My blog ate my homework

My initial commitment to daily blogging during the conference pretty much fell apart along with my psyche after day 2. For anyone who saw my presentation on day 3 and thought it made sense, it's probably only because we were all in the same sleep-deprived, adrenaline-fuelled, caffeine-overloaded state of laser-light-show synaesthesia, and it won't make sense again until next year.

That said, the presentation seemed to be well-received, and I always enjoy doing a practical demo of specialization just because it utterly deflates both hype and counter-hype: you can do it in an hour, it works, it's just a technique and the mechanics are actually pretty simple.

After the conference I slept for about twelve hours. I could have sworn it snowed at some point, but given that I'm from Toronto and I was in North Carolina, that was probably just homesickness-induced hallucinations.

I followed up the conference with a trip out to Mississauga for the STC Toronto conference, where I gave a half-day workshop introducing DITA and some simple authoring guidelines.

And then I started trying to catch up on my blogging. Hence the title of this post.

I'm relatively sure I posted (belatedly) about the final day of DITA 2006 Spring Edition, including a shamefully prolix waffle about what exactly to call DITA 2006 (is it DITA North America? DITA Spring?) given the need to differentiate from the other DITA 2006 later this year (the sequel to the first DITA 2006 ever, in the fall, in Europe).

Waffles aside (mmm... waffles), the blog is gone, and I'm trying again on a Thursday night. My thought post-conference was to try blogging regularly on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and I will keep trying, with the understanding that my early failures are simply to establish an alibi for future ones.

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