Last year was my first time at RootsTech and also my first-ever genealogy conference. I had a great time but there are a few things I'd like to do differently this time.
- Allow more time for personal research in the Family History Library. How often do I get to SLC? Uh, that would be hardly ever. Last year I attended the Friday Night at the Library event but that wasn't nearly enough time. And by Friday night I was already exhausted from the day. This year I will (hopefully) arrive on Tuesday evening, get a good night's sleep and be rested and ready to spend Wed in the library.
- Lighten the technology load Last year I brought a borrowed laptop to the conference. Didn't think it would be that big a deal. Wow, did that thing get heavy! Lugging it through the airport was a nightmare. This year I have my new iPad. I'm going to miss the wired data capability but allowances must be made.
- Choose classes by speaker, as well as content. There are so many sessions to choose from! I want to go to all of them! Since I can't be in two places at once. I'm looking at the speakers as well as the content. Some of my favorite bloggers are presenting this year and I'm looking forward to hearing what they have to say. Lisa Alzo's presentations are always excellent. Denise Barrett Olson of Moutrie Creek Gazette is another blogger whose brain I would love to pick.
- Spend more time in the Expo Hall and Media Hub getting to know people. Skip classes if necessary. One of the best things about a national conference is all the networking opportunities. As an official blogger I will again have access to the Media Hub (which could also be named the Blogger Hub) and I met a lot of interesting people. Just wandering around the Expo Hall is an education in itself. And this year it will be 40% bigger. So many booths, so little time.
- Learn to use TRAX. Trax is SLC's light rail service. Blocks in downtown Salt Lake City are twice the size of blocks in any other city I've been to. Last year I injured my ankle just before the conference and spent the whole time hobbling around in a boot. This year my ankle is fine but my other leg is not. (What is it about RootsTech that makes my body rebel? ) Walking takes a lot of energy and I'm looking for shortcuts.