Last weekend the spouse & I took off for Chicago-land. We were helping to beta-test a brand new convention -- MuseCon
There was a very high ratio of staff to attendees, and people who were running it proved themselves, not surprisingly, to be very competent.
I did attend some workshop/panels -- although as a jack-of-all-trades crafter, I didn't learn very much that I didn't already know at any of them, but, as an amateur, to be told "yes, you do
understand this" is just fine.
There will always be small annoyances at conventions, and this was no exception, but these annoyances were greatly outweighed by the opportunity to meet no fewer than 5 people whom I had know of
but never met, the opportunity to chat with some people whom I like quite well and never see enough of, a number of very high quality hugs, and the ability to meet 2 completely new-to-me people whom I hope to recognize the next time I see them.
I heard some very high quality music -- filk, folk, rock, dunno-what.
I partook of a very high quality con suite. When one of my friends on staff wanted me to tell her what was wrong with the con, the biggest nit I could pick was that this room wasn't really large enough. But they had already recognized that and were working on what they could do the following year.
There were oddities with the hotel, but overall I liked the layout and the facilities quite a bit. (They advertised for-pay internet, but I could always find a free connection.)
Yes, I expect that next year will be quite a bit larger than this (I saw badge number 102), somewhat intimidating to an introvert, but from what I've seen the staff will be more than able to accommodate this.
And better than that, they WANT TO KNOW WHAT YOU WANT TO DO. If you have ideas for panels/crafts/tutorials/??? they want to hear about it. Especially if you say, "I think there should be a panel on X, and I'm prepared to teach it."