Kidlit Con 2010 is officially over. I have to confess, I was expecting dry sessions, most of which didn’t apply to me due to audience (perhaps meant for librarians, teachers, or whatever) or expertise level (too basic? too advanced?). I didn’t even really know what some of the workshop session titles meant. Blogging in Learning Communities? Pro Bloggers? Huh?
But the whole experience was like a giant tangle of exposed power lines after a creativity storm. Sparks flying. Dangerous ideas. Electric debates.
Some sessions had more to offer me personally than others. But I found myself constantly scribbling notes as fast as I could. No single session that left me with a clear to-do list. Dang. Instead, I gleaned tidbits that applied to various parts of my career (my online classes, school visits, blogging, working with publishers, etc.).
And I met people! Real 3-D people (as blogger Amy Ludwig Vanderwater of The Poem Farm called us). The energy in downtown Minneapolis on Friday and Saturday was un-blogging-believable! In particular, I spent a lot of time pondering big career questions with my friend Susan Taylor Brown (before the Kidlit Con even officially started).
I was in this constant state of "Hey—I could—cool!—but what—how do I—will anybody pay me to—who do I really–" I have so many questions and ideas. And now I’ll need several thinking sessions to figure out which ones I can embrace without electrocuting myself!
I’ll share a few quotes, tips, and pictures over the next few days! Meanwhile, if you were here for Kidlit Con, thank you for being part of the brainstorm!