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?