I am back from a wonderful week in Denver, CO, where I attended the 51st annual American Translators Associations Conference, with around 1,500 participants. I am the language chair for the upcoming English into Swedish certification, which will hopefully be approved in the beginning of the year. Me and my three other members of the English-Swedish certification group spent two intensive days before the conference on the final touches of all the material for the certification.
But that is not what I wanted to write about. I wanted to marvel and spread the fact that social media efforts really pay off. I met so many people at this translation conference who I have become friends with online first, and now I was able to see them live. I have at least 10 new wonderful translator friends that I first met online, plus several prospective clients or colleagues who recognized me from my blog, Twitter or LinkedIn. It was so great to see you all! If you are wondering whether to get involved in social media, give it a try, but set time limits and have a plan. The conference also featured several presentations on social media and blogging and can be found in the proceedings if you are interested (for example Advancing Your Translation Business Through Social Media, by Marcela Jenney, or Blogging 101, by Corinne McKay).
It was also the first time that I presented at the ATA Conference (Creating a Marketing Plan for Freelance Translators: A Practical Guide). The presentation went well and it was wonderful to receive a lot of positive feedback afterwards. I hope everyone that attended got something out of it to take home and start using.
It was so much fun to spend four intensive days with likeminded translation professionals. Now back to some restful translation work at the computer in my little home office.