SXSW chaos

I have a love/hate relationship with conferences. On one hand, i’m stoked to see everyone. On the other, everyone wants to organize and plan. This makes me recoil into a small ball and hide in my hotel room. I’m learning that i’m definitely an adhoc social person. If it can’t happen on the fly, it’s not going to happen. Blame cell phones and AIM if you want, but it’s really causing me grief and anxiety to think about planning. This time, i’m trying to pretend like there are no plans and just head to SXSW for some joy amongst my colleagues and friends (and family) and see what happens.

I’m also talking at SXSW. Two talks in a row:
– Monday, 11:30-12:30 – Blogging Next: Where Personal Publishing Goes From Here
– Monday, 3:30-4:30 – The Aesthetics of Social Networks

Monday will be a killer! Hopefully this time, i’ll keep my voice in tact.

On top of that, i’ll be looking for bloggers and journalers to interview. That should be fun!

Can’t wait to see folks in Austin!

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2 thoughts on “SXSW chaos

  1. Allen Searls

    I had the same experience at the Etcon. It really needs to happen on the fly or not at all, at least for some of us. Kind of a test for the validity of an idea, perhaps. Thanks for the insight.

  2. Jo Dong

    Hey there. I am an undergrad doing my honours in Sociology at the National University of Singapore (and yes, I’m from the island). I was doing some really last-minute research on the internet for my thesis and I came across your name in a web article on so I googled and found you here. I have only just begun to read your blog, but I thought I’d drop you a message to ask if you would mind if I cited you on anything I read in your blog? My research is on Anonymity and Intimacy in CMC. And the softwares I am looking at include ICQ, Livejournal and Friendster. In any case, I wish I’d found your blog earlier. And I reckon I would have if I started researching earlier but I am more a procrastinator than an academic (heh I am 10 days from my deadline as of now)

    All the best for your conference.

    Warm (humid, and very rainy) greetings from over here in Singapore,

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