A few people have asked recently if, given that I’m going to be in London in early June, I’ll be showing up for @media. I’m sorry to say that the answer is no. Why not? The honest answer is that I’m not speaking there. These days, if I’m not speaking at a conference, I can’t spare the time and expense it would take to attend. In fact, it’s the default case that if I can’t at least break even on a conference, I won’t be there whether or not I’ve been asked to speak—which I wasn’t, in the case of @media, so there you go. There are exceptions, like SXSW and WWW2005, but those are rare and require a good deal of justification.
Too big an ego on our boy Eric? Maybe. What it comes down to is this: I can make money to support my family by staying home and working, or by traveling to conduct customized training for clients. To lose money on an event that will take me away from my wife and daughter just doesn’t make sense.
Besides, it’s not like @media is going to be lacking for truly excellent speakers. You’ve got Jeffrey, Joe, Doug, and Molly in the lineup, plus all the others I really ought to list individually but am clearly too lazy to do so. It should be a great time for all, and while I’m sorry I’ll miss it, with all those high-powered rock stars on stage I seriously doubt I’ll be missed.