I’ve just heard that the abstract I submitted to present at Twitter and microblogging: Political, personal, and professional practices has been accepted. Yay!
I’m not 100% sure if I will go yet as there are a handful of others (in New York, Paris, and Helsinki) that I am waiting to hear about, and I can’t afford to do them all, but it’s exciting nonetheless. As a friend said, at least being accepted means that my work is of interest to someone, and acceptance means I’m probably going in the right direction with the discussions and ideas I’m putting forward.
The conference is in Lancashire, which is a part of England I haven’t seen in a very long time. The past couple of times I’ve been to Europe I haven’t ventured out of London, so it would be cool to see another part of the country. At the same time, I’m really keen to go to places I’ve never been before (see aforementioned locations) so I guess I’ll wait and see for another week or two before I commit to anything.
I’ve attached a link to my abstract if you’re at all interested to know what I will be talking about if I do end up going. It’s a bit of a sketchy idea (as they always are – I’m sure I’m not the only person who often forgets about abstract due dates until they’re really close!) but I think it’s something I will be able to develop into a pretty cool presentation. My last conference was in July 2009 (woah!) and I had only been teaching for a few months, so I’m actually really keen to go with three more years of public speaking experience and see how that changes my approach to presenting. I actually quite enjoy speaking in front of groups of people but I just had no idea what I was doing last time, so hopefully this year’s conferencing will be a little less nerve wracking and a little more polished.