I’m writing this from the Bloggers’ Lounge in an increasingly empty convention center. I’ve battered my feet to their limits, I got soaked in the rain, I’ve waited in long lines for mediocre coffee, and I’m mentally exhausted. And this is what we come here for.
It all comes together here in person for four crazy days. We “meet” people we’ve interacted with online for months. We learn about new products, or new directions for old products. We teach people, we learn from people, we laugh, we cry.
I can’t decide what the single best moment was. That first batch of feedback from our first hands-on session has to rank up there. We took a major risk and invested incredible effort into rearranging our approach, and it was a hit. But sitting in on Natalie’s Working Mothers Experience session was fulfilling in an entirely different way. And of course, getting to sit and talk with Steve Todd and his wife for the first time in a long time was worth flying down here for.
The best moment may have been seeing one of my co-workers getting off The Mummy indoor roller coaster at Universal. I won’t be forgetting that look of terror any time soon.
Now it’s time to pack up and depart Orlando, just as the sun is starting to come out. Thank you all; I can’t list everyone who helped make this a huge success for me. My co-workers, my managers, my online colleagues, our partners and customers, and of course the event staff. See you in Boston next year?