One of the downside elements of being away for a couple of days and not online at all is the time you then have to spend going through email and RSS feeds.
It always seems to me that the high volume of stuff is directly proportional to the length of time you're not online. Definitely part of Murphy's Law.
Last night I returned from the UK where I'd been in Sunderland in the north-east of England for the past couple of days participating as a speaker in the Making the News: Blogging, RSS and the New PR (PDF) one-day conference yesterday at the University of Sunderland, organized by Philip Young.
A tremendous event with over 90 participants. Everyone who signed up to come actually did. That's the first conference I can recall being part of where everyone who signed up, showed up. Not a single no-show. There will be a post here this weekend about the conference. Plus perhaps a photo or two.
Speaking of Murphy (in a highly positive sense), I had the pleasure of finally meeting Tom Murphy, one of the key influencers in the PR blogging community and a fellow speaker at the conference. One of our conversations has got me thinking hard about the need to be online no matter where I am. I don't think anyone really can just be out of virtual touch for a couple of days. Not so much because you then have big email catch-ups to do; it's more to do with being reachable and being able to keep on top of what's going on in your areas of interest. This is especially important if you're a consultant, no question about it.
I've looked at quite a few such devices in recent months but haven't been that impressed. What makes the major difference with this one is talking about it directly with someone who has one and hearing how he sees the benefits.
Could this be the one I should get now?