AWBU Conference Recap

AWBU Conference Recap

I’ve been blogging personally since 2009.  And in 2012, I began a career as a corporate blogger.  So many hours of my life have been spent looking at a flashing cursor trying to draft a blog post (both at home and at work). Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about blogging.  My work has sent me to conferences (and I’ve read a bazillion articles) covering the more technical side of blogging. However, I know there is much about this craft that I don’t know, especially when it comes to my more personal blog.  So I was looking forward to learning at Arkansas Women Bloggers University.

And learn I did.

Arkansas Women Bloggers University

Some of my favorite sessions at the AWBU conference were about Google Analytics, iphone-ography, and working with brands.  But my overall takeaways from the conference are these:

  • Find out who you are on your blog and be consistent.
  • Give some time to your branding and what your brand stands for.
  • Devote energy to making the details great.
  • Authenticity draws others in, so don’t be afraid to be yourself.

I know those 4 points seem basic, but most of the sessions revolved around those in one way or another.  I’m still finalizing what those 4 points mean for me and my blog (more on that later), but I do know that I got to hang with some pretty awesome people.

I FINALLY met in real life Brittany of Ramblings of a Little Wife.  We’ve been reading each other’s blogs for a while, and we regularly talk on Twitter…but hugging this girl’s neck was just wonderful.

Meeting the Little Wife blog friend


At lunch (sponsored by Great Day Farms), Alli Worthington spoke to us about making our lives meaningful by cutting out the stuff that doesn’t matter.  A refreshing word for sure.

Alli Worthington speaking at AWBU


After the conference ended for the day, a group of us went out to eat.  Like a bad blogger, I forgot to take a picture of the group.

Later that evening, many of us gathered in the hospitality room (sponsored by Arkansas Grown) to visit, play games, and drink wine. Everything is better with wine. 🙂  And somehow we ended up playing the raunchiest most fun game ever- Cards Against Humanity.  Play at your own risk…but a glass of wine in, and we were rolling.

Playing cards against humanity at AWBU


To call out a couple friends, I just really enjoyed getting to know these two friends.  Jenny Mac and Mari.  Both of them lead the Women Bloggers group in their states (Missisippi and Oklahoma, respectively), and are just. too. fun.  But not only were they fun, we just sort of clicked.  There was good conversation, honestly, and lots of authentic friendship happening.  It was good.

New friend at AWBU Oklahoma Women Bloggers leader

I am SO glad I finally got to attend AWBU.  I mean, sure, I learned things.  But the friendships, connections, and just plain goodness that came from this group of women (and a couple men!) were so refreshing. I just don’t know the last time I felt so embraced, understood, and connected to so quickly.  If you have the chance to attend next year, I would highly encourage it.


  1. It sure was a great experience! So happy that we met. You are so sweet and you have such a bright future. Blessings!

    • Jen- it was SO good to meet you! I’m glad to learn more about you and your family….you were a joy to be around! Hope to catch up soon. Hope your first week back at work is going well!

  2. Cards Against Humanity and wine…oh jeez, I bet THAT was quite an interesting time! Haha. I love that game. Wish I could have been there this year to meet all my blogging buddies! I hope to be able to make it next year. 🙂 Glad you had a fabulous time, Brittney!

  3. Great post. I really need to play Cards Against Humanity. I’ve never played!

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

  4. Britt, it was SO GOOD to see you again! So funny that we first met in line to get The Pioneer Woman’s signature on our cookbooks 🙂 I noticed it at the time and it has not faded: you’ve got a great personality and smile!

  5. I am so glad to finally meet you —– and you are hereby prohibited from winning any more drawings or door prizes! I love your spirit:)

    • Oh Debbie…don’t ban me from giveaways! 🙂 It’s so fun! ha! It was so good to meet you too…you are so fun and so helpful. Thanks for all you did this weekend!

  6. Love seeing everyone’s recaps and what stood out most to them! My recap is coming on Friday. 🙂

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