So where were all my blog entries for Lotusphere 2010?
I ended up making a quick decision on the fly that I would concentrate on absorbing overall messages and context rather than trying to blog everything "as it happened."
A few reasons for that...
For one, a number of people are doing just that... "as it happens." As a result, you get a lot of instant data and information, but less "what does it mean?" If there were 20 people at the conference, that'd be one thing. But there are plenty of people here that you shouldn't have had any problems getting the latest "what just happened" from the event. And besides, Twitter did that pretty well. :)
Second, I didn't want to have the event pass me by as I was trying to live it for everyone else. The instant blogging reminds me of the person who goes on vacation and spends the whole time videotaping every last moment. When you get done, you find that your whole vacation was lived through a three inch screen. This was my 13th Lotusphere, and in many ways the most important Lotusphere in terms of meeting people and actually "being there" in the moment. I couldn't do that if I were always looking for a power outlet or an internet connection.
And finally, I really needed to be around all of you. It's been a crazy, stressful year, and the chance to be around best friends and professional colleagues is what I needed to sort things out. I wouldn't have had that if I had tried to be a real-time press/blogger program person AND a speaker AND an attendee.
No, I am not ditching my responsibilities as part of the press/blogger program. I'm just looking at things "after the fact" with a series of posts coming up touching on direction, technology, leadership, etc. I hope I can add a bit more perspective than I would have been able to do had I tried to "cover it all immediately." But more importantly, I think I regained my sanity and my own perspective on things.
And I already miss all of you... :(