial as well as the design and architectural vision plus the retail experience.

If you are new to blogging or the blogosphere you may ask, "What is a blogfest?" A blogfest brings together writers of each participating blog who focus their blog posts around a single subject or theme like "Climbing Out." During the week of the 2011 Bathroom Blogfest, you’ll be able to read each participant's blog and see how the topic resonates with their readers. I'll be posting my take on 'Climbing Out' during our weekly Tile Tuesday post here.

This year's blogfest also includes a Twitter discussion. Whittemore and fellow participant Nora DePalma, principal of O'Reilly/DePalma, Atlanta, GA, and Professor Toilet will co-host #KBTribeChat, a weekly Twitter discussion for kitchen and bath industry companies and professionals, on Wednesday, 10/26/11 from 2pm to 3pm EST. The Twitter chat will explore 'Climbing out and rethinking the bathroom.' Be sure to check out details at the Bathroom Blogfest Twitter Chat page and look for the #kbtribechat stream on twitter. Topics to be discussed include:

  • sources of inspiration for designing bathroom spaces
  • how collaboration helps when rethinking an experience
  • end user experience and bathroom design
  • likes/dislikes of bathrooms in public spaces
  • challenges in designing bathrooms

For more information about the blogfest, visit http://www.BathroomBlogfest.com. Follow Bathroom Blogfest on Twitter @BathroomBlogfes, look for the tag "#BathroomEXP" on Twitter or 'Like' on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/BatrhoomBlogfest. Or, contact Whittemore at cbwhittemore@SimpleMarketingNow.com.

Here's a list of this year's participants. Join us as we gear up to 'climb out.'


NameBlog NameBlog URL
Susan AbbottCustomer Experience Crossroadshttp://www.customercrossroads.com/customercrossroads/ 
Paul AnaterKitchen and Residential Designhttp://www.kitchenandresidentialdesign.com
Shannon BilbyFrom the Floors Uphttp://fromthefloorsup.com/
Toby BloombergDiva Marketinghttp://bloombergmarketing.blogs.com/bloomberg_marketing/
Laurence BorelBlog Till You Drophttp://www.laurenceborel.com/
Bill BuyokAvente Tile Talkhttp://tiletalk.blogspot.com
Jeanne ByingtonThe Importance of Earnest Servicehttp://blog.jmbyington.com/
Becky CarrollCustomers Rock!http://customersrock.net
Katie ClarkPractical Katiehttp://practicalkatie.blogspot.com/
Nora DePalmaO'Reilly DePalma: The Bloghttp://www.oreilly-depalma.com/blog/
Paul FriederichsenThe BrandBiz Bloghttp://brandbizblog.com/
Tish GrierThe Constant Observerhttp://spap-oop.blogspot.com/
Elizabeth HiseFlooring The Consumerhttp://flooringtheconsumer.blogspot.com
Emily HooperFloor Covering News Bloghttp://www.fcnews.net/category/blog/
Diane KazanUrban Design Renovationhttp://blog.urbandesignrenovation.com
Joseph MichelliDr. Joseph Michelli’s Blog http://www.josephmichelli.com/blog
Veronika MillerModenus Blog http://www.modenus.com/blog
Arpi NalbandianTile Magazine Editors' Bloghttp://www.tilemagonline.com/Articles/Blog_Nalbandian
David PolinchockPolinchock's Ponderingshttp://blog.polinchock.com/
Professor ToiletAmerican Standard's Professor Toilethttp://www.professortoilet.com
David Reich my 2 centshttp://reichcomm.typepad.com
Victoria Redshaw & Shelley PondScarlet Opus Trends Bloghttp://www.trendsblog.co.uk
Sandy RenshawPurple Wrenhttp://www.PurpleWren.com
Bethany RichmondCarpet and Rug Institute Bloghttp://www.carpet-and-rug-institute-blog.com/
Bruce D. SandersRIMtailinghttp://www.rimtailing.blogspot.com
Paige SmithNeuse Tile Service bloghttp://neusetile.wordpress.com/
Stephanie WeaverExperienceologyhttp://experienceology.blogspot.com/
Christine B. WhittemoreContent Talks Business Bloghttp://simplemarketingnow.com/content-talks-business-blog/
Christine B. WhittemoreSmoke Rise & Kinnelon Bloghttp://smokerise-nj.blogspot.com/
Christine B. WhittemoreSimple Marketing Bloghttp://www.simplemarketingblog.com/
Ted WhittemoreWorking Computershttp://www.kinneloncomputers.com/
Chris WoelfelArtcraft Granite, Marble & Tile Co.http://www.artcraftgmt.com
Patty WoodlandBroken Teepeehttp://www.brokenteepee.com/
Denise Lee Yohnbrand as business biteshttp://deniseleeyohn.com/best-bites
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