Over the past few days, I have been reading tons of updates from my friends who are attending the NAR conference in San Diego. Of course, I expected this, since I probably know several hundred of the attendees by now. I came within a hair of attending myself, then I decided that I didn’t want to leave my wife alone with four kids for a week.
However, I do want to attend some conferences and events in 2010, in order to bring my social media efforts to “real life” meetings. During my time blogging and interacting online via the mainstays of new media (Twitter, Facebook, etc.), it seems like I get invited to an event every few weeks.
Here’s what I have in mind for 2010 at this point:
I will be attending the South by Southwest Interactive Festival in mid-March – it’s local, so that seems easy enough. I’ll probably go ahead and splurge and attend some of the Film part, too, since it just seems just plain cool to me. I would do the music part, but as I am approaching 40, I have come to realize that live music isn’t really my thing anymore, unless it’s a big-name band that I have loved for years (think U2) or something more mellow (think acoustic).
Many of my friends will be attending the RE TechSouth event in the Atlanta area in late March, including Ken Cook (my radio co-host) and Jeremy Blanton. Since they have both become good friends, I would like to meet them in person and I have heard great things about this conference from several sources. I plan to be there.
I am strongly considering going to the NAR mid-year conference in May in Washington, DC. Even if I don’t attend the event, I think we will make a trip to that area as a family. I have never been, nor have my kids. There are a number of things I would like to see, most notably the Smithsonian, so we are likely going. My wife is already excited about this one.
Lastly, since next year’s big NAR conference is in New Orleans, this is a no-brainer for me. I have been to New Orleans several times, though it’s been about 20 years since my last visit, if memory serves. That is an easy drive – I will be there, too.
I have a feeling that someone will be organizing at least one RE Barcamp in Texas in 2010 – if so, count me in. I don’t know that I have time to be the primary organizer, but I would love to attend, and I would be happy to help promote it, too. 🙂
I hope to have the chance to meet many of you in the upcoming year. One of my friends told me awhile back that I am a “super-networker”. If this is indeed true, the time has come for me to put those skills to use!
Thanks for reading, as always.
Photo credit: Jeff Turner (I’m in the picture – can you find me?)