It’s taken me about 3 weeks to draft my EVO’10 post. Why? There was a lot to sort through! Over 1,700 photos, 110 + blog posts and 40,000,000+ #evoconf Twitter impressions is a lot for a woman to sort through!
And truthfully, there is a sort of event PTSD that one has to sort through. I spent these last few weeks twitching a little bit, thinking I was missing a list of tasks, wondering if wireless networks were up and running and literally having dreams that EVO (in all of it’s glory) was still in session!
Not to continue to quote Laird Hamilton like scripture, but maybe just a little . . . My husband ear marked a page from his book “Force of Nature” for me that seemed to explain exactly what I was going through.
“When you accomplish a goal, the passage from striving to achieving is an especially tricky one. If you’re the kind of person who thrives on the process of making things happen, it’s hard to sit back and relax when they do. Sometimes there can be a psychological let down period after a highlight; I call it “Post Big Wave Syndrome”. In the beginning, before I understood it, it used to hammer me. It’s a variation of depression, the flip side of an adrenaline high. I’ve heard people talk about feeling low in the aftermath of a marathon they’d spent months training for or after winning a major award in their profession. My friend Eddie Veddar (from Pearl Jam) told me that he sometimes feels let down after a big show. At the moment when you should be enjoying your achievement, you feel completely deflated inside.”
I can relate to this! I was like a lost puppy for about 2 weeks. But now I’ve been able to do what I wanted to – which was to see the event as much as I could through everyone else’s eyes.
Throughout the event I told people that I was excited to see the Flickr streams and blog posts from everyone else’s perspective as my perspective was from that of “organizer” and “busy body”. I have to say that the post and pics are amazing, the vibe generated by our amazing attendees was more than we could have ever asked for, and The Canyon’s Resort and their team added all of the extra touches that made it a conference not to be forgotten. I am now sitting back and relishing the ultimate success of the event – which was lots of happy, well fed people.
And of course, if you wait this long to post, when you finally sit down to do it an absolute tsunami ensues. This would have been a 4 page post in word without images. I’ve done you all a favor and broken them down into more digestible bites for all of my “media snacking” friends.
There are too many thank you’s to list in one blog post, so I’d simply say thanks to everyone who made EVO’10 something amazing and wonderful. We’ll see you next year! (or at BlogHer in a few weeks!)