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    I did the same thing. I went to a technical conference (for three years) because I was convinced by peer pressure that I should. Like you it was great to get personal feedback about my blog, but I still felt uncomfortable and very out of place. The last time I went it was obvious I was just there for the social aspect, but it was also obvious I was an outsider so it was just weird.


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    Yeah. The problem with “conference as social/relationship builder” is that it’s really hard to build trust and feel that you’ve accurately gauged other people’s personality and motives in just a couple of days.

    It’s like the cousins you only see at family reunions. Years later when they end up in prison or Harvard you’re like “Wow, didn’t see that coming.” but you also think “Yeah, but I didn’t really know them, either.”


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