Aaron and I just got back from WordCamp Las Vegas. Which means I will recommence writing for approximately 2 months if history is any indicator. 🙂 WordCamp was an incredible learning experience. Not necessarily so much in learning how to use Word Press since most of it was waaaay over my head (though I did pick up a few things from the beginner session), but for the insight into the blogging community. As soon as we walked up to the registration area Aaron started getting hugs. From both guys and girls. Huh? I though these were a bunch of geeks (read: anti-social) who spent more time on their smart phones than interacting with actual people. Then *I* started getting hugs. Um, okay. I’m not one to argue getting a hug. As it turns out everyone was actually very friendly and there seems to be a crowd of them who see each other regularly as they travel to the different camps and are almost like an extended family. They welcomed me with open arms, literally.
I spent part of my day shadowing Aaron in sessions he was interested in. Like a good student I tried to pay attention at first. Then I got distracted by people watching. It seemed odd to me that the speakers didn’t seem to mind, or even try to recall back the attention of the good 90% of the audience that had a screen open in front of them. As it turns out they were quoting and re-tweeting amusing parts of the presentations. That explains why my nametag said @talgotail on it. At least no one was phased when I was catching up on Words With Friends. And when neither of the sessions peaked one of our interests we just hung out in the hallways and socialized. It was kind of reminiscent of high school, complete with a fast food lunch (I’d never been to In-N-Out before) and talking about science class (though it was us choosing curriculum for our homeschooled kids this time). Not bad for a geek conference. I’d probably even go to another one.
One more thing about WordCamps. After-parties are apparently a regular thing. This one was sponsored and everyone got 4, yes four, free drink tickets. No, I didn’t use all mine. However I did find some beers I liked, and if you know me that’s a rather rare occurrence. This one was at the Freakin’ Frog– hats off to them for an enormous selection of beer and also for the call I got today that they found and are mailing back to me my lost iPod.