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.
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.
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.