A look back at ConvergeSouth 2007

[sigh]
Another year. Another conference over.
Don’t get me wrong. CS2007 was great although much of it was thanks to those that helped by volunteering and planning the whole thing. I did a little, but nothing compared to the 2007 crew. Just needed a year off to re-engage and think.
As usual, or keynote selections were fabulous, and we hope to outdo ourselves again next year. I was plenty surprised at the amount of out-of-town speakers and the different perspectives brought in. I was also surprised by the amount of people that personally came up to me to speak about how much they loved attending this conference. Tears of joy, man… tears of joy to hear that something I had busted my butt alongside Sue and Ed for the first two years with others that volunteered to push forward a bit of new technology in our little plot of the South is and was appreciated.
As usual, I have taken back all sorts of ideas that I want to try for next year. I’m definitely going to be working on a backchannel… maybe a Twitterfeed of some sort. Haven’t thought about it too much yet, but there are all sorts of fun things that I’m curious to try.
As usual, there’s been some aftershocks of political unrest from one end of the spectrum about how it leans too much to the other. While I found the second “We Agree to Disagree” session humorous at times, I did feel uncomfortable about some of the jokes that were brought up. Mainly because it didn’t respect the other side, and you know the old adage of “treat others as you wish to be treated.” But if anything, after reading a lot of the talking…. I resent those that blame it on Sue and Ed. Sure they have a political stance, but they have never been more professional about it for all the years I’ve been involved. If people won’t step up from one end of the spectrum to help, and the other side does…. there really isn’t any excuse for the programming to lean towards the organizers. After all, they did attempt to balance it every year… I can attest to it. Just happens that it often doesn’t work out last minute (no fault of conference’s).
From my perspective, this year was a bit too liberal for my political tastes. But overall, the first day was great and the second seemed to have a lot of love from conference-goers. Met old friends and found new ones.
I’m definitely excited that we’re doing a cooperative with BlogHer and have some great ideas for the upcoming CS in 2008. I’m refreshed and ready to take no prisoners.
Onward Ho!

  • Definitely need a twitterfeed next year – I was surprised that there wasn’t one this year. Not that it would have done me any good, since my mother-in-law has my laptop. But still.

  • Definitely need a twitterfeed next year – I was surprised that there wasn’t one this year. Not that it would have done me any good, since my mother-in-law has my laptop. But still.

  • Brenda Bowers

    Ben I have never been able to attend a ConvergeSouth event, but certainly feel those who work so hard to put it together deserve a medal for all the work they put into it. I have noticed that every year the same old cussin’ and discussin’ is done after the fact by the same old crowd. I am sorry about this and can only wish some would put their back, feet, fingers, brains? and everything else that is necessary to help plan and execute rather than their mouths in action to criticize. BB

  • Brenda Bowers

    Ben I have never been able to attend a ConvergeSouth event, but certainly feel those who work so hard to put it together deserve a medal for all the work they put into it. I have noticed that every year the same old cussin’ and discussin’ is done after the fact by the same old crowd. I am sorry about this and can only wish some would put their back, feet, fingers, brains? and everything else that is necessary to help plan and execute rather than their mouths in action to criticize. BB