And Then We Had a Conference

Contributed by OKWB Community Manager Mari Farthing

Wow. We did it! Oklahoma Women Bloggers hosted our first conference—a Mini-Con, keeping it small for the first one, but if this one was any indication? We will have great things to come, friends.

Great things.

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I can’t believe it’s been a week since we gathered at Sequoyah State Park for just over 24 hours of connecting with friends old and new, learning, sharing, eating (and a little karaoke, too).

Sponsors

We were supported by amazing sponsors: The Women Bloggers (our parent company), Eastside Design Co. (who designed and printed the best conference t-shirts ever), Riceland Foods (who supplied our swag bags and a lot of swag, too!) and Debbie Arnold (one of our Arkansas Fairy Godmothers who always brings the best jelly). Conference goodies were provided by awesome Oklahoma companies, including Oklahoma Agritourism (who gave us info and kitchen tools!), Prairie Bloom (cutest lotion jars!), Vacant Wheel (cute and great-smelling candles), Moore Liquor (wine giveaways!) and Total Beverage Services (bottled water because conferences are thirsty work).

Speakers

We had sessions that covered so many different topics; from branding and businessy things to community and connection things to best practices, Saturday was a jam-packed day filled with great information. Our Friday night keynote by Stephanie Buckley kicked off the weekend, and on Saturday, we heard from Jackie Wolven, Marisa Mohi, Allison Griffith, Mari Farthing and Stephanie Clinton.

Some of our favorite takeaways?

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If you missed our Mini-Con? I can’t even sugar coat it. I’m sorry. You missed a lot. When the day ended on Saturday, there were several mentions of “Next year, we should…” and “Next time you should…” or “At the next conference, could you…” so we are motivated to do it all again.

I mean, by next year, we’ll totally be ready for more.

If you attended the Mini-Con and wrote a post about it, please share it in the comments!

IMG_9897Mari Farthing blogs at MariFarthing.com and is a prolific social media presence (meaning she drinks copious amounts of coffee each morning and proceeds to avoid housework by surfing the internet). She’s a freelance writer and editor, a local director/producer of the Listen To Your Mother show and mother of two.
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