Later this afternoon, Van and I will board a plane bound for Chicago so that we can be part of this spring’s Gurus of Tech conference. I am personally very excited about this year’s event, if for no other reason that a lot of my friends from around the country will be there. 

One of the great things about technology is that it allows us to stay connected to people on the other side of the country (or world). Thus, I get to maintain great friendships with people in Atlanta, Dallas, Seattle, Nashville and all over. But there’s nothing like being together in one room. And a conference like Gurus is a great place to facilitate that. 

We talked about it on the podcast last week, Dave wrote about it on his blog, and I want to say it again; if you’re coming to Gurus and see me standing around talking with some guys, please come up and say hi. As Dave said, we’re all fairly introverted (except for Van) and tend to talk with the guys that we know—especially when we don’t see each other very often.

But we all really want to meet you because we all enjoy getting to know other guys and gals who are in the tech trenches every day. I love having the opportunity to interact with so many of you on Twitter and through comments and e-mails, and welcome the chance to put faces to names (or Twitter names). And speaking of Twitter names, it’s sometimes helpful if you introduce yourself with your Twitter handle if it’s different from your real name. In fact, I think our Twitter names should be on our name badges. But I digress…

If you haven’t already signed up for the CTLN dinner on Tuesday, here is the link to do so. A bunch of us will be there, and we’d love to hang out and swap stories with you. 

On Wednesday morning, I get to be part of a FOH roundtable with (and I can’t believe I get to be on this panel) Dave Stagl, Scott Ragsdale, Andrew Stone, Lee Fields and Daniel Rosenbalm. I’ll also be around all day Tuesday as well as before and after our panel discussion so if you want to talk audio, or pretty much any other topic, feel free to look me up. 

I will try to be Tweeting my whereabouts during the conference so if you want to hang out, you can find us easily. I do sometimes forget or get caught up in the moment, so if I’m not doing so, it’s not me being secretive. It’s just because I forgot. 

I know I speak for Van, Duke, Jason, Dave and a bunch of other CTW regulars when I say we’re really looking forward to seeing and meeting many of you this week.  

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