Despite several moments today when I thought I’d never be checked in, well-fed, warm, or dry, I am all of those things at South by Southwest in Austin right now.
As I wandered around the conference center this evening, I saw so many people blogging, Tweeting, checking in on Foursquare, posting pictures, and updating their statuses like crazy and I worried about how much time/energy/battery life I’d have to do the same. Then it occurred to me that it’s really hard to talk and listen at the same time. And though I’m technically here to talk, I’m most excited about the listening part. If I’m exhausted from the conference — and I’m planning to exhaust myself over the next four days — I don’t want or need to be near a blank page on my computer. Though I’ll still have all my technology handy for the duration of SXSW, I’ve also given myself permission to kind of check out of social media for the rest of the conference.
Yes, the conference filled with 30,000 social media people.
I’ve owned it. Sorry I’m not sorry.
PS Though I’ve checked out, my SXSW buddy Meghann has it in her to blog this weekend so you can follow her for quicker updates on our adventures (like yesterday’s margaritas and late-night Target run).