Why am I interested in attending the PDC? For one, I've never been to a big convention for developers. I've been to a number of big conventions for readers (Bouchercon) and gamers (Gencon, Origins), but the whole idea of a magical world of developers is enticing. But I've never been able to afford such a trip. I love it when Microsoft has an event here in Denver that I can attend, soaking in the new ideas and hanging out with developers doing things with software that I've never even considered before.
That's a big part of it really. It can be difficult to meet other programmers - sitting in our cubicles and working away all day, sitting at home and reading tech manuals all night. It's hard work, but someone's got to do it. I try to join up with some of the groups here in Denver and meet them, and that's a lot of fun - so meeting developers from all over the US should be four times the fun, I figure. (Double it and add thirty? Metric fun?)
Plus, it'll give me more to talk about here. I'm really feeling like I want to keep blogging away here, but unfortunately a lot of people don't know about my blog. So I keep pushing it - hey, even if I don't win the contest, I got you to read it, didn't I? And if I do win, then I'll have even more interesting things to write about here!
And who knows? Maybe I can convince someone at Microsoft to have the next big developer shindig here in Denver. We just expanded our convention center, you know.
So - please send a poor, hardworking developer to the land of LA where he can make his blogging dreams come true!