Checking in from SXSW

Checking in from SXSW 09, it’s halfway through my first full day and thus far, I’ve met a TON of cool people, looking forward to meeting more. This has already been quite a discovery trip for me, as I’m experiencing new ways to use tools like SMS, web, and especially my phone. It’s fascinating to me how much of this event is planned via sms, Twitter, and similar services. It really is all about who is included in your network.

Another thing that I’m finding is that there are tons of people just like me – people who, at one point, had ‘real jobs’ and are now working in this thing we call the web, specifically in mobilizing and social networking/marketing. On some points, that’s a good thing. I’m encouraged to see more people struggling with the same things that I do, and excited about the same things that I am. It’s always good to feel like you’re a part of a larger community, and I’ve joined the ‘connected geeks’ quite well, I believe.

On the other hand, this discovery is really depressing. While I’m working in various directions to build and prove that I add unique value, the truth is that there are hundreds upon thousands of people who are also well-equipped and looking to accomplish the same goal. The realization that what I’m working towards is not ‘new’, as I’d like to think that it is.

More thoughts from SXSW soon.

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Just a dude with a phone.

12 thoughts on “Checking in from SXSW

  1. The last paragraph brought this quote to mind:

    “You are not a beautiful and unique snowflake. You are the same decaying organic matter as everyone else, and we are all part of the same compost pile.”

    Don’t mean to be the party pooper, just saying … about time you realized this, but it’s a great thing since now you’ll be thinking more and more about how to reinvent yourself so you can aid value.

  2. The last paragraph brought this quote to mind:

    “You are not a beautiful and unique snowflake. You are the same decaying organic matter as everyone else, and we are all part of the same compost pile.”

    Don’t mean to be the party pooper, just saying … about time you realized this, but it’s a great thing since now you’ll be thinking more and more about how to reinvent yourself so you can aid value.

  3. The last paragraph brought this quote to mind:

    “You are not a beautiful and unique snowflake. You are the same decaying organic matter as everyone else, and we are all part of the same compost pile.”

    Don’t mean to be the party pooper, just saying … about time you realized this, but it’s a great thing since now you’ll be thinking more and more about how to reinvent yourself so you can aid value.

  4. The last paragraph brought this quote to mind:

    “You are not a beautiful and unique snowflake. You are the same decaying organic matter as everyone else, and we are all part of the same compost pile.”

    Don’t mean to be the party pooper, just saying … about time you realized this, but it’s a great thing since now you’ll be thinking more and more about how to reinvent yourself so you can aid value.

  5. Stefan,

    Dude, SXSW has TOTALLY changed the way I think about ‘my’ brand. I have already decided that my personal brand is going to require changing myself from The Symbian-Guru to The Guy Who Built Symbian-Guru, but I’ve gotten alot of tips and other tidbits as to what that actually looks like in real life, as opposed to in my head – the actual process of leveraging my skills as a blogger and community builder into something that businesses will see value in. It’s far different from my romanticised view that they would see what I’ve built and approach me with roses and chocolates, so to speak.

  6. Stefan,

    Dude, SXSW has TOTALLY changed the way I think about ‘my’ brand. I have already decided that my personal brand is going to require changing myself from The Symbian-Guru to The Guy Who Built Symbian-Guru, but I’ve gotten alot of tips and other tidbits as to what that actually looks like in real life, as opposed to in my head – the actual process of leveraging my skills as a blogger and community builder into something that businesses will see value in. It’s far different from my romanticised view that they would see what I’ve built and approach me with roses and chocolates, so to speak.

  7. Stefan,

    Dude, SXSW has TOTALLY changed the way I think about ‘my’ brand. I have already decided that my personal brand is going to require changing myself from The Symbian-Guru to The Guy Who Built Symbian-Guru, but I’ve gotten alot of tips and other tidbits as to what that actually looks like in real life, as opposed to in my head – the actual process of leveraging my skills as a blogger and community builder into something that businesses will see value in. It’s far different from my romanticised view that they would see what I’ve built and approach me with roses and chocolates, so to speak.

  8. Stefan,

    Dude, SXSW has TOTALLY changed the way I think about ‘my’ brand. I have already decided that my personal brand is going to require changing myself from The Symbian-Guru to The Guy Who Built Symbian-Guru, but I’ve gotten alot of tips and other tidbits as to what that actually looks like in real life, as opposed to in my head – the actual process of leveraging my skills as a blogger and community builder into something that businesses will see value in. It’s far different from my romanticised view that they would see what I’ve built and approach me with roses and chocolates, so to speak.

  9. Fantastic, if you could tell people what you learned that would be great since ideas trapped inside your head are going to rot away. Posting them will keep them archived forever for you to refer back to in 6-12 months and it will help other people searching for instructions on how to execute the same goal you have, but in their respective field.

    Spread the knowledge my man.

  10. Fantastic, if you could tell people what you learned that would be great since ideas trapped inside your head are going to rot away. Posting them will keep them archived forever for you to refer back to in 6-12 months and it will help other people searching for instructions on how to execute the same goal you have, but in their respective field.

    Spread the knowledge my man.

  11. Fantastic, if you could tell people what you learned that would be great since ideas trapped inside your head are going to rot away. Posting them will keep them archived forever for you to refer back to in 6-12 months and it will help other people searching for instructions on how to execute the same goal you have, but in their respective field.

    Spread the knowledge my man.

  12. Fantastic, if you could tell people what you learned that would be great since ideas trapped inside your head are going to rot away. Posting them will keep them archived forever for you to refer back to in 6-12 months and it will help other people searching for instructions on how to execute the same goal you have, but in their respective field.

    Spread the knowledge my man.

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