We went to the Catholic New Media Conference in San Antonio three years ago. It was ok, but ultimately satisfactory. Somehow it didn't register at the time that that was only the second CNMC.
This year, suddenly registering it was the 5th CNMC, I am able to judge just how very far they have come.
And believe me, there is light years' difference between then and now.
This CNMC is a well presented conference, smoothly done but with plenty of personal contact available between everyone there. The content is simply fantastic. I spent yesterday wishing that Tom was there. As the perpetually curious guy who takes it all in and synthesizes information in a "big picture" way I think he'd have been fascinated by the talks.
As someone just taking it all in myself, just there for the face-to-face time, I found it well-rounded, informative, thought provoking, and mostly entertaining.
(None of us are ever going to forget the very ill-considered "elephant in the room" ... and in the video ... which was the only misstep I saw from a presenter ...)
I'm impressed and y'all know I don't say that if I don't mean it. Let me say it like this. I have no idea where the conference will be next year, but I actually would travel somewhere to attend. Seriously. It came on my radar because it was going to be in Dallas where I only have to drive 30 minutes to get to it. I'll be looking out for it next year, wherever it is.
Today is the Bloggers Day, at which I speak, and I'm looking forward to seeing what everyone has to say.
Congratulations to Father Roderick and the SQPN board and everyone who kept the vision, worked so hard, and gotten the CNMC to this point. I can recommend it without reservations to anyone who may be considering the Virtual Ticket which has audio recordings of every talk.