Blog World Expo (BWE09) was last week and if you happen to be working at a start-up in the social space, it could be a good idea to participate! Problem is, with just under 50K miles logged in the past three months, one more social media “whatever” (no offense Rick, BlogWorld was great) is not really solidifying my prioritization schedule of Family First.
But participate we did! As the sponsor of Brand/Blogger speed dating, Collective Bias worked to foster the conversation between brands and social communicators of all types. The CB team also built direct relationships with the BWE closing party and through the sponsorship of over 20 Bloggers to the event. Word.
My week began pretty much as usual; I boarded a plane late Sunday for a client pitch, flew back to Arkansas to kiss the Marys Monday night and then turned to go to a Shopper Marketing conference in Ft. Myers Tuesday and then on to Vegas Thursday.
Here’s the deal, by poor scheduling (definitely my fault) I managed to not make it back for my daughter’s school’s track and field day on Sunday afternoon. I could have easily booked a red-eye on my original itinerary, but missed the timing. When I called to switch, as anyone knows that has missed a flight in Vegas recently, there were no seats (nice capacity management airline industry). Undeterred, I headed to the airport at 4 AM seeking to go standby for the earliest flight I could get. I did get on a flight to Dallas at 6 AM, but on Sunday, connections to XNA are few and far between until the evening.
I missed the event.
I am still devastated. I really want to be an entrepreneur and run my own company but I refuse to do so at the expense of missing moments in my daughter’s life. She fully recognized that I was not there to see her win a trophy in her race and she was crushed. I can assure you this will NEVER happen again. So, if I am late calling you back, miss a meeting or don’t attend an event, it doesn’t mean it’s not important to me, it just means I have a higher priority. I hope you understand.