It has been 8 years in a row that I went to Las Vegas in fall to visit Pubcon – my favourite US conference for online marketing. This year I missed it and many of my friends are asking me: why?
So, here is the story behind it:
For all of us online marketeers in general eCommerce, the fall is a pretty busy time. You have to prepare your Christmas shops, get your servers ready for new products. In the past 8 years I went to Pubcon, I have become ill afterwards with a cold. Mainly because we had great parties and I did barely sleep, but also because I am not really good with air conditioned environments and the dry desert air and freezing cold weather on my return to Germany.
So, this year my wife and I had a long discussion about that stressful time and how to handle it. I am currently also working on a new product called “Swarmdesk” – an encryption client for file exchanges – which puts some extra load on my keyboards.
In order to get my stuff together and finish all planned products and offers, I decided to take a trip to Tenerife, rent an appartment for 4 weeks with solid WiFi and get some work done. This is where I am sitting now, waiting for some downloads to finish and posting this.
The next Pubcon is up: “March 17 – 20, 2014 at the New Orleans Convention Center in the city they call The Big Easy”… and I have already confirmed my speaking slot there.
For the coming 3 more weeks I am here on the Canarias, developing new products and updating our eCommerce sites. The upside is: great weather and a fantastic climate with the ocean breeze and the downside is a 4 MBit/s Internet downlink. That is less than a 25th of what I have at home and which makes working in the cloud a bit annoying:
and compiling something on the Mac remotely is much less fun on that thin uplink. But everything is a bit more relaxed here, so I take it!
One last picture for Brett and Jim – I have brought my WebmasterWorld.com T-Shirt with me to send my greetings:
See you soon in NOLA!