No Me at PNME

Sadly, I had to cancel my attendance at this years Podcast and New Media Expo. I really want to go and give my talk but I just can’t swing it this year. The summer and into the fall has been brutal at the day job and I can’t spare the time or the energy. From Myrtle Beach to Ontario CA is a full day of traveling each way so it takes 5 days out of my schedule to do the 3 of the expo. I hung on thinking things would settle down but they never have and now I am kind of stuck. The thought of giving up one of these hotly contested speaking slots makes me sick to my stomach, but that’s the way life goes. I committed to this in March and everything was go but things have changed since then.

I wanted to go and represent my position in the field, which is ever more the minority. I think the focus on how to wring nickels out of podcasting is blinding people to its true value: bringing the power of media and expression and creation to individuals. I’m planning on going to Converge South the third weekend of October and maybe I can let a little of it out then. I will give some form of my talk as an episode of the podcast coming up soon to at least get my thought process out there into the podosphere. I fear that with this move I have committed professional suicide as a New Media Thought Leader (such as I ever was) but you know, I can live with that too. One thing playing poker these last few years has taught me is an acceptance of and a willingness to get beat now and then. It’s all part of the game.

I will miss all of you. I wish I could see you and hang out. Hoist one for me, jump in the pool naked for me.

11 Replies to “No Me at PNME”

  1. The nickel-squeezing mentality is the primary reason I’m not making the trek this year, it was a big turn off last year and I imagine it to be turned up a few notches this year. Argh.

    Yes, part of me is happy that I won’t be missing your talk. 🙂

  2. Shit dude. Really? The past two years I’ve only been to one presentation every year beside the keynotes and that is your session. Very bummed about this, but understand.

  3. Dave, what a bummer. I’ll try to eat some quality Q in your honor, but it won’t be the same. I’ll also try to make some loud noise about the vitality of the original vision.
    Hope to catch up next year.

  4. Dave, dude, you were the only reason that I wanted to attend! I hope that someone presenting can carry your message of bringing the power of media and expression and creation to individuals. Corporate shills be damned, there is no more important acknowledgement to be delivered to the podcast community.

    So screw PNME, now my sites are set on http://www.convergesouth.com/. Do I get the chance to buy you a beer if I can make the gig?

    Danny

  5. Danny, I appreciate your enthusiasm but trying to tie your itinerary to mine is something that will only end in tears. It’s not impossible I bail on that too, although it would break my heart to do it two years in a row. If we both make it, let’s hoist a few!

    Bob and Garrick, keep the faith! The dream isn’t dead as long as someone has it in their heart.

    CC, that’s very kind of you to say. I hate that I can’t do it because I’d love to hang with you.

    Ewan, even if I were going I wasn’t going to do the BBQ this year. With Saturday night still being “live” rather than that dead thing after the close of the show, I imagine it will get filled with stuff. Besides, I’ve done my time sitting in Rancho Cucamonga waiting impatiently for food while hungry people wait on me at the pool.

  6. I wasn’t planning on going this year either. hard to justify those trans-pacific trips just for some bonding/funning with some fellow new media geek friends. I can easily empathize with those that have expressed disappointment a Dave-less PMNE experience. How about you do a podcast on what you would have spoken about? That would certainly rock our worlds and be a great virtual make good. 🙂

  7. Dorothy, I’ll miss you too. Have fun without me!

    Mark, I’m planning on doing something like that. Once I knew I wasn’t going, I eased off and never really finished the talk but I can give a rough prototype version of it.

    Susan, I will miss you too. I wish I could be there and hand out with you, but I just couldn’t do it. Even now, when I would be getting on the plane I am so tired the thought of what it would be like were I going makes me feel ill. I’ve really got the long term exhaustion at this point.

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