That conference buzz
11 October 2006
I've got it bad. The kind of bad where I make two blog posts in less than a fortnight (!)
It's an addiction, attending conferences. Right after you've been there's an unbridled euphoria, a sense of possibility, limitless potential. You want to get out and code something, design something, make some thing.
What you're doing isn't enough, you want to do more. The old way of doing things is over, you're only for the new. That's why I expect that seek.com.au's visits per day to Internet/Multimedia Design jobs closely follows this pattern:
The problem with the dopamine release caused by a good conference is the inevitable comedown. Once your head's filled with microformats, APIs, design inspiration and process improvements, those heavenly concepts have to meet earthly realities, resulting in a downward spiral of motivation. That is, of course, until the next conference:
As you begin to visit more conferences, the buzz begins to lose its effect. You want to live in the conference world all the time, surrounded by your peers, people who get what you're working on. Share ideas, solve problems, create new worlds. Live in non-reality all the time:
Maybe you could even out the troughs by visiting enough conferences:
But conference reality is always at war with fiscal reality:
Damn, I need a fix. Can you hook me up, man?
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