We’re speaking at this blogger conference and want you to come, too!

Arkansas Women Bloggers and the Ozark Natural Science Center will host the first statewide women bloggers mini-conference on June 10 – 12 called Arkansas Women Bloggers Unplugged.

Gwen and I are excited about leading a discussion on personal branding and we’d love to see you there! You don’t have to be a big-time blogger to come with. If you just like to write about your kids and have no desire to be a brand or take your blog to a higher level, this is still an opportunity to learn something new, hang out with other women in a beautiful setting and be inspired! And if you really, really want to start a blog, but just haven’t done it yet, you’re welcome, too! There will be a session just for you, in fact.

There’s still time to sign up until June 7 (ignore the May 31 deadlines you may see). It will be a networking retreat and blogging conference all rolled into one. The presenting sponsor is Collective Bias, a leading shopper media company. Its proprietary online community, Social Fabric, is known for connecting influencers, brands and retailers and working through bloggers, social media and “Real Shopper Media,” to provide valuable insights and create new, innovative and effective conversations.

Arkansas Women Bloggers, launched in 2010, features more than 300 women bloggers throughout the state on its blog directory.

Gwen and I really, really want to attend the BlogHer conference this year or next, but it’s fun that this conference is close and it won’t run us thousands of dollars! The Arkansas Women Bloggers Unplugged miniconference at the Ozark Natural Science Center offers a more affordable and accessible option to unplug for the weekend, network with other Arkansas women bloggers, pick up tips and develop new skills.

Guest speakers and panelists will offer sessions on topics such as (ours) personal branding, photography, PR tactics, blog/life balance and honing message and identity. While internet access will be available, a “step away from the screen” theme paired with the idyllic setting and face to face connections will aim to fuel and refresh attendees. Sessions include:

  • Food Fantastic: Julie Kohl, Willow Tree Creek Farm: Tips for food bloggers, artistic styling, guidance on posting food photos and recipes.
  • Capturing the Diverse Blog Reader: Tomi Clark, Three Boys and an Old Lady: Expand your readership and connect with various audiences.
  • Pulling Blog Topics Out of Thin Air: LaTonya Richardson, LaRich Media: CPR when your muse has left the building and you’re ready to buy topics!
  • Blogging with Purpose & Social Good: Fawn Rechkemmer, Instead of the Dishes: Help your blog find its higher calling & influence positive change.
  • Maximizing Social Media: Beth Stephens, ONSC/Carpe Diem Beth: Tools to maximize your blog and remain sane: Twitter, LinkedIn, TweetDeck.
  • Generating Traffic: Jacqueline Wolven, Moxie Works: Connect with readers in a meaningful way and find your niche in the blogosphere.
  • Blog Photography Panel: Get help from a professional photographer, a rookie blogger and a self-taught expert on photos and styling.
  • Blogging 101: Stephanie Buckley, The Park Wife: New to blogging or ready to launch your blog? A veteran will walk you through the basics.
  • Personal Branding: The Mamas of NWAMotherlode: Who are you, what are you saying and why does it matter? Lean how to stay true to yourself.

The cost per person to attend the weekend is $199 and includes two nights of lodging in ONSC’s rustic lodges, all meals, speakers and activities. Space is limited and registration is encouraged no later than June 6. Register at www.onsc.us/events.

The Ozark Natural Science Center is a nonprofit field science, environmental education, camp and conference facility in the Ozarks of northwest Arkansas providing a life-altering outdoor experience to more than 4,000 children annually. www.onsc.us

For more info, contact Arkansas Women Bloggers (arkansasbloggers@gmail.com) or ONSC Executive Director Beth Stephens (479.633.7619 or beth@onsc.us).