Yes, it’s the T4T in Toronto. I’m happy to go – it’s familiar territory, and a congenial group of people, but I’m still a little leery about the thing that is a tech conference.
I just don’t learn tech well in a group. It’s somehow a really private kind of learning, and I feel awkward figuring these things out when there are other people around.
Then, too, I’m a little concerned about who these other people will be. I don’t want to feel lost in a swarm of competitive techies, nerding out over dongles and flavours of LINUX and such, but I also have unhappy memories of workshops at the other end of the spectrum, ones where it took most of the people half the session to turn on their computers (Hint: turn off the caps lock).
It’s also that, well, I have a really short attention span. It’s not a totally bad thing, but it means I really don’t like sitting in one place or thinking about one thing for more than a few minutes.
Hmm…I sound like a tough client. I definitely would not want to have me in the audience if I were giving a workshop. Teachers do indeed make the worst students.