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I’m a little late to the SXSW round-up, but I have to get it out: I’m actually a bit depressed that it’s over.

It’s one of the—if not the—lowest priced web conferences around. It draws more people than many others combined. Its panels feature the latest and greatest in the web world, but it’s not about that. In fact, I never really learn much from the panels. When it comes to training and knowledge gain, I’d pick An Event Apart or a Carson Workshop over it any day.

But SXSW is about people. For that reason alone, I’d pay thrice the price without batting an eyelash.

Honestly, being in Austin just shy of a full week and coming back seems like a strangely awkward and abrupt breakup. Don’t get me wrong; it’s great coming back to the wifey, friends, family, and work is refreshing, but there’s still something missing.

There’s a little for everyone in Austin. If you’re there to soak up some knowledge, you’re bound to pick up at least one or two nuggets of wisdom that you’ll remember forever. If you’re looking to drum up business, I can almost guarantee that you’ll make at least one contact who will be amazing to work with. If you’re there to spread the word about yourself, be sure to bring multiple packs of business cards; they’ll go quickly.

For those that have never been there, book your ticket now. If I met you this year, consider me humbled and honored to make your acquaintance. The only downside is that it’ll be a year until I see some of you again. Should anyone wish to organize an event that facilitates a pre-2008 meeting, count me in.

For those of you that went, how are you dealing with not being at SXSW?


Nathan Smith said:

Dan: It was good re-meeting you again. Next year, we really will hang out and catch up, I promise.

Posted on March 25, 2007 01:09 AM

Mel Kirk (Carson Systems) said:

Hey Daniel,

Great to hear that you enjoy the Carson Workshops - we're trying to include more networking for our future events to make the best of both worlds...

Glad you enjoyed SXSW, we had a blast!

Mel : )

Posted on March 25, 2007 07:11 PM

Dan Mall said:

Nathan: I’ll hold you to that!

Mel: I think the combination of seminars with networking is a huge part of what makes people passionate about their work. I’m eager to see how you guys integrate it!

Posted on March 25, 2007 10:49 PM

Jason Beaird said:

Hey Dan, it was great to meet and have lunch with you...even though it meant we had to miss the Helvetica screening. As I told you before, I'm definitely coming back next year and I'll hopefully be bringing a few of my workmates with me. As far as dealing with not being there goes, I've just been keeping myself busy to the point where I don't get around to commenting on new blog posts for at least 5 days. :)

Posted on March 28, 2007 07:58 AM

Kirk said:

If you think you're depressed then just imagine how sickly sick I am that I couldn't attend :(

Still, I hold out hope for next year. Btw, Carson workshops are great and in no small part to Mel who quite frankly kicks all kinds of ass.

Posted on April 1, 2007 01:41 PM

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