The @media whirlwind is over. Here’s the short version: it was great.
Patrick did an excellent job in both organizing the conference itself and greasing the wheels of the social interaction. In other words, all the delegates worked hard and played hard.
By far the best aspect of the conference was meeting like-minded people in meatspace. I got to meet so many people whose sites I enjoy reading. It’s always a great to put a face to a blog. I’m not going to list everyone here; I’d be here all day. It was also wonderful to meet people who read my own ramblings in this journal.
Here’s a blanket message to each and every person I met at @media: it was truly a pleasure.
There has been some talk of the level of the presentations being pitched too low. There is a certain amount of truth to that. However, don’t be too quick to jump to conclusions based on the blogged reports. Remember that bloggers, on the whole, are a fairly Web Standards oriented bunch. There were also a lot of people there from within large blog-free organizations. It may well be that the conference was more useful to these people who emerged from behind their firewalls than it was for the more tech-savvy bloggers.
After discovering the level of expertise of the audience, I know that some of the speakers were concerned about preaching to the converted. I was faced with the opposite problem. I had a brief window of time in which to convince people of the benefits of a neglected, misunderstood technology. The slides are online, by the way.
On the whole, I think my presentation went well. I managed to get some laughs out of the crowd and I think I succeeded in turning people on to the beauty and elegance of DOM scripting. The best testimonial came from Cindy who said, and I quote:
“I didn’t fall asleep at all.”
I thoroughly enjoyed giving the presentation. There is an indescribable pleasure in being able to reach out to people and have them grok what you are explaining. I could practically see the lightbulbs illuminating above some of the heads in the audience.
Oh, and you’ll never guess who showed up… international man of mystery, Dunstan ‘Apple’ Orchard. No doubt he will now disappear back into the woodwork but it was great to see him again.
Expect to see plenty of introductory DOM scripting articles from some very talented people in the coming months.