I was so flattered and dumbfounded at the +Big Android BBQ
this year. I did a technical presentation last year, and had a very small audience. For a number of reasons, I had decided not to go to the BBQ this year. Chief among those was that I couldn't think of a good technical topic to present on.
Then +Aaron Kasten
wished me a happy birthday and asked why I hadn't submitted my talk for the BBQ yet. I chuckled, and came up with an idea that I thought was terribly pretentious and gimmicky. The title was "How I made my first $100k on the Play Store." If I were a blogger, it would be link bait.
I went into it a bit half-hearted. It was a personal story, and I felt awkward about presenting it, since I'm very much an introvert, and not a fan of "selling myself." I didn't even prepare slides until 3 hours before the presentation!
Then when the time came, I was amazed and humbled. The room was packed! And packed with developers no less. Many of whom already had apps in the Play Store. They were exactly my target audience.
I had asked for a half hour session, and they gave me an hour. My rehearsed talk was about 18 minutes. I had planned to take about 10 minutes of questions, then dismiss and have plenty of time for lunch.
I spoke for my 18 minutes, then had question after question. People really, genuinely cared about this topic of earning money on the Play Store, and my anecdotal expertise was of real use and interest to these people. We filled the next 30 minutes with audience wide questions.
Then after most people had gone, a handful came up for more personal questions. One guy wanted advice for monetizing a product he's been working on. One guy wanted advice on the choice between web and Android development focus as he finishes his CS degree.
I was already so happy that the talk had been well received, but then this guys says "The main reason I came to this event was to meet you and +Steve Kondik
!" After that, my head was too big to get through the door and I'm afraid I missed lunch as a result.
That was genuinely high praise. For the rest of the event, people kept stopping me to tell me how much they loved my presentation. I had:
* That is so inspiring to me! It is exactly what I want to do with my life!
* That is my story! I had the exact same experience with success and eventual decline, and back to the day job.
* I'm trying to get to that place with my existing apps.
* and a variety of other reactions.
To everyone who asked a question, made a comment, offered praise, thanked me, or interacted with me in any other way at the #BABBQ13
, thank you. You have convinced me that I need to be at this event every year. Aaron won't have to prod me to make a submission next year.
We'll see what that topic is though... +Andrew Dyer
has already alluded to Liquid in his blog post summing up this year. Agile is dead, and Liquid is rising. That may bear some discussion next year.
If you haven't already seen it, here is the narrative version of my presentation from this year: https://docs.google.com/document/d/17Tuw1oFIb5P_TPmBTAWNhCr8j5fc6WtmNSVckNrM2AU/edit?usp=docslist_api