RTX 2012: IT'S OVER!
If you got that Teen Girl Squad reference, I love you.
This journal is a week late because right after RTX finished, I was off to San Diego for Comic Con for 6 days. I can say it was the most exhausting 2 weeks of my life. I was on my feet from 7 AM on Thursday, July 5 until Monday, July 16th. I think I slept for a total of 22 hours in the last 24 hours.
So yeah, RTX. What an experience. The months leading up to it were crazy, the 2 weeks before it were a blur, and the actual event was.. well.. ridiculous. What was a 4,000 person event seemed to be a 50,000 person event. We learned a lot for next year-- how to make things better, how to avoid some issues we had, and how to grow next year into an even more awesome time for everyone. It was so great getting to see so many old friends and new faces, and to hear about other people's experiences with the event. So many exhibitors gave us feedback saying how awesome our attendees were.. and all I could say was "yeah, the RT community.. they are the best people in the world". You all were so patient and kind, even though things weren't always perfect. I've never seen such a big group of people just..happy to be somewhere. Happy to meet others from the community and to experience this event we've been working on for so long. BIG THANKS GO TO:
- Our Guardians and Guardian Team Leaders. Thank you for your time, dedication, and energy. You all stepped up more than I could ever hope, and handled every situation so perfectly. We got so many compliments from both our Exhibitor Services team and Convention Center team. They asked if they could use you guys for every event they had. Thank you for taking everything that went wrong on Saturday and making it better for Sunday. I know that every year will be that much better with you guys on our team.
- Every single attendee-- so many of you came up to thank me for having a hand in RTX, and I said this every time: we do this for you. No matter how hard it is, how many sleepless nights I had, or stressful moments during the event, it's all worth it to hear how much fun you all had and how much you appreciated it. I also want to take this opportunity to apologize to any attendee I had to brush off during the weekend. As you may know, I was involved in most of the front-of-house operations of RTX, so I was constantly being pulled in 100 directions. This caused me to have to run all over the place, and at times I didn't have a moment to stop and talk to people. There's nothing I love more than meeting and hanging out with fans, and I felt terrible for having to walk away. Just know I love you all and I wish I could have spent more time meeting you guys.
- And last but not least, Gus. I don't think I could have done this event with anyone else. As crazy as things got, you stayed calm and kept me sane. You somehow managed to handle every issue right away even though you were just as busy as I was.
We've already started talking about 2013. I can't wait to see you all again!
Oh, and if you've written a journal or posted any youtube videos about the event, please link them here! I want to read/see them all!