I have a confession to make. I am not what you would call the big conference-goer. In fact, if you were to stack all of the conference program guides and swag I have amassed over the years atop my keyboard, I could still see the cursor.
That's not to say that professional conferences don't have value; they do. Depending on the content, they can instruct or inspire. For me, simply mining the halls -- attaching myself like an unwanted barnacle to others who are brighter, better, more successful -- is worth the price of admission.