I’m attending my first, “not directly related to any previous employment” conference next month. I’m going to BlogwordExpo in Los Angeles and I’m thrilled to pieces. Southern California is where I grew up (Venice & Santa Monica actually). It’s been about four years since I headed south and that was a visit with my best friend from high school. This time, no visits with old friends, I’m going to learn something…well, a lot of things actually.
I had coffee with a twitter friend Monday and we discussed the conference. I mentioned there were a lot of sessions that I planned to attend, couldn’t decide what device along with my phone to bring (netbook, Galaxy Tab or both), and I also asked if there were places to charge these devices, as my phone eats up battery life like a Lab eats a bowl of food.
We also talked about people to meet. She was quite gracious and told me she was happy to introduce me to people, if I wanted. Some of these people she is talking about are “big names.” I told her there were actually very few “big named” people I wanted to meet. I wondered if that surprised her.
Early on, I’ll admit, I had “stars in my eyes” and if I had attended a conference of this type then, I would have jumped at the chance to meet them. I would’ve made a list! Back then.
I wonder if I lost the stars, or just became practical. When all is said and done, these folks are people who have made (or continue to make) their mark in their sphere of influence and are successful at what they do. Some are more friendly and engaging online than others, but the bottom line is they are people. I see and respect that, and what they do. Does it warrant “starry eyes” though?
Would I like to meet some of these folks? Absolutely. But here’s what I’m thinking. This is a conference with a lot of people and things to do, and time is precious. Not only to me, but to the speakers, the leaders of the various sessions and well, everyone else. These folks are not going to have time to talk to every person who follows them through various social media platforms. A conference of this size is just not the place to have a list of “big named” people to meet and talk to. Or is it?
To be honest, there are a few “big named” folks that I do want to meet and say hello to. I would like to thank them for the great content they write, because it resonates with me either personally or professionally. That’s the least I can do, and I don’t expect anything in return except perhaps a thank you. That’s not being “starry-eyed,” right?
I’m curious — when you attended your first big conference, did you have “stars in your eyes?” Do you still have “stars in your eyes?”
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