Tuesday, June 14, 2011

First AWBU Conference Rocked!

This past weekend, 45 women bloggers from all parts of the state loaded up their cars, trucks, SUV's and bicycles (alright, the road in was way too bumpy for bicycles) and headed out to the first ever Arkansas Women Bloggers Unplugged Conference held at the Ozark Natural Science Center. The Center is an environmental education and conference facility located in the Ozarks of northwest Arkansas. Yes, it was like going to camp, with bunk beds and giggling late into the night with your roommate.

We meeted and greeted on Friday night amidst the chirping critters, surrounded by 500 acres of Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission land. Yes, that means we were 35 miles from anything! Some of the women began twitching as they drove in as there was very limited cell reception. Twitter withdrawal starting kicking in at about 9:00pm., but, laughter, connections, and some yummy food and drinks filled the gap.

It was a weekend filled with sessions with titles like Blogging 101, How Not to be a Schmuck, Pulling Blog Topics Out of Thin Air, Maximizing Social Media, Generating Traffic, Food Fantastic and so much more. A hugely successful craft sponsored by Elmer's (yes the glue, and oh so much more) was the highlight of Saturday evening. Even though chronic twitching is the result of me having to use some form of specialty scissors (scrapbooking is like fingernails on a chalkboard, that is why I blog), I made it through and had a blast.

Many thanks to all the wonderful sponsors of the event. Our presenting sponsor Collective Bias, Partner Sponsor Off Botanicals, and all the other fab companies that stepped up making it all possible: Murphy USA, Petit Jean Meats, Field Notes Brand, Ghiradelli Chocolate, H.J. Heinz, NWA Motherlode, and SC Johnson!

Oh and the SWAG bags, mercy. Great stuff! I just might be giving one away real soon on my blog, hint-hint.

Also, to Beth of ONSC, you rock, yes, you are extraordinary! Julie and Fawn, the two ladies I suckered into this AWB world, for your friendship and willingness for anything I suggest, you are priceless. No really, I can't afford you.

Check out posts from some of the attendees to find out their take on the event below.

Looking forward to the next one,
The Park Wife


  1. I've added the ONSC blog post re: AWBU as well as Roslyn Imrie's (on her behalf!) - my personal post coming soon as well.

    Thanks to everyone for linking!

  2. I had so much fun! so glad to meet all of you guys! :)

  3. Added a blog post. Annd.... I am *trying* not to take it personal that I am not listed as an AWBU attendee... I mean, it is cool. I understand that if people read my name on the list their heads would explode... or something

  4. Wish I could have made it but since I just became a resident of Arkansas and we were still unpacking, figured my husband would KILL me if I went. Can't wait until the next one!

  5. It was such a treat to meet all of you and see what an amazing bunch of women Arkansas is lucky enough to have! Thanks for keeping this all going!

  6. Wow longest blog post of my short blogging life. ANd still could have gone on and on. Just not enough time or space. Still have lots of fab pics Maybe will do a follow up with just pics later. Thanks ya'll! Awesome time

  7. I agree, the conference ROCKED and it was worth the 5 1/2 hour drive for me for sure. I would do it again in a heartbeat. You Arkansas women are fun!

    PS - Thanks for carrying my stuff in from the car {{{EXTRA HUGS}}}

  8. Aww I just now found this blog while I was searching online for blog conferences this summer. I hate that I missed this opportunity. Hopefully I can make it to the next one. :)

  9. I'm so glad you gals had fun! Wish I coulda been there, but am marking my calendar for next summer!

  10. I had a great time at AWBU! I'm sorry it's taken me almost a month to link up!

    I would love to have another conference at ONSC. EVERYTHING was wonderful!

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