SXSW Recap

It’s been about a week since SXSWi, so I’m more than overdue to post my thoughts on it.

My expectations of this conference centered around panel after panel of mind-blowing Web 2.0 know-how. Instead, however, it ended up being something very different. Rather than the panels being the end, they were really the catalysts for discussion among the attendees. The topics presented, combined with the community of like-minded individuals, led to some incredible interpersonal discussions and great networking opportunities. And to that end, the conference was invaluable.

It was amazing to meet some of the very people who got me fired-up about standards-based Web development in the first place. The “Internet famous” were there in plenty, and frankly, it was pretty neat to spend some time rubbing shoulders with them. But my favorite part was not meeting the “famous,” but rather, meeting those passionate, qualified individuals who don’t necessarily have names for themselves (yet), but are striving to be better at what they do. I want to name a few, but out of fear for excluding some unintentionally, I will refrain. To those of you who fit this description, though, thank you. I came home motivated and inspired by you. Keep up the good work.

  1. It was good to meet you! I loved your book. I can’t wait ‘til next year!
    Nathan Smith is the author. Mar 21, 15:31 is the time. <
  2. Nathan, it was great to meet you, as well. If you let me know book you loved (of the nearly innumerable library I’ve authored), I’ll be happy to send you an autographed version. Make sure to include $29.95 for shipping…
    Nathan Logan is the author. Mar 21, 17:00 is the time. <
  3. Likewise, great to meet you.
    Not sure if I mentioned it, but thanks for the excellent article on Godbit.
    Take care and God bless.
    Michael Montgomery is the author. Mar 21, 17:01 is the time. <
  4. Yeah dudes, it was so fun! I agree – meeting people was totally the best part. I’m looking forward to next year – not so much for the panels but to see what’s changed, and who’s changed.
    Ryan Heneise is the author. Mar 23, 13:12 is the time. <
  5. Its was great to meet you and I look forward to seeing you on my bowling team next year.
    Aaron Post is the author. Mar 24, 11:35 is the time. <
  6. Great to meet all you guys. And you’d better keep in touch… Or else.
    Nathan Logan is the author. Mar 24, 12:15 is the time. <
  7. You’ve written a book?! On what?

    And glad to note you had an excellent experience at SXSW :) Am saving up to go the next time!
    Nik is the author. Mar 29, 18:38 is the time. <
  8. Of course I have! And think of the thing that would impress you the most – that’s what I wrote on. And I did a really good job – the book was on the best seller list for about 8 years, which I hear is fairly decent. Most consider it to be the seminal work on the matter.

    But I’m just a humble (yet incredible) book author…who am I to say?

    Nathan Logan is the author. Mar 29, 18:45 is the time. <
  9. thanks for not shutting me down even though i was a “no name”. haha. and thanks for inspiring me to get going. keep in touch and see you on gchat.
    Ryan Romero is the author. Mar 30, 21:33 is the time. <