Just a few thoughts, now that I’ve had some time to think about it rather than live-blogging it:
1. I’ve never been a big fan of live bogging, but I felt like I needed to really give it a shot. Doing it over the 3 days of Techshow helped me see where the value is, but I’m still not the biggest fan. Simply put, while it allowed to me to share what I was hearing and learning immediately with folks back in our office or all over the world, (And that has tremendous value, don’t get me wrong), I still think my writing sucked because I was trying to keep up. 🙂
2. Live-blogging and Twitter gave this conference a different feel for me personally. I’m not normally very good in social situations, but having the handful of other folks who were blogging and twittering actually follow what I was doing and want to chat with me helped me feel a bit more comfortable, even when it came time to interact with the far larger number of people who were simply attending and not reading blogs or Twitter.
3. As much as I learned in the sessions, and with the vendor booths, the most important benefit I saw from Techshow was the people. Getting the chance to chat with other folks doing what I do, the speakers, the other bloggers, etc, and share ideas and experiences will make me a better Litigation Support professional, and a better blogger.
4. I met a bunch of great people at this conference that I hope to stay in touch with. I have read some blog entries of folks who were there or speakers who I heard who I didn’t get a chance to meet, not to mention all the other attendees I couldn’t possibly have had time to met. Whether we met or not, feel free to drop me an email and say hello! (Email link over on the right column of the blog, or connect with me on Facebook or LinkedIn.) Being relatively new to the Lit Support world, I’d love to build upon the network of folks, and their knowledge, that I have access to!
5. Now I have to go back through all these blog posts and pull out the best ideas and bits of knowledge that I think apply to our firm and how we’re doing things. I didn’t stop to think about just how much I was blogging over those 3 days, but now that I look back, it’s A LOT! Hopefully anyone who actually followed along with all that drivel found some value as well.