Why the heck am I heading to Kansas?


When I started my blog last year I wasn’t really certain that anyone would care to read what I had to say. Of course I had big dreams of people flocking to my blog in mass numbers but honestly I started writing this blog more for myself than for anyone else. Today when I look at my blog numbers I am truly amazed that so many people have taken time out of their day to read my words. Now let’s be honest, it’s not like I am the Pioneer Woman of the dairy world or anything but I am proud of my little blog and continually excited by the opportunities it has opened the doors to.

A group shot from last year’s Small Town conference.

Today as you read this I am headed to the great, although slightly flat, state of Kansas. When I get there I am going to be doing a few projects for my real job as well as spending time in Hutchinson Kansas at the #140 Conference, State of Now-Smalltown. event. Small Town is an offshoot of the original #140Conf and it’s goal is to use technology to share the stories of small town and rural people who are doing big things and have bright ideas to share with the world. The conference is meant to start conversations and build a community.  I am really excited to be a part of this event and I want to share some of my excitement with you because really, you guys are the reason I will be there. Unlike a regular conference there are no Powerpoint presentations allowed because a conversation doesn’t come with slides.

On Thursday morning I am going to get on the stage of the Fox Theater in Hutchinson Kansas and I am going to tell the story of how I had a little idea last fall to try and help some farmers who were suffering in a horrible drought. My little idea turned into 7 semi loads of hay that were distributed, at no cost, to farmers and ranchers in Oklahoma and Texas. But the real story is how those bales were moved by the people here on my blog, the people on my facebook page, the people on twitter. Because the only reason that almost 90 tons of hay went over 1,000 miles from where it was grown was because social media out the wheels on it.

Then on Thursday afternoon I will be joining Janice Person, Jodi Oleen and Debbie Lyons-Blyth, 3 ladies that I really admire and respect for a panel discussion about how the term “Big Ag” gets thrown around and how we are the faces behind “Faceless Big Ag”.

I of course wish you could all be there in Hutchinson when I present so that I could look out into the crowd and see the faces of my friends that have made all of this happen but the reality is that people have jobs and Kansas isn’t right down the road from many of you. However there is a way you can join in, on Thursday you can tune in to the Ustream channel for the conference by clicking HERE any time during the day on Thursday and watch my fellow speakers and I present live from the comfort of your own home, office or barn. I will be on speaking about the hay drive at 10:45am CT and our panel discussion will be on stage at 2:30pm CT but you can see the whole day’s schedule for talks by clicking HERE. I know I am as excited to hear everyone else speak about their topics as I am nervous to stand up on the stage myself.





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8 Comments on Why the heck am I heading to Kansas?

  1. katlynrumbold
    November 6, 2012 at 10:24 am (7 years ago)

    The power of social media never ceases to amaze me! Great story! Have fun at the conference:)

    • dairycarrie
      November 6, 2012 at 4:34 pm (7 years ago)

      It can be truly stunning sometimes. I am so glad to be a part of it. 🙂

  2. High Heels & Shotgun Shells
    November 6, 2012 at 11:46 am (7 years ago)

    I will be there! This is my first year to attend, so I have no idea what to expect.

    • dairycarrie
      November 6, 2012 at 4:34 pm (7 years ago)

      Mine too! Looking forward to meeting you!

  3. countrylinked
    November 6, 2012 at 12:03 pm (7 years ago)

    Have a great time!! Be sure to meet up with Nicloe, A Kansas Farm Mom, she is a big fan, which you probably already know. 🙂

    • dairycarrie
      November 6, 2012 at 4:33 pm (7 years ago)

      Yay! Didn’t know she would be here! Thanks for the tip 🙂

  4. Sandra Spann
    November 6, 2012 at 4:29 pm (7 years ago)

    Good luck Carrie! I’m sure you’ll be great. And I will try and tune in to watch you from the comfort of my office. 🙂

  5. Barnyard Barbie
    November 6, 2012 at 6:44 pm (7 years ago)

    Kansas is a great place to be! Sorry to hear about Norma though 🙁

    PS Small world…my brother in law works for the Oleen brothers!