I tried not to come off like a chin-stroking grandee. I hoped I wouldn’t lay too heavy a trip on people who’d busted their humps getting into Manhattan on a Saturday morning after a long first day of sessions.
I think I said most of what I wanted to say in the two-plus hours I got to stand before them and hold forth about what drives me when it comes to bogging, journalism, mobile devices, social media and communities.
While I ran my mouth, Amy Gahran live-tweeted everything I had to say that was useful. I got to follow up later on with a half-hour or so of walking folks through how to sign up for Twitter.
It was an amazing group of folks: publishers, editors, writers with roots in China, Poland, Bangladesh, Pakistan, India, Mexico and the Philippines, not to mention Ghana, Haiti, Uganda and the African diaspora right here.
I could point to a trending hashtag on Twitter #soymarcha123 and get some context about its appearance from one person, hear about another’s use of steaming video service Bambuser for video chats or figure out a Tumblr theme’s (lack of) sharing options with a third person.
All of these folks were hungry and full of hustle, curious about their phones’ potential and keen to hear about money-making initiatives. When they didn’t know something or wanted to know, they raised their hands over and over. More inspiringly, they weren’t shy about helping each other through exercise steps.