Meeting people like the amazing Adria Richards is a plus for conferences. She approved of my C:\ shirt!
I came away from this weekend's Blogging While Brown conference inspired and willing to invest in myself to make this blog the best that it can be. In the midst of this conference, I came away with several thoughts regarding technology.
Personal Interaction >>>> Virtual Interaction
One of the benefits of a conference is meeting people that you've only corresponded with online. The in person meeting makes a world of difference. My online persona is a representation of me, but the in-person meeting is just as, if not more important. It must be apparent that your online persona is an extension of your personality, not something totally different. Otherwise, you can come off as disingenuous and playing a role on the internet that is not real. Personal connection matters. You know that excitement when someone like Dr. Goddess, Luvvie Ajayi, or Slim Jackson interacts with you online? Yeah, that's magnified by a thousand when it's in person.
Technology is a Great Conversation Starter
When you're around people that are more successful than you and you're the new face in the room, it can sometimes be hard to approach people. I was able to start a lot of conversations with talk about gadgets - cell phones, tablets, or my infamous gadget sandwich. Nearly everyone was on some sort of device - engage people about them.
You NEED an Extended Charging Solution
In this era of social networking, you need access to a cell phone during an entire conference, which can sometimes last 10 hours or more, plus dinner, drinks, etc. Having an extended battery for your phone is key. Fellow attendee BrothaTech had a several charging solutions for his gadgets. I've been using the uNU Power DX extended battery for my iPhone, and I never had my phone drop out. Perfect for twitpics of people after they are ... a bit inebriated.
I had a great time at the conference, and I will definitely be attending next year!