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@thenextcorner @schachin @SimonHeseltine @robdwoods @scottpolk Just in case I registered conferencementors.com :) it was best I could get that wasn't already taken...
1 year, 2 months ago on Google Dance 2007 T-Shirt
@DaveDavies Damn! Now I'm wondering what the hell happened to mine... I probably wore it until it got ratty then used it for painting.
@thenextcorner @schachin @SimonHeseltine @scottpolk I think it would be much more effective to get the organizers involved. I thought the idea was a brilliant one on Missy's part and it would be something that helps the next generation of online marketers and maybe one that makes our "industry" a little better and more respected over time. The more I think about this the more I'd like to do something to make it happen. It is something one could start on their own, but would probably be much more effective with someone like Danny or Brett on side.
@thenextcorner @SimonHeseltine The funny thing is I live so far out in the 'burbs that I have a 1 1/2 hour commute to downtown Vancouver and I can drive to Seattle in 2 hours....
@thenextcorner @SimonHeseltine I'm still working on 1 and 2, though I guess you never really stop working on those. I don't think I'll be able to hit #3, unless they let me work from Vancouver :) which I'm likely never ever leaving.
@SimonHeseltine @thenextcorner it's funny how so many of us have similar paths. My first couple of conferences I went to sessions and spoke to no one. I'm not even sure what broke me out of my shell. Probably going to a conference with a co-worker that was more outgoing :) I also suffer from the "no one can shut me up" syndrome now... Seriously though I thought Missy Ward's idea she spoke about of having experienced conference goers mentor newbies was great. We should adopt that in the SEO world. I'd be completely up for giving a newbie a pre-conference run down and then introducing them around. It sure would have helped me get out-of-the-gate with networking.
@SimonHeseltine @robdwoods @thenextcorner It was a while ago :) I remember meeting The Oatmeal at a Google Dance when he worked for the Moz. I'm an old timer but not a REAL oldtimer... I think my first conference was SES New York in '04. I remember Yahoo's 10th birthday party at SES NY in '04 or '05. They were pouring single malt scotch in wine glasses. You just don't see those parties anymore...probably a good thing actually.
@thenextcorner @SimonHeseltine My problem wasn't the free candy. Google says "Don't be evil" then gives you free beer. I think I missed a couple of sessions the next morning. I remember riding on the bus from the conference to the dance that year with some SeoMoz folks.