April 14, 2010 Leave a comment
Here I am on the last day of #CIL2010 wondering where did the time go? I’ve managed only one other blog post other than this one, I’ve taken several photos but haven’t finished loading them on my pc let alone editing them and I haven’t even begun to upload them to Flickr or Facebook? So what the heck have I been doing with all my time?
1. Commuting. Getting up at 4;30 or 5:00 so I can hopefully make it there in time for the keynote speakers takes a good chunk out of my day. Trying to coordinate Marc train and metro schedules so I’m not stuck in VA then figuring out the best time to drive down or back to Northwest Baltimore County has convinced me that I could never work in DC/VA. 3 hours or more to get somewhere, work 8 hours there and then 3 hours back home – how do these people have lives?!
2. Attending. Been trying to get in as many sessions in as possible. For some reason this year it seems like I’ve barely had a time between sessions to pack up my stuff and move to the next session let along blog. Thankfully I’ve been able to Twitter some of the sessions (wifi has been spotty at best). Several sessions I was able to Tweet the first speaker but then the wifi craps out so the second or more speakers only got notes taken which I haven’t had time to transfer to this blog.
3. Networking. One of the best parts of conferences but somewhat frowned upon by the folks who pay for it , is the networking opportunities that arise. Be they table-con, lobby-con, exhibit-con, floor-con — all of these are important. Having a chance to speak the same language with someone in your field, to learn new ideas, to challenge old ones or just simply make a new friend can’t be measured. Those networks associations can blossom into speaking engagements, contacts, or resources that will help you in your job. I even stayed late Tuesday night to participate in the T is for Training podcast. It was a historical episode as it was the longest one we’ve recorded for 90 minutes.
So I’ve been a busy girl just haven’t had a moment to play catch up. Problem is when I get back to work I’ll have to dive right back into Polaris training – here’s hoping I find a moment here and there to post some more or upload pics.