I've just come back from a few days on Tyneside, where I have been making my fifth annual pilgrimage to attend the Thinking Digital conference in the extraordinary environment of the Sage in Gateshead.
In years past, in order to make sure that I would remember all the interesting things that I learned, I have made pages and pages of colourful notes and taken hundreds of photographs. As Thinking Digital is always very interesting indeed, this has usually resulted in copious notes, and huge tracts of green tinted photographs in my Flickr feed.
Then, when I get home, there's the inevitable attempt to blog - I even published 2012's effort.
What I really want to say about this year's TDC is not what I saw, heard, or learned there, nor is it who I learned it from. Although these things were awesome, that has stopped being the main point for me because the main point is the emotional and intellectual nourishment that comes from being with and part of such an amazing group of people. As always, I have come away feeling happy, and remembering afresh why I love technology and people.
I'll go back to work on Tuesday feeling inspired and engaged. No doubt it will be at least a week or two before the illegitemi me carborundum. In the mean time, my thanks to everyone who produced, attended, spoke, or otherwise was involved in Thinking Digital 2014 - it was amazing. See you next year.