Consider this piece to be a “touchy-feely” take on yesterday's WWDC 2014 keynote.
I had the opportunity to attend the event live and in person for the first time. It was such an exciting experience — I could barely sleep the night before, I was so stoked — and definitely one that I'll never forget 1. As someone who had faithfully watched each and every Apple event prior to yesterday's from home, the fact that I was actually there, sitting in Moscone West with thousands of others, to witness Craig Federighi announce Mac OS X Yosemite and iOS 8 was equal parts thrilling and surreal. As I said, an experience I'll never forget.
My intent here is not to brag or to sound self-congratulatory. As tired as I was last night after such a whirlwind day, I was reflective on what the day's events meant to me. Professionally speaking, it was a huge step insofar that I'm considered “press” and I got to network, and that so many people value my insights so as to want me to be part of the festivities. On a personal level , though — the part which resonates much more deeply with me — that I was at Moscone yesterday morning for the WWDC keynote lends more credence to the decision I made a little over a year ago. It's been a whirlwind of a first year, and getting to witness Apple's announcements in the flesh only adds to the momentum.
As I write this, I'm also thinking about the products in and of themselves, and will have more to say on them soon. Right now, however, I'm still very much on an emotional high, and very proud of how hard I worked to get to where I am today. It's very gratifying.
You know what they say about your first time. ↩