Perceptions and Reality about personal goals and expectations – That’s what the blog buzz about the latest New Media Expo is all about. Some people have complained about the Expo this year as compared to years past.
I did attend this year and have attended every year since the beginning. I can tell you about the reality I saw. The Expo has changed. The venue has changed. The participants have changed. But, that’s OK. I’m in this for the long haul. Change doesn’t always mean bad. It was just different. I want to know what is going on in podcasting and new media. I want to strengthen my relationships. I want to build new relationships. I want to see the latest tools, technology, software and such. And I did. I went. And I’m very glad I did. I wasn’t overly excited about Vegas (been there done that.) But, it worked. People still gathered in the halls and at the bar – smaller groups maybe, but people still got together thanks to Twitter.
It is obvious we all have different goals and expectations about how we fit into the New Media space. The Expo is going to satisfy those goals differently for everyone. I think Tim and Emile Bourquin took a risk and did their best to create a place and space where good things could happen. Good things did happen. They were different from shows past, but good things definitely happened.
This year, I met many people interested in using new media inside the corporation/enterprise: Rene van den Bos and Erik van der Zijden, Donna Papacosta, Mike McAllen , Shwen Gwee, Andy McCaskey, Eric Larson, and Paolo Tosolini , and Shel Holtz . At different times, we had great discussions on New Media in the business and I hope to have many, many more.
While I’m not interested in the “Spring Break” aspect of the Expo, I do miss the dippin’ dots, next day stories of the Libsyn party, and the buzz of Adam sightings. I go to learn, meet, and share. I’m always so glad to meet new people and reconnected with my podcaster friends. Yet, being out and about at the Expo, I still managed to miss others. Well, there’s always next year. I hope to
see you there.