The last two summers, I went to several conferences. I wanted to learn more and to connect with people in my new field. This summer, aside from edcamp in May, I went to nothing. There are two or three things going on right now that I could participate in virtually, but I’m not. In part, my lack of conference participation was practical. Every conference I might have participated in was on the west coast, so it was pricey. But mainly, I’m not participating because I have other things I need to focus on and I need a real break. Conferences, even online, wear me out. I’m facing a very busy year next year and I feel like I need to rest, focus on the information I need and ignore the rest.
I see the tweets and blog posts and feel slightly guilty and left out, but I know when that last week of August comes, I’m going to hit the ground running. I’m taking a short trip to see family next week, and potentially one more college visit, and then it’s down to business. I’ll reconnect both virtually and physically. I’ll start getting all my ducks in a row. I’m glad those opportunities are out there. I’ll participate next year, and I have plans for several things in the school year. I like being connected, are all but I can’t be connected all the time.