Blog | Mar 22, 2011 | 4 Comments

[from the blogger’s lounge]

[a surprising revelation]

I wrote this post from the Samsung Blogger’s Lounge at SXSW in Austin. This place couldn’t be more different than my usual writing environment. And I loved it.

Is this what a press room is like?

I spend most of my work days in the spare bedroom of my quiet condo. When I really need to concentrate, I go to the library and hide in a study corral at the back of the third floor. Occasionally, I’ll go to a coffee house, but not when I need to concentrate on new material.

So what am I doing writing in a room full of other bloggers, many of whom are networking and drinking wine? Keyboards are clacking, chat is continuous, phones are ringing, and we even had the up-and-coming band, Atomic Tom, serenading us in the background. Yet I feel productive.

Is this what it’s like to work in a press room? I always wondered how old school news writers and editors got any work done.  I mean, they were packed together in smoke-filled rooms with people yelling and phones ringing for many years before noise-cancelling headphones were invented.

Newsrooms are still very chaotic places. Yet people produce incredible content there against deadlines that would make me cry. I don’t think even headphones would keep me on track there.

Today, however, it’s great to be with kindred spirits.

Right now, in a room full of writers and marketers, the vibe is just right: creative, supportive, exciting. But I should get up and do some more networking at some point.

What’s your favorite group setting for creative work?

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Author: Claire Wagner

I'm a seasoned freelance writer/editor and an enthusiastic community manager. I'm passionate about developing and sharing good content.

4 Comments

I was being a shameful swag swiping, beer sipping, info discovering attendee instead of writing! Interestingly, I might normally love that vibe but the pull of the Trade Show floor had me in its grip. Had to get out and discover!

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Claire Wagner Reply:

Lori, some time I want to go over with you again the “guidelines” for who they give swag to. That was very interesting! I will definitely wear black next time but I can’t remember what else I’m supposed to be or do in order to get the good stuff.

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My favorite is semi-noisy coffee houses. For all of my grad and undergrad work, I was always best with ambient noise surrounding me. Plus the availability of good coffee and snacks and the lack of distractions (just GOT to clean out that fridge!) was helpful.

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Claire Wagner Reply:

You got that right about the petty distractions at home! I also forgot to mention the availability of electricity for my laptop. That was a huge factor in driving me to the Lounge. Everyone was scrambling for power at that conference – for laptops, cell phones, tablets, etc.

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Lisa H.-S.

3/23/2011

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