Conventions are fun. :) So is networking… or as I like to call it, "hanging out."
I actually hadn't intended on attending Boskone. With all the traveling I'll be doing with going to visit Scott, and several other unplanned trips that are now getting planned, I figured I could drop out of this particular New England convention.
But Patty, my friend and owner of Annie's Book Stop Worcester (which, by the way, could really use readers' help!!), convinced me to go.
I am not on any programming, save the Broad Universe Rapid Fire Reading (8:00 Saturday - be there!). I'll definitely be at the Broad Universe table, helping out. And I volunteered to help my friend, Elaine Isaak, with her Chai and Chocolate kickstarter party at 8:30, Friday night.
Which is a pretty free-time convention for me!
Patty says I need to make this my "bar-con." Do my social networking. We'll be each others' wingwoman… because I have a lot to learn from her, and she (and other people, surprisingly to me) think I'm good at this networking thing.
In fact, my new housemate, Katie, is sharing a room with me and also hoping to learn some of this networking mystery.
Quite honestly, I just like getting to know people and hearing their stories. If they find me interesting, too, we exchange contact info and possibly contact each other at a later date.
Or, someone runs into me and asks me if I know someone who…
I guess the trick of it, and "trick" makes it sound so dirty - it isn't, is that combination of enjoying the company of others and having the mental facilities to remember them in both a social context and a potential business context.
In any case, I'm looking forward to my first low-key, non-programming convention in a very while. Look for me there - I'll be… just hangin' around.