Contrary to how it may seem since neither of us have mentioned it recently, we haven’t forgotten about it or blocked it out of our minds as a sanity-preservation technique. We’ve actually been doing a lot of work on it. The reason for our silence is this:
Our venue fell through.
This is an even bigger deal than it seems, since the property on which we were planning to host the conference is a very unique place, and our vision for the shindig was closely tied to its strengths and weaknesses. A new venue means scrapping everything we had sketched out, saying a prayer, pouring a large glass of wine, and starting fresh.
Ultimately, though, this is great news. The old venue was beautiful and had a lot of things going for it, but it also had some serious weaknesses that had potential to inflict misery on all involved. (Just one example: most of it was outdoors, with little shade. I spent a long time wondering whether we could include “Experience an authentic Texas heat stroke!” as part of the marketing pitch.) Now that we’re looking at the new venue options, we’re actually more excited about this event than we were to begin with.
So, in summary, here’s where things are:
- The conference is still on, and will still be in Austin.
- We are making every effort to keep the original date of the weekend of July 26th. However, since there is not as much availability now, the date may need to change.
- We know that everyone needs details sooner rather than later for planning purposes, and we’re making it our top priority to get a new location nailed down.
- As soon as we get the location set, we’ll release all final details (schedule, when tickets go on sale, speakers, etc.)
Thanks for bearing with us as we work through these first-year glitches. There may be a few more bumps in the road along the way, but it’s going to be well worth it!