I randomly tweeted this year that I wanted to go to Camp Mighty, a conference in Palm Springs with some of the superstars of the blogging and online universe. It was just a dream; until my former intern and friend responded that she had me covered.
That’s right. She had bought a ticket to the conference, but because she had gotten a stellar job she would not be able to go and she gifted me the ticket. I couldn’t believe it and because she is so unassuming sometimes I thought she HAD to be kidding. Nope. It was real. She contacted the registration coordinator, the lovely Amber, and had the ticket transferred to my name.
That set the ball rolling. Now Palm Springs is 4 airports away from our little hamlet in the Ozarks and getting there isn’t easy (or inexpensive). My first plan was to send an email to friends of mine and see if they had any extra miles or ideas on how to get me out to my home state. They didn’t have miles due to huge trips planned next year, but they started brainstorming with me ways that I might make my way out to the desert oasis. It was a 4AM thought that made the moment happen. I have been working with a client in the Bay Area for over 5 years without ever meeting them. I emailed her about the conference and said that I would love to come up to see her and work with her one on one if she would pay for my travel expenses. She was thrilled with the idea and so I found myself booking a ticket both to Palm Springs and our old hometown of San Francisco.
Now, where to stay? I knew that a former librarian from our town had moved out to Palm Springs so I Facebook messaged him and asked if I could stay with him. I didn’t need sightseeing, entertaining, or anything else - just a place to stay for the 3 nights. Unbelievably, he said yes. I still pinch myself.
On a sunny day in October I put myself on a plane and landed (seriously, after 4 stops) in Palm Springs and attended one of the most intriguing and innovative conferences I have been to in a long time.
A tweet set this off. Now are you wondering about the power of social media? Real life magic can happen because of that Facebook message, random tweet or wish being put out there.