I never really "got" the appeal of conferences - they just seem so..so..like watching an episode of Glee, without anyone breaking out in song (well, at least not pre-cocktail hour). Dramatic life lessons crammed into small sessions, multiple people vying to be the lead singer, and lots of innuendo and sarcasm filler.
If the many Twitter feeds I've followed are any indication, it's pretty much a clique-y drink-fest.
But, I'm fully willing to admit that perhaps I haven't gone to the right conference, or gone with the right people, and quite possibly not gone with the right attitude. Any of these or a combination of any of these may be true.
However, when I sit back and think about what I would be getting out of a conference (and unless you are a presenter), it is about what you will get out of it...I'm not sure whether the value is there.
And yes I know there's the networking angle, but quite honestly, the idea of meeting like minded people...well, that scares the shit out of me.