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 Follow Bathroom Blogfest on Twitter @BathroomBlogfes, look for the tag "#BathroomEXP" on Twitter or 'Like' on Facebook Or, contact Whittemore at

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

NameBlog NameBlog URL
Susan AbbottCustomer Experience Crossroads 
Paul AnaterKitchen and Residential Design
Shannon BilbyFrom the Floors Up
Toby BloombergDiva Marketing
Laurence BorelBlog Till You Drop
Bill BuyokAvente Tile Talk
Jeanne ByingtonThe Importance of Earnest Service
Becky CarrollCustomers Rock!
Katie ClarkPractical Katie
Nora DePalmaO'Reilly DePalma: The Blog
Paul FriederichsenThe BrandBiz Blog
Tish GrierThe Constant Observer
Elizabeth HiseFlooring The Consumer
Emily HooperFloor Covering News Blog
Diane KazanUrban Design Renovation
Joseph MichelliDr. Joseph Michelli’s Blog
Veronika MillerModenus Blog
Arpi NalbandianTile Magazine Editors' Blog
David PolinchockPolinchock's Ponderings
Professor ToiletAmerican Standard's Professor Toilet
David Reich my 2 cents
Victoria Redshaw & Shelley PondScarlet Opus Trends Blog
Sandy RenshawPurple Wren
Bethany RichmondCarpet and Rug Institute Blog
Bruce D. SandersRIMtailing
Paige SmithNeuse Tile Service blog
Stephanie WeaverExperienceology
Christine B. WhittemoreContent Talks Business Blog
Christine B. WhittemoreSmoke Rise & Kinnelon Blog
Christine B. WhittemoreSimple Marketing Blog
Ted WhittemoreWorking Computers
Chris WoelfelArtcraft Granite, Marble & Tile Co.
Patty WoodlandBroken Teepee
Denise Lee Yohnbrand as business bites


CB Whittemore said...

Thanks, Bill! We are off and climbing -hurray!


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