Exquisite evening meals, no broccoli included, and breakfasts in the arty surrounds of our boutique accommodation (Artists Residence on Trinity Square) were had as we co-ordinated which halls and speakers to attend. Mobile devices dominated the breakfast table as Errolyn updated our social "story", before a short stroll onto Brightons seafront and the unexpected sight of queues surrounding Brighton Centre. Fortunately our passes and lanyards had us ushered into the organised chaos.
Into a sea of people and fending off tote-bag freebies like conference going pros, before being washed our separate ways. A technical morning of talks in one of the smaller auditoriums for me, whilst Errolyn would be off to the more attractive sounding social media and search advertising presentations in the main auditoriums.
I'd say the organisers mis-judged the interest a talk on the subjects of; "Love The .htaccess File", "Best Kept robots.txt Secrets" and "Don't F*ck Up Your Site Migration" would garner, I don't blame them. I thought i'd be amongst a handful of people in a largely empty room. Wrong. Instead, this small auditorium was full to bursting with Marvel, Trek, Star Wars and D&D t-shirts (I wasn't wearing mine, sincerely). Air-con off, people sat on the floor, in the aisles, two-deep stood around the auditorium. Dedicated techies.
Never did I think i'd be relaying, by text, as quickly and enthusiastically, lines from a talk about .htaccess and robots.txt files back to View Towers. These are files we use on each of our websites and happy to report we've been using correctly for years. Fine-tuning tips for SEO were picked up (already implemented in our core website builds) making for an unexpected strong morning. Bring on more charts and graphs to nod along to, as the topic of "Site Migration" was next. A topic i'm on the frontline of at View.