In another day or so, we’re leaving for the party to end all parties: South by Southwest (SXSW). There’s the SXSW Music and Media Conference, the SXSW Interactive Festival, and the SXSW Film Conference and Festival. It’s all taking place in Austin, Texas (of all places). This will be my first time at South by Southwest, as I’ve been invited to speak on two panels: one on having a public relationship online, the other for publishing media on the Internet. I’m not quite sure who I’ll meet at the events, but I hear it’s a veritable who’s who from across the galaxy. There’s music, movies, and much geekery to be experienced. Check it out: in 2005, there were 1,331 showcasing acts, 58 music venues, and 180 films screened. All three conferences helped contribute $30.9 million dollars to the Austin economy. Wow. That’s big. That’s really big. I’m going to get lost, I’m sure. Ponzi will have to get one of those kid leashes and put it around my waist to make sure I don’t wander off into some alley full of street musicians. I’ll be a northwesterner in the south, taking in both the local and imposed cultures. My brain is going to explode, but I’ll just film it and say it’s art.

I know quite a few people who have been to SXSW before, and they’ve all enjoyed themselves. It’s not so much the conferences that are the reason they like South by Southwest so much – it’s the parties. Oh, the parties. I’ve already been invited to three of ’em, and I have a feeling I’m going to have to turn others down at a frightening rate. There’s too much going on – sensory overload. For some, that’s cool. For me, that’s too much. Of course, I could decide to take in parts of each conference – which I may end up doing if nothing much is happening at the SXSW Interactive Festival. Are you going to be at any one of them? We’ll have to connect at some point – maybe at a SXSW party or something? Not sure if I’ll have much time to write about all my daily experiences down there, but I’ll do my best for you. Our show be covering the conference on behalf of GoDaddy – much like we just did the Search Engine Strategies expo for MSN. If you don’t hear from me, I’m probably rockin’ out with the bands, taking in an independent film, or geeking out with fellow technologists – in Austin, Texas.

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