It’s that time again, but things are a little different. Web Directions North returns for another year of conferencing and skiing in early February, but it’s now taking place in Denver, Colorado. And I’m not involved. Well I am, kind of, but…
One day I intend to sit down and write up the trials and tribulations, the things I’ve learned, and some of the fantastic experiences I’ve had over the past few years as one of the primary organizers of what, by almost all accounts, was a fantastic set of web conferences. Suffice it to say that building WDN with John, Maxine, and Derek was one of the highlights of my professional career thus far.
But it was also a lot of work. So much work. After the first year in 2007 I had suspicions, then the frenzy of activity leading up to the second year in early 2008 really confirmed it: running an event of this size is a full time job, and it’s not the sort of work I want to be doing long term. Though it turns out I’m actually quite good at event planning (who knew?), that alone didn’t feel like enough reason to ignore the stress of making ticket sales or the difficulty in turning away long term clients for a few months out of every year. So, I had an honest talk with the others, wished them luck, and decided to bow out for future years.
And that’s it really. Sorry to be boring, there wasn’t a big dramatic falling out and we still get along great. In fact John asked me to come speak in Denver, and I’m happy to be doing so. At the very least it should prove an interesting reversal to sit back and enjoy the conference this year, without the prior stress of putting it all together.
So if you want to come join us, and I think you should because John has pulled out all the stops to build a really compelling program with a lot of exciting speakers, go sign up now and take an additional $50 off the ticket price you’re at it with the code WDN09DSh.