The Top 10 Reasons I’m NOT Going to SXSW

In my Tweetstream today, I noticed a post from Lisa Dilg of Perkett PR about how she won’t be writing her Top 10 list this year since she’s going to SXSW (South by Southwest for those of you who aren’t hip enough to speak in acronymese).  I may be perhaps the last remaining holdout from the “social community” who either hasn’t been to Austin for this lovefest or isn’t going this year.  I volunteered to guest blog for her but while she’s working on her reasons she is going, I thought I’d go ahead and list my reasons for not going.

  1. At this late date, I couldn’t get a good hotel reservation anyhow.  And I’m not going to sleep on your couch.
  2. I’m too  old to drive with seven other people in a VW van.
  3. I gave up going to events where the “community” decides the agenda based on popular vote back in 3rd grade.  I accept the fact that I’m terminally unhip and in fact I’m proud of that fact.
  4. I prefer spending my time at events where there are actual potential clients.
  5. I prefer spending my time at events where my thinking will be challenged.
  6. And for me to be sober enough to remember how it was my thinking was challenged the next morning.
  7. I’d kinda miss the winter we’re having here in the northeast.
  8. Charlie Sheen’s not going to Austin.
  9. If I hear one more person say “you’ve got to be part of the conversation,” I will become physically ill and may resort to violence.
  10. While you’re all down there partying, I’ll be up here actually delivering value to real clients.