10 Tips for SXSWi Noobs

Over the past month I’ve been asked at least a dozen times if I’m going to SXSW Interactive 2011. This would have been my 5th consecutive trek to Austin and while I’m sad to miss it, I’ll be relocating to Atlanta at the end of March and desperately need that week to get packed for the move. So, to the friends I see there every year, have an extra drink at one of the sponsored, open-bar parties…it’s on me.

For those of you who are heading to Southby for this fist time this year, you’re in for an exciting ride. From the buzz I’ve heard, SXSWi 2011 is shaping up to be an exciting year. A friend of mine asked on Twitter last night if I had any tips for first-timers. I figured it’d make a good blog post too, so here are my top 10 tips for enjoying SXSWi…

Blissdom, A Dude's Perspective

While I’ve never been a fan of the word, I’ve been a “blogger” for over 8 years now. Unlike most bloggers these days, I’m not trying to generate traffic or make tons of ad revenue. Instead, my blog really just serves as a personal journal. Looking back at the archives, I’ve managed to post something here at least once every month from January of 2004…up until last month. So, what was I doing during those last few days of January that kept me from typing out a post? I was attending a blogging conference called Blissdom in Nashville, TN.

Blissdom, A Dude’s Perspective

While I’ve never been a fan of the word, I’ve been a “blogger” for over 8 years now. Unlike most bloggers these days, I’m not trying to generate traffic or make tons of ad revenue. Instead, my blog really just serves as a personal journal. Looking back at the archives, I’ve managed to post something here at least once every month from January of 2004…up until last month. So, what was I doing during those last few days of January that kept me from typing out a post? I was attending a blogging conference called Blissdom in Nashville, TN.

Surreal So Far

I’m sure for some people, a trip to New York is just another business meeting. For me, my first time in the Big Apple has felt like a trip to another country. Everything is so much bigger, crazier and faster than anything I expected. At the same time though, I feel much safer here than I imagined I would.

I’m here to attend Carsonified’s Future of Web Design conference, which doesn’t kick off till 9am this morning. I’ve been in town though since around 11am yesterday. As short as that sounds, I’ve already had an amazing time. The taxi ride from LaGuardia to the hotel was simultaneously slow and frightening at the same time…

SXSWi 2009 in 23min

I tried hard to take great notes, snap lots of pictures & tweet all the highlights of SXSW this year so I could come home, connect all the dots, and pull together a great blog post of my experience. Instead, I came home and poured all my post-conference energy and… 

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