Normally this would be the time when I do a serious wrap-up post about everything I learned at Affiliate Summit. This time I can’t get out of my head just how much I genuinely enjoyed the conference. It’s not that I didn’t seriously learn a lot, it’s just that (shockingly) I felt myself giggling an awful lot the last few days. I think I’ve finally learned how to truly be 100% myself there so that I can laugh and learn at the same time.
In no particular order, here are 10 of the 100+ things that gave me a good laugh in Vegas.
1) Shawn Collins in the Patriot jersey. On the one hand, it was a sad moment for all of us AFC fans. On the other hand, knowing Shawn, it was pretty darn funny. And I won’t even start in about his “short pants….”
2) Not being able to find the Blogger Lounge for 2 hours. It was totally, completely my fault. I started feeling like I should be saying “Look, kids, Big Ben, Parliament” as I went around in circles seeing the same people over and over. I think maybe I was too busy socializing to find a map.
3) Jason Rubacky and the Jazzy. Jason could #GetSome serious senior citizen action rolling on that thing.
4) Trying to figure out how the curtains opened at the Wynn. Yep, I’m from Indiana.
5) Tiny coffee cups with baby spoons at lunch. The desserts were cute as could be, but watching people eat them was kind of a Gulliver’s Travels moment. (The book, not the movie. I haven’t seen the movie)
6) Trivia night and how competitive but not at all really competitive all my friends are. Did I mention that my team won?
7) The scared look on the faces of the merchants in the audience by the end of our Inside the Minds of Affiliates panel. We really didn’t mean to sound so grumpy. I promise I’ll be nicer if you email me. (Just don’t try to call me)
8 ) Putting on every single hat, boa, and pair of glasses in the ShareASale Photo Booth with Kim Rowley. And the number of people who asked if they could have a copy of the pictures that we took when I told them that we were making out in there.
9 ) My (non)sighting of Charlie Sheen before the Tuesday keynote and the fact that people back in Indiana actually believed it because it was retweeted so much. (Thank you, Erik Hom)
10) At least 50% of every conversation that I had with OPMs, affiliate managers, networks, and fellow affiliates. Each of you brought me so much joy that I couldn’t help but laugh at least a little. And I have to mention Eric Nagel specifically for putting up with more of my giggling than anyone else.
Thanks as always to Shawn Collins and Missy Ward for giving us an environment in which we can both work and have fun, ensuring that we will be back time and time again!