Reflections on Dragon*Con 2007

dragoncon07.jpgWell its been a week since I got back from my first Dragon*Con in Atlanta, Georgia and I have decided that I am not going record a podcast about my experiences. I got to meet many podcasters that I knew only by voice or from email, and I learned some stuff that I hope will help me improve my future podcasts. One of the highlights of the weekend was the Second Annual Parsec Awards because I learned about some great podcasts that I haven't listened to yet. I am looking forward to trying these out.

I do want to mention a few of the people I met at the Con. First, I want to thank Derek and Swoopy from Skepticality for inviting me to participate in the podcasting track. Skepticality was one of the first podcasts I ever heard when I discovered podcasting on iTunes™ back in July of 2005. It was also great getting to meet Rob Walch of Podcast 411 since he has helped me out of several jams in the last few months. Because I am into science podcasting I was especially impressed with Dr. Pamela Gay from The Astronomy Cast and I am looking forward to having her on my Books and Ideas podcast soon.

Atlanta is a hotbed for podcasting. So while I was there I got to see several people I had met this spring at Podcamp Atlanta. I want to congratulate Les from The Signal on his team's Parsec Award. It was also great seeing Laura Ross of The Rocky Horror Podshow and Steve Ely from Escape Pod.

Mur Lafferty, one of my inspirations for getting into podcasting, also won a Parsec for her show I Should Be Writing. One of the highlights of the weekend was her reading some of her work including excerpts from her new novel. I also enjoyed meeting Michael A Stackpole, who is a very successful fantasy writer and impressed me with his generosity toward younger writers looking for guidance.

It was also great meeting listener Doc Kos and Tabitha Smith from Buffy Between the Lines.

I met several people from FarPoint Media including Kris Mayo and Michael R Mennenga, who gave me some valuable gear tips.

I met so many people I am sure I am leaving some out. If you were there and would like me to link to you in this blog, just drop me an email.