IMG_2674.JPGAs many of you know, I go to a ton of search conferences. From SES (which I am at now), to WebmasterWorld, to the new Search Marketing Expo – I hit them all.

Most of them are flowered with night events, where different vendors and agencies sponsor parties, dinners and more.

Now, a lot of people know, I tend to not stay late at those parties and sometimes I don’t stop by at all.

Some people want to know why. Here are some reasons:

(1) During conferences, companies tend to want to release their new features and products. So not only do I spend all day covering the conference sessions and presentations, I need to wake up at 4am to cover all the news from those releases. So staying out late, simply doesn’t mesh with waking up at 4am and also having to be able to cover late day releases.

(2) I honestly do not enjoy parties, I like noise free environments, and silence. That doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy talking with people, I just like to do it in a low monotone voice.

(3) I am simply tired.

How can you help me attend parties?

(1) Stop announcing things during these conferences.

(2) Don’t email me things that can wait until after the conference.

(3) Have noise-free parties.

But seriously, tonight is the Google Dance, I will be there (Ill probably be one of the first ones to leave) but I hope to see you there.

In addition, do not miss our live radio show tonight. I posted the details at the Search Engine Roundtable, please stop by, if you have time.

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  1. Scott Clark

    I can relate to this Barry. I love the conversations, and really want to hear what people are saying. I’d much prefer a coffee-house style environment. But when there’s loud music and everyone’s yelling to be heard, it’s a lot harder. I’m more of a subtle person anyhow… I listen a lot before I chime in. So walking up and doing a “Loud Howard” to someone as the very first thing I say is unnatural for me.

  2. Joe Duck

    Nice post Barry. I think the fact you stay clear headed and get sleep may explain why you always have the best conference coverage. Keep up the great work, and you are not missing all that much anyway!

  3. Party

    google dance u say

    are u dancing LOVE TO SEE THAT

    Come on barry get in the mood and party

    I think the main reason why he wont party is becuase he wont go out without the wife

  4. Todd Mintz

    Agreed…my hearing is reasonably poor and communication in loud parties for me is darned near impossible.

    Perhaps the like-minded of us could have an alternative evening hangout?

  5. daver

    I am a party goer but agree with the noise issue. A year or so ago Google had some 10 people @ tables sitting there answering questions – a great idea. But then the tables were super small and to top it all off a band was playing. This past year Yahoo had a party in Chicago which was again great – till the band came on. Why do people insist on ruining events with loud music?

  6. Barry G.


    I’m with you. Low monotone is the most effective and relaxing way. Get a lot more done, too.

  7. Ben Pfeiffer

    I remember a party I got you to go to once in San Jose. It was lame so you left and then I left and I got lost on the way back which was more fun. But yeah sometimes hanging out at the hotel is just as good.

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