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So, for several years now, I've helped with registration for Penguicon, and for the last two conventions I've been the Head of Registration. And yet, Penguicon is "that thing I go to because I'm working on it" rather than "that thing I'm working on because I go to it." I've never truly felt like I "belonged" at Penguicon.

Until now.

I don't know exactly what changed. I'm sure that some of it is this year's ConCom, which really gelled as a team. Last year, there were a lot of communication issues that led to me feeling left out of the loop and like we were each in charge of our own little fiefdom. This year, there was a lot more focus on working together and helping each other. They're also just fabulous people that I like hanging out with.

Some of it is that I put my foot down (or "threw a hissy fit" if we want to use the technical term) about where Registration would be located, and we were right in the thick of things instead of being banished off to the far-off depths of the lobby. (Though this year the lobby was a lot more heavily populated than last year, too.)

Some of it is that I've got competent staff and volunteers and I'm using the same basic system that I used last year. Knowing that the system worked well last year, I don't feel like I have to babysit it as much this year.

But whatever the cause, the result is the same: suddenly, I was completely at home. I can't wait for next year.

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