One of the great benefits of attending an industry conference is the opportunity to meet like-minded people. Sharing successes and struggles, especially when we work on our own or in distributed teams, is often much-needed. Freelancers often struggle with the lack of human interaction that “normal” office life offers and attending conferences is definitely one way of combating this.
Keir Whitaker has been to a lot of conferences (even more than me). I couldn’t agree more about the value of taking time out of the daily grind. Other than some unforgetable, speakers, I’ve met some of my closest friends through attending conferences and putting faces to usernames.