Digital Marketing and Social Media Strategy

No Conference Blues

4squareand7yearsagoUsing 4squaredand7yearsago, I discovered that I was arriving in Seattle for Gnomedex on this day last year. Sadly, Gnomedex was discontinued after it’s ten year run. So, there’s no Gnomedex this year.

I’m coming to terms with the fact that I likely won’t be attending SXSW this March. I also doubt I will be going to PAB and PodCamp Toronto. These are conferences I really wish I could be there for.

I’m not complaining, because I’m lucky to have a great job with amazing people. The thing is that my vacation days are too few to spend away at conferences, I spend what I have with my family.

I miss you

The thing is that I miss you. I miss my friends from the aforementioned conferences. Each one is like summer camp to me (ok, not PodCamp Toronto, because that’s in February).

The less often I am able to attend, the more these friendships become dreaded long-distance relationships. We all know how they end up, right? I’d sooner be always connecting, but I know it’s not always possible.

I try to stay in touch online, but it’s next to impossible to do so. With Google Plus being added to the equation, it’s even harder to remain connected to everyone across so many social networking sites.

So consider this a message to you, my long-distance conference comrades. Know that I’m thinking of you. Know that I miss you. I hope our paths cross again one day sooner than later. Slan go foill!

What do you do to keep connected and to help cure the post conference relationship ruts?


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  • Well, there are many places we can all connect and based on that Foursquare feed. I seem to pop up alot around your events.

  • I miss you too Dave – I keep hoping our paths cross again soon..

  • You certainly do my friend. You’re one of my buds I miss the most.
    So where to connect?

    Sent from my iPad 2, the Electric Boogaloo

  • Thanks Bob. You too man. I love reading your blog and your hilarious tweets. One of these days we’ll reconnect in person.

    Sent from my iPad 2, the Electric Boogaloo

  • I’ve definitely got the conference bug right now. Coming home from SXSW is nice after a long week, but it’s been too long now and my next trip isn’t until November for Blogworld. Between conferences social media helps, but I use e-mail to keep growing real connections and possibly new ones that I can meet in person at the next event. Always trying to keep my network fresh so they don’t forget about me in this big social media space!

  • Thanks Amy. Email is definitely a great way to keep in touch.

    Sent from my iPad 2, the Electric Boogaloo