Looking in from the outside is always interesting. Not always fun or productive.
Within our community of genre authors and fans, there are a lot of people who complain about cons. Specifically, with how they are run. I’ve done this myself, but I’m trying not to be that guy anymore.
I keep reminding myself that 90% of these things are run by volunteers. The 10% that aren’t are run by Creation or whatever they are calling themselves these days, and other entities like them, and they have no soul. No heart. And they charge you for breathing their air.
As I go to more cons, and I see more of how they are run, I see areas that could be improved. But I also hear Alec Baldwin’s version of Jack Ryan saying, “Just write a memo, Jack.”
I also hear my mother saying, “Shit or get off the pot.” Which means, if you think you can do it better, volunteer. But I don’t have the time to do that. And I know a lot of people running cons would say the same thing.
Just not gonna happen.
So – the point? If you run a con or volunteer at a con, I appreciate you and what you do. Even if I sometimes get pissy about it, and for that, I apologize.