This Week of Monday, Extraordinary Times

Moving forward during extraordinary times

I have been quiet for over a week about the pandemic and how it affects Conway Scene. I decided its time to talk about it.

Starting now, we are suspending the Events Guide we put out each week. To start with, the Event’s Guide is very labor-intensive. Add to that the fact that, basically, events have been canceled or suspended.

I have been thinking about ways Conway Scene can help the Conway area community during this time.

I have some skills I can put to use.

During this time, metrics like pageviews and email signups don’t seem overly important.

Here is my plan.

I am going to host a series of live videos over the next few weeks. Most will of those will be on Facebook. I want to interview various business owners and community leaders. I have names in mind already.

I know our community is already creating various places to encourage our community. For example, my friend Shannon Westbrook has created a Facebook group to give more information for business owners and residents in Central Arkansas.

Another Facebook page has been created to encourage getting food from restaurants in Conway. The group is called #ConwaytoGo.

If you are a business owner, there is assistance from the SBA. You can learn more about that on the Conductor website.

The news comes fast and it’s hard for a one-man show to keep up with. You can keep up with much of the news at Conway NOW and the Log Cabin Democrat. The Log Cabin Democrat is making all COVID-19 news available to all members of the community.

The Heroes for Hope race which is hosted by the Children’s Advocacy Alliance has announced they are transitioning the race to a virtual race.

As you can see, we may be socially distancing, but there is plenty of things happening. Neighbors are stepping up, businesses are helping and resources are being used.

One example is that Julie Duvall is giving away her homemade soap. Duvall told me she will be trying to do this for the next 10 days.

Conway Scene is not really a news site. We have been more of a lifestyle site and I want to keep it that way. My intentions were to tell good stories of good people doing good things. There is plenty of that happening right now. We are going to keep doing that.

I had planned to do more videos all along, so now is a good time to try this out. The flexibility of digital platforms makes it easy to start.

Keep a safe distance, take care of your families, and watch out for your neighbors. In short, be extraordinary Conwegians.

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