I spoke at the inaugural Boring conferenceon Saturday.
I thought it was great fun. A great example of how people can pull together on Social Media sites for a common cause.
My understanding of how it cam about was that James Ward heard that Russell Davies wasn't going to do an Interesting talk this year so tweeted that he'd like to do one called Boring.
As is the way with things like this - people replied to him... me included... which led to this:
So anyway, it happened on Saturday. There's a really good post here by Lucytelling you what happened over the whole day. I can't write a post as nice as that so I'm not going to try.
The other speakers were great and ranged from a milk taste test to a talk about car park roofs; from musical keyboard experiments with masking tape to what it was like growing up in an orthodox Jewish household.
As I mentioned here, I thought the talks could be split into two: 1) Talks that were about things that could be boring but were turned into something really interesting by the speaker, and; 2) Talks about genuinely boring things delivered in a very funny way. The writer from the Independent didn't understand this I don't think and wrote a pretty ill-informed article in my opinion.
So what did I talk about?
I used the time to speak about my 20 Beers Around the World idea. It's something that I've been talking about for a while but for various reasons it hasn't been going as quickly as it could be. For a while this concerned me but to be honest I like the idea of the project evolving and taking months and years to complete instead of days and weeks. I think it'll be really interesting at the end to refer to earlier posts to see how things have evolved.
I asked Jonathan to record a short video for me for the conference and that was the first thing I showed the audience:
Then I explained what the project is about. In a nutshell - I was sat in my flat alone one night supping a beer and realised how bloody boring I can be sometimes. Why don't I chat to others a little more?
Usually at this point I'd get up and do a presentation but I didn't really want to do that. I knew most people would do that during the day, and I do it everyday at work, so I thought I'd play a short video that explained the project a bit. It's only a few minutes long and you can see it here:
It went down pretty well ,and I sat down and enjoyed the other speakers.
So, if there's anyone you know that can help me please point them toward the site and ask them to get in touch.