The amazing organizers of WriteOnCon hosted a chat this evening to solicit feedback from attendees. I missed the first part because I was finishing up dinner, but I caught the second half and am glad I made it.
Not only was it a great opportunity for the attendees to say, “Thank You” to those amazing women, but they opened the floor to us and asked us what worked, what we’d like to see done differently, and basically let us shout out our dreams for a conference that already exceeded everyone’s wildest imagination.
I am hoping the organizers will put together some merchandise – I’d love a tote bag, t-shirt, bookmark, or decal as a souvenir of the most awesome online writing conference in the universe. Not only would it be a cool token for me, but the profits could be used to help cover the cost of hosting the event too. A number of people expressed an interest in being able to donate to help out, and I totally agree.
I know the organizers want to be able to keep the conference free for everyone, but I would have easily paid to attend the event. The three days of awesomeness are worth supporting, and I am both willing and able to pay for the privilege to join in. In addition to the merchandise, I REALLY hope those ladies put up a donate button so we can help out.
Ideally, I’d like to pay their largesse forward. They organized this conference to pay forward the good advice and support they received, and I’d like to do the same. I’m all for paying it back to them, but I wish I could think of something I could do on top of that to help spread the good karma forward.
Kudos to those who organized the event, and I am already eagerly awaiting the 2011 version! (That, and my bedazzled 403 t-shirt.)